Civil Engineering

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


This degree covers the main disciplines of structures, geotechnics, plus both water and transportation engineering. The degree is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to become a Chartered Civil Engineer. The core curriculum concentrates on analysis and materials behaviour, covering the main disciplines. The later years specialise more on design and management. Throughout, there’s an emphasis on your personal development within a professional environment.

In year 1 you have the opportunity to visit a range of construction sites and experience guest lectures from professional engineers.

In year 2 you have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.

There is flexibility to transfer between Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering degrees in years 1, 2 and 3.

In year 4, students undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across the built environment disciplines. Students who wish to pursue MEng Civil Engineering have the opportunity to apply to study at a partner institution abroad in North America or Europe.

Students on this programme also have the opportunity to apply for an Inter-Campus transfer to Dubai or Malaysia.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements:
Standard entry: 4 Highers at AABB including Maths plus English at National 5.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC including Maths at B plus English at National 5.

For entry to year 2 you would require 2 Advanced Highers at BB including Maths plus 4 Highers at AABB.

Start Date





BEng Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society


Civil and Structural Engineering

SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors


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Civil and Structural Engineering

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