This professionally accredited BEng degree provides you with the specialist skills and knowledge you need for a career in the engineering surveying profession.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
You focus on the surveying and measurement skills required to ensure that infrastructure is built as it is designed, in exactly the right position.
You take modules from our infrastructure, modelling and informatics, and surveying themes, including:
- a residential field mapping course in the Lake District
- digital surveying techniques
- 3D laser scanning
You will enjoy high levels of design work and showcase your skills in sustainable engineering through design projects at each Stage.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Civil and Structural Engineering at Newcastle is ranked:
- 2nd in the UK for research power (Research Fortnight)
- 90% overall student satisfaction (2016 National Student Survey)
- World top 150 for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
Our Civil and Surveying Engineering degrees are accredited by Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
They will also be going through the accreditation process with the JBM and RICS.
This means you can be assured of graduating with a degree that meets the standards set by industry.
Become a chartered engineerBecome a chartered engineer
Both our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.
Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are a direct route to becoming chartered. You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to achieve chartered status.
Our BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, like an approved Master’s degree.
Visit the Engineering Council’s website for information about the benefits of becoming chartered.
Enjoy flexibility, variety and specialisationEnjoy flexibility, variety and specialisation
The size, success and professional expertise at Newcastle mean that we can offer six study themes in civil engineering.
You'll study each theme in different proportions, depending on which degree you choose, building to a highly specialised study programme to prepare you for your future career.
Our study themes are:
- modelling and information systems
- surveying engineering
- environmental systems
- human and management systems
Find out more about what you will study in the Course Details section.
Benefit from our industry linksBenefit from our industry links
Graduate with the skills employers look for, thanks to the input of our industry advisory panel into your degree programme.
Network with professional engineers at the regional office of the Institution of Civil Engineers. It's hosted here at Newcastle.
Learn from speakers from industry, who we use extensively throughout our degrees to bring theory to life.
Receive support and advice from practising engineers on your annual team design project. And showcase your work at our annual exhibition.
Observe professional engineers at work through field visits to live civil engineering sites.
Compete for prizes donated by industry at each Stage. Categories include best overall student performance, best design performance and best project.
Learn in outstanding facilitiesLearn in outstanding facilities
Study at Newcastle and you will join our School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.
We have fantastic facilities to develop professional skills you'll need in your career.
These include specialist laboratories on campus, where you'll test your design decisions and learn how different materials behave. For example:
- testing heavy structures, like reinforced concrete beams
- analysing the properties of different materials, like steel and timber
- exploring chemical and biological properties of waters, soils and more
- studying how water behaves in flood or heavy rainfall
- testing highway design with our driving simulator
You can find out more about our facilities on the School website.
You will also have access to full-scale field facilities off campus, including:
- flood defence schemes
- instrumented river catchment system
- hydro-borehole facility
- engineering embankment
- electric vehicles
To make sure you get off to a fantastic start, we also give you a free start-up pack. This contains essential resources for your studies including key text books and laboratory/site safety wear.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
Do you want to become a technical officer in the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF or Defence Engineering and Science Group when you graduate?
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
DTUS is a sponsorship programme for students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.
Find out more on our Armed Forces page.
What you will study - key themesWhat you will study - key themes
You study modules across five themes, in different proportions depending on which degree you choose, including:
This theme introduces you to the principles of structural and materials engineering that can be applied to the design and building of:
- transport systems
Modelling and informatics
You will develop your fundamental mathematical, analytical and computational skills that you'll use in your design projects through this theme.
This theme explores our relationship with the environment around us, including water, land and air.
Human and management systems
This theme focuses on the challenges facing civil engineers, such as:
- climate change
- growing populations and scarce resources
- issues such as ethics and management
This theme introduces you to:
- engineering surveying
- aerial photography
- 3D laser scanning
It will also introduce you to mapping and positioning techniques that underpin any infrastructure project.
Our degrees are divided into stages and each stage lasts for an academic year:
- you take 120 credits' worth of modules at each Stage
- some modules are compulsory to make sure you get all the essential knowledge you need
- optional modules let you tailor the degree towards your personal interests
Programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.
- CEG1001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1
- CEG1201 Geotechnical Properties of Soils and Rocks
- CEG1302 Structural Mechanics
- CEG1303 Engineering Materials
- CEG1501 Fluid Mechanics
- CEG1701 SMS Fieldcourse
- CEG1703 Surveying
- ENG1001 Engineering Mathematics 1
- CEG2001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2
- CEG2002 Statistics and Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers
- CEG2201 Geotechnics
- CEG2301 Structural Analysis
- CEG2302 Steel and Concrete Structures
- CEG2303 Construction Materials
- CEG2501 Hydraulics
- CEG2701 Digital Surveying
- CEG2708 Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning I
- CEG2719 GNSS for Geoscientists and Engineers
- CEG3001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3
- CEG3002 Construction Management
- CEG3003 Engineering Ethics and Sustainability
- CEG3099 Individual Design Project
- CEG3201 Geotechnical Design
- CEG3301 Design of Building Systems
- CEG3711 Map Projections and Datums for Engineers
- CEG3712 GNSS Surveying
- CEG3713 Computational Engineering Analysis B
- CEG3714 Analysis of Observations
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
You'll learn through lectures, practical work, site visits, individual study, and group work.
A typical week includes lectures each morning with two or three laboratory or design sessions in the afternoons.
We'll assess you through coursework. This may include:
- reports and calculations
- using 3D visualisation tools
- making presentations to practising engineers from industry
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Support and settling inSupport and settling in
We provide plenty of support to help you successfully move from school to university study. We’ll help you settle in quickly and are here if you have any issues.
We support you through:
- a personal tutor – a member of academic staff who can help with academic and personal issues
- a peer mentor – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have
- our student-run society, CEGSoc – to help you make friends with your coursemates, with social events throughout the year
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
Advice on Maths and Science requirementsAdvice on Maths and Science requirements
If you don’t think you will have the exact Mathematics and Science qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do. We hope that the following will help.
- If you already have, or are taking, the A level (or equivalent) Maths and Science qualifications specified in our entry requirements, you should apply for stage 1 (First Year) entry of the engineering degree course in which you are interested
- If you have a Maths qualification but will not have it at A level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year. We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in First Year if we think that this will be the best route for you
- If you have A level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that our engineering courses are not the best options for you
- If you will not have the equivalent of an A level in the Science subject (if any) required, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year.
If you are still not sure, do not worry.
Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may therefore make you an offer for a different course (e.g. Foundation Year entry instead of First Year entry) from the one you apply for.
(*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the Engineering School to which you have applied. A fee of £150 is payable at the time of booking the exam or shortly before the date set for examination.)
A LevelsA Levels
AAB including Mathematics but excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at A or AS level.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. Higher Physics required at grade B if not offered at Advanced Higher. Two Highers at the required grade (in different subjects to those offered at Advanced Higher) may replace a third Advanced Higher
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
35 points with Mathematics at Higher Level grade 5 or above. Physics required at Standard Level grade 5 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
Candidates will normally only be considered for foundation year entry. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
In a relevant area of engineering or physical science. 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and a further 15 level 3 credits at Merit or above required. At least 15 credits should be in mathematics at Distinction (including differential and integral calculus). Other units should include analytical engineering sciences (e.g. mechanical or electrical science/principles, physics, chemistry, materials science, electronics). GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry only. Please see Engineering with Foundation Year for specific entrance requirements.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2 in Principal Subjects including Mathematics . GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Mathematics but excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at A or AS level.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry only. Please see Engineering with Foundation Year for specific entrance requirements. Successful completion of Partners Summer School.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
Foundation YearFoundation Year
If you don’t have the right mathematics and/or science qualifications for direct entry, you can take a Civil Engineering Foundation Year:
- Civil Engineering with Foundation Year BEng Honours (H201)
- Civil Engineering with Foundation Year MEng Honours (H291)
This will provide you with the knowledge you need to progress to one of our three- or four-year Civil Engineering degrees.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Newcastle University Admissions Policy for 2016 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Civil Engineering careers
The quality of Newcastle graduates is well recognised by the engineering profession and our students have an excellent record for obtaining rewarding employment at the end of their degree programmes.
In recent years, our graduates have gone on to work for a range of leading companies and authorities such as Atkins, Arup, AECOM, CH2M Hill, Mott MacDonald, MWH, Transport for London, and Balfour Beatty.
As well as civil engineering careers, graduates have gone to work in the mining, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries.
Some graduates have chosen to undertake advanced study (eg PhD or MSc) in civil engineering or related subjects. Others take up commissions in the Armed Forces.
An engineering degree will also equip you with the skills for a career in a wide variety of areas such as general management, administration, banking and insurance, with organisations such as HSBC and IBM.
Find out more about the career options for Civil Engineering from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Our undergraduate tuition fees for UK/EU students for 2017-18 will be set and published when the government establishes limits for tuition fees.
£9,000 in 2016-17. Fees for 2017-18 and beyond are subject to review and government legislation.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2016 and 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£17,935 per year
£17,080 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle University Scholarships in addition to government financial support.
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Find out more about the scholarships available in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.
Also, you may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about: