From safe drinking water to transport systems, civil engineers make a massive impact on the world we live in and our quality of life. This course is concerned with the interactions between buildings and infrastructure and the environment in which they are built and operated, and the health of the people who use them.
You’ll gain a firm grounding across the breadth of civil engineering, with a deeper focus as you progress on areas of civil engineering that impact both the human and natural environment. You’ll benefit from our world-leading expertise in areas such as public health engineering (including water supply, wastewater treatment, waste disposal, recycling, contaminated land and pollution control), energy use in buildings and construction, and transport engineering and planning.
The course was designed to respond to critically important developments in the profession, such as dealing with contaminated sites, minimising environmental impact and improving the environment.
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.
Specialist facilitiesYou’ll have access to excellent lab facilities, design studio and computing equipment. We also have specialist lab space for structures, hydraulics, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.
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 building physics, 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 many partner institutions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA.
If you choose the MEng and continue into Year 4, you’ll have greater freedom in your choice of modules. You could focus on water resource management or the role of civil engineering in responding to major emergencies like natural disasters. You’ll also work alongside your supervisor on an individual research project, allowing you to focus on an engineering problem in depth and apply the skills you’ve gained.
The in depth final-year research project will allow you work on a specific area of your choice , under the guidance of your supervisor, where you’ll contribute to the body of knowledge in your chosen field and have the opportunity to make a real impact.
Integrated Design Projects
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, design, project management, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
These are 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 I (inc Design Studio 1) 20 credits
- Structural Design 1 20 credits
- Sustainable Engineering Solutions 10 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
- Architectural History and Theory 2 10 credits
- Transport Engineering and Planning I 10 credits
- Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles 10 credits
- Introduction to Project Management 10 credits
- Structural Design 2 20 credits
- Water Engineering 10 credits
- Wastewater Engineering 10 credits
- Environmental Health Engineering in Developing Countries 10 credits
- Foundation Engineering Fundamentals 10 credits
- Individual Research Project 1 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 3 30 credits
- Construction Site Fieldcourse 10 credits
- Architectural History and Theory 3 10 credits
- Transport Engineering II 10 credits
- Introduction to Railway Engineering and Planning 10 credits
- Structural Analysis 2 10 credits
- Engineering Mathematics III 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
- Natural Wastewater Treatment and Reuse 15 credits
- Water Resources Management and Supply 15 credits
- Solid Waste Management 15 credits
- Engineering in Emergencies - MEng 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. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery 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 (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
GCSE: English Language at grade C 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 Distinction in all Mathematics modules, plus interview and/or diagnostic mathematics test.
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.
35 overall (18 higher), including 5 points at higher level in Mathematics.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
A1A1A2A2A2A2 including Mathematics and English.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAAAA overall (AAA at advanced level including Mathematics) with Mathematics and English at Intermediate level.
Engineering or Construction Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above). We will consider your application if you have AS level Mathematics.
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 any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
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 youre 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 gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff 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.
We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, 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.
Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.
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.
Find out more about our Scholarships
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.
90% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating.
Recent graduates have secured positions including:
- Graduate Engineer, Arup
- Graduate Civil Engineer, Atkins
- Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates
- Project Coordinator, Lang O’Rourke
- Hydraulic Modeller, Mouchel
- Hydraulic Modeller, Mott MacDonald
- Marine Engineering Officer, Royal Navy
- Geo-Environmental Consultant, RSK Stats GeoConsult Ltd
- Digital Consultant, Ve Interactive
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.
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
All of our undergraduate courses are 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.
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.
The accreditation by JBM also means that the programme is EUR-ACE labelled. This means that it meets the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE and the accreditation is recognized in Europe and beyond.
See EUR-ACE for more information.