BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering


Civil engineering is all about people. From supplying energy and clean water to our homes, to processing and recycling our waste, civil engineers work on developing services and facilities we use every day.

On this Civil Engineering degree, you’ll study fundamental engineering principles, underpinned by mathematics, health and safety, and sustainability. You’ll learn how to use industry-standard software for the design and construction of civil engineering projects. There are also opportunities for field trips and work placements.

Each Civil Engineering course is designed with senior industry professionals to ensure you are highly employable and a valuable addition to any area of the industry. This course is also available through Network75, a combined work and study route.

Top in Wales for course satisfaction and assessment in Civil Engineering for the past two years. (Guardian League Table 2021 & 2022)

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H200 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
HG00 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H200 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
HG00 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

You'll study core topics such as mathematics, structures, materials, geotechnics, hydraulics and surveying. Threads of design, sustainability, health and safety, and professionalism are also embedded in the civil engineering course. Your dissertation enables you to tailor your qualification to the area of industry you want to work in.

Year One: Civil Engineering degree

In your first year, you will learn fundamental engineering principles. You will explore the relevance of mathematics in engineering and gain an appreciation of issues in construction management, materials and the environment.

  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design - 20 credits
  • Mathematics for Engineers - 20 credits
  • Engineering Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
  • Site Practice and Surveying - 20 credits
  • Construction Materials - 20 credits
  •  Thermo-Fluid Mechanics - 20 credits

Year Two: Civil Engineering degree

In year two, you’ll have an opportunity to apply the principles learned in year one through a series of modules covering materials and structures, hydraulics and surveying. In both your first and second years, you will attend practical field courses covering subject areas such as engineering, surveying and geology/geotechnics.

  • Civil Engineering Practice - 20 credits
  • Geotechnics and Engineering Geology - 20 credits
  • Mechanics of Materials and Structures - 20 credits
  • Analytical and Numerical Methods - 20 credits
  • Engineering Surveying and Highway Design - 20 credits
  • Hydraulics and Engineering Hydrology - 20 credits

Year Three: Civil Engineering degree

In your final year, you will focus on the analysis, design and implementation of engineering systems, and sustainability in civil engineering. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge of geotechnical concepts to practical design and construction problems. Finally you will undertake an individual project which gives you the chance to apply your technical knowledge.

  • Individual Dissertation - 20 credits
  • Integrated Project - 20 credits
  • Structural Engineering - 20 credits
  • Geotechnics – Analysis and Design - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Management and Business - 20 credits
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering - 20 credits


Our Civil Engineering lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world.

You will learn through lectures, which are supported by tutorials, practical sessions and seminar groups. Wherever possible, your work will be based on live projects and case studies, with contributions from industry professionals. 

Most project modules are based on ‘live’ schemes, supported by guest lectures from professional engineers. This ensures you receive an in-depth briefing on many aspects of real-life construction.

Part-time students are able to follow an embedded route, which gives them the opportunity to achieve a professional qualification while studying and working.

Research-informed teaching

Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Engineering Research Centre which collaborates locally, nationally and internationally with partners from industry and academia to provide world-leading knowledge and impact. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.


The Civil Engineering degree is assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.


The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng); and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.


Our strong links mean you’ll have opportunities for site visits, industrial placements and, for students on sandwich courses, practitioner mentoring.

Field Trips

You will have the opportunity to go on exciting field trips to build on your knowledge (additional costs apply). In recent years, students have travelled to Beijing to visit the Olympic structures, the Great Wall of China, and the China International Exhibition of Building Materials and Green Construction.

There may be additional costs associated with this course


Our civil engineering labs are equipped with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.



  • David Baxter, Course Leader (Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics)
  • Emma McGivern, Academic Subject Manager (Highways & Transportation and Project Management)
  • Jerome Daly, (Geotechnical Engineering)
  • Jiping Bai, Associate Professor (Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems)
  • Joanne Thomas, Lecturer (Structural Engineering)
  • Luan Al-Haddad, (Applied Mathematics and Hydraulics)
  • Phil Young, (Architectural Design, Engineering Drawing, Sustainability)
  • John Kinuthia, Professor (Materials Engineering and Highways)
  • Jonathan Oti, Associate Professor (Materials Engineering)

See our Engineering Research

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Applicant wishing to apply for advanced entry onto the course will be assessed on an individual basis.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade B in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BB at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit  in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules (this is equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in Mathematics and one other Science subject at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Maths/Science and obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course


August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

  • Part-time UK:  £700 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

Employment opportunities are excellent. Graduates of our Civil Engineering degree secure work with consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and local authorities, with a range of companies that include Capita Symonds, BAM Nuttall, Hyder Consulting, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Morgan Est, Carillion, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Network Rail, United Utilities, and various international companies.

You may also have the opportunity to progress to the MEng Civil Engineering course which combines the undergraduate degree (BEng) with a Masters-level qualification. The additional year gives you higher technical knowledge, and allows you to apply what you’ve already learned to an individual project. You enrol on the undergraduate degree, and have the opportunity to progress to an MEng if you achieve satisfactory grades in your assessments during your first two years of study.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate. This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.