Civil engineers combine scientific understanding, practicality and ingenuity to design, build and manage the infrastructure that underpins our quality of life.
Study a professionally accredited civil engineering degree at Newcastle and you will develop core civil engineering knowledge in areas such as water supply and sanitation, transportation, and structures.
You will gain a new perspective on the world, including how society can meet global challenges such as climate change, population growth and resource scarcity.
You will also develop a valuable combination of technical ability, critical judgement, communication skills and intellectual qualities.
Design work forms a large part of this degree, and a group design project during each year allows you to apply your knowledge to develop a sustainable engineering solution.
This MEng Honours degree includes an additional year of advanced study which further enhances your understanding of civil engineering, develops your research skills through an investigative research project, and provides the basis for registering as a Chartered Engineer.
During the fourth year you will have the opportunity to specialise in: environmental engineering; geotechnical engineering; transport engineering; or water resource engineering.
Our degrees aim to prepare you for a wide range of careers and our graduates are in demand from industry.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is made up of the following four professional bodies:
The JBM work with universities to ensure that their degree programmes develop professional engineers that will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.
Newcastle is ranked in the top 10 UK universities for civil engineering in The Complete University Guide 2014 and The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. We also achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 90% in the 2013 National Student Survey.
Civil and Structural Engineering at Newcastle ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Your course balances lectures, practical work, site visits, individual study, and group work. A typical week includes lectures each morning with two or three laboratory or design sessions in the afternoons.
In Stage 4, we teach all of our modules in weekly blocks, often alongside our MSc students and professional engineers from industry. This means you will work full time on a unit of study for one week, with the following week timetabled for independent study to consolidate and complete your studies.
Coursework may take a variety of forms, ranging from reports and calculations, through to using 3D visualisation tools, and making presentations to practising engineers from industry. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
Design, and more importantly designing sustainable solutions to infrastructure problems, is at the heart of all of Newcastle University Civil Engineering degree courses.
In Years 1, 2 and 3 you will undertake a large engineering design task where you will be expected to apply your skills and knowledge from all of your studies to solve a large and complex civil engineering problem.
In addition to design, our degrees are built around five different themes of Civil Engineering.
Each theme is studied in different proportions depending on which degree you choose, demonstrating how the diverse staff expertise at Newcastle University combines to deliver fantastic flexibility and range.
In the final year, MEng students take advanced modules, which we teach in week-long blocks, often alongside our MSc students and professional engineers from industry.
You also have a choice of modules that offer career-enhancing skills:
The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle has close links with industry. We have an industrial advisory panel that feeds the views of the profession into our degree programmes. This helps us to make sure that our graduates meet the needs of the industry.
We also host the regional office of the Institution of Civil Engineers, giving you the chance to network with practising engineers.
Other benefits of our links with industry include:
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange that counts directly towards their degree. We currently have partnership agreements with universities across the world including Sweden, Singapore and the USA.
You will have lots of opportunities to analyse your design theories in our state-of-the-art facilities, which have been independently rated as ‘excellent’ by professional accreditors. We have:
You will also have access to full-scale field facilities off campus, including:
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences' website.
Study at Newcastle and you will join our School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. The School is housed in two purpose designed buildings on the University’s city centre campus: the Cassie Building and the Drummond Building.
Our four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are professionally accredited and are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) as they satisfy the academic requirements required to achieve this professional qualification.
Our three-year BEng degrees are also professionally accredited and can lead to Chartered Engineering status (CEng) later in your career with suitable additional training, for example an accredited or approved Master's degree, or appropriate further learning to Master's level.
They are also suitable for international students who don’t need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more about becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website.
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps.
DTUS is a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
Newcastle is one of only 10 UK universities taking part in DTUS.
Find out more on the Armed Forces page on our website.
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