Civil Engineering MEng (Hons)

MEng (Hons)

Gain the knowledge and skills to design and build the infrastructure of the future with this integrated masters degree, which features a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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5 years

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Course overview

This five-year integrated master's degree offers a deeper and more comprehensive education than a traditional bachelor's degree. You'll delve into the intricacies of civil engineering, gaining expertise that sets you apart in a competitive job market.

This program is designed to provide a well-rounded education, focusing not only on technical skills but also on the interpersonal and ethical aspects of the profession. In an era when sustainability is paramount, our MEng Civil Engineering program emphasises eco-friendly design, responsible construction practices, and innovative solutions that minimise environmental impact. You'll be part of the solution to global challenges such as climate change and resource conservation.

Aston University, we don't just teach theory; we emphasise practical, real-world experience. Our partnerships with industry leaders mean you'll have the opportunity to work on live projects and gain hands-on experience from day one. This practical approach ensures you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your career.

Kiran Tota-Maharaj

“The civil engineering industry is adapting and embracing the use of new technologies in its work, making it an exciting time to enter the field. There is a huge demand for new talent in this sector, and our staff here at Aston are ready to enable you to gain the skills needed for employment.”

Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj
Reader in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Water and Environmental Engineering)

Why Civil Engineering at Aston University?

Excellent student experience
Building was ranked 5th in the UK for student experience 2023 Sunday Times
Gold standard teaching
Aston University was awarded Gold- the highest possible rating for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
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Thriving student life
Aston Students’ Union was rated 8th in the UK in the 2022 What Uni League Table

Course description

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

The MEng Civil Engineering degree at Aston University boasts an advanced curriculum, practical experiences, world-class faculty, and strong industry connections, this course will equip you with a wide range of valuable skills that are essential for a successful career in the civil engineering field

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What we will provide
First-class teaching in the UK's second-largest city, delivered by accredited academics, who have worked in the industry or are involved in collaborative industry research, that will bring the subject to life. Use of world-class facilities to delve into practical lab sessions, including access to civil engineering labs with state-of-the-art building and testing equipment. Safety is paramount in civil engineering, so we cover the course and exam fees for you to get an associated accreditation for health and safety training from CITB.

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What you will provide 
In the realm of civil engineering, creativity and innovation are highly valued. You'll be encouraged to think outside the box, come up with groundbreaking ideas, and develop solutions that were previously unimaginable. If you're an innovative thinker, with an analytical and technical mind, civil engineering is the ideal platform for you. Studying on our integrated master’s it is essential you are hardworking and self-motivated and someone who enjoys problem solving and getting stuck into practical work.

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What skills we teach
The MEng programme is structured around practical civil engineering content which includes design activities, building and construction of infrastructure and involves the applications of engineering mathematics, applied physics knowledge and using civil engineering tools creatively and sustainably. You will master the core subjects at the heart of this degree – structures, materials, geotechnics, transport, infrastructure, engineering and construction management. Along with fundamental transferable skills like teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and project management. These skills will set you up for a successful career as a civil engineering leader. 

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Placement year
A placement year is a fantastic opportunity and compulsory on the Aston University’s Civil Engineering course. Our award-winning careers and placement team and strong industry ties will provide you with exciting placement opportunities. Previous students have gained experience with leading companies, such as Mott McDonald, KPMG, and The Ministry of Transport.

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Career prospects
On graduation, you could work for UK or global organisations such as building and project management consultancies. The transferable management and technical skills developed during your studies will also be attractive to other professions and there is potential for graduates to go into diverse fields such as finance, logistics and general management. Recent graduates from similar courses at Aston have joined companies including Alstom, BAM Construction, Mott McDonald and the Department for Transport.

How you will learn

Your learning will take place in our single-site campus in the heart of Birmingham. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you will immerse yourself in team and individual project work, Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) sessions, civil engineering laboratory practicals, and site visits. Students take approximately four modules each term. Each Module will have at least two hours of lectures, two hours of laboratory practicals and two hours of Problem Solving Tutorial / lectorial classes and sessions.

As an MEng Civil Engineering student, you'll also have the chance to engage in cutting-edge research initiatives, pushing the boundaries of civil engineering and contributing to innovative solutions for global challenges.

Here at Aston University, we are passionate about supporting our students. You will have a personal tutor throughout your studies to provide support and guidance. The Learning Development Centre is there to provide maths support, academic writing development, advice, and strategies for managing your studies.  You will also have the opportunity to get involved in PAL sessions, learning from your peers who have been through the course content before you.

Extracurricular activities:

  • You can join a vibrant community of like-minded individuals in our Civil Engineering Society.
  • Let your creativity run wild in our Design Challenge, whilst you tackle real-world engineering problems and propose innovative solutions.
  • Join our Formula Student team where you will design, build, and race your very own formula-style car.

What you will learn

Part of the civil engineering and infrastructure department, this course examines the societal, economic and operational issues related to construction. You will gain a holistic knowledge of civil engineering practices and get to use advanced technologies and other tools, such as CAD and building information modelling (BIM). Until your final year you will study alongside BEng Civil Engineering students.

First year

In your first year, you will build your fundamental knowledge of the sector and relevant disciplines. To introduce you to the world of civil engineering, topics covered will include construction, materials, mechanics and mathematical skills.

Second year

During your second year, you will build on your existing knowledge and advance your understanding of the civil engineering sector through more specialist modules, such as sustainable materials and design, fuid mechanics, geotechnics and transport infrastructure engineering.

Placement year

Mandatory placements will enrich your degree and knowledge. Past students have completed successful placements at renowned companies such as Turner and Townsend, Balfour Beatty, RG Constructions, and Atkins. The construction industry in the West Midlands is particularly buoyant, providing a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate placements. This immersive industry experience establishes connections and gains you a competitive edge for your career.

Fourth year

In your fourth year you will be able to choose a specialism you are passionate about by selecting from a broad range of career-focused options. You will then consolidate all your learnings from the course so far and apply them to an in-depth research project, and a design project. Your choice of additional modules will enable you to specialise in either project management,  transport infrastructure engineering, or sustainable infrastructure systems.

Final year

In the additional year of the MEng studies, further optional modules are added to the curriculum, thereby introducing the extra breath as well as depth of subjects required for a masters level programme. These, combined with a major engineering design project, enable our MEng students to tailor their learning, try new subject areas and enhance their practical skills. On the completion of the major project you will be able to synthesise ideas and generate novel solutions, develop and conduct research in a professional manner with good time and project management skills, record, critically analyse and discuss the results of a research project, and, report research findings in written and verbal formats.

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Complete your practical work in our brand new, state of art laboratory facilities in highway engineering, materials and structures, and the latest industry-standard engineering software packages.

Our modern campus is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, software, and equipment that mirror what you'll encounter in the industry. From the latest design and analysis software to cutting-edge testing facilities, you'll have access to the tools you need to excel in your studies.

Course objectives

  1. Provides a thorough grounding in the basic principles and associated practices required by the Built Environment professions with particular emphasis on relevant civil engineering skills.
  2. Provides you with the opportunity to obtain relevant industrial experience through a sandwich year; and provide students with a working knowledge of the techniques and an understanding of the skills required by civil engineers within the built environment.
  3. Produces graduates with the qualities and skillset that are expected from the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), societies, professional bodies and industry, aligned with the PEIs codes of conduct and the Engineering Council’s professional registration levels.
  4. Provides an opportunity for advanced levels of study and a focus on skills and appreciation of the changing nature of civil engineering.
  5.  Provides you with appropriately structured curricula, combining teaching and learning in theoretical issues with practical, experimental, and digital skills training applicable to civil engineering and the built environment.
  6. Provides an up-to-date and professionally focussed curriculum inline with the requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which includes Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
  7. Offers you the opportunity to obtain relevant industrial experience and mentoring from practitioners through the sandwich placement year.
  8. Produces capable graduate civil engineers who are highly valued by employers.
  9. Produces masters level graduates who have advanced knowledge and skills to afford them the best opportunity to become engineering leaders.


Modules and learning outcomes

Year 1 modules

In your first year you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Introduction to Civil Engineering30
Construction Materials and Surveying30
BIM for Construction15
Civil Engineering Mathematics15
Building and Design and Construction Technology30

Year 1 outcomes 

On successful completion of the first year, you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of science and mathematics required for civil engineering
  • Explain the fundamental concepts, technology and principles of construction within a civil engineering context
  • Acquire data and apply analytical skills employing problem-solution methods applicable to the civil engineering profession 
  • Explore the situational position of basic civil engineering tasks within an economic, social and environmental context
  • Demonstrate different forms of communication; practicing writing, verbal and graphical presentations
  • Demonstrate professional skills practised in the laboratory and design practice.

Year 2 modules

In your second year you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Structural Analysis and Numerical Modelling30
Sustainable Materials and Design30
Fluid Mechanics 15
Construction Contract Management and Administration 215
Geotechnics 115
Transport Infrastructure Engineering15

Year 2 outcomes 

On successful completion of the second year, you will be able to:

  • Apply mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations to engineering problems
  • Analyse key engineering processes and principles using modelling and analytical methods
  • Design components of a structure to relevant professional standards identified in construction
  • Recognise the impact of commercial, financial, economic, environmental and social choices affecting the selection of a project
  • Examine construction related materials and products employing engineering processes and related equipment
  • Structure and present ideas employing group focused creative problem solving approaches.

Placement year modules

You will spend your third year on placement. You will be fully supported throughout the process by our award-winning Careers and Placements team.

Placement Year

Module TitleCredits
Placement Year120

Placement year outcomes

On successful completion of the placement year, you will be able to:

  • Identify the relevance of the programme's discipline-specific and generic content to the world of work.
  • Practice your team-working skills.
  • Develop Independent learning skills to facilitate professional development.

Year 4 modules

In your fourth year, you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Independent Civil Engineering Project30
Civil Engineering Design Project30
Geotechnics 215

Choose two of the following optional modules*

Module TitleCredits
Civil Engineering Project Management15
Sustainable Infrastructure Systems15
Transport Planning for Sustainable Futures115

*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Final Year Outcomes 

On successful completion of the final year, you will be able to:

  • Select, manage and apply appropriate professional principles for civil engineering projects encompassing all stages of project life cycle
  • Demonstrate and apply the required Civil engineering technical knowledge to the appropriate standard
  • Design and deliver an individual Civil Engineering project
  • Demonstrate professional graduate employability skills.

Final year modules

In your final year, you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Major Civil Engineering Design Project45
Advanced Structural Engineering15
Digital Engineering and Smart Construction 15
Project Management15

Choose two of the following optional modules*

Module TitleCredits
Water and Wastewater Engineering15
Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure 15
Advanced Geotechnics115

*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Final Year Outcomes 

On successful completion of the final year, you will be able to:

  • Devise and sustain a comprehensive knowledge of advanced engineering mathematics, engineering physics, applied sciences, technological and computational modelling Integrate knowledge from a wide range of core civil engineering branches (e.g. Structures, Geotechnics, Materials, Hydraulics/Water, Transportation and/or Construction Management), within and beyond engineering, and critically evaluate and apply that knowledge in civil engineering and infrastructure projects
  • Design and deliver an individual Civil Engineering project
  • Draw heavily on current quantitative and computational methods in practice with knowledge of their limitations, extract and evaluate data, and apply civil engineering analysis and design techniques for the solution of various infrastructure problems and case studies
  • Demonstrate the ability to generate innovative designs and a wide knowledge of design processes and methodologies and use them to generate innovative civil engineering designs and sustainable infrastructure
  • Demonstrate professional skills and responsibility towards legal and ethical issues, an awareness of the legal requirements governing engineering activities, and that they may differ internationally This will be demonstrated using international infrastructure projects and case studies
  • Ability to identify the key drivers for business success, including innovation, calculated commercial risks, and how these can be managed within an engineering project
  • Evaluate civil engineering activities, identify risk issues, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk in the built environment 
  • Develop extensive knowledge of current designs and civil engineering practice, its limitations, and likely new developments
  • Exercise technical and sustainable initiatives, personal responsibilities and work effectively within an engineering team.

We may update our courses to reflect best practices and academic developments. If we do, we’ll let you know of any changes at the earliest opportunity by updating our course webpages. If you have already received an offer, we’ll write to you directly to let you know of the changes.

Entry requirements

  • A Levels

    BBC to include Maths at minimum Grade B (standard offer)
    BCC to include Maths at minimum Grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths* at Grade B)
    BCC to include Maths at minimum Grade B (contextual offer)

    *List of core maths qualifications we accept:  AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies, City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics, NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life, OCR (MEI)* Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving, OCR (MEI)* Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning, Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context, WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life and Level 3 Core Maths.

  • Contextual offers

    Aston Ready is our contextual offer scheme that could reduce your undergraduate offer by one or two grades. Assessed at the point of application, there are no additional forms to fill in.

Contextual offer criteria

  • BTEC Extended Diploma QCF or RCF in an engineering subject: DDM plus the following units at Distinction:  - Mathematics for Engineering Technicians  - Further Engineering Mathematics.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction, Planning and the Built Environment or Civil Engineering: DDM
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM plus A level Maths at minimum Grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma: DM plus A-level Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF/RQF): DM plus A-level Maths at minimum Grade B
  • 2 BTEC Extended National Certificate or 2 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma + 1 A-Level: DM +A-Level Maths Grade B
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B including Maths
  • 1 BTEC Foundation or BTEC 90 Credit Diploma + 2 A-Levels at Grade B, including Maths A Level
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
  • 29 overall points with 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects, including Mathematics Higher Level at Grade 5

Completion of the Access Diploma in a Science or Technical subject with 45 credits at Level 3.   You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinctions and 15 merits at Level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics.

The following T levels are accepted qualifications for this course:

  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Grade D
  • Building Services Engineering for Construction Grade D
  • Onsite Construction Grade D
  • Design and Development for Engineering Manufacturing Grade D
  • Engineering Manufacturing Processing and Control Grade D
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering Manufacturing Grade D

Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:

GCSE Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4 and above. 

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed an undergraduate year one programme at the required academic level with approved teaching partners ONCAMPUS Aston or NCUK.

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

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Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Graduate Immigration Route

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students

Annual tuition fees:£9,250
During placement year:£1,250

International students

Annual tuition fees:£21,100
During placement year:£2,500

More information on fees

For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy.

For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.


At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

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The MEng Civil Engineering programme is structured with approximately 6-7 modules split over two terms. You will be assessed through a combination of exams, coursework, design projects, and laboratory reports. The majority of modules have a balance of 40 % coursework and 60% exam, however, several modules are assessed entirely on coursework.

The final integrated masters year incorporates a major civil engineering design project, wich you will gain 1-2-1 academic support from researchers working in a similar area to your project.

The assessment methods will reflect the most effective and relevant way to review your performance for each module. Therefore, each module will be assessed in a variety of ways to reflect your knowledge from that module and how you would apply it in the real world.

Career prospects

Civil engineering is a diverse field, with opportunities in infrastructure, transportation, environmental engineering, and more. Whether you aspire to build iconic structures, improve transportation systems, or address environmental challenges, our program will empower you to make a real difference in the world.

Some of your future career opportunities include:

  • Contractors
  • Consultant Engineers
  • Local Authorities
  • Service Industries
  • Major Industrial Organisations
  • Government
  • Academic Institutions

Studying the integrated masters opens up the world of academic research, many of our students have worked on civil engineering research projects with Aston Univeristy.

Our world-class education, industry connections, and commitment to your success will ensure that you graduate with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build your dream career.


Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Civil Engineering at Aston?

Civil engineers are in high demand as the construction industry continues to grow and thrive. This course will give you all the skills and experience you need to lead a successful and fulfilling career as a civil engineer.

You will learn the key techniques and skills you need to become a civil engineer including materials, transport and engineering. You’ll gain knowledge and experience based on real life examples and companies, giving you the skills you need to begin your career in this exciting area. 

Why is the placement year compulsory?

We think that the knowledge you gain through your studies are best applied to real life and the most effective way to do this is by working in a company. As well as the opportunity to apply the technical knowledge you’ve learned, you’ll also gain invaluable communication and team skills. 

We have excellent links with industry and can help to arrange this placement for you. 

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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