BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Post Diploma)

This full-time civil engineering course is tailor-made for students who already have a HND (or equivalent qualification) in civil engineering, and comprises 160 credits taken over a full 12-month calendar year. The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Post Diploma) degree is designed to ensure you are highly employable and a valuable addition to the industry. The areas you will study include all the subjects necessary to meet the expectations of employers, preparing you for a career in this challenging and rewarding field.

This civil engineering degree will give you the appropriate practical and academic training for a career in civil engineering, including structural design, geotechnical design, project management, highway and transport engineering, and sustainable design and development. You’ll gain knowledge of fundamental and more advanced engineering principles, as well as key industry relevant IT skills. Using industry-standard software, you’ll learn how to apply these skills to engineering problems through design and project work.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H206 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H206 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

Typically the module content of the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Post Diploma) degree course comprises the following modules:

September – May

  • Structural Analysis and Design 2
  • Geotechnics and Hydrology
  • Civil Engineering Management and Business
  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Transport
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Engineering
  • Structural Analysis 3 OR Civil Engineering Design and Applications

June – August

  • Integrated Project
  • Individual Dissertation


Our 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.

An open-door policy ensures that support and advice from academic staff is always available during your studies. The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Post Diploma) degree offers a combination of theory and practice, so there is a balance of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Many modules require coursework only, while others are a mixture of coursework and exams. Project modules are based on ‘live’ schemes, supported by guest lectures from professional engineers and, where appropriate, field courses are included to consolidate the knowledge gained in class and help you apply it in real-life situations.


The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Post Diploma) degree is assessed by assignments, coursework, class tests and presentations. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.


The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Post Diploma) degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See for further information.


Dedicated Civil Engineering Student Project Room, Full suite of Industry Standard design and analysis software including AutoCAD, REVIT, Oasis, Slope, TEDS.


HND in Civil Engineering or equivalent national/international qualification.

GCSE: Five at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language

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 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: 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 and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU 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 students

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

Admissions statement

Employment opportunities for our civil engineering graduates are excellent. We have excellent links with industry that can help you get a head start in your career. Our civil engineering graduates readily secure work with consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and local authorities, and with a range of companies that include Capita Symonds, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Hyder, Alan Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Morgan Est, Carillion PLC, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Network Rail, United Utilities and various international companies.