This four-year master's degree will prepare you for a rewarding career as a civil engineer with a strong understanding of our core infrastructure. You'll learn how we can address global challenges such as climate change, population growth, and resource scarcity.
With a practical, design-led focus running throughout the programme, you'll work in our specialist labs, using industry-standard equipment and techniques to gain real-world experience. This is supported by our industry links and team of world-class researchers.
You'll develop an in-depth knowledge of all five civil engineering disciplines, with the opportunity to specialise in environmental, geotechnical, transport, or water resource engineering in your final year.
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.
Quality and ranking
- 2nd in the UK for research power (Research Fortnight)
- top 175 – Engineering and Technology category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
- top 150 – Civil and Structural Engineering category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
This degree is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is made up of the following four professional bodies:
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- Institution of Structural Engineers
- Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
- Institute of Highway Engineers
The JBM works with universities to ensure their degree programmes develop professional engineers who will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
In Stage 1, you'll receive a broad introduction to the principles of engineering. You'll get involved in practical work from day one, with a residential field trip to the Yorkshire Dales.
In Stage 2, you'll delve further into key topics, with modules such as design of sustainable engineering systems, structural analysis, and hydraulics.
Stage 3 covers topics such as spatial data modelling, geotechnical design, and engineering ethics and sustainability.
You'll also complete a sustainable engineering systems design project, allowing you to experience a major multidisciplinary design project.
During Stage 4, you'll develop your skills further through an investigative research project, specialising in environmental, geotechnical, transport, or water resource engineering.
You'll also have the opportunity to choose from modules such as Global Engineering, Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering, and Career Development.
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Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through:
- practical work
- site visits
- individual study
- group work
In a typical week, you'll have lectures each morning, followed by two or three lab or design sessions in the afternoons. In your final year, you'll work full time on a unit of study for one week, followed by a week of independent study.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Skills and experience
You'll carry out practical work in our specialist labs, including testing your design decisions, learning how different materials behave, and carrying out experimental work in the structures labs.
You'll also have access to our new multidisciplinary environmental lab, as well as full-scale field facilities off campus, including flood defence schemes, electric vehicles, and an engineering embankment.
Real business skills are embedded throughout the course through design-focused modules.
In your final year, you'll also have the option to study Global Engineering, a unique international design and build challenge, Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering where you'll learn how to set up and operate a business in the construction sector, or Career Development including a work placement.
You'll be exposed to cutting-edge research and be taught by some of the leading researchers in the field.
You'll also undertake independent projects based around the latest industry developments, conducting your own research.
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Newcastle is a great university to study at. Everyone is friendly and helpful and you feel welcomed from the beginning. It’s in a great city, full of life at any time of the day and night.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
This civil engineering degree is also available with a year's work placement, as a five-year programme.
You'll apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
Our Civil Engineering courses are taught at our city-centre campus, within the School of Engineering and are based in the Cassie Building.
You'll benefit from world-class facilities and living labs, ranging from microbiology laboratories through to at-scale engineering equipment.
Each engineering discipline has its own specialist facilities, including:
- the Millennium Laboratory – home to a wide range of facilities and experimental rigs
- Merz Court Pilot Plant Laboratory – a pilot plant with 28 experimental rigs
- BE:WISE – Europe's largest wastewater treatment research facility
- the Urban Observatory – with sensors gathering over 50 types of data across the city
- Electronics Teaching Lab – home to state-of-the-art Agilent/Keysight digital test equipment
- Clean-Room Microfabrication Lab – home to two class 100-10000 clean rooms
You'll receive comprehensive support from the moment you arrive at the University. You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, and degree tutors. You'll also benefit from the School's student buddies scheme.
Our MEng graduates are sought after by leading employers from around the world. 92% of our graduates went into employment or further study within six months, with 92% of those in employment in professional or managerial jobs*.
Recent graduates have secured roles such as:
- graduate structural engineer
- chartered engineer
- graduate engineer
They've taken on these roles with companies such as:
- BT Bell Consulting Engineers
- environmental agencies
The practical, analytical, and problem-solving skills developed on the programme mean you'll also be highly employable in related sectors such as mining, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energy, as well as more diverse industries, including banking and management.
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme
This degree is approved by DTUS, 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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Advice on maths and science requirements
If you don’t think you will have the exact mathematics and science qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do.
- If you have a maths qualification but will not have it at A Level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year. We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in Year 1 if we think that this will be the best route for you.
- If you have A Level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that this course is not the best option for you.
- If you will not have the equivalent of an A Level in the science subject (if any) required, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year.
If you are still not sure, don’t worry. Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may, therefore, make you an offer for a different course from the one you apply for (eg Foundation Year entry instead of Year 1 entry).
*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering, maths and physics degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the Engineering School to which you have applied. A fee of £150 is payable at the time of booking the exam or shortly before the date set for examination.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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• Friday 26 June
• Saturday 27 June
• Saturday 19 September
Each open day is from 9am to 4pm.
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You can also meet us at exhibitions across the UK.
Or you can join us for an event at our London Campus.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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