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Civil and Structural Engineering MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H242
  • Full time
  • 4 years

This professionally accredited MEng Honours degree includes an additional year of master's-level study. This gives you the basis for registering as a Chartered Engineer, as well as deepening your knowledge of the topic.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This accredited course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to become a chartered engineer with a strong understanding of the design of structures such as bridges and buildings.

During this degree you'll have the opportunity to take part in site visits and placements, providing a practical focus. You'll also carry out hands-on work in our specialist labs and facilities.

You'll develop your research skills in your final year through an investigative research project. You'll also study advanced topics in structural engineering, such as:

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

You'll graduate as a well-rounded engineer with an in-depth understanding of key civil and structural engineering topics.

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.


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Additional information

This degree allows you to explore several engineering disciplines in year one. This flexible route is taught across Civil, Electrical & Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.

You'll gain an understanding of engineering in a multidisciplinary context. You'll develop diverse skills relevant to the needs of industry and today’s global challenges.

After successfully completing Stage 1, you'll have the option of transferring on to one of the accredited Civil, Electrical & Electronic or Mechanical Engineering degrees. This is subject to the degree programme regulations and capacity of the degree you are transferring to.

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

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. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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.

Stage 1 will provide a broad introduction to the principles of engineering. You will gain an understanding of design processes in a multi-disciplinary context.

You will also focus on engineering materials, mechanics, and electrical and electronic engineering.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Engineering Mathematics I 20
Electrical and Magnetic Systems 15
Electronics and Sensors 10
Thermofluid Mechanics 15
Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials 15
Mechanics I 15
Introduction to Programming Languages (C, Matlab and Python) 15
Sustainable Design, Creativity and Professionalism 15

In Stage 2 you will 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. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Statistics and Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers 10
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2 20
Construction Management 10
Water Treatment Engineering for the 21st Century 10
Environmental Systems and Quantification 10
Geotechnics 10
Design of Building Elements 10
Land Traffic and Highways 10
Hydraulics 10
Engineering Surveying Fieldcourse 10
Engineering Mechanics: Statics 10

In Stage 3 you'll start to focus on specialist areas of structural engineering, with modules such as Introduction to Architecture, Design of Building Systems, and Structural Analysis. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Architecture 10
Construction Management 10
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3 20
Engineering Ethics and Sustainability 10
Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project 20
The Data-Centric Urban Environment 10
Foundation Design 10
Design of Building Systems 10
Structural Mechanics 10
Spatial Data Engineering and BIM 10

In Stage 4 you'll develop your skills further through an investigative research project. 

You'll also have the opportunity to choose from modules such as Global Engineering, Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering, and Career Development. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Public Policy: Infrastructure and Climate Change 10
Digital Engineering and Analytics 10
Construction Project Management 10
Investigative Research Project 30
Structural Reliability 10
Engineering Mechanics of Composites 10
Seismic Resistant Design 10
Advanced Structural Modelling 10
Optional Modules Credits
Global Engineering - An International Design and Build Challenge 20
Bridge to Industry 20
Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

During your studies you'll learn and gain hands-on experience through:

  • lectures
  • practical work
  • site visits
  • individual study
  • group work

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Throughout your studies, 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 will also benefit from our new multidisciplinary environmental lab and enjoy full-scale field facilities off campus.

Business skills

Real business skills are embedded throughout the course, through design-focused modules. 

In your final year, you'll also have the option to study Global Engineering, a unique international design and build challenge, Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering, where you'll learn how to set up and operate a business in the construction sector, or Career Development including a work placement. 

Research skills

Throughout the programme you'll be exposed to cutting-edge research and be taught by some of the leading researchers in the field.

You'll also 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.

Lorena, Civil Engineering student


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

This civil and structural engineering degree is also available with a year's work placement, as a five-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.

Find out more about work placements

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


To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive:

  • a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable)
  • a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment

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.

Your future

Civil and Structural Engineering graduates are highly employable with a diverse and transferable skill set, alongside the very specialist skills needed to succeed as a civil or structural engineer.

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 these roles with companies such as:

  • Atkins
  • Arup
  • eCOM
  • EH2M Hill
  • Transport for London
  • Balfour Beatty

Others have secured roles within the mining, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries.

Industry Links

We have strong links with regional partners and industry leaders, including Robert McAlpine, Aecom, Wood Group, Bowmer + Kirkland, and many more. 

Through these links you'll have access to guest lectures and site visits, as well as networking and placement opportunities. 

The North East regional office of the Institute of Civil Engineering is also based within the department, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved. 

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Careers support

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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: MEng Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


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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