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MEng Civil Engineering with a Year in Industry

Course overview

MEng Civil Engineering with a Year in Industry ()

Course duration

5 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: Entry by transfer

You must transfer to this course from BEng Civil Engineering (UCAS code H205) or MEng Civil Engineering (H200). You cannot apply as an external candidate.


£9,250 per year, home students

£29,300 per year, international students

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Clifton campus, Placements

If you are creative, enjoy design and aspire to improve the built environment we live in, then civil engineering is for you. This degree will equip you to find solutions to global environmental problems and to design large and unique structures, such as buildings, bridges and other critical infrastructure assets that shape society (for example, water supply and treatment systems, transport networks and renewable electricity generation).

At Bristol you will have access to our world-class laboratory facilities, including the most advanced earthquake shaking table in Europe.

The first two and final two years of this course are shared with MEng Civil Engineering. You will spend your third year on a placement in industry, applying the knowledge you have gained during your first two years of study.

There is no direct entry on to this course but you can transfer from our other civil engineering courses if you reach a high academic standard and are successful at a placement interview. Places are limited and highly competitive.

The first two years provide a strong foundation in engineering, including mathematics, structures, soil and fluid mechanics, computing and surveying, as well as optional units. More optional units are introduced in subsequent years, allowing you to pursue your interests while developing key professional skills. You will also undertake a major investigative research project.

Design is central to the course and this is reflected in the projects you will undertake. In the first year, you will develop a solution to an open-ended problem, such as designing and making a model bridge. Later projects include steel work, reinforced concrete, geotechnical design and water supply systems.

You will take part in an exciting group design project in the fifth year. This project combines all your learning as you tackle a realistic design challenge, identified through our industry links. Design projects range from transportation to smart cities and from skyscrapers to sustainable housing.

We equip you with the skills needed to become a future leader in civil engineering. Our graduates are highly sought after by top employers, including civil engineering consultancies, utility companies, the army, public transport, power generation and supply companies.

A student who completed a year in industry shares how her placement year boosted her confidence, career prospects and appreciation for university life. Find out more about Yasmin's story.

This course is accredited by the following organisations

The The Permanent Way Institute (PWI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. (http://www.thepwi.org/)

Course structure

First-year students studying Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Design all start their degree with a broad knowledge of the fundamentals and a command of the skills that underpin modern engineering.

You will share common units with your peers in other disciplines and work on an interdisciplinary project, based on global challenges and inspired by Engineers Without Borders.

You will meet and work closely with more people from the start of your degree, broadening your social circle and long-term professional network. Interdisciplinary working is now the norm in industry, and good understanding of disciplines other than your own will serve you well when you enter the workplace.

Starting your degree with a broad foundation of knowledge will expand your frame of reference, enabling you to be more creative as you progress with your course and become more specialist in later years of study. The skills-based approach will provide you with technical abilities that will enable you to be successful in your degree and your career.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

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Selection process

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