Civil Engineering (MEng)

Civil Engineering at Cardiff offers you a highly regarded degree course at one of the top universities in this area with a wealth of exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments, nationally and internationally.

An Engineering student works on a model
Students are always working to industry standards.

Civil engineers play a key role in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment around us, including buildings and structures, flood defences and water supply programmes.

Our Civil Engineering programme offers you a highly regarded degree course at one of the top universities in this field, preparing you for exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments.

Choosing this four-year MEng degree offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the three-year BEng.

You will develop a thorough understanding of civil engineering theory, which will be backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field courses and design classes, enabling you to develop your career in any area of the civil engineering industry.

The MEng allows you to use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in civil engineering. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.

The MEng degree is fully accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers and satisfies the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Other Cardiff University Civil Engineering courses include:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of civil engineering if you choose a BEng course
  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option
  • The opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option
  • The opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer status
  • The opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK for our research, and the impact of our research (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)
  • The facilities that come with such a successful research unit
  • The opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff

Cardiff School of Engineering is one of the best in the UK for facilities, teaching and research. My lecturers are well-respected industry professionals. I took a placement year out and worked for Arup, a top engineering company.

Cordelia Overland, Civil Engineering, Year 3

Key facts

UCAS CodeH207
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsInstitution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Engineering Council
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.
Typical A level offerAAA A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a four-year full-time degree. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20 and a few, including the year three and year four projects, are each worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering AnalysisEN109120 credits
Computing 1EN109210 credits
Materials & ConstructionEN191220 credits
Structures and DesignEN191330 credits
Professional StudiesEN191420 credits
Environmental Fluid and GeomechanicsEN191120 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in the spring semester, as part of the Field Studies of the Natural and Built Environment module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Computing 2EN220810 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
History of Western ArchitectureEN220710 credits
Environmental EngineeringEN231310 credits

Year three

Year three includes a major project, with a value of a quarter of the overall year.  For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member. 

There are other core modules but also a choice of optional modules, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Module titleModule codeCredits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Geotechnical EngineeringEN330410 credits
Structural Design StudiesEN330710 credits
Structural AnalysisEN330210 credits
Continuum Solid MechanicsEN330810 credits
Business ManagementEN300410 credits
Civil Engineering DesignEN330910 credits
Water EngineeringEN330310 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Concrete Materials and StructuresEN331110 credits
Environmental GeotechnicsEN331410 credits
Environmental HydraulicsEN331710 credits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits
Waste Management and RecyclingEN340110 credits

Year four

Year four includes a group project, which makes up a quarter of the overall assessment.

There are also several core and optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Professional Engineering StudiesEN432110 credits
Management in IndustryEN400410 credits
Finite Element Theory and PracticeEN430210 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Numerical Methods in EngineeringEN401810 credits
Structural EngineeringEN432610 credits
Soil MechanicsEN432510 credits
Coastal and Estuarine EngineeringEN430710 credits
Fundamentals of NanomechanicsEN463010 credits
Integrated Building DesignEN410230 credits
Renewable Energy DesignEN410330 credits
Design AEN431110 credits
Design BEN431210 credits
Building and Infrastructure Information ModellingEN430810 credits
Physical HydrologyEN430910 credits
Design FeasibilityEN430610 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years three and five. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 30-credit project in year three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in Years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments.  Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages through each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is composed mainly of project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout years one and two, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning the core competencies of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems encountered in the engineering profession.

You will also:

  • Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a engineering context

Graduates from this course are mainly employed in the civil engineering industry with major consultancy and contracting firms, such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Ramboll, Arup, Mott McDonald and others. Typical roles include graduate civil engineer, site engineer or design engineer, and they are based throughout the UK as well as further afield.

A number of graduates have opted for further study, either at MSc or PhD level, at Cardiff as well as institutions across the UK and beyond.

Others have chosen to work for national and multinational companies. Recent examples include companies in the financial, media and petrochemical sectors with destinations including Deloitte, PwC, Virgin and Shell.


  • Civil Engineer
  • Technology Analyst
  • Project Manager

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and a variety of additional learning resources.

Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.