Civil Engineering

Focus on the creation and maintenance of a sustainable natural and built environment in this professionally accredited, integrated Master’s degree.

Key information

Award

MEng

Duration

4 years

full-time

Typical offer

Three A-level offer: A*A*A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

6.8 : 1

Based on 2015 application data

Professionally accredited

Read about this course's accreditation

  • UCAS course code: H201
  • ECTS: 244
  • Start date: October 2018
Apply on the UCAS website

Overview

Civil Engineering is a broad discipline that covers many aspects of our everyday lives, from the provision of safe drinking water to the development of structures that can withstand earthquakes. It aims to improve our quality of life while also protecting the natural environment.

Our Department has strong industry links and excellent facilities for teaching and research, including a range of testing rigs, extensive computing provision, tension and compression machines, and wave generators and tanks.

Study programme

In the first two years of the course you will take a range of core modules, covering topics such as computational analysis, structural mechanics, geotechnics and fluid mechanics. These will provide you with a strong foundation in engineering science and technology, and prepare you for advanced study.

During the final two years, you can continue with a broad programme or tailor your studies to suit your interests through a range of specialist modules covering topics such as transport engineering, coastal engineering and water resources.

You will reach Master's level study in the fourth year, with a wide choice of advanced modules and a major research-based project. Studying to this level means that graduates have fully met the educational base required for a chartered engineer and they can then go on to acquire the necessary work experience (see Professional accreditation below).

Field work

 

Constructionarium 2013

Field work is a great way to integrate theory and practice, and apply the knowledge you have gained in class to the real world. We run a number of field trips throughout the course, including practical land surveying in the first year and a geology field course in year two.

Working in teams, you will form your own companies and over the course of a week, construct scaled down versions of well-known buildings, bridges, dams and other civil engineering projects.

Each team member is assigned a role from Project Manager to Health and Safety Officer to ensure that their building is completed successfully and on time.

There are also a number of field visits associated with different optional modules in the third and fourth years.

Transfer between courses

This course is also available with a Year Abroad. This gives you the chance to spend your final year studying at one of our partner universities overseas.

Selection takes place in the third year and placements are competitive, so normally only students who are on track to achieve at least a 2:1 will be eligible.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for 2018 entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Computational Methods I
  • Creative Design I
  • Drawing
  • Energy Systems
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Professional Engineering Practice (including Construction Week)
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Surveying

Year 2

Core modules

  • Computational Methods II
  • Constructionarium
  • Creative Design II
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluids Design
  • Mathematics
  • Project and Business Management
  • Soils and Engineering Geology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Mechanics

Year 3

Core modules

  • Computational Engineering Analysis
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics (including Geotechnics Project)
  • Group Design Project
  • Structural Mechanics (including Structures Project)
  • Transport Systems

Optional modules

You choose one module from each group below.

Group 1
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition (online only)
  • Highway Engineering
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • Theory of Shells
Group 2
  • Concrete Structures
  • Design of Timber and Masonry Structures
  • Finance and Financial Management (online only)
  • Traffic Engineering
Imperial Horizons

You can substitute one of your choices from above for an Imperial Horizons module, which offers a wide range of options – including languages, humanities and business – designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact.

Year 4

Core modules

  • Individual Research Project (includes a Student Conference)

The Individual Research Project was formerly listed as two separate modules (Individual Research Project and Student Conference).

Optional modules

You choose five modules from below.

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Applied Dynamics
  • Applied Hydrodynamics
  • Concrete Structures
  • Design of Timber and Masonry Structures
  • Geotechnical Hazards
  • Operational Research and Systems Analysis
  • Pre-Stressed Concrete
  • Steel Structures and Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport Demand and Economics
  • Transport, Environmental Impacts and Safety
  • Waste Management Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering

Field trips

Surveying trip (Year 1)

As part of the Surveying module you will go on a field course to learn about practical land surveying. The six-day course is currently held at the National Trust's Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Geology field trip (Year 2)

There is a seven-day Geology field course as part of the Soils and Engineering Geology module. The field course is currently held in Minehead, Somerset.

Constructionarium (Year 2)

You will take part in the Constructionarium at the end of the second year. This is an exercise in putting theory into hands-on practice to build scaled-down versions of engineering projects.

The Constructionarium is currently held at the Construction Industry Training Board’s campus at Bircham Newton, Norfolk on a specially designed site, where students build projects often at about 1:10 scale.

Our students have previously made scaled-down replicas of dams, oil rigs, tunnels, towers, bridges and a stadium. The activity is supported by a teaching team comprised of a contracting firm, a consultant engineering firm and staff from Imperial.

Additional costs

You can find details of the additional costs associated with the above trips in the tuition fees section of this page.

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

Achieving a professionally accredited integrated Master's degree (MEng) means that you have satisfied the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of professional registration. To gain Chartered status, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet additional graduate level competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC

A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects.

Professional registration also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with members of the Joint Board of Moderators is renewed every five years.

The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2021–22 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.


Associateship

As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.

The City and Guilds of London Institute is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.

Find out more about our Associateships.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You can expect traditional teaching methods such as:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratories
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations

Additionally our course aims to be practical and incorporate a variety of other teaching methods, such as:

  • Field work
  • Group exercises
  • Constructionarium

Teaching, independent study and placement hours

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures, seminars and similar 557 (37%) 572 (38%) 500 (31%) 686 (46%)
Independent study 955 (63%) 928 (62%) 1,100 (69%) 814 (54%)
Placement
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number
 

Assessment

You can expect a range of assessment methods from traditional written examinations through to assessment on design projects.

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Laboratory experiment reports
  • Dissertation
  • Presentations
  • Design projects
  • Self-reflective writing

Assessment types

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Coursework 34% 59% 37% 56%
Practical 5%
Written 66% 41% 63% 39%
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number
 

Staff expertise

At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.

You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats information below.

You can use the Unistats website to find out how this course compares in areas such as student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels was A*A*A.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • A* in Mathematics, with A grades in all modules (AS and A2 level) at the first attempt – Mechanics 1 (M1) is essential; M2 is desirable
  • A*/A in Physics

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 39 points overall.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • 7 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level

Advanced Placements

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 in Physics
  • 5 in another subject

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2016 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.

Post-application recruitment

If your UCAS application indicates that you have the potential to thrive at the College and you live within reasonable travelling distance of the College you will be invited to visit the Department. Predicted grades are only one of the factors on which we base selection for our recruitment days.

On the recruitment day you will have the opportunity to express your motivation for a career in civil engineering, talk to academic staff and meet with current undergraduates. You will take part in a group activity with other applicants and a laboratory demonstration.

You will also complete a short test.

Applicants who are based overseas and unable to attend a recruitment day may be asked to make a short video submission as part of the application process.

English language qualifications (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2018–19 only.

The fee for Home/EU students is controlled by the UK government.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

EU students

The UK government has confirmed that funding arrangements for EU students starting a course in 2018 means they will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition and have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course.

This will remain the case even if their course finishes after the UK's exit from the European Union.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£29,000 per year

The tuition fees for Overseas and Islands students are set by Imperial College London.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Additional course costs

This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Equipment (drawing – mandatory items) Mandatory From £46
Equipment (drawing – useful items) Optional Varies (listed below)
Field trip (surveying) Mandatory £200
Field trip (geology) Mandatory £100
Field trip (Constructionarium) Mandatory £200
Personal Protective Equipment (safety boots) Mandatory £30
Personal Protective Equipment (other items) Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Drawing equipment

You will need to purchase the following items in order to complete the first year core module on drawing:

  • Adjustable set square – minimum size 200mm/ 8" – £19.99
  • Mechanical pencils (e.g. Rotring tikky or Pentel) – 0.35mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm – £9.99
  • Professional quality scale ruler – covering at least 1:1, 1:5, 1:20, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200 and 1:1250 and 1:2500 – £15.99

The prices provided are for the College shop for the 2016–17 academic year.

The items may also be useful in later stages of the course, if drawing by hand rather than using CAD programs.

Useful items

It is recommended that you purchase the following items as they are likely to help you improve the overall quality of your coursework (prices provided are for the College shop for the 2016–17 academic year):

  • Quality large eraser – £2.99
  • Pens for final inking in, e.g. Staedtler Fineliner – £9.99 for a set
  • Eraser shield – £2.99
  • Large bow compass – £9.99
  • 2H wood pencil and a quality pencil sharpener – £1.99
  • Coloured pencils for marking cut sections – £4.99
  • Set square 30° and 45° for isometric and oblique projection – £4.99
  • Large set of dividers for projecting circles – £15.99

Field trips

There are three field trips which all Civil Engineering students attend. You are invoiced for each trip and can make payment to the College via a variety of methods.

You can read more about what happens on each field trip in the Structure section of this page.

Surveying trip (Year 1)

The cost of this trip to the Department in the 2017–18 academic year is £750. You will be asked for a contribution of £200 toward this cost, with the Department funding the remainder of the cost.

The student contribution is normally due before the end of the spring term. This cost is put towards accommodation, meals, return travel to Wales and equipment hire.

Geology field trip (Year 2)

The cost of this trip to the Department in the 2017–18 academic year is £200. You will be asked for a contribution of £100 toward this cost, with the Department funding the remainder of the cost.

The contribution is normally due before the end of the spring term, and is put towards accommodation, meals, return travel to Minehead and equipment hire.

Constructionarium (Year 2)

The cost of this trip to the Department in the 2017–18 academic year is £550. You will be asked for a contribution of £200 toward this cost, with the Department and industry partners funding the remainder of the cost.

The contribution is put towards the cost of accommodation and meals, travel to Norfolk, equipment hire and the Constructionarium fee. The cost is normally due before the end of the spring term.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All Civil Engineering students are required to have their own pair of safety boots. These can be purchased from a College-approved supplier during the first week of term. The cost for students beginning their studies in 2016 was £30. Cash payment is required direct to the supplier.

Alternatively, you can purchase boots independently providing they meet a particular safety standard. The minimum safety standard which the boots must meet is EN ISO 20345.

Other PPE will be provided by the Department where necessary.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Careers

All of our students gain valuable contact with industry throughout the course through visiting lecturers, field trips, the Constructionarium, our creative design course, and group and individual projects, offering valuable networking opportunities with future employers.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Graduate Sustainability Engineer, Foster and Partners
  • Coastal Engineer, Surbana Jurong
  • Graduate Tunnel Engineer, Balfour Beatty
  • Civil and Structural Engineer, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, AECOM

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: H201
  • UCAS institution code: I50
Apply on the UCAS website

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2018 for entry in October 2018.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2018 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2017.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

Civil Engineering students

Got a question?

Mrs Louise Green
T: +44 (0)20 7594 6045
E: ciugo@imperial.ac.uk

Read more on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website.

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