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Civil Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Boldrewood, Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

Civil engineering is essential to the development of our society, from planning to construction. Our 4-year, integrated Masters course goes beyond the 3-year degree, and lets you specialise in an area of your choosing. You'll develop the design, management and teamwork skills that employers look for. Major engineering companies often get involved in our group design projects.

This course follows the BEng Civil Engineering degree for the first 3 years. In the fourth year, you can choose to focus on specialist topics, including:

  • coastal and maritime engineering

  • earthquake engineering

  • bioenergy

  • transport modelling

  • waste resource management

  • architectural acoustics

The group project in year 4 lets you apply your conceptual engineering and scientific knowledge to an engineering design problem. As a team you’ll develop an idea through detailed design, experimentation, computer modelling and manufacture. Our Design Show blog has examples of our students’ design work.

You'll have access to our extensive facilities, including:

  • National Infrastructure Laboratory

  • professional manufacturing centre

  • hydraulics and geotechnics labs

  • heavy structures facilities

As part of this course you can:

  • apply analytical techniques and problem-solving skills to engineering problems

  • develop technical skills, such as computer-aided design (CAD), model-making, surveying and computer programming

  • take part in the Constructionarium challenge, where teams build scaled-down versions of famous structures

  • take an additional year-long paid placement in an engineering organisation

  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show

This degree partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete it.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 325.25 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Boldrewood in Southampton and Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.