Civil Engineering

University of Edinburgh


King's Buildings Campus


Year 1
Your time will be divided equally between engineering, mathematics and option courses. You will study different branches of engineering, followed by the first in-depth study of civil engineering. Your option courses may be selected from the sciences, arts or humanities.

Year 2
This year is dominated by courses on engineering fundamentals, focused on civil engineering, supported by further study of mathematics. You will extend the application of your scientific and mathematical skills to solving engineering problems, building on your experiences from Year 1, including some project work.

There is also a substantial laboratory element to many of the engineering courses, giving you experience of practical engineering and experimental work.

Year 3
You will now focus entirely on the study of core materials in civil engineering, supplemented by choice of two options in relevant specialisms, to begin to focus on your own interests within the discipline.

At the end of Year 3, you will have the option of completing one more year for a BEng (Hons) or a further two years for a MEng (Hons).

Year 4
You will pursue advanced courses which deepen fundamental knowledge, spanning a mixture of compulsory and option courses. You will undertake substantial design projects encompassing geotechnical engineering and interdisciplinary engineering.

Year 5
You will pursue further advanced courses drawn mainly from an extensive list of options aligned to various technical specialisation streams, such as structural engineering, environmental engineering and management courses.

You will undertake a substantial structural engineering design project supported by experienced industrialists. Half of the final year credits are allocated to the honours thesis, which is an original study of a challenging engineering problem.

Entry Requirements

2020 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (first sitting) including Maths at A and Engineering Science or Physics plus English at National 5 at C.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S6) including Maths at A and Engineering Science or Physics plus English at National 5 at C. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

For direct entry to year 2 you would require Advanced Higher Maths and Physics; Engineering Science or a technological subject at AA plus Highers at AB (in different subjects).

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


College of Science and Engineering



SCQF Level



Career Area


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