BSc (Hons) in Environmental Civil Engineering


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Program Description


A Civil Engineer helps to make some of the most innovative structures in the world - the infrastructure for transport, energy, industry and commerce is the result of civil engineering.

The programme, which is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (ICE, IStructE, CIHT, IHE) and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is designed to produce graduates who are as comfortable with the engineering and technical aspects of the industry as they are with contracts management, planning and environmental protection.

Site visits are organised throughout the programme and have recently included the M74 motorway extension, the White Cart flood prevention scheme, new Forth Crossing and Whitelee Wind Farm. You may also attend a five-day study trip to Europe, linked to one of our Erasmus university partners.

Your career

Employment opportunities exist with civil engineering contractors and consultants engaged in road building, quarrying, construction of large buildings and bridge building. Local authority positions also exist in planning and the administration of major networks. Our graduates can take advantage of opportunities within sustainable development and engineering for resilience.

What you will study

Year 1

Foundation Level Civil Engineering, Surveying & Structures.

Year 2

Includes Principles of Hydraulics, Contracts Management, Structural Design and Geotechnics.

Year 3

Includes Structural & Ground Engineering and Public Health, Water and Waste Water Treatment and Work Placement.

Year 4

Honours Project, Environmental Civil Engineering subjects such as Advanced Structural Engineering, Water Resource Management and Waste Management.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

ABBB including either Maths, Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at C. Nat 5 Maths at C is also required if not taken at Higher Level

A level

BCC including Maths or Physics plus GCSE English at C/4

ILC Higher

H1 H2 H3 H3 including Maths or Physics, plus English and Maths at Ordinary Level O2 if not taken at Higher

IB Diploma

24 points must include Maths and Physics


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering at MMM

SWAP Access

SWAP STEM programme at BBB

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Students on a part-time programme may be invoiced for the full annual fee or for the number of modules completed per academic year. Students may be eligible to pay this in instalments over the course of the year. View part-time and distance learning fees.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Work placement

You can complete a work placement with an industrial partner in your third year and if you are not on industry placement or studying abroad with Erasmus, you can attend a constructionarium five-day course on site.

Professional accreditation

The Environmental Civil Engineering degree is accredited by ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHE as fully satisfying the academic base for an Incorporated Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2016 - 2020.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.


The degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers) and fully satisfies the educational base for IEng Incorporated Engineer status. Visit for further information.

We are also accredited by CABE, and importantly, ENAEE the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education with an EUR-ACE label.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods, including coursework activities and formal examinations are utilised. Course works and class tests (open or closed book) include reports on experimental activities in structures / hydraulics laboratories or on site visits to key developments such as the Whitelee Windfarm, the White Cart Flood Prevention Scheme and the new Forth Crossing. Our students are also introduced to practising civil and structural engineers as visiting lectures to ensure their learning and assessment is relevant to industry standards.

Teaching methods

First year students attend a five day course of construction skills at Inchinnan, near Glasgow. Second year students can travel further afield by taking part in a European study trip which will be partly funded. Students in their third year can take part in either an industrial placement or the Erasmus European study exchange. Alternatively, students can select the Managed Project learning module. We have recently introduced an initiative where our students spend a five day period at Constructionarium, a hands-on construction experience for students and young professionals, where they are involved in on-site planning as well as implementing a scaled down version of a major construction project such as the Kingsgate Footbridge or the Millau Viaduct.

Last updated Feb 2020

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