Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering MEng

Immerse yourself in the concepts and applications of the building blocks of civil engineering on this degree course. Our civil engineering course, founded with strong industry links, is different in respect of our unique location, situated in a region which boasts a wide range of cutting-edge engineering and technological-advanced organisations. You’ll be equipped with the principles and concepts of engineering, underpinned by a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles. You’ll be taught by research-informed teaching staff and will benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories and digital teaching and learning facilities within the UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    MEng 4 years, 5 years with industrial placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • You can practise in the broad area of civil engineering or specialise either as a structural engineer, environmental engineer, or engineering hydrologist.
  • Benefit from regular field trips to visit examples of best practice projects, as well as the opportunity to engage with live projects.
  • Opportunities to become a research intern, working with UCLan’s research staff during the summer vacation whilst you are still a student.

Course Overview


  • Engineering Analysis
  • Civil Engineering Design and Technology
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics and Materials
  • Civil Engineering Structures and Geotechnics



  • Management and Project Planning
  • Structural Analysis and Element Design
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering Design and CAD
  • Hydraulic Engineering and Materials
  • Engineering Analysis B


  • Project Management and BIM
  • Structural Engineering
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Engineering Dissertation


  • Advanced Structural Engineering
  • Integrated Design Project
  • Individual Research Project

Optional modules:

  • Risk and Value Management
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Advanced Construction Technology
  • Geology and Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Engineering and Well Test Analysis
  • Waste Treatment Technologies
  • Environmental Pollution and Control



More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points including Maths. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
Pass Access Course: 122 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 credits in Maths.
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 120 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level Maths.
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: English and Maths Grade C/4 or equivalent 

International Students

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Further Information

This course is founded on strong industry links and taught by experienced, professionally qualified staff. You will benefit from UCLan’s investment in the Engineering Innovation Centre - due to open in 2019. An optional industry placement is available, furthering your professional knowledge and increasing your employability.

The advantages of this course are:

  • An integrated design projects environment with other built environment disciplines
  • Managing projects effectively and efficiently, through engaging in management issues from the onset of the programme
  • State-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories and digital teaching and learning facilities within UCLan’s innovative Engineering Innovation Centre
  • Contribution from high profile, regionally based practitioners
  • Students will be taught by research-informed teaching staff at the top of their profession
  • Opportunities to become research intern, working with UCLan’s research staff, during the Summer vacation, whilst you are still a student


On your course you will be supported by the latest state of the art equipment. With the introduction of the Engineering Innovation Centre, due to open in 2019, over £2 million of investment has already been made in new equipment across engineering including flumes and structural testing machines for civil engineering.

Land Surveying

A range of modern survey equipment for use as part of a variety of programmes of study.

Materials Laboratory

Offering a series of practical experiments designed to investigate the properties of a variety of materials used in civil engineering.

Fluid and Thermo Dynamics Laboratory

Facilities to assess the engineering principles underlying both fluid and thermo dynamics.


CAD Suites & Large Format Printing

CAD software, in particular 3D design software requires a higher specification computer which is offered in the CAD suites at UCLan. Access to large format colour printing is also available.

Live Projects and Fieldtrips

You will have the opportunity to engage with live projects including with high profile clients. You'll benefit from speakers from the Institution of Civil Engineering and related institutions and from workshops delivered by regional and national contributors. Fieldtrips are regularly organised by tutors to visit examples of best practice projects.

Hydroelectric Plant Site Visit

A group of civil engineering students visited Heron Corn Mill to view the new plant and gain inspiration for their own projects.

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Constructionarium Project

Civil Engineering students travelled to Constructionarium in Norfolk to build a scaled down version of one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The following will be studied throughout the course:

  • The properties of construction materials and their applications
  • The properties of fluids and their applications
  • How engineering structures and systems work
  • Sustainable use of resources on projects
  • Design, construction and usage of civil engineering systems.

During your final year, the MEng course will include the following integrated design projects:

  • How to manage your projects efficiently and effectively
  • Specialisation in design and construction of unusual civil engineering systems
  • Optional courses in risk, health and safety and civil engineering informatics


As a civil engineer, you will become a part of a dynamic, fast growing industry with the potential to develop your career across the globe. You will have alternative routes to gain employment in a range of engineering disciplines, within either the broad area of civil engineering or specialist disciplines such as a structural engineer, transportation engineer, environmental engineer, or engineering hydrologist. As well as the option to further your specialisation with a postgraduate course, you can also diversify into the academic world of research and development, within universities or work for dedicated established research organisations within the built environment.

Industry Links

Our civil engineering course is founded on strong industry links and taught by experienced, professionally qualified staff. Courses relating to the built environment have been taught at the University for over a century.

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).  This means that graduates can become members of this Institute with all the associated benefits of belonging to a professional organisation.

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.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.