This course will allow you to develop broad-ranging engineering knowledge. You'll gain the specific skills you need to turn designs for buildings and bridges into reality, or design innovative and sustainable solutions to global challenges.
From day one, the course has a practical focus, and you'll have the opportunity to take part in site visits and placements. You'll also carry out hands-on work in our specialist labs and facilities.
Emerging as a well-rounded engineer with an in-depth understanding of the key civil engineering disciplines. You'll focus on the design of structures with topics such as an introduction to architecture, sustainable engineering systems, and construction management.
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.
Quality and ranking
- 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 150 – Civil and Structural Engineering category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
This degree is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is made up of the following four professional bodies:
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- Institution of Structural Engineers
- Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
- Institute of Highway Engineers
The JBM works with universities to ensure their degree programmes develop professional engineers who will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Your first year will provide a broad introduction to the principles of civil engineering, covering topics such as environmental systems, structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, and engineering mathematics.
You'll get involved in practical work from day one, with a residential field trip to the Yorkshire Dales.
|Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1||30|
|Geotechnical Properties of Soils and Rocks||10|
|Engineering Surveying I||10|
|Geographic Information Systems||10|
|Engineering Mathematics I||20|
In Stage 2, you'll delve further into key topics, with modules such as design of sustainable engineering systems, structural analysis, land traffic and highways, and hydraulics.
You'll also take part in a site visit to Edinburgh.
In Stage 3, the programme will start to integrate specialist areas of structural engineering, with modules such as Introduction to Architecture, Design of Building Systems, and Structural Analysis.
You'll also complete an in-depth individual project, allowing you to carry out a substantial piece of research, addressing current and future issues in civil and structural engineering.
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through:
- practical work
- site visits
- individual study
- group work
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Skills and experience
You'll carry out practical work in our specialist labs, including testing your design decisions, learning how different materials behave, and carrying out experimental work in the structures labs.
You'll also have access to our new multidisciplinary environmental lab, as well as full-scale field facilities off campus, including flood defence schemes, electric vehicles, and an engineering embankment.
You'll study design-focused modules, where you will develop your professional skills, carry out critical reviews, and reflective logs that mirror those used in industry.
You'll also take part in a number of site visits, where you'll observe professional engineers at work.
You'll be taught by world-class researchers and cutting-edge research will be at the forefront of your learning. You'll undertake independent projects based around the latest industry developments, conducting your own research.
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Newcastle is a great university to study at. Everyone is friendly and helpful and you feel welcomed from the beginning. It’s in a great city, full of life at any time of the day and night.
This civil engineering degree is also available with a year's work placement, as a four-year programme.
You'll apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
Our Civil Engineering courses are taught at our city-centre campus, within the School of Engineering and are based in the Cassie Building.
You'll benefit from world-class facilities and living labs, ranging from microbiology laboratories through to at-scale engineering equipment.
Each engineering discipline has its own specialist facilities, including:
- the Millennium Laboratory – home to a wide range of facilities and experimental rigs
- Merz Court Pilot Plant Laboratory – a pilot plant with 28 experimental rigs
- BE:WISE – Europe's largest wastewater treatment research facility
- the Urban Observatory – with sensors gathering over 50 types of data across the city
- Electronics Teaching Lab – home to state-of-the-art Agilent/Keysight digital test equipment
- Clean-Room Microfabrication Lab – home to two class 100-10000 clean rooms
You'll receive comprehensive support from the moment you arrive at the University. You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, and degree tutors. You'll also benefit from the School's student buddies scheme.
When you graduate from this programme, you'll be highly employable with a diverse and transferable skill set, alongside the very specialist skills needed to succeed as a civil or structural engineer.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work in roles such as:
- graduate civil engineer
- graduate structural engineer
- consultant to architect
- design-build contractor
They've taken on roles with companies such as:
- EH2M Hill
- Transport for London
- Balfour Beatty
Graduates have taken on work in a range of industries, within mining, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energy.
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme
This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
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Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
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.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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