MEng Civil Engineering (with a Year Abroad)

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Civil Engineering at Swansea University

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Course Overview

MEng Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is ranked 1st in the UK for its graduate prospects, according to The Complete University Guide 2017.

As a student on the Civil Engineering course, you will be taught by leading experts in their field and be provided with an excellent basis for a professional career in civil, structural, geotechnical & municipal engineering fields.


You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

  • 8th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Top 200 Department in the World (QS World Rankings)
  • 100% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DHLE)
  • Year in Industry + Year Abroad Schemes Available
  • Scholarships available to outstanding students
  • Our brand new facilities include specially equipped laboratories for structures teaching, concrete production and testing, and materials testing. We also have a fluids laboratory with a 5m experimental flume and a soils laboratory with state-of-the-art testing equipment. You will use our top of the range surveying equipment and have the opportunity to use our set of high speed cameras for strain analysis and 3D images.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-107Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Civil Laboratory I
EG-108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Sustainability
EG-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Civil Engineering Materials
EG-113Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Analysis 1A (Aero & Civil)
EG-115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Analysis 2A (Aero & Civil)
EG-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Strength of Materials
EG-121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Highway Design and Surveying
EG-122Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Conceptual Design
EG-166Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Mechanics
EG-168Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Professional Development
EGA116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Civil Engineering Structural Analysis Practice
EGA117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid Mechanics I

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid Mechanics II
EG-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Methods in Engineering
EG-221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Structural Mechanics IIa
EG-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reinforced Concrete Design
EG-223Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Basic Soil Mechanics
EG-224Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Steel Design
EG-225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Structural Mechanics IIb
EG-228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Problem Solving in Engineering with Matlab
EG-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Management (Civil)
EG-235Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dynamics 1
EGA200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Civil Engineering Design Practice I
GEL200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introductory Geology for Engineers

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-3065Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Civil Engineering Design Practice and Management II.
EG-320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Structural Mechanics III
EG-321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Geomechanics
EG-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Method
EG-326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering of Foundation
EG-328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Superstructure Design
EG-329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Hydrology and Unsteady Flow
EG-353Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Research Project
EGA331Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coastal processes and engineering

Year 4 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-R01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (Engineering)

Year 5 (Level 7)

FHEQ 7 Undergraduate / Advanced Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EGIM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dynamics and Transient Analysis
EGIM08Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Computational Plasticity
EG-M115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Coastal Structure Design
EG-M120Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Group Project (Civil)
EG-M23Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Computational Analysis
EG-M24Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Structural Design
EG-M25Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Structural Analysis
EG-M35Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Flood Risk Management
EG-M87Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coastal Engineering
Optional Modules
Optional Modules  

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGEM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid-Structure Interaction
EGIM27Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Reservoir Modelling and Simulation


The objectives of the Civil Engineering programme are:

  • To provide students with a solid background in the design and analysis of civil engineering structures.
  • To build engineering skills of critical importance when working in industry, including the ability to break a complex engineering problem into its component parts, to sketch/model engineering solutions and to be able to understand and prepare technical reports.
  • To build awareness of current design practices through the use of the latest engineering standards (e.g. Eurocodes).
  • To nurture computer modelling skills by encouraging students to develop their own software with the final purpose of analysing realistic civil engineering problems.
  • To build critical awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of different design approaches when facing a civil engineering problem, including aspects such as environmental constraints, economy or health and safety.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements of the MEng Civil Engineering course are:

AAA-AAB at A level (including Mathematics).

Other recommended subjects include:
Further Mathematics
Design Technology

Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.

Or 34 at IB to include a 5 at HL or 6 at SL Mathematics and 4 at HL or 5 at SL English Language.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications require D*D*D* to include B at A Level Mathematics. Must be in relevant subject. If they are not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the MEng Civil Engineering as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the MEng Civil Engineering as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,950

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Students on this course will need to meet the costs of the item below:

  • Pair of safety boots for industrial site visits - £25 cost
  • Residential trip contribution - £30 cost
  • MEng Visits to Industrial Contacts - £30 cost

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


The MEng Civil Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is composed 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). The accreditation is on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Further Learning for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer. 

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on this accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Year Abroad

Students on a 5-year MEng degree scheme which includes a year abroad will also be able to study at a partner university after their second or third year, and before their final year. 

As a student on a Year Abroad course, you will select the university where you will spend your year abroad by submitting three choices to the course coordinator at the College of Engineering.

This information is then forwarded to the International Development Office at Swansea University so that exchange places can be allocated across the University.  There is a combination of Engineering specific and University-wide links available. University-wide links are subject to availability and negotiation as they service the entire institution, in principle.

The year abroad has to be passed in order to progress. Our study abroad schemes are not credit bearing in the sense that they do not act as substitutes for study in Swansea; so a standard 4-year MEng becomes a 5-year MEng with a year abroad.

To find out more about links to our partner institutions, visit the Global Opportunities website.

For more information on tuition fees during your Year Abroad, visit

Students are liable for the following costs:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal plans (depending on institution)
  • Health insurance (depending on destination)
  • Flights
  • Visa/Study permit