Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H200

What is special about this course?

Civil Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of a wide range of infrastructure, energy and construction projects. The focus in these varies, from consultation and 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.

You will benefit from strong industry links and professional practice, giving you the skills required to improve your employment opportunities in this key industry sector. The programme has the support of local employers such as Morrison Construction, Mott MacDonald and the Construction Industry Training Board. Regular site visits, guest presenters and live project work will also enhance your experience.

This programme offers those in employment the opportunity to study on a block-release basis, allowing you to combine work and study.

Another possible route to achieving the degree, if you are in full-time work, is the Graduate Apprenticeship. 

The first two years (SCQF Levels 7 and 8) of the course are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE); the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT); and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). We are currently seeking accreditation for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for years 3 and 4 (SCQF Levels 9 and 10).

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
  • Regular site visits and guest presenters
  • Live project work such as the replacement of footbridges with the Forestry Commission (work produced forms part of the coursework submissions)

Entry requirements

  • For September 2020, entry to this course is only available into year 2, via an 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. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year two entry on your application

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

Year 1 - HNC

Please apply to the HNC Civil Engineering if you wish to study the first year of this course.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

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

Year 3 - BEng

Core modules are:

  • 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 4 - BEng (Hons)

Core modules are:

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

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

For direct entry applicants and continuing students into year two, three or four: Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, most likely in semester two (from January 20201), where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • 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 (including Year 1 HNC Civil Engineering)
  • Part-time (structured): 5 years by block release, varying between 8-9 weeks a year; all blocks will be 5 days a week. This mode of study comprises HNC Civil Engineering (2 years) and Graduate Apprenticeship BEngH Civil Engineering (3 years)

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September


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:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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

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 while 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:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

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.


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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

After finishing my first year I started to apply for apprenticeships so that I could work and study at the same time. I was offered a job by The Highland Council who have encouraged me to carry on with my degree while working in their design office. Currently I work three days with the council, and study at the university the other two. I really like the fact that the class sizes are small; this means we get a lot of help and support from our lecturers.

Emily Currie is studying on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering at our Inverness College UHI campus.

The course is right for me as it fits alongside my work. Most of my lecturers are from a site background so they can really link things to the working environment.

I have gained some great experience on projects for my employer, Balfour Beatty. These include the road and bridge project at Inveramsay Bridge in Aberdeenshire; the Newmill floor protection scheme near Keith; and currently, the A9/A85 project on the outskirts of Perth.

It can be tough finding the time to study on an apprenticeship, as well as work, but doing the theory and experience together will enable me to take half the time to gain my degree.

Bethany Welsh, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering student, studied by block-release through the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme, Inverness College UHI campus.

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