Why Herts?
  • We have a unique partnership with BRE so students are exposed to their industry expertise
  • Our modules encourage hands-on, problem-based learning with strong engagement from industrial partners
  • This is a brand new programme, developed in consultation with professional institutions and the industry, to reflect the skills and competencies the sector is looking from graduates of this era

About the course

From the world’s tallest buildings and most spectacular bridges, to airports, highways, hospitals, rail networks and flood defences, civil engineers provide the critical infrastructure that makes our world work. You will learn to apply the principles of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, environmental engineering, materials, surveying and construction. You will also discover the latest techniques and developments, such as low- carbon materials and sustainability. For this degree we have a strategic partnership with the world-renowned BRE to give you access to specialist facilities, projects and lectures. To become professionally recognised as a Chartered Engineer, graduates from the programme will be required to complete approved CEng Further Learning.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Why choose this course?

  • The School has over 50 years' experience of teaching engineering and has established an excellent international reputation
  •  This degree allows you to benefit from the use of laboratory facilities and staff expertise at BRE (formerly Building Research Establishment)
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
  • Recent Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Dyson, Ministry of Defence and JCB

Professional Accreditations

The University will be applying for accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators, which comprises the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

Course details

What job can I get?

Employment prospects for civil engineers are strong, both in the UK and overseas. The UK government recently announced major infrastructure projects worth around £460bn, while global construction is expected to grow by some 75% by 2025. Graduates can go on to careers in multinational consultancies, as well as smaller design and project management companies, utility companies and the public sector.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. Students will also benefit from use of laboratory facilities and staff expertise at BRE (formerly Building Research Establishment). You will also work with other students on an industry proposed design project.

In addition to the academic fees, students will be responsible for their costs of travel to BRE and for the costs of the residential field course at level 5.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Mechanical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
    Civil Engineering Materials 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Site Surveying and Setting Out 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Sustainable Design and Construction 15 Credits Compulsory
    Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dynamic Earth 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Application of Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Structural Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    Mathematical Modelling and Simulation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Soil Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Civil Engineering Materials 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Civil Engineering Structural Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Hydrology and Open Channel Hydraulics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Surveying and Highway Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Construction and Building Management 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Major Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Geotechnical Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Structural Analysis and Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Industry Group Design Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Semester Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Flood Management and River Engineering 15 Credits Optional
    Civil Engineering Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
    Highway and Traffic Engineering 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS PointsA LevelBTEC
    104BCC - Requires Maths A level. General Studies/Critical Thinking not accepted

    DMM -  Requires Extended Diploma in Engineering (DMM) to include Distinction in Further Maths

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
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    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    24/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students