Why study this course
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).
Graduates take a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the BEng students.
You will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our English-speaking partner institutions.
Civil and environmental engineering is civil engineering with a focus on environmental issues such as waste management, building on contaminated land and water treatment.
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. Optional modules can be selected from those with an environmental theme.
The added advantage of the MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering (International) course is that one semester is spent studying engineering through the medium of English in one of our partner universities overseas. In the past, our students have visited Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The MEng allows you to use the last two years 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 courses available 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.
We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:
AAA-AAB. Must include grade A in Maths. You will need to pass the science practical element of the A-level if this is part of your programme of study.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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.
This grade range reflects our typical standard and contextual offers. We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. Eligible students applying for this course will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
36-34 overall or 666 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Maths.
From 2023, the Welsh Baccalaureate will be renamed the Baccalaureate Wales Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate. This qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other qualifications from inside the UK
DD in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade A in A-Level Maths.
Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.
Additional entry requirements
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year.
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 any required learning resources.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2023 and this page will be updated by end of October 2023 to reflect the changes.
This is a four-year full-time degree with one semester of year three spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20, the year three and year four projects are each worth 30 and the international module is worth 50. 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 2023/2024 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.
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.
The autumn semester of year three is spent studying at a partner institution overseas for the equivalent of 50 credits.
The year also 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. Some preparation takes place in the autumn semester but the module is completed in the spring semester.
Other core and optional modules build upon the foundations established in the earlier years.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Water Engineering||EN3303||10 credits|
|Concrete Materials and Structures||EN3311||10 credits|
|Environmental Geotechnics||EN3314||10 credits|
|Waste Management and Recycling||EN3401||10 credits|
|Finite Elements for Full-scale Engineering Problems||EN3440||10 credits|
Year four 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 international module will be delivered through the medium of English, using the delivery methods of the overseas institutions, 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.
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 currently undergoing accreditation via the Engineering Council, as it is a new course. The core competencies required for 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 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.
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.
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19, published by HESA in June 2021.