Civil EngineeringUCAS code: H201
ECTS: 244 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 4 years full-time

LocationSouth Kensington

Civil Engineering is a broad discipline that covers many aspects of our everyday lives, from the provision of safe drinking water to the design of transport systems.

This professionally accredited degree covers the theoretical principles and conceptual fundamentals that underpin the civil engineering profession, as well as the chance to develop specialist knowledge of a particular field in years three and four.

About the course


This is one of two undergraduate courses in the Department, which both lead to the award of a Master’s level qualification.

Both courses cover core subjects for the first two years that provide a solid foundation in engineering science and technology.

The first year includes an introduction to environmental studies and professional practice. It establishes a basic theoretical toolkit with fundamental studies in mathematics and mechanics, structural mechanics, fluid mechanics and environmental engineering science.

It introduces specific technology in civil engineering materials and geotechnics. You will also develop skills in computing, drawing, sketching, communication, team working, management and critical thinking.

There are design projects in the spring and summer term, and a six-day field course in practical land surveying.

In year two you will take part in engineering design projects and attend a seven-day geology field course.

The second year concludes with the Constructionarium, a week-long course held at the Construction Industry Training Board’s site in Norfolk.

In the final two years you can continue with a broad programme or tailor your studies with specialist modules to suit your personal and professional interests.

You will also undertake a major research-based project in the fourth year. The project gives you an opportunity to test your ability to use your engineering knowledge in a creative way, through the resolution of an individual investigation into a research problem.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Year 1

Core modules
  • Computational Methods I
  • Creative Design I
  • Drawing
  • Energy Systems
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Professional Engineering Practice
    (including Construction Week)
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Surveying

Year 2

Core modules
  • Computational Methods II
  • Constructionarium
  • Creative Design II
  • Environmental Engineering: Water Resource and Supply Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluids Design
  • Mathematics
  • Project and Business Management
  • Soils and Engineering Geology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Mechanics

You will also take part in the Contructionarium, a week-long course held at the Construction Industry Training Board's site in Norfolk.

Year 3

Core modules
  • Computational Engineering Analysis
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
    (including Geotechnics Project)
  • Group Design Project
  • Structural Mechanics
    (including Structures Project)
  • Transport Systems
Optional modules

You choose one module from each group.

Group 1
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • Theory of Shells
Group 2
  • Concrete Structures
  • Design of Timber and Masonry Structures
  • Traffic Engineering
Imperial Horizons

You can choose from a wide range of Horizons modules which are designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact. You can take one Horizons module in the third year, in place of one of the modules above.

The year ends with a five-week group design project, in which you will bring together knowledge from several civil engineering disciplines.

Year 4

Core modules
  • Individual Research Project
  • Student Conference (Final Activity) ­– this will take place over two days. You will give an oral presentation on your final year project, and complete a poster presentation.
Optional modules

Your remaining modules are optional and span the expertise within the Department. Modules available currently include:

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Applied Dynamics
  • Applied Hydrodynamics
  • Concrete Structures
  • Design of Timber and Masonry Structures
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Hazards
  • Operational Research and Systems Analysis
  • Pre-Stressed Concrete
  • Steel Structures and Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport Demand and Economics
  • Waste Management Engineering
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You can expect traditional teaching methods such as:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratories
  • Tutotials
  • Presentations

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

  • Field work
  • Group exercises
  • Constructionarium

Assessment methods

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

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

There is a set of criteria you must meet to progress through each academic year and to complete your degree. In the first and second years you must achieve a mark of at least 40%: in each individual examination, as an average in each module, and as an average across your coursework. In the third and fourth years you must achieve an average of 40% across coursework assessments, and as an average across written examinations. Also, it is necessary to pass these specific modules: Group Design Project (Year 3) and Individual Research Project (Year 4).

Key Information Set (KIS)

Additional details about how this course is taught and assessed are provided in the KIS (Key Information Set).

The KIS is a set of statistics which all universities use to describe how their courses are taught and assessed. This allows students to compare similar courses at different institutions.

The KIS describes the percentage of time which students typically spend in timetabled activity and in independent study for each year of their course as well the percentage of assessment which is exams, coursework or practical. An overview of the KIS is shown in the widget at the bottom of the page and further detail (including a year-by-year breakdown) is available via unistats.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.


The minimum offer will normally be A*A*A overall, in three full A-level subjects, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics, with a grade A in all Mathematics modules (AS and A2 level) at the first attempt. Mechanics 1 (M1) is essential; M2 is desirable
  • A*/A in Physics

Candidates must have a good pass in GCSE English Language or the equivalent, and study of a foreign language is desirable.

Mathematics requirements

In addition to pure mathematics, some knowledge of applied mathematics, particularly mechanics, is required.

Although Further Mathematics is not a course requirement, it will help students cope with the mathematical content of the MEng.

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.

International Baccalaureate

For students studying the International Baccalaureate, we require an overall score of 39 points, including 7 in Mathematics at higher level and 6 in Physics at higher level.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from holders of other qualifications such as Scottish Advanced Highers, the Irish Leaving Certificate, Abitur and Baccalaureates. See admission of students with other competencies.

English language requirements (all applicants)

All applicants 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.

Selection process

Predicted A-level performance is only one of the factors on which we base selection. Based on the information provided on the UCAS application, we will either invite you to one of our recruitment days, or make a decision either to offer or reject.

On the recruitment day you will have the opportunity to express your motivation for a career in civil engineering, talk to academic staff and meet with current undergraduates.

Tuition fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time. 

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£27,750 per year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.

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. You are invoiced for each trip and can make payment to the College via a variety of methods.

Surveying trip (Year 1)

The cost of this trip to the Department in the 2017–18 academic year is £750. You will be asked for a contribution of £200 toward this cost, with the Department funding the remainder of the cost.

The student contribution is normally due before the end of the spring term. This cost is put towards accommodation, meals, return travel to Wales and equipment hire.

Geology field trip (Year 2)

The cost of this trip to the Department in the 2017–18 academic year is £200. You will be asked for a contribution of £100 toward this cost, with the Department funding the remainder of the cost.

The contribution is normally due before the end of the spring term, and is put towards accommodation, meals, return travel to Minehead and equipment hire.

Constructionarium (Year 2)

The cost of this trip to the Department in the 2017–18 academic year is £550. You will be asked for a contribution of £200 toward this cost, with the Department and industry partners funding the remainder of the cost.

The contribution is put towards the cost of accommodation and meals, travel to Norfolk, equipment hire and the Constructionarium fee. The cost is normally due before the end of the spring term.

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.

Bursaries and scholarships

Imperial Bursary

The Imperial Bursary is available to any Imperial Home undergraduate student (except Graduate Medicine students) whose household income falls below £60,000 per year.

It is designed to ease the cost of London living by providing support on a sliding scale, from £2,000 up to £5,000 per year.

As long as your household income remains below £60,000 you will automatically qualify for a bursary for every year of undergraduate study.

The bursary is paid on top of any government loans to which you are entitled and does not need to be paid back. Find out more about the Imperial Bursary.


Our President’s Undergraduate scholarships are available to all undergraduate applicants studying an undergraduate degree for the first time who have applied to the College by 15 October.

They’re worth £1,000 for each undergraduate year of study. There are up to 112 awards available for students starting their studies in 2017–18.

A wide range of other scholarships is also available. Find out which scholarships you may be eligible for by using our scholarships search tool.

To find out more about the range of financial support available please see our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

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).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017. 

The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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

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

Tracking your application

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

Professional accreditation and associateship


This course is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).


As well as a Master’s of Engineering (MEng), this degree also leads to the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI). Find out more about our associateships.

What our graduates do

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 Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Wells Engineer, Shell
  • Metocean Oil and Gas Engineer, DNV GL
  • Structural Engineer, WSP Group Ltd
  • Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, Arup
  • PhD student, Imperial College London

Information for offer holders for 2017

This section lists the changes that have been made to information about this course on this page since the UCAS application process opened on 1 September 2016.

All core modules are displayed on this page; the optional modules represent an indicative list of those that are likely to be available rather than all optional modules that will be offered every year. As a result, the changes recorded only apply to the modules displayed on this page rather than all available.

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 changes we have made.

  • 25/11/2016 – the third year core module titled Dynamics has been amended to Dynamics of Structures.

For more information about these changes, please contact the Department using the contact details in the left hand column. Keep checking back for future updates.