Year 1: In your first year you will take courses in mathematics and study engineering fundamentals including mechanics, materials and design. These courses will form a solid foundation for development later in the degree programme and are supported by individual and group project and laboratory work.
Years 2 and 3: You will take a range of courses within structural engineering, water engineering, transportation, geotechnical engineering and construction management. Courses cover both fundamental principles and practical applications. We place considerable emphasis on practical work, in the form of laboratory classes, physical and computational modelling exercises, project work, surveying fieldwork, design projects and site visits.
In your third year you will take part in a multidisciplinary design project called INTERACT. Together with students of architecture and quantity surveying from other universities, you will work in small teams to solve real-life design problems, just as you would do in professional life.
Years 4 and 5: The main route to becoming a fully chartered civil engineer is through the MEng degree, which usually takes five years. The BEng degree remains popular and can normally be completed in four years. To become a fully chartered engineer with a BEng degree requires further study after graduation, which can be done part-time while you are working.
Your selection for BEng or MEng depends on your progress record in your first three years.
In your fourth year, MEng students study a greater range of advanced analytical topics than BEng students. Year five of the MEng programme is largely devoted to a series of case studies, based on real problems and with strong industrial input, which are intended to develop high-level problem-solving skills.
2023 entry requirements
Standard entry: 5 Highers at AAAAA (by end S6 with min AABB after S5) including Maths and Engineering Science or Physics.
Widening access entry: 4 Highers at AABB to BBBB (by end S6) including Maths and Engineering Science or Physics. Completion of pre-entry programme is necessary.
College of Science and Engineering
James Watt School of Engineering