Do you want to design, create and shape the world around us? You can improve and protect the environment through civil engineering on a local and global scale.
Civil Engineering is concerned with harnessing the great powers of nature for our use and convenience. Civil Engineers create, improve and protect the environment, they are involved in overseeing large-scale projects from design through to construction and completion.
We provide a friendly and informal teaching and learning environment with a high staff-student ratio and an excellent employment record for our graduates.
Our staff are constantly seeking to meet new challenges and opportunities within the areas of civil, structural and environmental engineering. Our programmes are research-led, and therefore develop continuously to reflect leading-edge technology and current and emerging needs of the profession.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) Level. The programme is accredited as follows:
MEng Accredited CEng (Full)
The MEng degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)
The BEng degree is accredited as:
- fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
- partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.
Who should study Civil Engineering?
- if you can combine intellectual talents with a creative, innovative and practical outlook ...
- if you want a wide variety of opportunities and challenges during your studies and your career ...
- if you wish to make positive changes and improve the living environment on local and global scales ...
then Civil Engineering is for you.
A pre-eminent centre for Civil Engineering
There are opportunities for vocational industrial placements at all levels with a range of major companies and organisations. Dundee is a pre-eminent centre for Civil Engineering with internationally-renowned research groups in concrete technology, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, lightweight and deployable structures, and construction management.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics. An additional science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees||AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees, plus AB at Higher in different subjects|
|GCE A-Level||BEng: BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred)
MEng: ABB at A-Level including mathematics. Physics is recommended
|BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees|
|BTEC||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||BEng: 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred)
MEng: 32 points at Higher Level grades 6, 5, 5 to include mathematics. Physics is recommended.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level including mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1||A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points.
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2
|Scottish Baccalaureate||BEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. A science/engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|BEng - Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|SWAP Access||Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics Units at SCQF Level 6||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|Advanced Diploma||BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|Welsh Baccalaureate||BEng - Pass with A level at AB including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Pass with A level at AB including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|BEng - Pass with A level at AA including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Pass with A level at AA including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|European Baccalaureate||BEng - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics. A Science/Engineering Êsubject is recommended
MEng - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics. Physics is recommended
|BEng - 75% overall with 7.5 in ÊMathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEngÊ- 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics. Physics is recommended
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be assessed
Modules are assessed through either
- coursework for example:
- laboratory reports
- structural design submissions
or a combination of these.
How you will be taught
We use a range of teaching methods including:
- laboratory experiments,
- design and research projects with leading research staff,
- computer aided design,
- computer aided learning,
- site visits/experience,
- specialist seminars,
- surveying/geology residential camp and
- the application of professional software.
What you will study
MEng Honours Degree
An MEng honours degree normally takes five years, full time, you study levels 1-5, as described below.
BEng Honours Degree
A BEng honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.
Advanced Entry Honours Degree
It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 for the BEng or 2-5 for the MEng. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.
Direct entry to Level 3 of the BEng is also possible if you have previously studied Civil Engineering or a related subject in further or higher educational establishments.
Typical Degree Programme
Level 1 brings students from different backgrounds to a common knowledge of the main subjects required to study in a range of engineering disciplines. Through project work, we will introduce you to construction professionals and the jobs they do, and to structural analysis and behaviour enabling you to analyse basic trusses and beam arrangements.
- Professional Engineering Practice
- Engineering Project
- Statics and Beams
Level 2 develops your core knowledge and understanding of engineering. On completion of Level 2 you will be able to use both mathematical and engineering methods to solve engineering problems, and will have developed your communication skills. You will have become aware of issues such as health and safety, the environment and the role of the professional engineer in society.
- Engineering Software and Design
- Mathematics for Engineers
- Structural Analysis
- Surveying and Project
- Materials and Fluid Mechanics
On completion of Level 3 you will have studied in greater depth all the core civil engineering topics including structural design in steel and concrete, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, management and geotechnical engineering.
- Civil Engineering Materials and the Environment
- Conceptual Design Project
- Design Project
- Fluid Mechanics
- Mathematics for Engineers
- Soil Mechanics
- Steel and Concrete Structures
- Structural Analysis
- The Business Framework
If your progress permits, you may be able to transfer from the BEng to the MEng at the end of Semester 1 in Level 3.
On completion of Level 4 you will be ready to take your place as an effective member of a civil engineering team, whether it is in the field of design or construction. You will have completed a major research project and taken a range of advanced modules that will assist you in meeting the basic requirements needed to become a Chartered Engineer.
All students undertake a Research Project, plus:
- Advanced Soil and Rock Mechanics
- Construction Management
- Structural Design
- Structural Systems
- Water Resources and Treatment
plus two modules from a choice of:
- Concrete Durability and Repair Technology
- Environmental Hydraulics
- Geo-environmental Engineering
As with all BEng degree programmes accredited at Chartered Engineer level, there is the need for a period of further learning at the equivalent of Level 5.
Level 5 is the final year of the MEng programme and concentrates on modules concerned with the latest developments in engineering design and construction and a multidisciplinary project that will develop your skills in team-working and managing projects. It exempts you from the further learning requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.
All students undertake a Multi-disciplinary Project, plus the following taught modules:
- Advanced Structural Analysis
- Project Management
- Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
- Sustainable Construction
There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors. The latest Institution of Civil Engineers Salary Survey for the UK (2010) indicates that the average total income of its senior members is nearly £100k, while that of recent graduates is £27.5k.
We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.
Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.
There were a number of things that contributed to my fantastic experience of studying Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee. The friends that I made, on and off my course, and the support given from both teaching and non-teaching staff at the University were very important factors.
The course itself covered a wide variety of topics, which meant there was something that everyone enjoyed and really helped us to discover the area of Civil Engineering we would wish to pursue in our careers. Additionally, the hands on lab work really helped to bring many of our topics to life.
One of the most unique parts of the course was the lecturers, they were very approachable and always willing to help, making the five years more enjoyable and us more enthusiastic about our learning. There was also a great environment on campus with plenty of extracurricular and social activities to get involved in.
During my final year I was offered my current graduate job as a Civil Engineer for Arup in their South Queensferry Bridges team. What I learnt at university provided me with an exceptional technical basis which I put into practice regularly in my day to day work. I love my job and would not be where I am without the help and support I received throughout my time at the University of Dundee.
Civil Engineering Graduate
The diversity of theoretical and practical modules taught by the Civil Engineering lecturers at Dundee University equipped me with fundamental skills where I was able to excel myself, and enhance my job opportunities. I was able to greatly develop my interpersonal, technical, and IT skills through participating in various group based project that where focused primarily on designing real life structures. The job market nowadays is becoming increasingly competitive and construction companies demand highly skilled graduates. Dundee University, in particular, adapts to these changes and the curriculum aims to provide the students with a concrete foundation that will fully prepare them for the industry.
Civil Engineering Graduate
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£20,950 per year of study|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Civil Engineering BEng||H200|
|Apply Now||Civil Engineering MEng||H201|