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.
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.
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
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.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
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-Level General Studies or 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 or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
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:
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
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.
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.
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