From safe drinking water to transport systems, developing bridges to responding to natural disasters, civil engineers make a massive impact on the world we live in and our quality of life. This course lets you sample the whole breadth of civil engineering, with opportunities to specialise as you progress.
You’ll study all the major subjects that you need to master as a civil engineer, such as structures, fluids, geotechnics, materials, communications, environmental impact, surveying and mathematics. At the same time, you’ll link these areas by focusing on how they come together in the design of the infrastructure and buildings that underpin modern civilisation.
The flexibility of our courses allows you to tailor them to reflect your personal interests and career plans. You could add individuality to your CV by spending time studying abroad or gaining valuable industrial experience through a placement, contributing significantly to your employability when you graduate.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You may choose to undertake the International option of this course, allowing you to spend the third year of your MEng at one of our partner universities overseas. You’ll study modules similar to those taught at Leeds, meaning your study abroad will be integrated into your degree and will not require you to take a year out. Find out more about our international and European options on our website.
The Faculty of Engineering is continually investing in world-class facilities, and you’ll have access to excellent lab facilities, design studio and computing equipment. We also have specialist lab space for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.
This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Civil Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited civil engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the JBM.
The MEng, BEng is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.
The BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially satisfying the educational base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng). A course of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
University of Leeds is proud to be working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Our partnership will set students on the path to becoming professionally qualified and give them the best possible start to their civil engineering careers.
The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers along with two other professional bodies (Institute of Highway Engineers and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) have formed the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) to work and strengthen links with universities to ensure that educational courses are in place to develop professional engineers that will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.
See Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for more information and details of Further Learning courses for CEng.
All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the diversity within civil engineering and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years – as well as giving you the flexibility to switch between these courses.
In the first two years you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental subjects that underpin civil engineering and the materials and methods available to civil engineers in different contexts. You’ll build skills in structural design and analysis as well as engineering mathematics and modelling techniques, learn about the properties of a wide range of materials and put your knowledge in the context of architectural theory and history. You’ll also choose optional modules in Year 2 to explore your interests and help you decide what you might choose to focus on in later years.
You’ll benefit from a greater variety of optional modules in Year 3, allowing you to focus on topics such as transport, railway or public health engineering. Core modules will help you to enhance and refine your skills in structural analysis and design, as well as building your knowledge of key topics like water engineering and foundation engineering and allowing you to complete a substantial research project. You may also choose to spend this year studying at one of our partner institutions overseas.
If you choose the MEng, BEng course, you’ll have an even wider selection of specialist optional modules, which are taught at Masters level and allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans. A final-year research project will allow you work on a specific area in depth under the guidance of your supervisor.
Civil engineers work on projects that combine skills and knowledge to deliver a solution to a client, so we place a strong emphasis on project work throughout the degree. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, project management, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
You’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Architecture and Environment 20 credits
- Engineering Surveying and Construction Technology 20 credits
- Structural Design and Analysis 20 credits
- Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 1 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 1 (inc Design Studio 1) 20 credits
- Structural Design 1 20 credits
- Civil Engineering Materials II 10 credits
- Structural Analysis 1 10 credits
- Water Engineering and Geotechnics 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 2 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 2 20 credits
- Sustainable Engineering Solutions 10 credits
- Architectural History and Theory 2 10 credits
- Highway Engineering 10 credits
- Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles 10 credits
- Introduction to Project Management 10 credits
- Transport Planning and Modelling 10 credits
- Structural Design 2 20 credits
- Structural Analysis 2 10 credits
- Water Engineering 10 credits
- Foundation Engineering Fundamentals 10 credits
- Individual Research Project 1 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 3 30 credits
- Construction Site Fieldcourse 10 credits
- Management of Time, Cost and Quality in Projects 20 credits
- Architectural History and Theory 3 10 credits
- Transport Engineering II 10 credits
- Introduction to Railway Engineering and Planning 10 credits
- Wastewater Engineering 10 credits
- Environmental Health Engineering in Developing Countries 10 credits
- Computational Methods for Civil Engineering 10 credits
- Building Physics 2: Services Design 10 credits
- Engineering Geology 10 credits
- Individual Research Project 2 45 credits
- Integrated Design Project 4 30 credits
- Funding for Projects 15 credits
- Design and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones 15 credits
- Design Optimisation - MEng 15 credits
- Advanced Concrete Design - MEng 15 credits
- Deterioration and Maintenance of Concrete Structures (MEng) 15 credits
- Solid Waste Management 15 credits
- Advanced Steel and Composite Design 15 credits
- Strategic Management in Construction 15 credits
- Risk Management 15 credits
- Management of Human Resources and Communications in Projects 15 credits
- Water Resource Management 15 credits
- Water Supply 15 credits
- Groundwater Pollution and Contaminated Land 15 credits
- Engineering in Emergencies - MEng 15 credits
- Geotechnical Engineering 15 credits
- Advanced Structural Analysis 15 credits
- Circular Economy and Resource Recovery from Waste 15 credits
- Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements 15 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industry sponsored fieldwork allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. For example, if you choose the Constructionarium (Construction Site Fieldcourse module), you’ll apply your knowledge to build replicas of iconic structures.
All our courses are supported by world-leading blended learning technology, using online resources to help you develop your knowledge at your own pace. Our state of the art lecture recording system ensures your lectures will be available for you to review at a convenient time. Our learning and teaching resources will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in an ideal position to compete in science and technology-related careers.
We organise industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers, researchers and other professionals. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course. Each student will be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide opportunities to experience Civil Engineering working environments on and off site
Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5-7 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
You will be assessed through both written examinations, held at the end of each year, and through coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Levels General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
All applicants must be studying Mathematics at level 3. For most students, this requirement is fulfilled by achieving the required grade in A-level Maths. Applicants for whom this requirement is to be fulfilled via qualifications other than A-levels (eg BTEC Maths and Additional/Further Maths modules) may be required to take a diagnostic Maths test in addition to their other level 3 maths studies. This is to ensure a suitable level of mathematical literacy.
GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.
D*D*D* with Distinctions in all Mathematics units plus an interview and diagnostic Maths test. Mathematics units must usually include Further Maths and/or other appropriate Maths units. Some may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.
35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in HL Mathematics.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics, and AABBB at Higher level.
Engineering or Construction Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above).
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:
If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which is not mandatory, but for which we strongly encourage attendance, as this gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You will be given a tour of the School’s facilities, which includes our laboratories and design studios. There will also be the opportunity to attend a talk from our Employability team.
During the day you’ll have an informal interview with an academic member of staff, to check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.
After you apply we will send you a link to book your place on the applicant day, but please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend, so your place can be allocated to another applicant.
If the entry requirements for your qualification state the need for a diagnostic Mathematics test, then please note that attendance at this day is required.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £22,750 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
The School of Civil Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.
When you graduate, you are very likely to find employment in the core contracting and consulting arms of the UK’s £30bn per annum civil engineering industry. However, the technical, communication and management skills you will develop during your civil engineering and project management studies are also in particular demand, for example in international finance, investment banking and large project management.
Recent graduates have secured positions including:
Structural Engineer, AECOM
Design Engineer, AKT II
Graduate Engineer, Arup
Civil Engineer, Balfour Beatty
Graduate Bridge Engineer, Buro Happold
Graduate Engineer, Canal and River Trust
Flood Risk Management Graduate, Capita Symonds
Nuclear Engineer, CH2M Hill
Field Surveyor, Crowder Consulting
Geotechnical Engineer, Jacobs
Highways Engineer, Jacobs
Calculations Analyst, KPMG
Graduate Programme, Lloyds Banking Group
Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald
Structural Engineer, Petrofac
Field Engineer, Schlumberger
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.
You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to spend the third year of your MEng at a university abroad to give you a different cultural perspective on your studies.
We have links with a number of partner universities overseas which means your study abroad year will be integrated into your degree and will not require you to take a year out. You may choose to study at universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.
You may also choose to study at a university in Europe, where you will be taught in the local language, adding international language skills to your portfolio.
Find out more about Study abroad in the School of Civil Engineering
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
Find out more about work placements