School of Engineering

Civil Engineering: Undergraduate

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design, build and maintain vital infrastructure underpinning our quality of life.

Undergraduate Civil Engineering students

Our Degrees

Get a broad-ranging knowledge of Civil Engineering. Gain in-depth expertise in one of our specialist areas. Develop the skills to collaborate with engineers from other disciplines.

Civil Engineering is everything that’s been built around us. It’s about roads and railways, schools, offices, hospitals, water and power supply, and much more.

Civil engineers design, create and connect the world around us. They help make villages, towns and cities work for the people that live there.

At Newcastle, you'll study a design-intensive course. You'll have a wide range of opportunities to build great foundations for your career. We'll equip you to tackle major sustainability challenges facing society, such as population growth and climate change.

Our Civil Engineering degrees are professionally accredited. We've developed them through our close links with industry. From day one, you’re on the path to becoming a professional engineer addressing major global challenges.

Civil Engineering

A Newcastle Civil Engineering degree will equip you with broad-ranging knowledge. You'll have the option of an additional year of Master's-level study to extend your knowledge in:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transport Engineering, or
  • Water Resources Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering

Focus on the design of structures, such as bridges and buildings, with one of our Civil and Structural Engineering degrees. Topics include sustainable engineering systems and construction management. Take the option of an additional year of Master's-level study to extend your knowledge in:

  • seismic resistant design
  • unique and unusual structures
  • structural reliability and analysis

Undergraduate Courses in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Start your journey to becoming a professional civil engineer.

Civil Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering with Foundation Year

BEng and MEng Honours with Foundation Year

Don't have the entry requirements? Develop the knowledge you need to progress to one of our degrees.

Scholarships and Funding

A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students in Civil Engineering.



Why Choose Us?

Students are partners in our education model. You'll work alongside academics and industry partners who are leaders in their field. You'll learn how to design innovative and sustainable solutions to major global challenges.

Be part of a long tradition of engineering excellence. Here in Newcastle is where great innovators such as Armstrong, Stephenson, Merz and Swan developed ideas that changed the world.

Our Global Community

Our diverse community includes students from over 100 nationalities. We unite people and cultures, providing you with a truly global student experience.

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations. Our policies ensure that all protected characteristics are made welcome in our School. We encourage women in engineering, and are nearing our goal of 25% of our female student cohort.

Integrated Engineering and Our Impact

Our integrated approach to teaching and research gives you the ability to collaborate across subject disciplines.

The School's research groups contribute to three research themes:

Our teaching is informed by our ground-breaking research. Research groups in Civil Engineering include:

Teaching Excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.

Teaching Excellence Framework TEF Gold

Quality and Ranking

We are:

  • 2nd in the UK for research power – Research Fortnight
  • top 175 – Engineering and Technology category; Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • top 150Civil and Structural Engineering category; QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Join the Transformational World of Engineering


Your Learning Experience

Here at Newcastle, you're a Student Engineer, not an Engineering Student. Right from day one, you're on course to becoming a professional engineer with a world of opportunities.


of our UK-domiciled graduates

have gone on to employment or further study within six months of graduating


Your learning will include both the theory and practical application of civil engineering. You'll have access to both large and small scale facilities, providing you with a real-world experience.

Supporting You

You'll flourish as a part of our inspiring, supportive and challenging environment.

You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors, and student buddies within our School.

The University also provide student support and wellbeing services, and our Students’ Union has a range of resources.

Engage with Industry

You'll engage with industry in a number of ways, including industry events such as ACCESS, guest lectures, projects, placements, and in-school support. You'll also have support from our award-winning Careers Service.

Our students also benefit from our close links with industry and visit live projects on-site to see engineering in practice and learn about the challenges Civil Engineering professionals overcome each day. It’s a great way to meet working engineers at different stages of their careers.

You'll also have the opportunity to enhance your employability by spending a year in industry. See our Year in Industry programmes.

Study Abroad

Our Study Abroad option has seen students experience student life at one of our partner universities in Europe including Sweden or worldwide with destinations including Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Our MEng degrees allow students to study Global Engineering, an international design and build challenge that has seen students work in the remote Sabah region of Borneo solving global problems.

See our Civil Engineering students solve global challenges

World-class Facilities and Living Laboratories

We have a wide range of Civil Engineering facilities for teaching and research.

Our exceptional laboratories include many analytical instruments. Our facilities support our Civil Engineering research, teaching and commercial work. They span the city and the north of England and allow us to study full scale, real world science and engineering as it happens.

Our facilities include:


Our Students

What do our students think of our Civil Engineering degrees?



Our graduates are sought after by leading industry employers from across the globe.


Average starting salary

Typical range £23k-£28k


Student Engineers

We see our students as ‘Student Engineers’, meaning right from day one, you will be on the pathway to becoming a professional engineer. 

A Chartered Engineer (CEng) 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 further qualifications to work toward chartered status.
  • Our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved Master's degree.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website

From Student to Graduate to Professional Chartered Engineer

Here at Newcastle, we host the regional office of the Institution of Civil Engineers, providing you with opportunities to meet with staff and professional engineers. ICE North East supports over 2,000 members, living and working in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Tees Valley.

Industrial Contact

Our professionally accredited degrees provides you with industry exposure in a number of ways:

  • placements
  • projects
  • industry prizes
  • competitions
  • guest lectures
  • site visits
  • careers support
  • careers fairs

We support your engagement with industry through our:

  • Professional Bodies
  • Industrial Advisory Boards
  • Academic Leads
  • Industrial Liaison Managers
  • Careers Service Marketing Professionals
  • Business Development Managers
  • Alumni

Awareness of Careers in Civil Engineering for Second year Students

Our ACCESS event provides Stage 2 Civil Engineering students with the chance to meet our industrial partners. It provides an insight into the sector. It will enhance your employment prospects through placements and graduate vacancies.

Engineers without Borders

A degree from the School of Engineering will open up a world of opportunities in careers ranging from groundbreaking research and consultancy to business and management, in the UK and Europe.

Our past graduates also work on advising government on policy as well as for world-leading organisations.

Our Graduates

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates are employed by leading industry organisations from across the globe.

Arup: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Balfour Beatty
Aecom: A top graduate destination
Laing O'Rourke
Royal Haskoning DHV
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Mott MacDonald: A top graduate destination
TfL Transport for London
Atkins: A top graduate destination
Jacobs: A top graduate destination

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

All our undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The Scheme sponsors students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.