Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BEng (Hons) UCAS: H200

3 years

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H201

4 years with professional training

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H202

4 years with foundation year

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MEng UCAS: H209

4 years

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MEng UCAS: H210

5 years with professional training

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H203

5 years with foundation year and professional training

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Why choose this course

Our civil engineering courses provide you with an industry-focused, practical training which prepares you for work as a professional civil engineer. There’s a strong emphasis on structural engineering, and throughout your course you’ll work in teams on integrated design projects that are centred on industry-relevant case studies.

Our close links with industry enable you to take up a salaried Professional Training placement with one of the world’s leading contractor or consultancy companies, giving you valuable experience which contributes towards chartership. Many of our students also benefit from our unique Surrey/ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) Scholarship Scheme.

Five reasons to study civil engineering at Surrey

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What you will study

On our fully accredited courses you will study a lively mix of modules which draw on Surrey’s outstanding expertise in areas such as water and environmental engineering, and advanced geotechnical engineering. You’ll learn not just through lectures, tutorials and practical challenges, but from industry speakers, site visits and a first year field trip.

Whether you decide on a BEng or MEng, you’ll study the same content for the first three years, and conduct a major third year project on a topic of your choice. MEng students then do a masters year which covers the full academic requirements for becoming a chartered engineer. Depending on your progress, you may be able to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies. Find out more about the benefits of an integrated masters degree.

Surrey/ICE Scholarship

The Surrey/ICE Scholarship Scheme is a unique partnership between Surrey, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and leading civil engineering companies.

Once accepted on the scheme, you’ll be matched with an industrial company which will support you throughout your time at Surrey. You will benefit from £1,950 a year (for 2020 entry) to support your studies, salaried placements throughout your course including a Professional Training placement year, and fast-track training to enhance your career potential.

Find out more about the Surrey/ICE Scholarship for 2020 entry.

Facilities

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.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Accredited by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

BEng (Hons) - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

BEng (Hons) - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

MEng - Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

MEng - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our courses produce graduates who are highly numerate, literate, business-minded and commercially aware. 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.

A degree in civil engineering from Surrey is an excellent foundation for a career in the construction, or wider civil engineering, industry. While most of our graduates take up employment in civil engineering, students of this course are also very attractive recruits for companies operating in many other professions, including management and banking.

One of the reasons for our excellent employability record is the high quality of our Professional Training 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 have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Graduate Site Manager, Walker Construction
  • Graduate Civil Engineer, Atkins
  • Graduate Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Assistant Project Manager, Lendlease Group
  • Structural Engineer, GDC Partnership
  • Graduate Structural Engineer, ARUP
  • Graduate Site Engineer, Costain.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

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

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering programme.

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering programme.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

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 knowledge of the various subjects, which you are expected to extend 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.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • BBB.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MEng:
    • AAB-ABB.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 
    • CCD including mathematics C and either physics or chemistry, or equivalent.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects

Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • ABBBB.
  • MEng: 
    • AAABB-AABBB.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • DDM and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng: 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • 32.
  • MEng:
    • 34-32.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons)
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.
  • MEng
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • 75%.
  • MEng:
    • 82%-78%.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • At least grade 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.
  • MEng:
    • At least grade 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng:
    • 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • MEng: 
    • Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

A-level Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BEng (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £20,700

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £20,700

Professional training To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £20,700

MEng

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £20,700

MEng (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £20,700

Professional training To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £20,700

Professional training To be confirmed

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £70 - PPE equipment
  • Trip (including travel and accommodation): £250 - Accommodation and travel for residential field course.

Grand total: £320

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £70 - PPE equipment
  • Trip (including travel and accommodation): £250 - Accommodation and travel for residential field course.

Grand total: £320

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Civil Engineering placements

Around 50 per cent of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement year which enables them to gain experience in a specialised engineering sector, earn a good salary, enhance their CV and start to build up a network of contacts.

Going on placement allows you to apply and deepen the knowledge you’ve gained at Surrey and appreciate things that can’t be learned in a lecture theatre or laboratory. The practical experience you build in areas such as health and safety will count towards becoming a chartered civil engineer. You will also gain enhanced interpersonal and management skills which are highly valued by employers, giving you a real head start as you enter the job market.

During your placement, you’ll remain a member of the University, and will be visited by a Professional Training placement tutor, who will monitor your progress and liaise with your company to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

Our students go on Professional Training placements with a range of engineering companies both in the UK and overseas, such as:

  • Arcadis
  • Atkins
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Capita
  • Costain
  • Eurovia
  • Hewson
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Skanska
  • Tony Gee and Partners
  • Waterman
  • WSP.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for one semester or a full academic year as part of their course. In their second year, civil engineering students can currently study at these partner universities:

  • US (Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Florida, Virginia and California)
  • Australia (La Trobe, Monash, Swinburne in Melbourne; the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Queensland in Australia)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • New Zealand.

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying extra tuition fees. In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other students and experience student life in some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and academic climate of another country.

You may also choose to take a Professional Training placement in another country. Students have worked at Hewson Consulting, WSP Parson Brinkerhoff, and Arup in Hong Kong, Melcro Crown in Macau, Ryobi-Kiso in Singapore and Al Shafar Contracting in India.

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

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

University of Surrey
Address

University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH