In the modern world, the physical infrastructure created by civil engineers surrounds us, impacting on our lives in many diverse ways – from bridges and buildings to water treatment and waste management. Civil engineering involves the creative and sustainable application of physics and mathematics, using engineering and computing tools to conceive, design, build and operate this built environment.
Our programme covers the latest developments in core areas of civil engineering including road and rail transport, tunnels, bridges, buildings and dams and also offers many unique strengths in emerging areas including: environmental engineering, structural fire engineering, advanced geotechnical investigation and design, use of novel and/or sustainable materials, and advanced numerical modelling for particulate solids and structures. As a result of the wide range of topics, career opportunities are hugely diverse and our graduates are in great demand.
The programmes we offer allow our students to specialise in a number of technical streams including structural, environmental, construction management, geotechnical and fire safety engineering. We have strong industrial engagement via our Industrial Advisory Board and industrial input to teaching, including our design projects. There are opportunities for interaction with recent graduates working in industry and we offer a close-knit, supportive community within which to develop your engineering skills.
Duration: 1 year
GradHat code: ENGD100
Course Accreditation: Yes
Academic Progression: Yes
Work-experience and internships
All students are encouraged to undertake relevant work-experience during their degree and we work closely with the Careers Service to advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations. We support your development of graduate attributes via our Edinburgh Award for Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Placements which is recognised on your academic transcript.
This programme is accredited as:
- Fully satisfying the educational base for an International Diploma in Engineering (Dip.Eng).
- Partially satisfying the educational base for an International Advanced Diploma in Engineering (AdvDip.Eng).
A diploma in engineering is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional modules to enhance your learning, preparing you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take modules adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional modules offered by your programme, you can also choose other eligible modules which fit your timetable.
Your time will be divided equally between engineering, mathematics and option courses. You will study different branches of engineering, followed by the first in-depth study of civil engineering. Your option courses may be selected from the sciences, arts or humanities.
The year is dominated by courses on engineering fundamentals, focused on civil engineering, supported by further study of mathematics. You will extend the application of your scientific and mathematical skills to solving engineering problems, building on the experience from Year 1, including some project work.
There is also a substantial laboratory element to many of the engineering courses, giving you experience of practical engineering and experimental work.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and group work. In your final years you will dedicate more time to private study and will receive individual supervision with projects.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:
- Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
- Practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course and written examinations at the end of each course.
The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.
Advanced Diploma projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
Find out more about this programme’s aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Studying engineering prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad and all courses meet the requirements of the UK professional engineering bodies. On graduation from any of our programmes you will leave with a thorough, core knowledge, together with analytical, practical, design and communication skills, enabling you to join a design, production or research team – or move rapidly into management and leadership roles.Alternatively, many of our graduates have gone on to work in other areas, including the civil service, education, the armed forces and the financial sector.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Higher: Mathematics at grade A, and either Physics or Engineering Science.
- A Levels: Mathematics, plus either Physics (preferred), Engineering or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology).
- IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and one from Physics or Design & Technology.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each “Communicative Skills” section
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
However, our programme modules are specially adapted and developed for students to upskill their proficiency in English language from an IELTS score equivalent of 4.5 to 7.5. The modules also cover development of research and communication skills, thus assisting the learners in their professional careers.
Year - 1
Semester - 1
Semester - 2
Year - 2
Semester - 1
Semester - 2