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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Geography and Environmental Management
Four years full-time; five years sandwich; seven years part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Ghassan Nounu
Key fact:
Ideal for creative problem-solvers, this innovative, practice-led course will set you up for a varied and rewarding career.

Page last updated 1 August 2019


Why study civil and environmental engineering?

Combining innovation and theory, civil engineers develop solutions to the world's biggest challenges.

Civil engineering is a creative and technical subject which appeals to inventive, enthusiastic problem-solvers. It opens the door to a wide range of careers, from structural engineer to project manager.

Why UWE Bristol?

The MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course consists of core areas of structures, materials and geotechnics, alongside more specialist topics such as hydrology, transport engineering, geology and surveying.

Be taught by a dedicated, diverse teaching team with a mix of industry and academic experience. Access modern, well-equipped, laboratories and industry-standard technology. 

You'll apply your learning through projects based on genuine issues, giving you valuable insights into challenges you may face in your career. During the group design project you'll learn to present cross-disciplinary solutions as if to a genuine client.

And if you choose, you can develop your professional skills further through a placement year with one of our unique partner employers.

Where can it take me?

The MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to succeed in a range of disciplines. Your next step might take you into business planning; water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering; or structural design the possibilities are boundless.

And thanks to our links with major industry employers in the South West, many of those opportunities will be right on your doorstep.



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Principles for Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Environmental Engineering Field Study
  • Construction and Environmental Materials
  • Engineering Technology and Design
  • Engineering Communication.

Year two

You will study:

  • Structural Analysis
  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Hydraulics and Engineering Applications
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Application of Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three

You will study:

  • Independent Civil Engineering Project
  • Design and Implementation Project
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Computational Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnics.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Traffic Management and Safety
  • Hydraulic Modelling for Flood Risk Management.

And one optional module from:

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Strategic Issues in Engineering.

Final year

You will study:

  • Group Civil and Environmental Engineering Project
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Non-linear Structural Analysis
  • Advanced Construction Materials and Technology
  • Project Management Principles
  • BIM in Design Coordination.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Transport Infrastructure Engineering
  • Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering Design
  • Bridge Engineering.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We tailor our teaching methods to suit the subject matter of each module. In general, you'll attend lectures and tutorials, as well as participating in field work, laboratories and group work.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent StudyPlacement Study

*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year.

Study time

Study this course full-time over four years or part-time for seven years. Alternatively, choose the five-year sandwich course and spend a year on a work or study placement.


We make sure that assessment in each module suits the topics you have studied, so it will vary across the course. Assessment will include written examinations, presentations, practical examinations, coursework reports and portfolios.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.



Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after the second year.

Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region. Past students have worked for water companies, local authorities, regional and international consultancies. Many of these employers have been so impressed with our placement students that they employed them on graduation.

You can also volunteer to help develop the infrastructure in developing countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.


Fieldwork helps you gain valuable practical experience and a number of modules include site visits.

Destinations include Dartmoor in your first year, Wessex Water sites in your second year and an opportunity to travel overseas in your third year. During the second year you'll also have the chance to spend several days building small Construction Live projects.

Study facilities

You'll study in a modern building incorporating well-equipped laboratories for concrete and environmental science, hydraulics, environmental physics, earth sciences and surveying technology.

Carry out topography level surveys with our industry-standard surveying equipment.

Model and test hydrological and surface water drainage, map locations and design structures using geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.

Create and test structures in our concrete and physics labs, and explore theories in our hydraulics labs. Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

This mix of learning environments will give you the best chance of absorbing essential knowledge and real-world skills, so you're all set for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Civil engineers are in high demand, with numerous opportunities overseas as well as in the UK.

Graduates can choose from a range of disciplines. From geotechnical or civil engineering through to transport engineering, this qualification opens up extensive employment possibilities.



FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156


FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year160

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the fIve year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics. Points from General Studies and AS-level subjects (not taken onto full A-level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Engineering Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit with 15 in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do). Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

If you don't meet the entry requirements you may be eligible for foundation year entry into this or related degree courses.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

Advanced entry

If you have HND or FdSc qualifications in closely related subjects, you may be able to join the course in the second year. If you have an HNC or other cognate qualifications, you may be credited with individual modules, which will shorten the course for you.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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