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H290 - Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H290
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Our professionally accredited Civil Engineering MEng Honours degree includes an additional year of master's-level study, which deepens your knowledge and provides the basis for registering as a Chartered Engineer.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This four-year master's degree will prepare you for a rewarding career as a civil engineer with a strong understanding of our core infrastructure. You'll learn how we can address global challenges such as climate change, population growth, and resource scarcity.

With a practical, design-led focus running throughout the programme, you'll work in our specialist labs, using industry-standard equipment and techniques to gain real-world experience. This is supported by our industry links and team of world-class researchers.

You'll develop an in-depth knowledge of all five civil engineering disciplines, with the opportunity to specialise in environmental, geotechnical, transport, or water resource engineering in your final year.

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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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

Professional accreditation

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

Modules

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 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.

In Stage 1, you'll receive a broad introduction to the principles of engineering. You'll get involved in practical work from day one, with a residential field trip to the Yorkshire Dales.

Compulsory modules

In Stage 2, you'll delve further into key topics, with modules such as design of sustainable engineering systems, structural analysis, and hydraulics.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2 30
Statistics and Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers 10
Treatment of Water and Wastewater 10
Geotechnics 10
Structural Analysis 10
Steel and Concrete Structures 10
Construction Materials 10
Land Traffic and Highways 10
Hydraulics 10
Engineering Surveying II 10

Stage 3 covers topics such as spatial data modelling, geotechnical design, and engineering ethics and sustainability.

You'll also complete a sustainable engineering systems design project, allowing you to experience a major multidisciplinary design project. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Spatial Data Modelling and BIM 10
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3 20
Construction Management 10
Engineering Ethics and Sustainability 10
Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project 20
Geotechnical Design 10
Computational Engineering Analysis 20
Design of Transport Infrastructure 10
Hydrosystems Engineering 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through:

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

In a typical week, you'll have lectures each morning, followed by two or three lab or design sessions in the afternoons. In your final year, you'll work full time on a unit of study for one week, followed by a week of independent study. 

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills

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.

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

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.

Chat to a student

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

Opportunities

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 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

Facilities

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

Support

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

Our MEng graduates are sought after by leading employers from around the world. 92% of our graduates went into employment or further study within six months, with 92% of those in employment in professional or managerial jobs*.

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

  • graduate structural engineer
  • chartered engineer
  • graduate engineer

They've taken on these roles with companies such as:

  • BT Bell Consulting Engineers
  • Cundall
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • environmental agencies 

The practical, analytical, and problem-solving skills developed on the programme mean you'll also be highly employable in related sectors such as mining, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energy, as well as more diverse industries, including banking and management. 

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

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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+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

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. 

Find out more about the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAB

International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

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, including Newcastle University London. 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.

Additional information

Advice 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.

  • 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 Year 1 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 this course is not the best option 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, don’t 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 from the one you apply for (eg Foundation Year entry instead of Year 1 entry).

*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering, maths and physics 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.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

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.

Read more about fees and funding

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.

Read more about fees and funding

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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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

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.

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