Introduction

Civil Engineers are involved in seeing major infrastructure projects, through from design to construction to completion.

This programme is studied on campus.

Civil Engineering is concerned with creative use of engineering principles and science to shape and improve our lives and our environment.

The work of the Civil Engineer centres on sustainable design for the built and natural environment, both onshore and offshore. Civil Engineers design, build, maintain and manage roads, railways, dams, buildings, airports, hospitals, schools, harbours and sports stadia. They design water supply and water treatment systems and river management, flood and coastal protection schemes.

If you are interested in making lasting, positive improvements to society, in sustainable design for the protection of the natural environment on land or at sea, in improving the quality of life for millions of people using novel building techniques and materials, then Civil Engineering is the career choice for you.

The interdisciplinary content of our curriculum and focus on practical applications and value to industry and society provide our students with the necessary intellectual and transferrable skills for a career in a number of industries.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
BEng
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
H200

What You'll Study

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year. This is also the point at which a final decision between MEng and BEng must be made. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Electronics (EG1008) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of the course is to introduce basic concepts of electrical & electronics within a context of general engineering. The topics covered are kept at an elementary level with the aim of providing the foundational material for subsequent courses at levels 1 and 2. The course adopts the philosophy of application oriented teaching. During each topic the students will be provided with examples of day-to-day devices. Topics covered include dc circuit analysis, electronic amplifiers, digital circuits, optoelectronics, and ac theory.

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CAD and Communication in Engineering Practice (EG1010) - 15 Credit Points

The course is designed to introduce the students to different methods of communication in the process of interchanging ideas and information. Oral presentation and writing of technical reports are introduced. The importing data from web-based and library-based sources will be integrated through information retrieval and investigative skills training. Professional ethics are covered on plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property. Engineering drawing skills and knowledge of relevant British and International Standards will be developed through intensive training in the use of computer aided design and modelling package, SolidWorks. Standard drawing formats including 3D depiction of stand alone parts and assemblies are covered.

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Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (EG1012) - 15 Credit Points

Engineering design depends on materials being shaped, finished and joined together. Design requirements define the performance required of the materials. What do engineers need to know about materials to choose and use them successfully? They need a perspective of the world of materials. They need understanding of material properties. They need methods and tools to select the right material for the job. This course will help you develop knowledge and skills required for the successful selection and use of engineering materials.

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Engineering Mathematics 1 (EG1504) - 15 Credit Points

The course presents fundamental mathematical ideas useful in the study of Engineering. A major focus of the course is on differential and integral calculus. Applications to Engineering problems involving rates of change and averaging processes are emphasized. Complex numbers are introduced and developed. The course provides the necessary mathematical background for other engineering courses in level 2.

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Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (EG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Engineering Mechanics is concerned with the state of rest or motion of objects subject to the action of forces. The topic is divided into two parts: STATICS which considers the equilibrium of objects which are either at rest or move at a constant velocity, and DYNAMICS which deals with the motion and associated forces of accelerating bodies. The former is particularly applied to beams and truss structures. The latter includes a range of applications, such as car suspension systems, motion of a racing car, missiles, vibration isolation systems, and so on.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year

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Optional Courses

  • Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice
Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (EG2004) - 15 Credit Points

The fluid mechanics section of the course begins with the material properties of fluids. This is followed by studying fluid statics and principles of fluid motion. Bernoulli’s equation is used to explain the relationship between pressure and velocity. The final fluids section introduces the students to incompressible flow in pipelines.

The thermodynamics section presents: the gas laws, including Van Der Waals’ equation; the first law of thermodynamics with work done, heat supply, and the definitions of internal energy and enthalpy. The second law is introduced including entropy through the Carnot cycle.

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Process Engineering (EG2011) - 15 Credit Points

A general engineering course that provides insight into the two main conservation principles, mass and energy. Processes are usually described through block diagrams. This language, common to many disciplines in engineering, helps the engineer to look at their processes with an analytical view. Degree of freedom analysis is addressed, emphasising its importance to solve a set of linear equations that model fundamental balances of mass. Practical examples of Energy balances are displayed, bringing Thermodynamics to a practical level. Heat Transfer is introduced. Process control is introduced, explaining basic control techniques and concepts, i.e sensors, feedback, control loops and PID controllers.

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Engineering Mathematics 2 (EG2012) - 15 Credit Points

This course follows Engineering Mathematics 1 in introducing all the mathematical objects and techniques needed by engineers. It has three parts:

  • Matrices: definitions, operations, inverse and determinant; application to systems of linear equations.
  • Ordinary differential equations: 1st order (linear and separable), 2nd order with constant coefficients, forced osciallations and resonance.
  • Functions of two variables: partial derivatives and extrema, the chain rule, the heat equation and the wave equation.

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Solids and Structures (EA2502) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with the opportunity to refresh and extend their knowledge to analyse the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials and structures. In particular, mechanical properties of materials, and 2D and 3D stresses and strains are examined, the effects of internal imperfections on the performance of materials under loading, brittle fracture, fatigue and non-destructive testing are discussed. The structural analysis of beams and columns, deflection and buckling, as well as design applications are also considered in the course.

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Design and Computing in Engineering Practice (EG2501) - 15 Credit Points

A general engineering course that provides an insight into the principles of engineering design process, computer programming in MATLAB and its application in parametric study and basic design optimisation, environmental ethics and sustainability in the context of design, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) using Solidworks. The course also includes hands-on exercises on the manufacture of simple parts using a variety of machine tools and joining processes.

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Electrical and Mechanical Systems (EG2503) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an integrated development of methods for modelling, analysing and designing systems comprising electrical and mechanical components. In doing so it intends to emphasise to the students the similarity in behaviour between electrical and mechanical systems. The course aims to give an introduction to both electrical machines, circuit and systems, transformers, and similar mechanical systems like gearbox, vibrating system and principles of dynamics, and thus provide the foundation material for several courses at level 3 .

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Optional Courses

  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice
Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Geotechnics 1 (EA3027) - 15 Credit Points

Aimed principally at students interested in civil engineering, it aims to familiarise students with the fundamental concepts involved in soil mechanics and engineering geology. The first course in the cvil engineering programme that includes the importance of soil mechanics in the structural design. The main emphasis is understanding the main principles of soil mechanics through the introduction of laboratory tests commonly used to obtain the engineering properties of different types of soil such as sand and clay. Discussion of the consequences of some soil failures (such as in the case of Tower of Pisa) are also introduced.

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Engineering Analysis and Methods 1 (EG3007) - 15 Credit Points

Modern engineering analysis relies on a wide range of analytical mathematical methods and computational techniques in order to solve a wide range of problems. The aim of this course is to equip students with the necessary skills to quantitatively investigate engineering problems. Examples applying the methods taught to practical situations from across the full range of engineering disciplines will feature heavily in the course.

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Stress Analysis A (EM3015) - 15 Credit Points

One of the roles of an engineer is to ensure that engineering components perform in service as intended and do not fracture or break into pieces. However, we know that sometimes engineering components do fail in service. Course examines how we determine the magnitude of stresses and level of deformation in engineering components and how these are used to appropriately select the material and dimensions for such component in order to avoid failure. Focus is on using stress analysis to design against failure, and therefore enable students to acquire some of the fundamental knowledge and skills required for engineering design.

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Fluid Mechanics (EM3019) - 15 Credit Points

The course begins with dimensional analysis and the concept of dynamic similarity applied to fluid flow phenomena. This is followed by sections on the energy and momentum equations applied to a range of problems in civil, mechanical, chemical and petroleum engineering, including steady flow in pipes, design of pump-pipeline systems, cavitation, forces on bends, nozzles and solid bodies, turbomachinery and propellor theory. A section on unsteady flow applies inertia and water hammer theory to the calculation of pressure surge in pipes. The final section deals with flow through porous media such as flow through soils and rocks.

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Mechanics of Structures (EA3518) - 15 Credit Points

The major topic of this course is an introduction to modern methods of elastic structural analysis. In this topic, direct, energy and matrix methods are jointly used to solve, initially, problems of the deformation of simple beams. The theorem of virtual work is introduced in the context of beams and frameworks.

The rigid-plastic analysis of beams is then introduced along with the upper bound theorem and their importance to engineering design.

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Design of Structural Elements (EA3519) - 15 Credit Points

This course is an introduction to Structural Design using steel, concrete and composite steel/concrete.

The emphasis is on the design of individual components – the ‘Structural Elements’ – these being members in tension, compression, bending – in either steel or reinforced concrete – and in the bolted and welded connections between steel members.

There is an extensive laboratory exercise testing reinforced and un-reinforced concrete to destruction.

It should be noted that students are also required to do the separate course EA3720, half of which consists of a 9 week Steel Design exercise.

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Structural Dynamics A (EA3538) - 10 Credit Points

This course introduces the theory of dynamics and the vibration of single and multi-degree of freedom systems.

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Civil Engineering Design and Surveying and Hydrology Field Trip (EA3720) - 10 Credit Points

This course consists of two quite separate halves. The first is a 9 week Civil Engineering Design activity, which runs concurrently with the associated course EG3519 (Design of Structural Elements). Generally there will be two half days of timetabled sessions in each of those 9 weeks. The second half of the course is a one-week residential Field Surveying and Hydrology field trip, which usually takes place in the first week of the Easter break. There will be a charge to students to cover the specific transport, food and accommodation costs associated with that field trip.

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Project and Safety Management (EG3599) - 10 Credit Points

To course aims to provide students with an awareness of purpose, principals, fundamental concepts and strategies of safety and project management.

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Year 4

Year 4

There are three core courses of study in 4th year. Students then pick from two options when it comes to choosing choices.

Compulsory Courses

Geotechnics 2 (EA40JE) - 10 Credit Points

It aims to equip students with the main concepts of foundation design where the concepts of pile foundations, retaining walls and slope stability are explored. The course gives a student adequate tools to understand the design approaches associated with different types of soil. Geotechnical standard code, Eurocode 7 is introduced and discussed. In addition principles of ground water flow and the main problems related to its sustainable management are discussed. This course aims for a student to reach an adequate level in soil mechanics and foundation engineering as the basis for the training of a professional civil or structural engineer.

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Civil Engineering Hydraulics (EA40JF) - 10 Credit Points

The course begins with consideration of boundary layer development over a flat plate and curved surfaces, leading to boundary layer separation and forces on immersed bodies. This is followed by study of water wave theory with application to coastal and offshore engineering. These topics are also part of the EG40JJ Fluid Dynamics course. The second part of the course focuses on open channel flow and sediment transport, covering the St Venant equations, calculation of gradually varied flow profiles, fundamental aspects of sediment transport, and the calculation of bed load and suspended load transport.

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Advanced Structural Design (EA40JG) - 10 Credit Points

This course is a follow-on course to the Level 3 Course on Design of Structural Elements (EG3519) (and to some extent the Level 3 Civil Engineering Design (EG3720)). It covers four main areas:

a) Design of Industrial Buildings in Structural Steelwork

b) Design of steel-framed multi-storey buildings

c) Design of domestic buildings using masonry and timber

d) Design of pre-stressed concrete

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Optional Courses

Option 1

  • Individual Project Abroad (BEng) (EG4011)
  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice in the first half-session

Option 2

  • BEng Individual Project (EG4014)
  • Group Design Project (BEng) (EG4578)

Select one of the following

  • Advanced Structural Analysis (EA4526)
  • Environmental Engineering (EA4527)
  • Nonlinear Mechanics (EM4529)

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice

BEng Individual Project (EG4014) - 30 Credit Points

To provide the student with the opportunity of pursuing a substantial and realistic exercise in the practice of engineering at or near a professional level, and to further enhance the student's critical and communication skills. The project will usually be carried out at the University of Aberdeen but may be carried out at industry or other research location.

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Engineering Project Abroad (BEng) (EG4011) - 60 Credit Points

The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out a project in an approved European institution by pursuing a substantial and realistic exercise in the practice of engineering at or near a professional level, and to further enhance the student's critical and communication skills.

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Group Design Project (BEng) (EG4578) - 15 Credit Points

This course is a concentrated design and reporting exercise which requires application of project management and team liaison skills in addition to technical design ability. Specific exercises will include interdisciplinary aspects and will relate to design requirements arising from the professional activities of the School of Engineering or its industrial contacts. Written and oral presentations form part of the course.

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Advanced Structural Analysis (EA4526) - 15 Credit Points

Course extends the basic stiffness method of analysis developed in the pre-requisite courses. Fundamental principles of the stiffness method of analysis, with automatic assembly of the stiffness matrix for rigid jointed plane frames and space structures, are presented in some detail. Elastic instability of frames, and the design of continuous steel beams and portal frames using plastic methods will be undertaken. Analysis of flat plates and slabs using yield line theory, and an introduction to shells also covered. The course concludes with a brief outline of the finite element method of analysis, with computer-based applications forming an important practical component.

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Environmental Engineering (EA4527) - 15 Credit Points

This course will deal with various aspects related to:

  • Surface Water: sources of water pollution and their impact on aqueous environment and public health, water quality and supply, wastewater treatment;
  • Soil and Groundwater: groundwater flow, groundwater contamination and pollution, subsurface contaminants transport mechanisms, sustainable land-groundwater management;
  • Solid Waste: sources of solid waste, characterisation and treatment of solid waste, solid waste management;
  • Air Pollution and Control: air pollutants and sources, air pollution meteorology, pollutant dispersion in the air, air pollution control.

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Nonlinear Mechanics (EM4529) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the concept of nonlinearity and nonlinear behaviour of engineering systems, structures and materials. In particular, fundamental principles of analytical and computational methods used in nonlinear mechanics are examined, simple nonlinear engineering systems and nonlinear fluid flows (e.g., Newtonian and non−Newtonian flows for various Reynolds numbers) are modelled and analysed using Computational Fluid Dynamics package and Finite Elements software.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Engineering (Civil)?

    • Teaching is supported by an excellent workshop and laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Civil Engineering at Aberdeen has one of the best hydraulic laboratory facilities in Scotland associated with a high level research profile.
    • Benefit from: delivery of excellent teaching, working on projects associated with the real world, established strong industrial links that provide industry-focused teaching and projects.
    • The interdisciplinary content of our curriculum and focus on practical applications and value to industry and society provide our students with the necessary intellectual and transferable skills and an appreciation of ethical issues.
    • The first two years of our engineering programmes cover general engineering. This means you develop vital knowledge in all engineering areas.
    • The School has produced thousands of world-class graduates over the decades, many who have progressed into Managing Director and Chief Executive roles in the oil and gas and wider energy industries.
    • Across a number of our programmes, we work closely with colleagues across geology, chemistry and business disciplines to ensure the teaching is fit-for purpose.
    • We are well connected with local, national and international industry, particularly in the oil/gas/energy industry where you get the chance to experience real-life industry challenges and projects, through guest lectures, company visits and networking events.
    • Our degrees have been accredited by the relevant professional engineering institutions, providing you with your first step into becoming a chartered engineer. Undergraduate Engineers intending to follow a professional engineering career should consider student membership of the appropriate Engineering Institution.
    • Our award winning Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter is one of the 230 student chapters around the world. We build strong relationships with members and non-members alike, and help you gain insight into the oil and gas industry.
    • TAU Racing was established in 2007 by a group of undergraduate engineers of various disciplines. The team’s goal each year is to design and build a single seat racing car to compete at Silverstone.
    • Hands-on experience of laboratory experiments and of industry-standard software is used to enhance your learning. 
    • Opportunities exist for industry sponsored scholarships and bursaries, final year individual projects undertaken with industry, and study abroad opportunities.

    Entry Requirements

    Qualifications

    4 Highers at ABBB - AB required in Mathematics and in Physics/Engineering Science. If applicant presents with H in Engineering Science instead of Physics, Mathematics must be A grade. S at grades 1, 2, or 3, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English.

    3 A Levels at BBB, B in Mathematics and Physics or a B in Design and Technology or a B in Engineering. GCSE English at C.

    Further detailed entry requirements for Engineering degrees.

    English Language Requirements

    To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

    Fees and Funding

    You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

    Fee Waiver

    For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

    Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

    Fee information
    Fee category Cost
    Home / EU £1,820
    All Students
    RUK £9,250
    Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year
    International Students £18,400
    Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year

    Additional Fees

    • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
    • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

    Funding Opportunities

    • We offer around 40 Entrance Scholarships of £1,000- £3,000 per annum, unless otherwise stated, to students with good academic potential while they study for an undergraduate degree at the University.
    • 2 Talisman-Sinopec (£2000), and 2 CNR International (£1000) Engineering Scholarships available for students starting an undergraduate Engineering degree in September.

    Our Funding Database

    View all funding options in our Funding Database.

    Careers

    Civil Engineering graduates are sought after in a wide variety of industries and business sectors. Civil Engineering graduates work in civil and structural companies, working on site, in design offices, project management, buildings and environmental engineering. Civil Engineers function very well in both onshore civil engineering sectors as well as the oil and gas energy sectors. In addition, as with any other discipline within our School, graduates benefit from processing skills in logical analysis, problem solving, management and communication which allow them to find employment outside the civil engineering discipline.

    Many graduate jobs are open to students studying any subject area.

    Our graduates have found employment with

    • Halliburton
    • Petrofac
    • Aker Solutions
    • Amec
    • Wood Group PSN
    • Subsea 7
    • ExxonMobil
    • Technip
    • Shell
    • Ministry of Defence
    • Acergy
    • BP

    More information - www.prospects.ac.uk/links/civilengdeg

    Career Opportunities

    • Assistant Structural Engineer
    • Graduate Civil Engineer
    • Graduate Riser Engineer
    • Graduate Structural Engineer
    • Offshore Structural Engineer
    • Trainee Field Engineer

    Accreditation

    According to your choice of curriculum, our MEng Honours degree is an accredited five-year Honours programme satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Energy Institute or by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The BEng Honours degree is an accredited four year Honours degree programme partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) while it fully meets the educational base for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

    What our Alumni Say

    • Nathan Aracena
      Nathan Aracena , Graduate Civil Engineer at Hinckley Point Nuclear Plant

      Nathan Aracena

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      Graduate Civil Engineer, Hinckley Point Nuclear Plant
      Graduated
      As an engineer and as someone who likes to put 110% into everything I do, I saw civil engineering as a degree that would hugely challenge me - which it has!

    Our Experts

    Programme Coordinator
    Dr Ana Ivanovic
    Programme Manager
    Dr Paul Davidson

    Information About Staff Changes

    You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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    Scotland's number 1 School of General Engineering

    Scotland's number 1 School of General Engineering, 10th in the UK

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    Institution of Civil Engineers

    Joining ICE as a student member helps you to build your future in civil engineering. It's FREE and you get lots of great benefits like career advice, resources to help you learn about the industry, and the chance to meet other civil engineers.

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    Engineering Society

    Engineering Society

    Student led social and employability events and networking.

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    Kindrogan 3rd year field-trip

    Kindrogan 3rd year field-trip

    A one-week residential Field Surveying and Hydrology field trip, which usually takes place in the first week of the Easter break.

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    Top 10 in the UK for Civil Engineering

    Civil Engineering is ranked 7th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2016/17)

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