Overview

Civil Engineering is concerned with harnessing the great powers of nature for our use and convenience. Civil Engineers create, improve and protect the environment, they are involved in overseeing large-scale projects from design through to construction and completion.

We provide friendly and informal teaching and learning environment with a high staff-student ratio and an excellent employment record for our graduates.

Our staff is constantly seeking to meet new challenges and opportunities within the areas of civil, structural and environmental engineering. Our programmes are research-led and therefore develop continuously to reflect leading-edge technology and current and emerging needs of the profession.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) Level. The programme is accredited as follows:

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

The MEng degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

The BEng degree is accredited as:

  • fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Who should study Civil Engineering?

  • if you can combine intellectual talents with a creative, innovative and practical outlook ...
  • if you want a wide variety of opportunities and challenges during your studies and your career ...
  • if you wish to make positive changes and improve the living environment on local and global scales, etc.

then Civil Engineering is for you.

A pre-eminent centre for Civil Engineering

There are opportunities for vocational industrial placements at all levels with a range of major companies and organisations. Dundee is a pre-eminent centre for Civil Engineering with internationally-renowned research groups in concrete technology, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, lightweight and deployable structures, and construction management.

What you will study

MEng Honours Degree

An MEng honours degree normally takes five years, full time, you study levels 1-5, as described below.

BEng Honours Degree

A BEng honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 for the BEng or 2-5 for the MEng. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Direct entry to Level 3 of the BEng is also possible if you have previously studied Civil Engineering or a related subject in further or higher educational establishments.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

Level 1 brings students from different backgrounds to a common knowledge of the main subjects required to study in a range of engineering disciplines. Through project work, we will introduce you to construction professionals and the jobs they do, and to structural analysis and behaviour enabling you to analyse basic trusses and beam arrangements.

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Project
  • Statics and Beams
Level 2

Level 2 develops your core knowledge and understanding of engineering. On completion of Level 2 you will be able to use both mathematical and engineering methods to solve engineering problems, and will have developed your communication skills. You will have become aware of issues such as health and safety, the environment and the role of the professional engineer in society.

  • Engineering Software and Design
  • Geomechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Structural Analysis
  • Surveying and Project
  • Materials and Fluid Mechanics
Level 3

On completion of Level 3, you will have studied in greater depth all the core civil engineering topics including structural design in steel and concrete, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, management and geotechnical engineering.

  • Civil Engineering Materials and the Environment
  • Conceptual Design Project
  • Design Project
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Steel and Concrete Structures
  • Structural Analysis
  • The Business Framework

If your progress permits, you may be able to transfer from the BEng to the MEng at the end of Semester 1 in Level 3.

Level 4

On completion of Level 4, you will be ready to take your place as an effective member of a civil engineering team, whether it is in the field of design or construction. You will have completed a major research project and taken a range of advanced modules that will assist you in meeting the basic requirements needed to become a Chartered Engineer.

All students undertake a Research Project, plus:

  • Advanced Soil and Rock Mechanics
  • Construction Management
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Systems
  • Water Resources and Treatment

plus two modules from a choice of:

  • Concrete Durability and Repair Technology
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Geo-environmental Engineering

As with all BEng degree programmes accredited at Chartered Engineer level, there is the need for a period of further learning at the equivalent of Level 5.

Level 5

Level 5 is the final year of the MEng programme and concentrates on modules concerned with the latest developments in engineering design and construction and a multidisciplinary project that will develop your skills in team-working and managing projects. It exempts you from the further learning requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.

All students undertake a Multi-disciplinary Project, plus the following taught modules:

  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Sustainable Construction

Careers

There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors. The latest Institution of Civil Engineers Salary Survey for the UK (2010) indicates that the average total income of its senior members is nearly £100k, while that of recent graduates is £27.5k.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.

Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019 Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics. An additional science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees, plus AB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BEng: BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred)
MEng: ABB at A-Level including mathematics. Physics is recommended
BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma BEng: 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred)
MEng: 32 points at Higher Level grades 6, 5, 5 to include mathematics. Physics is recommended.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level including mathematics. A science or engineering subject is recommended (physics is preferred) for BEng degrees, physics is recommended for MEng degrees Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points.
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2
Scottish Baccalaureate BEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. A science/engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Pass with BC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
BEng - Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics Units at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
Welsh Baccalaureate BEng - Pass with A level at AB including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Pass with A level at AB including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
BEng - Pass with A level at AA including Mathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEng - Pass with A level at AA including Mathematics. Physics is recommended
European Baccalaureate BEng - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics. A Science/Engineering Êsubject is recommended
MEng - 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics. Physics is recommended

BEng - 75% overall with 7.5 in ÊMathematics. A Science/Engineering subject is recommended
MEngÊ- 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics. Physics is recommended

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5
Program taught in:
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University of Dundee
Last updated April 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
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