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Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

H200 BEng Civil Engineering (3 yrs)

Our three-year BEng Civil Engineering course provides you with the basis for a professional career as a civil engineer, giving you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of civil engineering design and application.

Introducing your degree

Civil engineers design, construct and maintain elements of the physical and naturally-built environment. Civil engineering is all around you; buildings, transport infrastructure, water supply and treatment, and coastal defence. This three year degree will give you the necessary skills and knowledge in subjects such as structural mechanics, design, geotechnics, hydraulics and construction management to allow you to work in the civil engineering industry.

Programme Overview

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The first two years will provide you with core knowledge in mechanics, structures, materials, thermofluids and construction management. The third year introduces highway and traffic engineering and will further develop you knowledge of structures and geotechnics.

Design is an integral to all our engineering courses, you will develop key design skills that you will use throughout the course. You will have the chance to carry out individual and group design projects to create real solutions.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications to study this degree in Civil Engineering should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Applications are only accepted to Year 1 of the BEng or MEng Civil programmes; we do not accept students on to Year 2, 3 or 4 of these degree programmes.


Engineering CouncilEUR-ACE

This 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 a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

See for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng. 

The accreditation bodies are the following: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

Key Facts

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Civil Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2017
  • Number one in the Russell Group for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015
  • Eligible to apply for the SUCCESS scholarship scheme; providing a bursary, summer work placements and almost guaranteed employment after graduating



Surveying practice on campus
Surveying practice on campus
Getting hands on experience

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

A*AA (A level Mathematics and an A level in another science subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Further Mathematics. The third A level subject is flexible but it cannot be General Studies, Critical Thinking or Use of Mathematics.)

International Baccalaureate36 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher science 
GCSE requirements

English Language, at Grade C or above

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Equivalent qualifications

Qualification Entry criteria
Scottish Advanced Highers AAA including Mathematics and 1 science
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Pass in Core, A*A in Mathematics and 1 science
Cambridge Pre-U D2D3D3 including Mathematics and 1 science
D*DD overall and distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and 1 science
Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAA including Mathematics and 1 science
French Baccalaureate 15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and 1 science

Contextual offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
75 across all Civil Engineering programmes
Average applications per place:

Once we receive your UCAS application, it will be considered, and if you are based in the UK you will probably be invited to attend a visit day. The visit day consists of a series of activities including presentations, lab demonstrations, tours, opportunities to meet with present students and an individual meeting with an academic member of staff where you will be asked you about your background and interests and given an opportunity to raise any questions you may have about our courses. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be asked to attend a formal interview. Our decision on your application will be conveyed to you through UCAS

The selection process involves consideration of all aspects of your application. The key attributes we are looking for in applicants, as well as academic ability, are interest in civil/environmental engineering, good communication skills, evidence of team working and self-management, awareness of broader social, economic and environmental issues and the potential to contribute to the University of Southampton as a learning environment and as a wider community.

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. In accordance with the University’s commitment to inclusivity, we welcome applications onto this programme of study from students with disabilities. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly any practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Each year of our three year BEng Civil Engineering course is divided into two semesters with subjects introduced through a series of individual modules. The weighting of each module varies according to its specific content, which are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. This course focuses on teaching you the fundamentals of engineering, while design modules within each year provide you with the opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge and to develop the core design and personal skills central to becoming a successful engineer. The design modules, and a significant individual project in the third year, offer you the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your own interests.

Year 1

The first year provides a solid grounding in engineering science and design with an emphasis placed on civil and environmental engineering. Core modules covering Mathematics, Mechanics, Structures, Materials and Thermofluids are taught alongside other Faculty disciplines and encourage interaction between students of all engineering disciplines. Key design skills including sketching, drawing, model making and computing, along with personal skills in observation, critical thinking, team work and communication are introduced through workshops and a design and manufacture project. The year concludes with the Constructionarium, a week long construction activity held at the Construction Training Board's site in Norfolk. Land surveying skills are also taught.

All modules are compulsory. There are no optional modules in Year 1.

Year 2

The second year builds on the core engineering science and design taught in Year 1. Mathematics and statistics continue to be taught alongside other Faculty disciplines while, structural analysis, structural design, materials, numerical methods, soil mechanics, construction management, and hydraulics are tailored to civil and environmental engineering needs and applications. A group design project provides the opportunity to further develop and apply the design skills introduced in Year 1.

All modules below are compulsory. There are no optional modules in Year 2.

Semester Two
Soil Mechanics
Numerical Methods
Construction Management

Year 3

The third year builds on the core engineering science and design taught in Years 1 and 2. Highway and traffic engineering is introduced while structures, geotechnics and water related subjects are taught to greater depths. A group design project offers further opportunity for you to develop and apply design skills while, an individual research project allows you to tailor your engineering focus according to your own specific interests. The majority of modules are specific to civil and environmental engineering. However, you also have the opportunity to choose a language or curriculum innovation module to further broaden your learning.

Semester Two
Individual Project
Design 3

Optional Modules Group 1 - You can select 15 - 30 credits from the following:

Water and Wastewater Engineering 1
Engineering Hydrology

Optional Modules Group 2 - If you have selected on 15 credits from the above modules then you may choose a further 15 credits from the list below:

Interdisciplinary: Business Skills for Employability
Interdisciplinary: Ethics in a Complex World
Interdisciplinary: The Management of Risk and Uncertainty

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

The civil and environmental engineering industries provide excellent employment opportunities for our graduates. We have extensive connections with local, national and international employers.

Our dedicated Civil Engineering Employment Officer can provide guidance related to your discipline, employment opportunities and developing your CV. The University Careers and Employability Service provides further support.

We work closely with employers across the engineering sectors to provide our students with opportunities to gain vital industrial experience through the SUCCESS Scholarship Scheme.

Our close ties with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) also offers expert guidance on employment opportunities, and many of our students are sponsored with employment guaranteed following graduation.

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and learning

The range and application of subject matter covered within the course calls for varied teaching and learning techniques and our students gain knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, coursework private study and individual and group projects. You will learn subject specific content, as well as transferable skills and abilities.

Students are encouraged to openly communicate experiences; exchange ideas and share knowledge in order to activity contribute to their learning environment. Formal learning can be broadened through the involvement in extra-curricular activities, societies and the student membership of professional institutions.

A practical approach

Practical application and direct experiences are integral to our course. You will attend site visits, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in labs and get involved in real-life project work. Analysis and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets and small group exercises in lectures.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will include current and emerging techniques to ensure that you have the most up to date skills and knowledge in your discipline; our lecturers are at the forefront of their research fields and are actively creating many of the new approaches they teach you about. This is especially important in engineering where and processes evolve. We are connected to, and draw upon, a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to further support your learning.

Assessment and examination

Assessment is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design projects, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, dissertations and oral presentations.

Student support

Students on our Civil Engineering courses are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor from the start of their degree.

Director of Programmes

Dr Luke Myers


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentDesign equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
ClothingYou will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Study Locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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