The Civil Engineering Graduate Level Apprenticeship is designed to produce graduates who can:

  • analyse and describe theories and principles and apply these to problems in the context of civil engineering
  • analyse and solve solutions to civil engineering problems associated with structural and geotechnical design and explain construction methods
  • analyse emerging technologies and application to civil engineering problems
  • manage their own learning and take responsibility for organising work to meet deadlines
  • develop an understanding of how to work effectively in teams and reflect on their own work
  • evaluate and develop research skills, analyse project management, safety, and sustainable construction methodologies
  • be familiar with methods and knowledge pertinent to their own role. This could include health, safety and environmental legislation, sustainability, quality (all in context of construction) and design of projects and agreeing standards

University-based learning

Teaching will take place one day a week in the University over 44 weeks a year. This will allow a two week break at both Christmas and Easter and a four week break in the summer.

Work-based learning

Graduate Level Apprenticeships at the University of Dundee are project-based degrees. We engage with employers to find projects that apprentices can undertake as part of their employment and apply the skills and knowledge acquired through their study.


  • The Graduate Level 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.

Learning outcomes

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

Year 1

  • Health and Safety
  • Civil Engineering Contract and Project Management
  • Civil Engineering Material and Testing
  • Civil Engineering Specialisms
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Managing Relationships
  • Construction Technical Communication Skills
  • Core Skills

Year 2

  • Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Water Supply Engineering
  • Construction Site Surveying
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Geotechnics
  • Reinforced Concrete Design and Detailing
  • Structural Steel Design and Detailing
  • Highway Engineering
  • Programming
  • Operations
  • Information Management
  • Core Skills

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 Level Apprenticeship, but do not have any formal qualifications they can:

  • go through a recognition of prior learning interview and/or
  • enter through Discover Learning at Dundee see

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