Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2018 entry

I am very proud that 95 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

Having offered degree programmes in Civil Engineering since the 1960s, the University of Surrey is recognised internationally as providing an excellent balance of academic studies, practical skills and professional experience. Taught by research-active academics in collaboration with industry professionals, our graduates are highly rated when they enter the workplace.

Programme overview

On our Civil Engineering programmes you will get to study in exceptional facilities which include purpose-built soil mechanics and geology laboratories, excellent materials and structural testing facilities, up-to-date computing suites and award winning environmental health laboratories.

Our accredited MEng and BEng programmes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career as a Chartered Civil Engineer. You will gain a sound understanding of mathematical, analytical and practical engineering techniques – giving you the foundation for developing safe, sustainable and cost-effective design ideas – along with the management skills needed to bring projects into reality.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (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 through the compulsory module: 

A wide range of optional modules are available from the six MSc module groups to both broaden and deepen your knowledge. This will enable you to tailor your MEng to a specialist area of your choice should you desire to do so.

Subject areas include bridges, geotechnics, infrastructure, management, structures and water and environment. You have a choice of two MSc modules in semester one whilst you take MDDP and four MSc modules in semester two.

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 logo
Chartered Institution of Highways Transportation (CIHT) logo
Institution of Civil Engineers logo
Institution of Structural Engineers logo
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) logo

Additional costs

These additional costs are accurate as of May 2017 and apply to the 2017 year of entry. Costs for 2018 entry will be published in September 2017.

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £70 PPE Equipment
  • Trip (Including overseas travel and accommodation) : £250 - Accomodation and travel for residential field course

Grand total: £320

There are associated costs with this MEng programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £70 PPE Equipment
  • Trip (Including overseas travel and accommodation) : £250 - Accomodation and travel for residential field course

Grand total: £320

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 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.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

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.

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 programme structure section for more information.

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

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees 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. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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.

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.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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.

The Professional Training placement is optional. 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

Graduate prospects

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.

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

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

BEng (Hons): ABB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

MEng: Mathematics and a second science subject.

GCSE

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

BEng (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

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

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Modules must be in relevant subjects.

MEng: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

BEng (Hons): DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma and A-Level Mathematics at Grade B.

MEng: DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

MEng: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

European Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): 78%.

MEng: 82%.

Required Subjects

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

MEng: Grades 8.5 and 7.5 in Mathematics and and a second science subject Grade 8.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

MEng: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): 32.

MEng: 34.

Required Subjects

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

MEng: HL6/SL7 and HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and a second science subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

MEng: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall

BEng (Hons): AABBB.

MEng: AAABB.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

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

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

MEng: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): A level Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics.

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

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

MEng: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

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.

Select your country:

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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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

See 2017 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 additional costs section 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.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Disclaimer

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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