Civil Engineering MEng

This four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) Civil Engineering degree is the highest award for undergraduate study in engineering and is designed for more able students. Combining our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree with Masters-level material, it allows you to further distinguish yourself with an advanced set of professional and technical skills. An MEng Civil Engineering course also removes the need to source further funding to study a Master's level qualification. On completion, you will be better placed to compete in the graduate jobs market and enter more demanding and rewarding roles. 

On this Civil Engineering course, you'll study core topics such as mathematics, structures, materials, geotechnics, hydraulics and surveying. Threads of design, sustainability, health and safety, and professionalism are also embedded in the course. You'll learn how to use industry-standard software for the design and construction of civil engineering projects. There are also opportunities for field trips and work placements.


What you will study

For the first three years, you will study alongside those on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course. This will give you the opportunity to learn fundamental engineering principles, further develop your knowledge and skills and gain an appreciation for concepts relevant to civil engineering. In your fourth year, your additional year of study, you will apply what you've already learned on a substantial project.

Year One: Civil Engineering degree

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Construction Materials 1
  • Construction Materials 2
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics 1
  • Site Practice, Planning and Measurement
  • Surveying - Optional
  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design
  • Engineering Mechanics 1

Year Two: Civil Engineering degree

  • Further Mathematics for Engineers
  • Sustainability in Civil Engineering Designd
  • Civil Engineering Practice Running
  • Engineering Surveying and Highway Design
  • Geotechnics and Engineering Geology
  • Hydraulics and Engineering Hydrology
  • Mechanics of Materials and Structures
  • Analytical and Numerical Methods

Year Three: Civil Engineering degree

  • Transportation - Optional
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering
  • Business and Finance for Engineers - Optional
  • Civil Engineering Management
  • Group Project - Design and Sustainability
  • Individual Project  
  • Geotechnics - Analysis and Design
  • Structural Engineering - Optional

Year Four: Civil Engineering degree

  • Integrative Group Project Seismic Analysis and Design to Eurocodes - Optional
  • Structural Timber and Masonry Design to Eurocodes - Optional
  • Further Finite Element Analysis - Optional
  • Non-destructive Testing - Optional
  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials 
  • Integrative Project Planning and Management - Optional
  • Geo-environmental Engineering
  • Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainability - Optional
  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Concrete Design -Optional
  • Further Advanced Structural Analysis and Steel/Composite Design - Optional
  • Safety Health and Environmental Engineering - Optional





Our Civil Engineering lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world.

You will learn through lectures, which are supported by tutorials, practical sessions and seminar groups. Wherever possible, your work will be based on live projects and case studies, with contributions from industry professionals.

You will have the opportunity to go on exciting field trips to build on your knowledge (additional costs apply). In recent years, students have travelled to Beijing to visit the Olympic structures, the Great Wall of China, and the 13th China International Exhibition of Building Materials and Green Construction.

Most project modules are based on 'live' schemes, supported by guest lectures from professional engineers. This ensures you receive an in-depth briefing on many aspects of real-life construction


The Civil Engineering degree is assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.

Course details


The MEng Civil Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See for further information.


Our strong links with the civil engineering profession mean you'll have opportunities for site visits, industrial placements and, for students on sandwich courses, practitioner mentoring. 


Our civil engineering labs are equipped with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.



Employment opportunities for our graduates are excellent. Graduates of our Civil Engineering degree secure work with consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and local authorities, with a range of companies that include Capita Symonds, BAM Nuttall, Hyder Consulting, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Morgan Est, Carillion, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Network Rail, United Utilities, and various international companies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Application tips

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly. 

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Fees and funding

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000 
  • Full-time International: £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University's library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student's own expense.

MEng Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration
95TD UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC to include Mathematics and at least one other numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level to include Mathematics and at least one other numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject

Typical IB Offer

30 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in Mathematics and one other numerate Science eg (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

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