Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

What is special about this course?

Civil Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of a wide range of construction projects. The focus in these varies from consultation, advisory, to contractor based work. The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree is designed to enhance career prospects by helping students to develop and demonstrate a sound grasp of civil engineering principles in both design and contracting.

This programme offers the opportunity to study on a block release basis to students in employment allowing them to combine work and study.

For full-time students, there will be the flexibility to gain employment and they will benefit from strong industry links and professional practice.

The programme has the support of local employers such as Morrison Construction, Mott MacDonald and the Construction Industry Training Board.

Special features

  • Block release delivery with increased blended learning approaches using the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) 
  • Employed students will also have the opportunity to complete an SVQ4 Construction Site Management
  • Vocational skills developed by taking part in industry projects for full-time students

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Higher(s) at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These must include Maths, Physics or Technological Studies
  • English at National 5 or equivalent is recommended
  • Alternatively, the completion of an NC in Civil Engineering.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Successful completion of the HNC Civil Engineering with grade B or above in the Civil Engineering Graded Unit 1 may allow direct access to year two of the degree

Advanced entry to year three:

  • Successful completion of the HND Civil Engineering with grade B or above in the Civil Engineering Graded Unit 2 may allow direct access to year three of the degree

Access routes

NC Civil Engineering

Year 1 - CertHE

  • Civil Engineering Technology 1 
  • Site Surveying and Communications       
  • Construction Materials  
  • Structural Mechanics and Engineering Computation       
  • Geotechnical Engineering 1       
  • Civil Engineering Project 1

Year 3 - BEng

  • Civil Engineering Measurement and Management
  • Civil Engineering Technology 3
  • Applied Structural Analysis and Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering 3
  • Advance Site Surveying and Communication or Environmental Studies
  • Civil Engineering Project 3

Year 2 - DipHE

  • Civil Engineering Technology 2
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineering
  • Hydrological Engineering
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering 2
  • Civil Engineering Project 2

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

  • Alternative Design Technology
  • Professional Practice (Civil Engineering)
  • Collaborative Design Project

You must also compete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. You will also attend site visits (not mandatory) and undertake project work.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 48 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 7 years over two 3-week blocks and one 2-week exam/coursework block. All blocks will be 5 days a week. 

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2016-17).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,520
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,840

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Civil Engineering in design and consultancy
  • Construction and contracting
  • Construction, energy, flood and river management
  • Environmental or marine sectors

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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