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Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) |
Studying BEng Civil Engineering at City University London equips students with the skills in design, construction, management and sustainability required for a successful future in the construction industry.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016


3 years or 4 years including a professional placement



Full-time: £9,000 per year


Full-time: £14,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

H200; H201 with professional placement

Who is it for?

Our degree in Civil Engineering is a path for students to become a leader in tomorrow's complex world. City University London is committed to ensuring that its civil engineering graduates lead the way in technical expertise, strategic thinking, innovation and communication.


Civil engineers develop infrastructure and have a profound effect on the way people live through a consideration of function, aesthetics, economics and sustainability.

  • The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course provides a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering, management studies and design. Specialist subjects such as surveying, transportation, environmental engineering and building engineering are studied.
  • City University London has been educating aspiring civil engineers for nearly 90 years. Our graduates are equipped with the skills that the profession demands and we are proud of the success they have enjoyed at the forefront of civil engineering in the UK and around the world.
  • City's strong representation at all levels of the profession underpins our close links with industry and with the sector's professional bodies. Our close collaboration with industry is reflected in our research, our approach to education and our emphasis on professional experience for all students.
  • Accrediting bodies have commended the level of industry involvement in City's design projects, specialist lectures and placement opportunities. Our unique "Open Door to Industry" scheme and speed networking careers events in particular allow students to benefit from our central London location and develop an in-depth understanding of the profession they are intending to join.
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) status may be reached by taking City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree followed by a Masters degree (or Engineering Doctorate) accredited by the appropriate engineering institution.
  • You can opt to transfer to MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering if your overall mark is 60% or above at the end of year two.

We also offer MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture which are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a CEng.


Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) logoInstitution of Structural EngineersEngineering Council accredited degree

City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning is required to complete the education base for CEng.

See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 30 points overall including at least grade 5 in both Higher Level Maths and a Higher Level science subject (preferably Physics).
  • BTEC Diploma: We only accept the BTEC Extended Diploma (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering and Construction & The Built Environment) when accompanied with an A-level in Mathematics at grade B or above.
  • Access courses: We only accept Access to HE into our foundation programme with merits in at least 15 credits in Level 3 Mathematics modules.
  • A-Levels: 320 UCAS tariff points from 3 A-Levels, including at least grade B in both Mathematics and a science subject (preferably Physics). We do not accept the following subjects: Critical Thinking, Use of Maths, Key Skills and General Studies. If you are taking a language subject as part of your A-Level choices, please note that it will be counted as half the UCAS tariff points achieved if the language is in your native tongue.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND): We only accept subjects in Civil Engineering with Distinctions for possible entry direct into the 2nd year. This will be based on the modules taking/taken and grades received.
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC): We only admit into the foundation year with a relevant engineering subject. This will be based on the modules taking/taken and grades received.

Please note: We do not accept entry into the final year of the course.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Engineering and Mathematics. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of an approved English language qualification. We accept the following:

  • GCSE English Language, grade C or above
  • IGCSE English language, grade C or above
  • IELTS Academic or UKVI, 6.0 overall including no less than 5.5 in the other sub tests
  • Pearson test, 51 overall and no less than 51 in each area
  • GCE A Level or AS Level English language, grade C or above
  • IB: English as a first language, standard level grade 4 and as a second language, higher level grade 4

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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Student views

The benefits of studying Civil Engineering at City

Roman Ghafarzada explains how his placement at Skanska has motivated him to become successful within the construction industry.


You can opt to spend a year on an industry placement at the end of your second year of the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course.

Placements are paid, and are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. Selecting a placement year could also count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.

The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

You will also be visited by your personal tutor while on the placement.

Find out more about placements.

Academic facilities

We have an array of recently refurbished facilities, including exceptional laboratories.

The Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility is the centrepiece of the Civil Engineering Laboratory which also accommodates a large flexible laboratory space used for centrifuge model preparation, model testing at 1g, concrete testing and teaching.

Adjacent to this are concrete mixing and casting facilities, a temperature-controlled soil element testing laboratory and a concrete durability laboratory.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a combination of lectures, coursework and projects, many of which feature contributions from practising engineers. There are also skills-based modules designed to improve graphical, oral and IT communication skills and two residential field courses, in geology and surveying.

Assessment on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course is by coursework, project work and examinations held at the end of each year. Coursework and project work account for roughly 50 per cent of the marks for each year.

All years contribute to your final degree classification, with increasing weight up to the final year.

Field courses

There is a residential field course in geology for engineers at the end of year one and for surveying at the end of year two.

In both cases we run sufficient courses each year to ensure that the group size is reasonable and students are able to benefit fully from the teaching and exercises that take place. Students work individually and in small groups on a variety of exercises and projects during the field courses, a format which has proved popular.

Following their accreditation visit in 2010 the Joint Board of Moderators highlighted the "success of [City's] small group residential field courses" as a point of good practice.

Open door to industry

Launched in 2002, our Open Door to Industry scheme is unique and available only to City Civil Engineering undergraduates. It is a web-based system primarily used to match small groups of students (four or less per group) to opportunities for site and office visits.

20 companies have been involved in the scheme since its inception and more than 150 different visits have been posted onto the system, allowing over 600 students to visit sites.

When the scheme was created in 2002, New Civil Engineer called it "imaginative use of the internet at its best".

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course provides a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Management studies and design are also integral parts of the course. Design projects develop your ability to apply technical knowledge in a creative way to open-ended problems. Specialist subjects such as surveying, transportation, environmental and building engineering are also studied.

Year 1

In year one, you will study fundamental engineering principles in topics such as structural mechanics, hydraulics, materials and mathematics. You will also study geology and develop basic skills in surveying, IT, computing and graphics. The course will introduce you to the civil engineering design process and civil engineering in practice.

Year 2

Fundamental principles learned in Year one are then applied to the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures, the prediction of the mechanical behaviour of soil and the mechanics of fluids. You will learn more about managing construction projects and surveying and undertake design projects that include the outline design of real-life industry projects.

You can opt to transfer to the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course if you overall mark is 60 per cent or above at the end of year two.

Year 3

The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course becomes more applied in the third year, with the analysis and design of typical geotechnical and hydraulic structures, numerical analysis techniques used in structural design and construction law, contracts and economics.

You will undertake a challenging individual project and work on an intensive design module featuring real-life projects. You will also take two elective modules. The following companies are involved in setting the design projects:

  • Alan Baxter & Associates
  • Clancy Consulting
  • Arup
  • DP World.

They are joined by the following, who provide specialist support and advice to students during the projects:

  • Geotechnical Consulting Group
  • MLM Consulting
  • Royal Haskoning
  • Skanska
  • Rogers Leask
  • Edge Structures.

Career prospects

City's Civil Engineering graduates have gone on to work as civil engineers for many of the leading consulting and contracting organisations in the UK and around the world.

Recent graduates have worked on:

  • London 2012's Olympic Park and Village,
  • the Crossrail project, and
  • landmark buildings such as the Heron Tower.

They have joined employers such as:

  • Alan Baxter & Associates
  • Balfour Beatty Engineering
  • Clancy Consulting
  • Jacobs
  • Skanska.

Find out how studying at City University London helps to improve your job prospects.

Professional accreditation

The BEng Civil Engineering degree course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, 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 for further information and details of Further Learning Programmes for CEng.

85% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats

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