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    January 15

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    Why study Civil Engineering at Dundee?

    We are one of the top civil engineering departments in the UK as determined by recent national league tables. The Guardian 2012 University Guide placed us 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK. We provide a friendly and informal teaching and learning environment, with a high staff-student ratio and an excellent employment record for our graduates.

    Our staff are 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.

    Our MEng and BEng programmes are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) Level. status. The MEng automatically satisfies both of the Educational Base requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. Qualification with the BEng (Hons) requires a period of further learning to satisfy Part 2 of the Educational Base, such as a full or part-time course, or a suitable employer-led learning programme.

    What's so good about Civil Engineering at Dundee?

    There are opportunities for vacational 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.

    "Civil Engineering is a very varied discipline so there are always different things to be learning about. My favourite experience so far has been surveying camp in second year. Yes, it rained and the days were long but it was a great way to bond with your course-mates as well as learning valuable skills!"

    Alisha Mann


    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.

    UCAS Code: H200

    UCAS Code: H201

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee

    The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

    The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

    Fee category

    Fees for students starting September 2015

    Scottish students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Rest of UK students

    BEng - £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. MEng - £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 4 years, even if you are studying a five year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.

    EU students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Overseas students (non-EU)

    £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

    Not specified Start date September 2015 Course Starts in September Duration full-time 60 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    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
    • Cosntruction 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
    How you will be assessed

    Modules are assessed through either examination or coursework, (e.g. laboratory reports, structural design submissions) or a combination of these.


    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 ...

    then Civil Engineering is for you.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


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    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Dundee.


    Professional Accreditation:

    - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

    - Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE)

    - Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)

    at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level.

    The MEng automatically satisfies both of the Educational Base requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.

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