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4SY8 MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering (4 years)

Our four-year MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course emphasises the interactions between engineering and the environment with a focus on the protection and improvement of the natural environment in the service of society. Students can also take the Industrial Placement Year, providing the opportunity for a year-long placement with an engineering-based organisation.

Introducing your degree

Help to engineer a sustainable future with an integrated masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Water, energy and the environment are the biggest challenges worldwide in the next few decades. This four-year course will give you the skills and knowledge to help design and implement solutions, and includes exciting topics such as Water and Wastewater Engineering, Waste Resource Management, Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy.


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The MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course has a strong focus on designing and applying technical solutions to problems such as controlling floods, delivering water supplies, managing waste, treating waste water, and generating energy from renewable sources.

The first two years will provide you with core knowledge in mechanics, structures, materials, thermofluids and construction management. The third year will further develop your knowledge of hydraulics, 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 from earthquake engineering to coastal flood defence.

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.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications to study this MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering degree 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.

Visit the Industrial Placement Year webpage to find the placement year-specific UCAS codes.


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

  • 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
  • Also available with the new Industrial Placement Year
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Students working on their wave energy converter project
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“I chose Civil and Environmental Engineering specifically as it matched my personal interests and the teaching staff at Southampton include world-renowned coastal engineers who I was keen to learn from.”

Angus Lawrence - MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A Levels:
GCE A-level

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

International Baccalaureate38 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.

Equivalent qualifications

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.


Qualification Entry criteria
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
Cambridge Pre-U 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
European Baccalaureate 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
French Baccalaureate 15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and a science


Contextual offers

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.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Foundation Year

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.

Selection process:
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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Each year of our four-year MEng Civil and Environmental 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, but places a greater emphasis on environmental engineering abilities, with a focus on water engineering, and provides you with the opportunity to choose related optional modules in your third and fourth years.

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Year 1

he 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.

Semester One
FEEG1003Credit: 15
Semester Two
FEEG1003Credit: 15

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 One
CENV2030Credit: 15
CENV2028Credit: 15
Semester Two
CENV2006Credit: 15
CENV2008Credit: 15
CENV2026Credit: 15
CENV2027Credit: 15

Year 3

The third year builds on the core engineering science and design taught in Years 1 and 2. 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 One
FEEG3003Credit: 30
CENV3056Credit: 15
CENV3020Credit: 15
CENV3063Credit: 15
Semester Two
FEEG3003Credit: 30
CENV3015Credit: 15

Select 30 credits from the following lists of optional modules.

Optional Modules Group 1 - you must select a minimum of 15 credits from the below:

CENV3061Credit: 15

Optional Modules Group 2 - if you have selected only 15 credits from the above the you may select 15 credits from the below:

UOSM2009Credit: 15

Year 4

The fourth year represents the opportunity for you to tailor the focus of your degree by choosing six optional modules. Four of your choices must be related to environmental subjects, of which three options are offered from our MSc programme. 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.

Semester One
FEEG6013Credit: 45

Optional Modules - Group 1

CENV6153Credit: 15
MATH3081Credit: 15

Optional Modules Group 2

Semester Two
FEEG6013Credit: 45

Optional Modules Group 1

CENV6085Credit: 15
CENV6141Credit: 15

Optional Modules Group 2

CENV6123Credit: 15

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. 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.

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Costs associated with this course

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 University:

EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending fieldcourses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn 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.
OtherOptional 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

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our Civil Engineering courses 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.

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 offers expert guidance on employment opportunities, and many of our students are sponsored with employment following graduation.


Learning & 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 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.

Design Show

Our annual Design Show celebrates the innovative and ambitious design projects produced by our undergraduate students during the academic year.

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Engineering workshop skills

First-year students also take part in a two-day intensive engineering skills training course offsite, learning practical engineering workshop skills.

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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 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.

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

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage12345
Scheduled learning & teaching study42%40%26%22%18%
Independent study58%60%74%78%82%
Placement study0%0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage12345
Written exam assessment59%53%63%46%42%
Practical exam assessment0%30%13%11%37%
Coursework assessment41%17%24%43%21%

Study Locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

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Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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