Civil Engineering MEng
MEng Civil Engineering
Want to follow in the footsteps of famous civil engineers, such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, studying in the city he was born in?
On this MEng Civil Engineering integrated Master's degree course, you’ll get to grips with the theory and practice needed for a career in civil engineering and graduate with a postgraduate qualification.
What you'll experience
On this integrated Master's degree course you’ll:
- Create your own designs and models
- Carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and soil investigation
- Use our environmental laboratory located at a sewage treatment works
- Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnerships with local and global organisations
- Get out of the classroom with visits to the Isle of Wight and construction sites around the city, plus a field trip to the National Construction College in Norfolk
- Enjoy insights from industry specialists – recent guest speakers include practitioners from ICE, Atkins, MWH, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, Portsmouth City Council, Colas and WSP
- Satisfy the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and meet the initial requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) after the course
- Boost your future career opportunities with the option to study practical diving and underwater engineering, and gain a recognised diving qualification
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.
After your second year, you can take a salaried placement year working in the industry, gaining valuable experience, and putting your studies to the test.
Previous students have taken placements at large-scale building organisations such as:
- Portsmouth Water
- Mott MacDonald
We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.
Careers and opportunities
The skills you develop on this course are highly sought-after by employers in fields such as:
- civil and structural engineering
- civil engineering contracting
- construction engineering
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- civil and structural consultancy engineer
- civil engineering contractor
- graduate structural engineer
- construction engineer
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.
The degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). This assures potential employers that you have the relevant skills and abilities to work in the civil engineering industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs and further study.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.
If you go on the optional residential field trip in year 2, you’ll need to contribute around £230 to the cost.
What you'll study
Core units in this year include:
- Construction Management and Practice
- Engineering Analysis
- Professional Development 1
- Soils and Materials 1
- Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
- Water and Environmental Engineering
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Behaviour of Structures
- Design of Structural Elements
- Numerical Skills and Economics
- Professional Development 2
- Soils and Materials 2
Optional units on this year currently include:
- Diving and Underwater Engineering A
- Diving and Underwater Engineering B
- Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
- Heritage Property
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Water Infrastructure
Core units in this year include:
- Professional Development 3
- MEng Individual Research Project
- Transportation Engineering
- Design of Bridges
- Soils and Materials 3
Core units in this year include:
- Advanced Engineering Science
- Environmental Management
- Tools, Techniques and Processes of Project Management
- Integrated Design Project
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group work
There's an emphasis on learning through field trips, lab work and practical opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 35% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 65% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 83% studying independently
- Year 4 students: 10% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 90% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written exams
- web assessments
- essays and reports
- project presentations
- a dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 68% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 63% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 33% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
- Year 4 students: 13% by written exams, 43% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – H202
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.