Civil Engineering

Enrich your study of civil engineering with a year abroad 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: H202
  • ECTS: 244
  • Start date: October 2018

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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.

This degree offers you the chance to spend your final year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. Places are currently available in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong or the USA.

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 third year, you can continue with a broad programme or tailor your studies to suit your interests through a range of specialist modules and a group design project.

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).

Year Abroad

You will spend your fourth year at a leading university overseas. This is an integrated year abroad, so the grades you achieve will count directly towards your Imperial degree. You will study modules and complete a major project at your host university, undertaking a similar programme of study to the fourth year at Imperial.

Teaching is normally in the language of your host country, so an acceptable proficiency is required for placements in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Free language classes are available at the College to help you prepare.

Limited places means competition for placements abroad is strong, so only students who are on track for at least a 2:1 by the time of selection in the third year will be eligible.

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 degrees

This degree is also available without a year abroad, and you can transfer on to that course from this one at any point before you go overseas.

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 Abroad

You spend this year abroad. The subject matter and workload are similar for those who remain at Imperial for the fourth year. You will also complete a major project (which may be in industry for students in France).

Graduates have been placed with world leading universities, and the below list is provided as a guide to the places offered:

  • Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure Energie Eau et Environement, France
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Switzerland
  • Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Spain
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Germany
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
  • Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • University of California, United States
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia

Limited places means competition for placements abroad is strong, and cannot be guaranteed. Normally only students who are on track for at least a 2:1 by the time of selection in the third year will be eligible.

Please note the above is an illustrative list of universities located abroad which the Department is currently partnered with. Partnerships with universities are subject to continuous review and individual partnerships may or may not be renewed.

There may be limitations placed upon your ability to live and study in these locations. If applicable you will need to successfully apply for the relevant visa. This applies to all students, including Home students, in light of the vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

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 degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. It also provides you with a faster route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by fully satisfying the educational requirements of this professional qualification. This means you won’t need to undertake any further academic study on your route to gaining Chartered status though you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet 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.

It 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

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

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 Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, 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.

Language requirement

The minimum requirement for the Year Abroad programme, where your exchange takes place in Europe, is GCSE grade A or B in the appropriate language.

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

Language requirement

The minimum requirement for the Year Abroad programme, where your exchange takes place in Europe, is GCSE grade A or B in the appropriate language.

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

You may also require a relevant language qualification for this year abroad degree.

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 round table discussion 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)

2017 entryYear Abroad
£9,250 per year 15% of the relevant fee for that year

Read more about funding for year abroad placements.

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only.

The fee for Home/EU students is controlled by the UK government. The regulations around fees for 2018–19 have not yet been announced. We will update this page as soon as this information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually in line with UK government policy on fee increases.

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 for the duration of their course.

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.

The government has confirmed that EU students entering university in the UK in 2017 and 2018 also 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)

2017 entryYear Abroad
£27,750 per year 100% of the relevant fee for that year

Read more about funding for year abroad placements.

The fee for the 2018–19 academic year has not yet been set by the College. We will update this page as soon as this fee information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing annually 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.

Surveying trip (Year 1)

The cost this academic year was £531 per person. In the 2016–17 academic year our students will be asked to contribute £200 toward this cost, with the remainder paid by the Department.

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)

In the 2015–16 academic year the overall cost of this field trip was £200 per person. In the 2016–17 academic year our students will be asked to contribute £100 each towards this cost; the Department will contribute the remaining £100.

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 total cost of the 2016 Constructionarium was approximately £472 per person.

With support from the Department and donations from industry, we are normally able to reduce the cost to our students. For example, in the 2016–17 academic year, our students will be asked to contribute £200 per person.

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: H202
  • UCAS institution code: I50

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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