Bachelor in Civil Engineering and Management, BEng (hons)



The Course

This programme encompasses the main civil engineering disciplines of transport engineering, water engineering, geotechnics, materials and structural design and provides students with the key analytical and practical skills necessary to become a Chartered Civil Engineer.

The core curriculum includes instruction in all main subject areas, concentrating on analysis and materials behaviour, with increasing focus on design and management in the specialisation years. Throughout there is emphasis on the personal development of students within a professional environment.

Career Prospects

Graduates from our Civil and Structural Engineering programmes secure a variety of jobs in organisations ranging from engineering consultancies such as AECOM, Atkins and Jacobs to government agencies including the Office of Public Works and Transport Scotland.

Our highly sought after graduates are involved in large-scale global infrastructure projects in energy, transport and water from an early stage, and tend to be promoted quickly to senior positions. This is testament to the practical nature of the curriculum and the respect afforded to Heriot-Watt by employers around the world.

Civil Engineering graduates have gone on to manage design and construction projects ranging from urban `drainage systems to airports. Structural Engineering graduates have contributed to the design of large or complex structures such as bridges and power stations. Graduates of our Structural Engineering with Architectural Design programme have gone on to design international landmark structures that combine artistic inspiration and engineering innovation.

Programme content

Level 1

Note that the below programme structure is provided to illustrate distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Mechanics A
Civil Engineering Applications 1
Construction Technology 1
Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Mechanics B
Introduction to Materials
Introduction to Engineering Design
Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Students take part in site visits to a range of construction sites

Level 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Analysis of Determinate Structures
Hydraulics and Hydrology A
Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and
Natural Environment
Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3

Civil Engineering Materials
Stress Analysis and Element Strength
Design Studies A - Problem Solving
Statistics for Science

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the week-long Constructionarium programme, where they get hands-on construction experience of the civil engineering industry.


Level 3

Semester 1

Semester 2

Design of Steel Elements
Transportation Engineering A
Indeterminate Structures
Geology and Soil Properties

Hydraulics and Hydrology B
Geotechnics A - Introduction to Soil
Design of Concrete Elements
Environmental Engineering A


Level 4

Students select half of their courses from a list of eight options, including: Structural Element Design; Water and Wastewater Treatment; Foundation Engineering; and Urban Drainage and Water Supply. Students also undertake a design project that involves collaborative work with students from other disciplines within the built environment professions.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering Discipline
Geotechnics B - Soil Strength
Optional course
Optional course

Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering Discipline
Civil Engineering Design Project
Foundation Engineering
Optional course


Entry requirements

The University offers as its normal entry routes:

·         entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)

·         entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).

There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.

Level 1 entry

·         Highers BBBBC or AAAB to include Mathematics (minimum at B)

·         A-Levels ABC or BBB to include Mathematics at B

·         Int. Baccalaureate 31 points to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

·         Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including (Advanced Higher) Mathematics

Level 2 entry

·         A-Levels ABB with at least Grade B in mathematics.

·         Advanced Highers Highers- BB plus AAAB at Higher to include Mathematics at Advanced Higher

·         HNC A in graded unit with at least SCQF level 7 or NQF level 4 in a relevant mathematics course.

·         Int. Baccalaureate 35 points including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

·         Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction including (Advanced Higher) Mathematics

Level 3 entry

·         HND AB in graded units with A in final graded unit and at least SCQF level 7 or NQF level 4 in a relevant mathematics course.




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