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.
100% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
93% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2021)
MEng Civil Engineering Master's degree entry requirements
- A levels – AAB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–136 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
- International Baccalaureate – 27
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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
Careers and opportunities
There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.
What jobs can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?
Our graduates now work in roles including:
- Graduate Engineer
- Graduate Structural Engineer
- Graduate Duo-technical Engineer
- Civil Eingineer
- Graduate Civil Engineer
- Graduate Site Engineer
- Graduate Planning Engineer
- Graduate Design Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Structural Engineer
They've gone on to work for companies that include:
- Balfour Beatty
- Kier Construction
- Knights Brown Construction
- SNC Lavalin
- Clegg Associates
- Super Structures Associates
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
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.
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.
Placement yearAfter your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.
We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
In previous years, our MEng Civil Engineering students have secured roles with placement providers that include:
- Student Engineer, Arcadis
- Industrial Trainee (Highways), Arup
- Civil Engineer - Industrial Placement, Balfour Beatty
- Service Auditor, Colas
- Industrial Placement, AECOM
- Trainee Civil Engineer, Osborne
- Undergraduate Civil Engineer, Cappagh
- Engineering Technician, Coastal Partners
- Trainee Engineer, Gallagher
- Industrial Training Placement, VolkerFitzpatrick
What you'll study on this MEng Civil Engineering degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules 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 modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Behaviour of Structures
- Design of Structural Elements
- Numerical Skills and Economics
- Professional Development 2
- Soils and Materials 2
Optional modules on this year currently include:
- Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Diving and Underwater Engineering A
- Diving and Underwater Engineering B
- Energy Resources and Infrastructure
- Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
- Heritage Property
- International Built Environment Field Work
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
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.
Core modules in this year include:
- Design of Structures
- MEng Individual Research Project
- Professional Development 3
- Soils and Materials 3
- Transportation Engineering
- Water Infrastructure
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Engineering Science
- Environmental Management
- Integrated Design Project
- Tools, Techniques and Processes of Project Management
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Here are some of the specialist facilities, labs and equipment that our students use during the course. Select an image to enlarge and find out more.
Academic skills support
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
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
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.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- 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
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International (non-EU) students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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 will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.
If you go on the optional residential field trip in year 2, you’ll need to contribute around £230 to the cost.
If you do the optional Energy and Resources Infrastructure module, you'll need to contribute £100 to the cost of a field trip.
If you take either of the 2 optional Diving and Underwater Engineering modules in year 2, you’ll need to contribute to the cost.
This is approximately £858 for the Diving A module and approximately £768 for the Diving B module.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – H202
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.