Engineering and the Environment

H201 MEng Civil Engineering (4 yrs)

Our four-year MEng Civil Engineering is identical to the BEng for the first three years. The additional Masters year focuses on design, management and teamwork – key skills that are highly valued by employers.

Programme Overview

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.

You will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your interests in your final year with your choice of specialist optional modules.

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.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications to study this MEng 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 on this page 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 Council

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).  See for further information. 

If you aspire to becoming a professional engineer, you will probably want to obtain a ‘Chartered Engineer' qualification. This is a professional qualification as opposed to an academic qualification such as the BEng or MEng Civil Engineering masters course. You obtain this qualification through full membership of an appropriate professional institution. 

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

  • Number 1 for employability for Civil Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2015

  • 95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

  • 90% in a professional job 6 months after graduating, NSS 2014

  • Eligible to apply for the SUCCESS scholarship scheme; providing a bursary, summer work placements and almost guaranteed employment after graduating

  • Civil Engineering students have a dedicated Employability Officer

“My favourite aspects of the course were the group design projects, because I felt that they represented “real” engineering where we could put the theoretical bits of the course into practice.”

Beth Barker, MEng Civil Engineering graduate

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements


GCSE English Language, at Grade C or above


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.)

BTEC Higher National Diplomas are considered on individual merit. Foundation courses are considered on individual merit, generally around 75% achievement is required overall with a minimum of 75% in Mathematics and Science options.


International Baccalaureate 36 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher science
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and 1 science
French Baccalaureate 15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and 1 science


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

We are always happy to receive other UK and international applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, which are assessed on individual merit. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application.

Selection process:

Intake: 75 across all Civil Engineering programmes
Average applicants per place: 10

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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


Typical course content

Each year of our four year MEng 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 apply your engineering knowledge and to develop the core design and personal skills central to becoming a successful engineer. The design modules, a significant individual project in the third year, and the module options in the fourth year offer you the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your own interests. This course shares the first three years with our BEng Civil Engineering course.

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

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


You must select 15 - 30 credits of the following modules:

If you have selected only 15 credits from the above modules then you may choose a further 15 credits from the below list:

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

Year 4

The fourth year represents the opportunity for you to tailor the focus of your degree by choosing six optional modules. A year long group design project, linked to research and industry sponsors, gives you the opportunity to develop a highly refined engineering design solution within a real world context. Project economics and management are taught to provide further transferrable skills for a successful future in industry.

Learning and 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

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our MEng Civil Engineering course have gone on to careers including civil engineers, transport planners and construction managers. In recent years our graduates have been employed by Balfour Beatty, KIER, Laing O’Rourke, Aon and BAM Nuttall.

Our dedicated Civil Engineering Employment Officer can provide guidance related to your discipline, employment opportunities and developing your CV. The University Careers Advisory 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.

6 months after graduation

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey

6 months after graduation