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Civil Engineering (MEng)

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

About this course

Civil engineering is essential to the sustainable future development of society, from planning and construction, to water supply and coastal defence. This 4-year integrated master’s course goes beyond the 3-year degree with advanced modules and a master’s-level group design project.

You’ll develop the skills to design and build creative solutions to challenges in the built environment, infrastructure and cities, and the management and teamwork skills needed to succeed in industry. 

This MEng Civil Engineering course follows the BEng degree for the first 3 years. In your fourth year, you can choose to focus on specialist topics related to the latest research and needs of society, including:

  • coastal and maritime engineering
  • earthquake engineering and seismic design
  • bioenergy
  • transport modelling
  • waste resource management
  • flood modelling and mitigation

Design is integral to civil engineering, 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.

As part of this course you can: 

  • 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 
  • apply to our SUCCESS scholarship scheme, with opportunities for work placements and an annual bursary 
  • take part in a master’s-level group design project 
  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show 

You'll get hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities, this includes our £48m National Infrastructure Laboratory and our:

  • testing and structures research lab 
  • geotechics lab 
  • large structures testing lab 
  • hydraulic flumes 
  • Jaguar Land Rover driving simulator 
  • 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 with Industrial Placement Year
  • UCAS code: HH20

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

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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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