Why study this course
Our civil and environmental 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.
You will develop a thorough understanding of civil and environmental engineering theory, which will be backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field trips and design classes.
The added advantage of this MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course with a year in France is that you study the French language as part of the first three years and spend year four studying engineering at a partner university abroad before returning to Cardiff for the fifth year.
The MEng allows you to use years three and five to expand and strengthen your knowledge in civil and environmental 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.
Other civil and environmental engineering may 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.
Spend a year studying in France
You will spend a year studying abroad at a French university where you will have the opportunity to develop your language skills.
Graduates take a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the BEng students.
Ranked 1st in the UK
Civil and Construction Engineering at Cardiff University ranked No.1 for research impact in the latest government research assessment (REF2014).
AAA-AAB. Rhaid cynnwys gradd A mewn Mathemateg. Bydd angen i chi basio elfen ymarferol wyddoniaeth y Safon Uwch os yw hyn yn rhan o'ch rhaglen astudio.
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
DD mewn Diploma BTEC mewn unrhyw bwnc a gradd A mewn Mathemateg Safon Uwch.
36-34 yn gyffredinol neu 666 mewn 3 phwnc HL. Rhaid cynnwys gradd 6 mewn Mathemateg HL.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
Mae'n rhaid eich bod chi wedi bod yn gweithio tuag at:
- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C / 4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Haen 4 arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.
Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.
Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar ofynion gradd a phwnc penodol y cwrs.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
UK and EU students (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.
Students from outside the EU (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.
Costs for sandwich years
During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.
Course specific equipment
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.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
This is a five-year full-time degree with the fourth year spent studying in France at the designated partner university. 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 five projects, are each worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions. The core modules include two language modules for French.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|French for Year in Europe||EN1016||10 credits|
|French for Year in Europe||EN1021||10 credits|
|Engineering Analysis||EN1091||20 credits|
|Computing 1||EN1092||10 credits|
|Environmental Fluid and Geomechanics||EN1911||20 credits|
|Materials and Construction||EN1912||20 credits|
|Design Studies||EN1915||20 credits|
|Professional Engineering||EN1917||10 credits|
Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions. The core modules include two language modules for French.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|French for Year in Europe||EN2016||10 credits|
|French for Year in Europe||EN2019||10 credits|
|Engineering Analysis||EN2026||20 credits|
|Computing 2||EN2208||10 credits|
|Environmental Engineering||EN2313||10 credits|
|Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics||EN2314||20 credits|
|Professional Studies and Construction||EN2315||20 credits|
|Structural Analysis and Design||EN2400||40 credits|
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.
The core modules include two language modules for French.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|French for Year in Europe||EN3018||10 credits|
|French for Year in Europe||EN3021||10 credits|
|Construction and Construction Management||EN3104||10 credits|
|Environmental Policy and Regulation||EN3220||10 credits|
|Geotechnical Engineering||EN3304||10 credits|
|Structural Design Studies||EN3307||10 credits|
|Civil Engineering Design||EN3309||10 credits|
|Environmental Hydraulics||EN3317||10 credits|
Year four: Sandwich year
Year four is spent studying at the designated partner university in France, through the medium of French.
Year five includes a group project, which makes up a quarter of the overall assessment.
There are also several core and optional modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering||EN4018||10 credits|
|Integrated Building Design||EN4102||30 credits|
|Renewable Energy Design||EN4103||30 credits|
|Design Feasibility||EN4306||10 credits|
|Coastal and Estuarine Engineering||EN4307||10 credits|
|Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling||EN4308||10 credits|
|Soil Mechanics||EN4325||10 credits|
|Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering||EN4380||10 credits|
|Flood Design||EN4571||10 credits|
|Environmental Fluid Mechanics||EN4575||10 credits|
|Sediment Transport Dynamics||EN4576||10 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.
Learning and assessment
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.
The year abroad will be taught through the medium of French, using the delivery methods of the overseas institution, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.
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.
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.
You will develop a number of practical skills during the laboratory-based sessions, while there is a consistent core of management skills and personal development.
You will develop your French language skills and gain an understanding of the academic culture of Higher Education and professional practice in France.
You will also:
- Develop your understanding of the application of architecture, building conceptual design and building services within the context of engineering and construction
- Develop your understanding of environmental problems arising from activities and the consequences of construction – and how to mitigate or remedy them
- 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 civil 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.
In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
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
- Site Engineer
- Design Engineer