Civil Engineering

Focus on the creation and maintenance of a sustainable natural and built environment in this professionally accredited, integrated Master’s degree.

Key information

Award

MEng

Duration

4 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A* A* A

Four A-level offer: A* A A A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

5 : 1

Based on 2019 entry data

  • UCAS course code: H201
  • ECTS: 240
  • Start date: October 2021
Undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering

Overview

Civil Engineering is a broad discipline that covers many aspects of our everyday lives, from the provision of safe drinking water to the development of structures that can withstand earthquakes. It aims to improve our quality of life while also protecting the natural environment.

Our Department has strong industry links and excellent facilities for teaching and research, including a range of testing rigs, extensive computing provision, tension and compression machines, and wave generators and tanks.

Study programme

In the first two years of the course you will take a range of core modules, covering topics such as geotechnics, energy systems, materials, environmental engineering, fluid and structural mechanics, statistics and professional engineering practice. These will provide you with a strong foundation in engineering science and technology, and prepare you for advanced study.

During the final two years, you can continue with a broad programme or tailor your studies to suit your interests through a range of specialist modules covering topics such as transport engineering, coastal engineering and water resources.

You will reach Master's level study in the fourth year, with a wide choice of advanced modules and a major research-based project. Studying to this level means that graduates have fully met the educational base required for a chartered engineer and they can then go on to acquire the necessary work experience (see Professional accreditation below).

Field work

Constructionarium 2013

Field work is a great way to integrate theory and practice, and apply the knowledge you have gained in class to the real world. We run a number of field trips throughout the course, including practical land surveying in the first year and a geology field course in year two.

Working in teams, you will form your own companies and over the course of a week, construct scaled down versions of well-known buildings, bridges, dams and other civil engineering projects.

Each team member is assigned a role from Project Manager to Health and Safety Officer to ensure that their building is completed successfully and on time.

There are also a number of field visits associated with different optional modules in the third and fourth years.

Transfer between courses

This course is also available with a Year Abroad. This gives you the chance to spend your final year studying at one of our partner universities overseas.

Selection takes place in the third year and placements are competitive, so only students with average year one and two marks of 67% and above at the time of selection will be eligible. Priority is given to applicants who have no prior overseas study experience.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Civil Engineering Design I
  • Computational Methods I
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Materials
  • Mathematics I
  • Mechanics
  • Professional Engineering Practice (including Construction Week)
  • Structural Mechanics I

Year 2

Core modules

  • Business and Project Management
  • Civil Engineering Design II
  • Computational Methods II
  • Environmental Engineering: Water Resource and Supply Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics II
  • Mathematics II
  • Soils and Engineering Geology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Mechanics II

Year 3

Core modules

  • Civil Engineering Design III
  • Computational Engineering Analysis
  • Structural Mechanics III
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Fluid Mechanics III
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering: Water and Wastewater Treatment, Waste and Resource Management
  • Transport Systems
  • I-Explore

Your I-Explore module offers you choices from a range of subjects hosted outside of the department. You will be taught alongside students from other courses with options including business, management and many more.

Optional modules

You will choose one elective from Group A and one from Group B.

The list of elective modules is indicative. In the event that an elective module is suspended or discontinued, we will communicate the changes to you.

If you choose a Horizons module or a Business School module as one of your two chosen options, you must choose a civil engineering elective as the other option.

Group A
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • Theory of Shells
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship Online (delivered by the Business School)
  • Horizons module
Group B
  • Concrete Structures
  • Design of Timber and Masonry Structures
  • Corporate Finance Online (delivered by the Business School)
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Horizons module

Year 4

Core modules

  • Individual Research Project (includes a Student Conference)

Optional modules

You choose five modules from below.

This list of elective modules is indicative. In the event that an elective module is suspended or discontinued, we will communicate the changes to you

  • Operational Research and Systems Analysis
  • Steel Structures and Design
  • Concrete Structures
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Applied Dynamics
  • Applied Hydrodynamics
  • Geotechnical Hazards
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Design of Timber and Masonry Structures
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Waste Management Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport Demand and Economics
  • Transport, Environmental Impacts & Safety

Field trips

Surveying trip (Year 1)

As part of the Surveying module you will go on a field course to learn about practical land surveying. The six-day course is currently held at the National Trust's Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Geology field trip (Year 2)

There is a seven-day Geology field course as part of the Soils and Engineering Geology module. The field course is currently held in Minehead, Somerset.

Constructionarium (Year 2)

You will take part in the Constructionarium at the end of the second year. This is an exercise in putting theory into hands-on practice to build scaled-down versions of engineering projects.

The Constructionarium is currently held at the Construction Industry Training Board’s campus at Bircham Newton, Norfolk on a specially designed site, where students build projects often at about 1:10 scale.

Our students have previously made scaled-down replicas of dams, oil rigs, tunnels, towers, bridges and a stadium. The activity is supported by a teaching team comprised of a contracting firm, a consultant engineering firm and staff from Imperial.

The field trips listed above are included within the cost of your tuition.


Download the programme specification [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.


I-Explore

Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

Find out more about I-Explore

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

Achieving a professionally accredited integrated Master's degree (MEng) means that you have satisfied the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of professional registration. To gain Chartered status, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet additional graduate level competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC

A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects.

Professional registration also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with members of the Joint Board of Moderators is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2021–22 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.

Associateship

As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.

The City and Guilds of London Institute is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.

Find out more about our Associateships.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You can expect traditional teaching methods such as:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory activities
  • Tutorials
  • Personal tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Individual research project

Additionally, our course aims to be practical and incorporate a variety of other teaching methods, such as:

  • Site visits and field trips
  • Group exercises and design projects
  • Online exercises 
  • Constructionarium

Teaching and independent study

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures, seminars and similar 579 hours 524 hours 343 hours 185 hours
Independent study 921 hours 976 hours 1,157 hours 1,315 hours
Based on the typical pathway through the course
 

Assessment

You can expect a range of assessment methods from traditional written examinations through to assessment on design projects.

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Laboratory experiment reports
  • Computer-based exercises
  • Dissertation
  • Presentations
  • Design projects
  • Self-reflective writing

Assessment types

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Coursework 32% 51% 37% 66%
Examination 68% 49% 63% 33%
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number
 

Staff expertise

At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.

You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.

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Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2021 entry is A*A*A or A*AAA overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A/A* in Physics

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made to at least 80% of A-level applicants for 2019 entry:

  • Three A-level offer: A*A*A

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

The practical endorsement is part of the reformed English linear A-levels.


Additional Mathematics support

Our new A-level Mathematics online course covers a range of key topic areas to help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to succeed in your A-level Mathematics exams.

This optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus with the aim of developing your thinking skills, fluency and confidence.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is available free of charge via the EdX website. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2021 entry is 39 points overall, to include:

  • 7 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made to at least 80% of IB applicants for 2019 entry was 39 points.


Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2021

For entry in 2021, the Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi will be accepted at higher level with no preference.


Additional Mathematics support

We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

Advanced Placements

The grades detailed below are the minimum requirements for students offering only Advanced Placements as their exams for entry to Imperial.

If you are studying a High School Diploma that is accepted by Imperial alongside Advanced Placements, requirements may apply to both your Diploma and Advanced Placements.

Please consult our country index to check whether we accept your High School Diploma programme for admission.

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 in Physics
  • 5 in another subject

Additional Mathematics support

We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant. Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones.


Post-application recruitment

If your UCAS application indicates that you have the potential to thrive at the College you will be asked to complete a short online test and a video submission. The results of these will then be considered along with all the information on your UCAS form and a final decision will be taken.

As we will not be able to run in-person events this year, we are planning to host online Insight sessions which will give applicants the opportunity to hear from key staff and our Student Society. We will advertise this to applicants later in the year.


Pilot admissions schemes (Home students)

From 2020 entry, we will be using information about our applicants in a number of new pilot admissions schemes, to consider the wider context of Home students from groups underrepresented at the College.

More about pilot admissions schemes

Foundation programmes

Currently, Civil and Environmental Engineering courses do not accept UCL UPCSE nor Warwick IFP Science and Engineering applications.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

View our terms and conditions on visas.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£9,250 per year.

For each subsequent year, you should expect and budget for your tuition fee to increase by an amount in line with inflation. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPIX) value, taken from April in the calendar year in which the academic session starts. For example, the RPIX value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status. Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

EU/EEA students

The Government has confirmed that EU students who begin a course in the 2020–21 academic year (until the end of July 2021) will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£33,750 per year.

For each subsequent year, you should expect and budget for your tuition fee to increase by an amount in line with inflation. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPIX) value, taken from April in the calendar year in which the academic session starts. For example, the RPIX value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status. Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA students

The Government has confirmed that EU students who begin a course in the 2020–21 academic year (until the end of July 2021) will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Additional course costs

This section outlines additional costs relevant to this course. These are not included in your tuition fees. It's possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Figures are approximated, usually based on costs in the most recent academic year. They are likely to change each year but it's useful for you to be aware of the things you may have to pay for. This can help you budget for life at Imperial.

Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you can opt-out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Equipment (drawing – mandatory items) Mandatory From £46
Equipment (drawing – useful items) Optional Varies (listed below)
Field trips (all student trips in years one and two) Mandatory Provided
Personal Protective Equipment (safety boots) Mandatory £30
Personal Protective Equipment (other items) Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Drawing equipment

You will need to purchase the following items in order to complete the first year core module on drawing:

  • Adjustable set square – minimum size 200mm/ 8" – £19.99
  • Mechanical pencils (e.g. Rotring tikky or Pentel) – 0.35mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm – £9.99
  • Professional quality scale ruler – covering at least 1:1, 1:5, 1:20, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200 and 1:1250 and 1:2500 – £15.99

The prices provided are for the College shop for the 2016–17 academic year.

The items may also be useful in later stages of the course, if drawing by hand rather than using CAD programs.

Useful items

It is recommended that you purchase the following items as they are likely to help you improve the overall quality of your coursework (prices provided are for the College shop for the 2016–17 academic year):

  • Quality large eraser – £2.99
  • Pens for final inking in, e.g. Staedtler Fineliner – £9.99 for a set
  • Eraser shield – £2.99
  • Large bow compass – £9.99
  • 2H wood pencil and a quality pencil sharpener – £1.99
  • Coloured pencils for marking cut sections – £4.99
  • Set square 30° and 45° for isometric and oblique projection – £4.99
  • Large set of dividers for projecting circles – £15.99

Field trips

There are three field trips which all Civil Engineering students attend, and these trips are included within your tuition fees.

You can read more about what happens on each field trip in the Structure section of this page.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All Civil Engineering students are required to have their own pair of safety boots. These can be purchased from a College-approved supplier during the first week of term. The cost for students beginning their studies in 2016 was £30. Cash payment is required direct to the supplier.

Alternatively, you can purchase boots independently providing they meet a particular safety standard. The minimum safety standard which the boots must meet is EN ISO 20345.

Other PPE will be provided by the Department where necessary.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Most Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across different accommodation options.

Read our rough guide to university spending in London.

Careers

All of our students gain valuable contact with industry throughout the course through visiting lecturers, field trips, the Constructionarium, our creative design course, and group and individual projects, offering valuable networking opportunities with future employers.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Graduate Sustainability Engineer, Foster and Partners
  • Coastal Engineer, Surbana Jurong
  • Graduate Tunnel Engineer, Balfour Beatty
  • Civil and Structural Engineer, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, AECOM

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: H201
  • UCAS institution code: I50

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can view this course on the UCAS website.

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2021 for entry in October 2021.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2021 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2020.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

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