MEng Civil Engineering

Top in Wales for Civil Engineering Guardian University Guide 2023

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. 

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

See www.jbm.co.uk for further information.

Civil Engineering at USW is rated top in Wales for assessment and feedback, student voice and learning community (National Student Survey 2022)

UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
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
2024
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.

  • Mathematics for Engineers - 20 credits
  • Engineering Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
  • Thermo-Fluid Mechanics - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering materials - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering - 20 credits
  • Engineering Communication - 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.

  • Structural Mechanics and Design - 20 credits
  • Geotechnics and Engineering Geology - 20 credits
  • Analytical and Numerical Methods - 20 credits
  • Hydraulics and Engineering Hydrology - 20 credits
  • Practicing Civil Engineering - 20 credits
  • Highways and Transportation - 20 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience - 120 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 Project - 20 credits
  • Integrated Project - 20 credits
  • Structural Engineering - 20 credits
  • Geotechnics – Analysis and Design - 20 credits
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering - 20 credits
  • Managing Civil Engineering Projects - 20 credits

Year Four: MEng Civil Engineering degree

  • Integrative Group Project - 40 credits
  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials - 20 credits
  • Geo-environmental Engineering - 20 credits
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics - 20 credits
  • Advanced Structural Design - 20 credits

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Accreditations

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

See www.jbm.co.uk for further information.

Placements

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. 

Find out more about Engineering Placements at USW

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

Facilities

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

 

Lecturers

  • Shane Galvin, Head of Subject – Built Environment and Civil Engineering
  • David Baxter, Course Leader (Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics)
  • 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.

This entry criteria details typical offers, however, USW has a Contextual Admissions Policy and considers eligible applicants on an individual basis.  Under the Policy we could make a personalised offer based on aspects of the UCAS application or have results considered individually when you receive them.  Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement. 

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 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

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.

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