Why choose this course

Surrey’s civil engineering courses are recognised nationally and internationally for 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. 90 per cent of them go on to work in a professional or managerial job within six months of graduation (Unistats).

We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey 2019.

What you will study

Our accredited MEng and BEng courses are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career as a chartered civil engineer.

You’ll gain a sound understanding of mathematical, analytical and practical engineering techniques to develop safe, sustainable and cost-effective design ideas, along with the management skills needed to bring projects into reality.

These courses have been accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters of Engineering). The MEng extends the BEng course with a masters year and covers the full academic requirement of chartership. Depending on your progress, you can switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies.

Surrey/ICE Scholarship

You could benefit from £1,950 (for 2020 entry) to support your studies, salaried training in every year of your programme, plus fast track education combining academic and industrial experience to enhance your career potential.

Find out more about the Surrey/ICE Scholarship for 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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Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

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

Civil Engineering placements

Taking a Professional Training placement enables you to gain experience in a specialised engineering sector, earn a salary, enhance your CV and build up a network of contacts. It also lets you apply and deepen the knowledge you’ve gained on your course and appreciate things that can’t be learned in a lecture theatre 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.

Arrangements for your placement in the UK or overseas are made through the University. During your employment, 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.

The Professional Training placement is optional. Companies that participate in the Professional Training year include:

  • Atkins
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Waterman
  • Costain
  • Hewson
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Eurovia.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

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.

Study and work abroad

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. 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.

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.
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.

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.

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, 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:

Foundation

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.

Foundation (with PTY)

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.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Programme leader

HAGEN-ZANKER AH Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • ABB-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: 
    • CCC - (including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry).

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).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • DDD-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): 
    • 78%-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).

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • AABBB-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.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • Pass overall with ABB-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 To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

MEng

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

MEng (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

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

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

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

Overseas students: please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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 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

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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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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