This professionally accredited BEng degree provides you with specialist skills and knowledge in structural engineering. It includes a year in industry to boost your employability and professional expertise.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
You focus on the design of structures, such as bridges and buildings, through topics including:
- an introduction to architecture
- sustainable engineering systems
- construction management
You will enjoy high levels of design work and showcase your skills in sustainable engineering through design projects at each Stage.
Between Stages 2 and 3, you take a paid year in industry. This is a great opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience in the civil engineering sector. Some host companies even offer their placement students a job after they graduate.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Civil and Structural Engineering at Newcastle is ranked:
- Top 10 in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
- 2nd in the UK for research power (Research Fortnight)
- 90% overall student satisfaction (2016 National Student Survey)
- World top 200 for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
Gain an industry-recognised qualificationGain an industry-recognised qualification
Our degrees are professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).
This means future employers will recognise the quality of your degree because it meets high professional standards.
JBM-accreditated degrees develop professional engineers who are ready to make a global contribution to sustainable economic growth and ethical standards.
The JBM is made up of the following four professional bodies:
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.
Boost your employability with a year in in industryBoost your employability with a year in in industry
Between Stages 2 and 3, spend a year on a paid industrial placement, working on real-life civil engineering projects.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the industry, putting your learning into practice, and testing and developing your professional expertise.
You'll also develop valuable workplace skills such as teamwork, communication and project management. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer on graduation.
The School will give you extensive support to find a suitable placement. This includes identifying opportunities, writing your CV and making applications to our wide range of industrial contacts. There is also a dedicated tutor to help and support you during your year away from campus.
Our graduates are highly employable. The most recent data available shows that 100% of our Civil Engineering BEng Honours and MEng Honours graduates went into employment or further study within six months of graduating.
90% of those in employment were in professional or managerial jobs. (DLHE survey 2014)
Enjoy flexibility, variety and specialisationEnjoy flexibility, variety and specialisation
The size, success and professional expertise at Newcastle mean that we can offer five 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.
Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
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:
Design, and designing sustainable solutions to infrastructure problems, is at the heart of our degrees.
At each Stage, you undertake a large engineering design task. We have developed these from our world-leading research, in conjunction with our industrial partners.
This ensures you develop the latest research-based and professional knowledge.
You'll analyse your design theories in our state-of-the-art facilities, which have been independently rated as ‘excellent’.
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.
- CEG1004 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1
- CEG1101 Environmental Systems
- CEG1201 Geotechnical Properties of Soils and Rocks
- CEG1302 Structural Mechanics
- CEG1303 Engineering Materials
- CEG1501 Fluid Mechanics
- CEG1709 Engineering Surveying 1
- CEG1710 Geographic Information Systems
- ENG1001 Engineering Mathematics 1
- CEG2001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2
- CEG2002 Statistics and Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers
- CEG2101 Treatment of Water and Wastewater
- CEG2201 Geotechnics
- CEG2301 Structural Analysis
- CEG2302 Steel and Concrete Structures
- CEG2303 Construction Materials
- CEG2401 Land Traffic and Highways
- CEG2501 Hydraulics
- CEG2712 Engineering Surveying 2
Year in Industry
Between Stages 2 and 3, you may spend a year in industry on an approved placement. This is subject to successful completion of Stage 2 and an overall pass threshold of 50% at the end of Stage 1.
- ARC3020 Introduction to Architecture
- CEG3001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3
- CEG3002 Construction Management
- CEG3003 Engineering Ethics and Sustainability
- CEG3099 Individual Project
- CEG3201 Geotechnical Design
- CEG3301 Design of Building Systems
- CEG3302 Structural Analysis 2
- CEG3305 Computational Engineering Analysis
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.
In Stage 4, you work full time on a unit of study for one week, with the following week timetabled for independent study.
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.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
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 or 6) 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 or 6) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended 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 or 6) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
If you offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification in a topic relevant to the degree programme, we will vary our offer to recognise this.
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 or 6) 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 - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPARTNERS - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended 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 pre-sessional 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 Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£9,250 in 2017-18
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- 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 and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 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)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£17,935 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)
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.
We host a dedicated Civil Engineering professional development fair for second-year students. Many of the sector’s leading employers and professional bodies attend.
In recent years, our graduates have gone on to work for a range of leading companies and authorities such as Atkins, Arup, eCOM, 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.
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: