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Civil Engineering and Architecture (MEng)

Master of Engineering
Typical Offer
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4 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
UCAS Course code

About this course

Combine civil engineering with architecture, and explore their importance in developing sustainable, urban areas. If you're interested in a career in structural engineering design, this course is for you. You’ll specialise in architecture and urban design, as well as studying structural and geomechanical engineering. You’ll also develop key design and manufacturing skills.

The first 2 years of the MEng Civil Engineering and Architecture degree are the same as our other civil engineering courses. You'll cover mechanics, materials, thermofluids and construction management. In year 3 you’ll specialise in civil engineering with a focus on urban design. 

In year 4, you’ll put architectural principles into practice through design projects. These are taught by structural engineers and architects, and include: 

  • an architectural group project, to design a complex building in an urban area 
  • an individual architectural engineering project of your choice 

As part of this course you'll have the opportunity to:

  • apply analytical techniques and problem-solving skills to engineering problems 
  • develop technical design skills, such as sketching, computer-aided design (CAD) and model-making 
  • develop surveying, construction practice and computer programming skills 
  • take part in the Constructionarium challenge, where you’ll get practical construction experience and build scaled-down versions of famous structures  
  • learn about the latest research developments as they happen, as part of your course 
  • be taught by practicing engineers and architects, as well as University academics 
  • apply to our SUCCESS scholarship scheme, with opportunities for work placements and an annual bursary 
  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show 

Design is integral to civil engineering and architecture. You’ll take part in laboratory sessions and design projects throughout your degree to put your knowledge into practice. These are often based on the requirements of a real site and a real client.

Our Design Show blog has examples of our students’ design work.

You'll get hands-on experience in our modern facilities. This includes our £48m National Infrastructure Laboratory and our:

  • testing and structures research lab 
  • geotechnics lab 
  • large structures testing lab 
  • hydraulic flumes 
  • dedicated student design studios and workshops 

Year in industry

Enhance your employability by taking this course with a paid industrial placement year.

Apply using:

  • Course name: Civil Engineering and Architecture with Industrial Placement Year
  • UCAS code: K21K

You'll spend this extra year at an engineering firm, applying the skills and knowledge you've learned so far.

The fee is 20% of the standard annual tuition fee.

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We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Learn more about accreditation on the Joint Board of Moderators website.

This course is accredited by:

“Boldrewood campus has amazing facilities tailored to enhancing our learning experience.”
Virtue Igbokwuwe, MEng Civil Engineering and Architecture , fourth year student

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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