Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H200
Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

Civil Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of a wide range of infrastructure, energy and construction projects. The focus in these varies from consultation, advisory, to contractor based work. The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree is designed to enhance career prospects by helping students to develop and demonstrate a sound grasp of civil engineering principles in both design and contracting.

You will benefit from strong industry links and professional practice, giving you the skills required to improve your employment opportunities in this key industry sector. The programme has the support of local employers such as Morrison Construction, Mott MacDonald and the Construction Industry Training Board. Regular site visits, guest presenters and live project work will also enhance your experience.

This programme offers those in employment the opportunity to study on a block release basis allowing you to combine work and study.

Another possible route to achieving the degree, if you are in full-time work, is the Graduate Level Apprenticeship. 

The first two years (SCQF Levels 7 and 8) of the course are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). We are currently seeking accreditation for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for years 3 and 4 (SCQF Levels 9 and 10).

Special features

  • Block release delivery with increased blended learning approaches using the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) 
  • Employed students will also have the opportunity to complete an SVQ4 Construction Site Management
  • Vocational skills developed by taking part in industry projects for full-time students
  • Regular site visits and guest presenters
  • Live project work such as the replacement of footbridges with the Forestry Commission (work produced forms part of the coursework submissions)

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above; OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above;
  • Including Maths, Physics or Technological Studies
  • English at National 5 or equivalent is recommended
  • Alternatively, the completion of an NC in Civil Engineering or Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering
  • Entry for the Graduate Level Apprenticeship will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Successful completion of the HNC Civil Engineering with grade B or above in the Civil Engineering Graded Unit 1 may allow direct access to year two of the degree

Advanced entry to year three:

  • Successful completion of the HND Civil Engineering with grade B or above in the Civil Engineering Graded Unit 2 may allow direct access to year three of the degree

Access routes

  • NC Civil Engineering
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Civil Engineering Technology 1 
  • Site Surveying and Communications       
  • Construction Materials  
  • Structural Mechanics and Engineering Computation       
  • Geotechnical Engineering 1       
  • Civil Engineering Project 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Civil Engineering Technology 2
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineering
  • Hydrological Engineering
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering 2
  • Civil Engineering Project 2

Year 3 - BEng

Core modules are:

  • Civil Engineering Measurement and Management
  • Civil Engineering Technology 3
  • Applied Structural Analysis and Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering 3
  • Advance Site Surveying and Communication or Environmental Studies
  • Civil Engineering Project 3

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Alternative Design Technology
  • Professional Practice (Civil Engineering)
  • Collaborative Design Project

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. You will also attend site visits (not mandatory) and undertake project work.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 48 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 6 years over two 3-week blocks and one 2-week exam/coursework block. All blocks will be 5 days a week. 

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

 2016-172017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

 Level2016-172017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2016-17 and 2017-18).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

 2016-172017-18
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,000 £11,550
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,520 £5,775
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,840 £1,925

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Civil Engineering in design and consultancy
  • Construction and contracting
  • Construction, energy, flood and river management
  • Environmental or marine sectors

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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