Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2017 entry

I am very proud that 9 per cent of our students secure a professional or managerial job six months after graduating having studied Civil Engineering at the University of Surrey.

What you'll study

Civil engineers shape our world’s physical infrastructure, including earthquake engineering, supplying clean water through humanitarian crises and designing multi-million-pound infrastructure projects. Join us and discover why the expertise of civil engineers is paramount to the physical preservation of our society.

Creative and proactive civil engineers combine technical, practical and managerial skills. They are responsible for the planning, design and construction of roads, dams and waterways, tunnels, buildings, harbours, sports stadia, airports and bridges.

Surrey/ICE Scholarship for Undergradute students

Students can also benefit from:

  • £1650 to support your studies
  • Salaried training in every year of your programme
  • Fast Track education combining academic and industrial experience to enhance your career potential

Discover more about the scheme.

Programme overview

The University of Surrey has offered degree programmes in Civil Engineering since its inception, and we are recognised nationally as providing an excellent balance of academic studies, practical skills and professional experience.

Our programmes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you will need for a rewarding career as a Chartered Civil Engineer.

By gaining a sound understanding of mathematical, analytical and practical engineering techniques, you will have built the foundation for developing safe, sustainable and cost-effective design ideas. Alongside this, you will gain the management skills required to bring any project into reality.

A core benefit of studying at the University of Surrey is that you can carry out your studies in exceptional facilities which include purpose-built soil mechanics and geology laboratories and a Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering (CEHE).

You can choose to study either an MEng or BEng degree, and a Professional Training placement (which can be taken abroad) is an option for both programmes. Both the BEng and MEng are accredited routes for chartered status.

The MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and therefore offers you a fast-track to senior levels of responsibility in industry and chartered status. The BEng partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.

A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the education base for CEng.

Read about the experience of Civil Engineering student Helen Piggott.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

During Year 1, our aim is to provide you with experience across a broad base of engineering topics and to introduce the core personal and professional competencies of communication and teamwork.

This level includes various intensive modules, such as the geology field course and a week-long intensive module in integrated design. These, along with a number of site visits, offer a refreshing, interactive and student-centred approach to learning.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2, you will cover the major civil engineering subjects in depth, alongside teamwork, leadership and further opportunities to consolidate your communication skills.

Learning is undertaken in a variety of ways – through small groups and via individual work – and covers the full range of civil engineering design and practical laboratory-based tasks. There is a week-long intensive study on the surveying field course and on integrated design.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

We also offer you a Professional Training placement. Some companies that participate in the Professional Training year include:

  • Atkins
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Waterman
  • Costain
  • Hewson
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Ringway
  • WSP
  • Tony Gee & Partners
  • Hyder Consulting
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Capita
  • Skanska
  • Kier Group
  • Keller
  • Kellogg
  • CH2 Hill Halcrow
  • Arup
  • Sisk
  • Peter Brett Associates

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

During Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise in specific subjects. In addition to core material (structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering and management studies), you will be able to choose from a list of optional modules and will undertake an in-depth individual project on a topic of interest to you.

This usually involves several components and may include a literature study, experimental work, computer modelling and comparisons with previous research.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

During Year 4 (MEng only), group design and project work form a major part of your studies, involving collaboration with both industrial consultants and students from other engineering disciplines.

In Year 4 you receive the opportunity to appreciate other engineers’ perspectives. A wide range of optional modules to broaden and deepen your knowledge are also offered.

Compulsory modules:

Choice of three optional MSc modules covering advanced topics in structural, bridge, traffic and transportation, and water engineering.

Professional recognition

These courses have been accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

MEng Civil Engineering (three-year FT, five-year FT SW thick)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (three-year FT, four-year FT SW thick)

This degree is accredited as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – a programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng

See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

Engineering Council accredited degree
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
Institute of Highway Engineers
European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £250
  • Grand total: £250

Professional Training

One of the benefits of studying at Surrey is the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training year and gain practical industry experience. You are encouraged to undertake a Professional Training placement to learn how industry works.

Taking a Professional Training placement enables you to try out a specialised engineering sector, earn a salary, enhance your CV and build up a network of contacts, as well as enabling you to apply and enhance the skills you’re learning and appreciate things that you cannot learn in a lecture or laboratory.

The enhanced interpersonal and management skills you gain will be highly valued by employers, giving you a real head start as you enter the job market.

Placements also normally contribute towards the requirements for becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer.

In addition to applying and enhancing skills as you study, students also find the year deepens their understanding of studies in the later stages of their degree programme.

Arrangements for your placement are made through the University. During the placement you are employed by a company but are still a member of the University and you will be visited by a Professional Training placement tutor, who will monitor your progress and liaise with your company. Occasionally students secure overseas placements.


All our degrees are organised on a modular basis, with teaching delivered via a mix of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes.

For many subjects, you will also be able to take advantage of our online electronic teaching resources which both supplement and extend the material being presented.

The material, at all levels, seeks to provide a core of knowledge of the various subjects, but you are expected to extend this with personal research and learning guided by tutorials and other material.

The balance between lectures and less formal tutorials and laboratory classes varies between levels and semesters.


Year 1 marks do not count towards the classification of any of our degrees but allow us to ensure that you are making good progress with your studies.

All subsequent work is considered for your final award, and assessment takes the form of coursework, projects, laboratory reports and presentations, along with traditional examinations. You should find this mix helps you plan your time and achieve your best performance.

Generally about 60 per cent of the degree award is based on examinations and 40 per cent on continuous assessment.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

For BEng programmes:

  • 3 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 4 per cent medium group teaching
  • 25 per cent large group teaching
  • 68 studying and revising in your own time

For MEng programmes:

  • 3 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 4 per cent medium group teaching
  • 24 per cent larger group teaching
  • 69 studying and revising in your own time


Specialised facilities include:

  • Structures (Instron) laboratory
  • Purpose-built soil mechanics and geology laboratories
  • Composites technology laboratory
  • Centre for Environmental Health Engineering (CEHE)
  • Six wind tunnels including an environmental wind tunnel

Career opportunities

Our employment record is outstanding and graduates from our degrees are in demand by consultants and contractors alike. The work they have undertaken has varied from a small role in a prestigious project to heavy responsibility for a local scheme.

We find that the work record established during Professional Training placements gives our students a decided advantage when employers are making offers.

Recent graduates are working for a wide range of companies, including major consultancies and contractors such as Costain, Atkins, WSP, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald.

As our graduates are highly numerate, literate, computer-literate, organised, confident, business-minded and commercially aware, they are also very attractive recruits for companies operating in many other professions, including management, banking, accountancy, software development and so on.

A degree in Civil Engineering from Surrey is an excellent foundation for your career in the construction industry, and in professions far removed from engineering.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Atkins, Structural Engineer
  • Balfour Beatty, Highways and Transport Engineer
  • Costain, Site Engineer
  • Hewson Consulting, Bridge Design Engineer
  • Mott MacDonald, Engineer
  • Skanska, Design Engineer
  • WSP Developments, Design Engineer

Global opportunities

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the Civil Engineering programme this is possible in your second year at one of the partner institutions:

  • USA (Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati or Florida)
  • Australia (La Trobe, Monash, Swinburne in Melbourne, the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Queensland)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying additional tuition fees to the partner.

In doing so you will broaden your horizons meet other students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Arup in Hong Kong, Melcro Crown in Macau or Ryobi-Kiso in Singapore.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?




We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.


Access to HE Diploma

BEng: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

MEng:QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


MEng: D*DD

European Baccalaureate

BEng: 75 per cent

MEng: 76 per cent

International Baccalaureate

BEng: 35 points

MEng: 36 points

Scottish Highers


Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

Mathematics A-level and at least one of the following A-level subjects (or equivalent) are required:

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Further Mathematics
  • IT

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 Years H200 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 Years H201 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 4 Years H209 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 Years H210 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Surrey/ICE Scholarship

Could you benefit from:

  • £1650 to support your studies?
  • Salaried training in every year of your programme?
  • Fast Track education combining academic and industrial experience to enhance your career potential?

Discover more about the scheme below.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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