Graduate Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering

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Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship is designed to produce graduates with:

  • the ability to work in a safe and sustainable way, according to environmental requirements;
  • the ability to select appropriate techniques, procedures and technology and use relevant theoretical knowledge and understanding of key concepts and materials;
  • scientific and mathematical knowledge and understanding;
  • skills in the use of appropriate technologies and digital platforms used in civil engineering;
  • skills in the collection and critical analysis of data, combined with appropriate critical- thinking and problem-solving ability;
  • skills to design and test civil engineering solutions and to communicate them in an appropriate way;
  • the ability to plan and manage projects, including managing and monitoring risk, operating and evaluating performance and managing and allocating tasks and resources;
  • the ability to contribute to continuous improvement and organisational performance;
  • the ability to follow professional standards and work in an ethical manner;
  • an understanding of the importance of, and the ability to, maintain awareness of sustainability and environmental legislation, innovation and best practice;
  • the ability to reflect on own performance and identify areas for improvement to broaden and expand theoretical understanding and knowledge of current and emerging professional engineering practice and techniques.

University-based learning

Teaching will take place one day a week in the University over 42 weeks a year. This will allow a two week break at both Christmas and Easter and a six week break in the summer.

Work-based learning

Work-based learning is integrated into the curriculum and assessed as a stand-alone component each year as apprentices build a body of work demonstrating their growing competence as engineers. These types of assessment recognise the diversity of civil engineering, enabling apprentices to reflectively analyse their areas of work which are often beyond the scope of the typical academic curriculum. The work-based learning assessments are also more inclusive, enabling apprentices to be recognised for their broader engineering abilities.


  • The Graduate Apprentice must be a resident in Scotland at the start of their programme.
  • Their usual place of work must be in Scotland.
  • They should not already have a qualification at the same level in the same subject.
  • They should also meet the University’s entry requirements.
“Honestly the best decision I have made is applying to this course. The University of Dundee is gaining an excellent reputation for the civil engineering Graduate Apprenticeships and I would recommend to anyone to come and do it. Many people do not always achieve grades at High School so University is not always first choice but that option should always remain and this scheme allows this.”

Calum Robertson, Civil Engineering Graduate Apprentice

Learning outcomes

Regular workshops with programme partners will review content in line with both employer and apprentice needs.

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Structural Behaviour & Mechanics
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Health & Safety
  • Engineering Materials
  • Surveying
  • Engineering Design Project

Year 2

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Structural Behaviour & Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Highway Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Software
  • Engineering Design Project

Year 3

  • Conceptual Design Project
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Designing Steel & Concrete Structures
  • Engineering Materials and Environment
  • Soil Mechanics

Year 4

  • Individual Research Project
  • Geo-environmental Engineering
  • Structural Design
  • Water Resources & Treatment
  • Concrete Durability & Repair Technology

Entry requirements

Candidates should have one of:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship in a relevant area and Higher maths and a science or engineering higher (physics is preferred)
  • a Foundation Apprenticeship in a relevant area and Higher maths and a science or engineering higher (physics is preferred)
  • BBBB at Higher including maths and a science or engineering Higher (physics is preferred) or equivalent

If you have candidates who you would be interested in sending on this Graduate Apprenticeship, but do not have any formal qualifications they can:

We will work closely with you on the admission process. For example, if you are hiring a new employee as a Graduate Apprentice, we will happily discuss their qualifications prior to you hiring them so that we can check they are eligible to apply.