MEng Civil Engineering


The four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) Civil Engineering degree, the highest award for undergraduate study in engineering, is designed for more able students and fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Combining our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree with Masters-level material, it allows you to further distinguish yourself with an advanced set of professional and technical skills. An MEng also removes the need to source further funding to study a Master's. On completion, you will be better placed to compete in the graduate jobs market and enter more demanding and rewarding roles. 

On our MEng Civil Engineering course, 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 course. 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. 

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
95TD Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 8 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
95TD Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 8 Years September Treforest A

For the first three years, you will study alongside those on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course. This will give you the opportunity to learn fundamental engineering principles, further develop your knowledge and skills and gain an appreciation for concepts relevant to civil engineering.

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: MEng 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: MEng 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
  • Structural Engineering - 20 credits
  • Geotechnics – Analysis and Design - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Management and Business - 20 credits
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering - 20 credits
  • Construction Law and ADR 20

Year Four: MEng Civil Engineering degree

  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Concrete Design - 20 credits
  • Geo-environmental Engineering - 20 credits
  • Integrative Group Project - 40 credits

Plus 40 credits of optional modules:

  • NG4S101 Advanced Civil Engineering Materials - 20 credits
  • NG4H101 Seismic Analysis and Design to Eurocodes - 10 credits
  • NG4H102 Structural Timber and Masonry Design to Eurocodes 10 credits
  • NG4S109 Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainability - 20 credits
  • NG4S115 Further Advanced Structural Analysis and Steel/Composite Design 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.

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 MEng 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 MEng Civil Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See for further information.


Our strong links with the civil engineering profession 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)

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.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to include Mathematics and at least one other numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to include Mathematics and at least one other numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 30 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

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C 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 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

  • 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 for our graduates 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.

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, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. 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.