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Civil Engineering (MEng) (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Engineering at Warwick?

  • The School of Engineering is consistently in the top ten of all UK league tables, including the Guardian University Guide 2016, and were fourth in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 under 'General Engineering'.
  • Our accredited courses, which can lead to Chartered Engineer status, are collaboratively delivered between the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group). This unified approach equips you with the multidisciplinary skills needed to design today’s complex products, which extend beyond the traditional engineering disciplines. We also have a strong track record of collaborating with industrial partners (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover, Arup and Rolls-Royce) through both research and teaching activities.
  • Flexible courses enable you to experience the different engineering disciplines before making your final decision to specialise in automotive, civil, electronic, manufacturing and mechanical, or mechanical engineering, or to focus on general engineering or business. This means that you will normally only find Warwick under ‘General Engineering’ in league tables.

Dr James Covington

Engineering at Warwick

Natalie Wride

Engineering Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

(Accrediting institutions: ICE, IstructE, IHE, CIHT)

Civil engineers are vital to our future national infrastructure and services, and these accredited courses will give you a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of civil engineering, including design, sustainability and safety. You will benefit from teaching founded on cutting edge research, and will learn through theory and practical work. There are regular individual and group projects tackling industrial challenges. These may include design, build and testing of a roof structure, development of a robotic construction scheme or helping Severn Trent to improve reservoir design. You can also take part in field courses, including geotechnical engineering work in Wales and an optional trip to Africa in the summer to improve the wellbeing of villagers by installing water turbines to generate electricity.

Visits to construction sites and lectures from experts in industry provide insights into the latest civil engineering practices. You will develop a multidisciplinary approach to solving engineering problems, alongside skills in project management, communication and leadership, and confidence to implement new technologies and optimise existing ones, equipping you for work across many industrial sectors.

Your first two years build a solid foundation of understanding in core areas before you explore more specialist areas later in the course. You will undertake civil design projects in each year and you can choose from optional modules including forensic engineering and aesthetics of design.

In your fourth year the majority of modules are optional and are focused on our latest research in areas such as advanced structural engineering and design for sustainability.

How will I learn?

You will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. To help you make the transition from school to university, in your first year you will meet your personal tutor each week in a group usually of five or six students to address academic issues arising from lectures. Engineers are always involved in interdisciplinary group work and this forms part of our courses from year one.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations and coursework. Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations.

What opportunities are there for work experience and study abroad?

You can gain industrial experience during your course via visits and project work. The School encourages students to undertake some form of industrial experience. Many students undertake internships and other work experience over the summer. Some students can take a year-long placement in industry or in a research environment. Our most recent scheme has enabled students to work on a project in Uganda, repairing micro hydro power generators. Additionally, some MEng students can exchange their third year of study at Warwick to study with one of our partner universities abroad. Our current partners include universities in Europe, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea. Exchange programme places are limited and are competitive, although most students who wish to take part are able to.

Becoming a Chartered Engineer

This requires both academic qualification and responsible experience in your chosen industry. The preferred academic qualification is a four-year accredited Master of Engineering (MEng) degree. Alternatively you can complete a three-year accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree and complete ‘Additional Learning’ after graduation, perhaps in the form of an accredited MSc.

All our degrees (except Engineering Business Management and Engineering and Business Studies) are accredited as providing the academic component (in part or fully) needed for Chartered Engineer status.

Entry Requirements

A level AAA, to include A level Mathematics and Physics.
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

A levels in applied subjects and mixed portfolios Candidates are considered on an individual basis. Grades will be similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.

International Baccalaureate 38 points, to include Grade 6 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.

Other Qualifications Advanced Diplomas and Engineering Principal Learning qualifications will be considered alongside other qualifications and on a case by case basis. We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access/BTEC Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) and BTEC Extended Diplomas in appropriate subjects considered, if offered with A level Mathematics at grade A for MEng or grade B for BEng/BSc. Distinctions are required in Access and BTEC qualifications.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude these subjects.

Essential Subjects

You must have studied Mathematics and Physics at Advanced or Higher level study. You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
However, we recognise that Engineering draws on many skills and we are willing to consider highly motivated applicants with different qualifications provided there is good evidence of mathematical ability. We invite anybody in this situation to discuss their aspirations with us at the earliest opportunity.

We offer a Foundation in Mathematics module that can be taken in the first year in place of an optional module for those students not offering Mathematics at Advanced or Higher level study.

Further Information

Taking a gap year year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Open Days UK based applicants are invited to a Departmental Open Day and a number of these are scheduled during the year. If you cannot attend then the information presented will be available online. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

What modules can I study?

In your first year and part of your second year, all students follow the same programme covering topics which we believe are important for all engineers to understand. After then you are able to specialise into one of the disciplines of engineering: Mechanical; Civil; Electrical or continue on the general route following a systems approach to Engineering.

There are six modules in the first year. The five core modules are currently: Engineering Mathematics and Systems Modelling; Mechanics, Structures and Thermodynamics; Circuits, Devices and Power Systems; Design for Function and Introduction to Engineering Business Management. Students are offered one further module to introduce, for example: Biomedical Engineering; Multimedia Technology; Technology in International Development; or a Modern Foreign Language.

In the second year the six core modules are currently: Energy Conservation and Power Systems; Engineering Design; Engineering Materials; Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing; Mechanics and Thermofluids and Technical Operations Management. Optional modules are wide ranging and currently include Computer engineering and programming; Forensic engineering; Introduction to Secondary school teaching; Modern foreign languages; Motor vehicle technology; Starting a business.

In year three you will undertake a major individual project. In the third year of a MEng Civil Engineering degree core modules currently include Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis; Concrete Structures; Geotechnical Engineering; Steel Structures; Water Engineering for Civil Engineers.

In the final year of the degree core modules currently comprise of a Group Design Project and Construction Management and Temporary Works. Optional modules may be selected from Design for Sustainability; Finite Element Methods; Global Water and Sanitation Technologies; River Mixing; Advanced geotechnical engineering; Performance-based Seismic Design & Nonlinear Structural Analysis for Steel Buildings; Structural Dynamics and Vibration; Quality Systems; Simulation of Operations; Supply Chain Management; Renewable energy; African Field Course; International exchange report; Industrial report.

Engineering is an actively developing subject and so modules listed represent those available to current students. As the subject of Engineering and our school continuously evolve, the range of modules available and the content of individual modules may change in future years. Applicants will be informed as soon as the changes are approved. Current students will be consulted prior to the changes been approved.

Find out more about the degree structure and updated module information.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my course take me?

An engineering degree is a passport to opportunities in a wide range of disciplines. The breadth of experience we provide means that graduate employment rates are high. The majority of our graduates follow careers in engineering and IT, with job roles ranging from software engineering at Sony-Ericsson to mechanical systems engineering at Network Rail, as well as roles in accountancy, consultancy or finance.

Some of our recent graduate destinations include Design and Production Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover; Business Systems Analyst, Tesco; Relationship Manager, Barclays Bank; Graduate Civil Engineer, Transport for London; Graduate Management Trainee, NHS Institute for Innovation.

Around 20% of our graduates go on to postgraduate study, with the majority remaining at Warwick. The mean salary for our 2013 graduates six months after starting work was £27,300.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAA to include A level Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

IB: 38 points to include Grade 6 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.


Master of Engineering (MEng)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
School of Engineering

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Student blogs
Nathan Lavenstein - Civil Engineering

Jane Chan - Mechanical Engineering

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2017 entry.