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, design and advisory, to site-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 Pat Munro, Mott MacDonald and The Highland Council. Currently 87% of our full time 3rd and 4th year students have secured work in the industry as trainee Civil Engineers.

The programme enjoys regular site visits, guest presenters and live project work designed to enhance your experience. Live projects include: working on a master plan with Architectural Technology students for developments with Inverness Caledonia Thistle; creating concept design and options appraisals for sports and student facilities on Inverness Campus; and designing replacement footbridges with Forest and Land Scotland.

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic lectures with extensive experience and varied qualifications. We utilise expanding lab facilities and current technology in the delivery of our course and you will be introduced to themes of clean construction and digital innovation throughout the programme.

In addition, the programme offers those in employment the opportunity to study on a block-release basis, allowing you to combine work and study as part of our Higher and Graduate Apprenticeships.

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)
  • Excellent lab equipment including structural analysis, geotechnical labs and materials testing
  • 3D surveying and modelling technologFree student membership of ICE, can find out more here -
  • 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)

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • Including Maths, Physics or Technological Studies
  • English at National 5 or equivalent is recommended
  • Alternatively, the completion of an NC in Civil Engineering or Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering
  • Entry for the Graduate Apprenticeship will be considered on a case by case basis
  • 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
  • Alternatively, successful completion of a Diploma of Higher Education Civil Engineering may also allow direct access to year three of the degree

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Civil engineering project 1
  • Civil engineering technology 1
  • Construction materials 
  • Geotechnical engineering 1
  • Sites surveying and communications
  • Structural mechanics and engineering computation

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Civil engineering project 2
  • Civil engineering technology 2
  • Geotechnical engineering 2
  • Hydrological engineering
  • Mathematics for civil engineering
  • Structural analysis and design

Year 3 - BEng

Core modules are:

  • Advance site surveying and communication or environmental studies
  • Applied structural analysis and design
  • Civil engineering measurement and management
  • Civil engineering project 3
  • Civil engineering technology 3
  • Geotechnical engineering 3

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Alternative design technology
  • Collaborative design project
  • Professional practice (Civil engineering)

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 continue to review government guidance 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 2021), 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 for each semester (usually around 12 hours face-to-face per week, with 12 weeks per semester)
  • Part-time (structured): 6 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?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2020-212021-22
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

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

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, studying full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2021-22 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.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £4,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

YearLevel2021-22 Full-timeWith scholarship
Year 1 CertHE £13.620 £9,620
Year 2 DipHE £13.620 £9,620
Year 3 Degree £13.620 £9,620
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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 Mode2020-212021-22
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £13,200 £13,620
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,600 £6,810
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,200 £2,270

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship 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 rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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

Can I progress into further study?

After successfully completing the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, you may be able to progress onto MSc Civil Engineering.

Is there more information available online?

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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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