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. Students can also take the Industrial Placement Year, providing the opportunity for a year-long placement with an engineering-based organisation.
Our integrated masters degree will give you the opportunity to specialise in sub-elements of civil engineering through a large number of optional modules aligned with our high-quality research. These include areas such as energy and buildings, coastal and maritime engineering and dynamic modules such as earthquake engineering and architectural acoustics. Major engineering contractors and consultancies often get involved the fourth year group design projects.
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 your 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.
You can also take the Industrial Placement Year, which is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.
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.
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See www.jbm.org.uk 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.
Ranked 2nd in the UK for Civil Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2017
Eligible to apply for the SUCCESS scholarship scheme; providing a bursary, summer work placements and almost guaranteed employment after graduating
English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A*AA (A*A in Mathematics and a Science with a pass in the associated Practical) Acceptable Science - Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Further Mathematics
GCE A-level and EPQ A*AB (A*A in Mathematics and an acceptable Science, see above, with a pass in the associated Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification
38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science - Acceptable Science - Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Further Mathematics
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 approved by the University.
We are always happy to receive other UK and international applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, 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.
Scottish Advanced Highers / Highers
Scottish Advanced Highers - AAA including Mathematics and a science Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AA (Mathematics and a science) and Scottish Highers AA (non-compulsory subjects)
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, A*A in GCE A Levels, Mathematics and a science with a pass in the associated practical
D2D3D3 with D2 in Mathematics or a Science
Distinction overall with distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma
Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and a science
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAA including A in Mathematics and a science
15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and a science
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 (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in the Physics practical) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
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
Approved 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.
You 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.
Where 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.
Design 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.
You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In 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.
Optional 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
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 ARUP, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, KIER, Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald and WSP.
Our dedicated Civil Engineering Employment Officer can provide guidance on your discipline, employment opportunities and developing your CV. The University Careers and Employability Service provides further support. 97% of graduates are employed in professional roles 6 months after graduation (DHLE, 2014).
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.
We have close ties with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) who also offer expert guidance on employment opportunities, and many of our students are sponsored with employment following graduation.
“Southampton introduced me to Kier through SUCCESS, which is a scheme that gives first and second year students the opportunity to be sponsored through university by civil engineering companies. From sitting in the interviews with various employers in my first year, through three summer placements both on site and in the design office, my career and degree have informed each other.”
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 is integral to our courses, providing students with hands-on engineering experience in our world-class facilities.
You will attend site visits to experience engineering in practice, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in our laboratories and undertake project work to develop your management, communication and team working skills. Your analytical and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets, individual and small group exercises.
Design projects in each year offer the opportunity for you to develop unique engineering solutions. Visit the Design Show blog to see examples of our students’ design work.
Our annual Design Show celebrates the innovative and ambitious design projects produced by our undergraduate students during the academic year.
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 knowledge and processes evolve rapidly. 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.
Students on our Civil Engineering courses are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor from the start of their degree.