Detailed course guide
Students study courses that are common across the discipline including: Mechanics; Mathematics; and Civil Engineering Applications. Students also participate in a varied course of site visits to help emphasise the real world application of their learning.
For more information and image galleries of field trips and workshops visit our 'Further Information' webpage.
Expands on the basics of Level 1, with subjects such as: Hydraulics and Hydrology; Civil Engineering Materials; Analysis of Determinate Structures; and Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Constructionarium course, where they get hands-on construction experience of the civil engineering industry.
Is concerned with engineering principles and includes courses such as: Transportation Engineering; Design of Concrete and Steel Elements; Environmental Engineering; and Geotechnics.
In year 4 you have the opportunity to apply to study at a host institution abroad in either Europe, North America or Australia as part of an exchange course. The content of study will include design and technical components.
Students complete a research dissertation and a professional design project. They select their remaining courses from a list of 20 options, including: Stability and Dynamics; Computer Simulation of River Flows; Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources; Human Factor Methods; Earthquake Engineering; FEA Stress Analysis; and Project Management.
Students also have the opportunity to participate on a field trip to Barcelona, looking at the design of some of the worlds’ most iconic structures.
Standard entry requirements
- Highers AABB/ABBBB (including Mathematics)
- A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics at B)
- Int. Baccalaureate 31 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 5)
- BTEC DDM (in relevant engineering course)
Minimum entry requirements*
- Highers BBBC (including Mathematics at B)
- A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics at B)
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:
- live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
- are care experienced.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements
- Advanced Highers BB (including Mathematics plus AABB/ABBBB at Higher)
- A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics)
- Int. Baccalaureate 35 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 6)
- HNC Civil Engineering A in graded unit (with at least SCQF Level 7 or NQF Level 4 in a relevant Mathematics course)
- BTEC DDD (in relevant engineering course)
HND Civil Engineering AB in graded units (with A in final graded unit and at least SCQF Level 7 or NQF Level 4 in a relevant Mathematics course)
English language requirements
- If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
||Scotland / EU**
||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
||Paid by SAAS
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).
You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020
In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020
If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded offer holder you may be eligible for:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.