Detailed course guide
Note that the below course structure is provided to illustrate distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.
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- Mechanics A
- Civil Engineering Applications 1
- Construction Technology 1
- Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1
- Mechanics B
- Introduction to Materials
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2
Students take part in site visits to a range of construction sites
- Analysis of Determinate Structures
- Hydraulics and Hydrology A
- Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment
- Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3
- Civil Engineering Materials
- Stress Analysis and Element Strength
- Design Studies A - Problem Solving
- Statistics for Science
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the week-long Constructionarium course, where they get hands-on construction experience of the civil engineering industry.
- Design of Steel Elements
- Transportation Engineering A
- Indeterminate Structures
- Geology and Soil Properties
- Hydraulics and Hydrology B
- Geotechnics A - Introduction to Soil Mechanics
- Design of Concrete Elements
- Environmental Engineering A
Students complete a research dissertation and engage in subjects in more depth. Students also undertake a design project involving collaborative work with students from other disciplines within the built environment professions.
- Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering Discipline
- Geotechnics B - Soil Strength
- FEA and Stress Analysis A
- Structural Element Design
- Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering Discipline
- Analysis of Indeterminate Structures
- Foundation Engineering
- Structural Engineering Design Project
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.