Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2022

BEng (Hons) UCAS: H200

3 years

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MEng UCAS: H209

4 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: 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 give you 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 on integrated design projects centred on industry-relevant case studies.

Our close links with world-leading contractors and consultancy companies enable you to take up a salaried Professional Training placement. This gives you valuable experience which contributes towards chartership.

Five reasons to study civil engineering at Surrey

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What you will study

On our fully accredited courses, you'll 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 through lectures, tutorials and practical challenges, and from industry speakers, site visits and a first-year field trip.

Whether you choose 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.

Facilities

Specialised facilities include:

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 highly employable graduates who are well-prepared for the demands of a career in the construction or wider civil engineering industry. Our graduates go on to work for a wide range of companies including major consultancies and contractors such as:

  • Atkins
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Costain
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Skanska
  • WSP.

One of the reasons for our excellent employability record is the quality of our Professional Training programme. Not only does this work experience contribute to chartership, it also gives our students a decided advantage when employers are making offers.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

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

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.

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.

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

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, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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.

Timetables

Course 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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

All our degrees are organised on a modular basis, with teaching delivered through 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 aims 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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. 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. You will be assessed 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):
    • BBC.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade B and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics, Computer Science, Geography.

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

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MEng:
    • AAB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade B and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics, Computer Science, Geography.

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

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.

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

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • DDM and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng: 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • 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): 
    • 31.
  • MEng:
    • 34.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons)
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches at HL/SL or Applications and interpretation at HL) and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics, Computer Science, Geography.
  • MEng
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches at HL/SL or Applications and interpretation at HL) and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics, Computer Science, Geography.

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • 72%.
  • MEng:
    • 82%.
  • 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, Computer Science, Geography.
  • MEng:
    • At least grade 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Further Mathematics, ICT, Physics, Computer Science, Geography.

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 21 at Distinction and 24 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng:
    • 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • 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).

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • BBBBB.
  • MEng: 
    • AAABB.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

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

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • Pass overall with BBC from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • MEng: 
    • Pass overall with AAB 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, Computer Science, Geography.

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)

This route is only applicable to the MEng course.

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

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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022

BEng (Hons)

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

MEng

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK To be confirmed

MEng (with professional training year)

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

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

UK To be confirmed

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: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • 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 2020/21 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

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2020 and apply to the 2021 year of entry. Costs for 2022 entry will be published in September 2021.

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. This 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'll 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 a Professional Training placement tutor who'll monitor your progress will visit you 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.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

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

Partner institutions

In your second year, you’ll have the option of spending time abroad at one of our partner universities. Students have gone to study in:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand 
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • USA.

Find out more about our international partner institutions.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend your Professional Training placement working 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.

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 procedures, the student 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 an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.

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 and before you accept an offer. Read more.

In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:

  • Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
  • Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.

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.

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Address

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Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH