Civil Engineering

CIVIL ENGINEERING

Civil engineers design and build major structures and provide the skills and expertise to design, build and maintain the country’s infrastructure.

In year 3 you will take part in a design project with students of architecture and quantity surveying to solve real-life design problems, just as you would do in professional life.

Programme structure

You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme.

Year 1

You will take courses in mathematics and study engineering fundamentals including civil engineering, dynamics, electronics, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills.  These courses are supported by individual and group project and laboratory work.

Years 2 and 3

You will take a range of courses within structural engineering, water engineering, transportation, geotechnical engineering and construction management. Courses cover both fundamental principles and practical applications. We place considerable emphasis on practical work, in the form of laboratory classes, physical and computational modelling exercises, project work, surveying fieldwork, design projects and site visits. 

Years 4 and 5

In fourth year, MEng students study a greater range of advanced analytical topics than BEng students. Year 5 of the MEng programme is largely devoted to a series of case studies, based on real problems and with strong industrial input, which are intended to develop high-level problem-solving skills.

Special Glasgow feature

Site visits to structures such as the Falkirk Wheel, the Forth Road Bridge, the Thames Barrier and the London Eye are organised.

Partnership and industry links

We have excellent links with industry, with practising engineers contributing to projects, lectures and case studies. Many engineering employers are involved in the University’s prestigious Club 21 work experience programme, which offers well-paid summer placements and, in some cases, sponsorship.

Our international links

You may apply to study abroad in years 2 or 3. In addition, MEng students can work on their fourth-year project at overseas institutions.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

BEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Maths and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A. Entry from S6 will require applicants to have Maths in S5 and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A by the end of S6.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Engineering European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAA would be considered for the BEng.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve a minimum of AAAA or AAABB including Maths in S5 WILL receive a conditional offer for the MEng based on S6 results. Applicants receiving these offers may be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics at Grade A.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Mathematics and Physics at HL6. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted.

European qualifications

Typical entry requiremetns for European qualifications: Engineering European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Advanced entry

If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have been employed by:

  • ARUP, civil engineer
  • Jacobs Engineering Ltd, civil engineer
  • Balfour Consultancy Ltd, structural engineer
  • BAM Nuttall, civil engineer
  • Laing O’Rourke, civil engineer
  • Scottish Southern Energy, civil engineer
  • WSP Group, civil engineer
  • Atkins Global, graduate civil engineer
  • SEPA, trainee flood risk scientist.

Accreditation

  • MEng: fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.
  • BEng: fully satisfies  the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer and partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer. 

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BEng

  • KIS
    Civil Engineering: H202

MEng

  • KIS
    Civil Engineering: H200

BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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