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The Civil Engineering Degree at Warwick

The skills required by Civil Engineers include sound powers of analysis, design and an understanding of the commercial environment within which they work. These topics are at the heart of the Civil Engineering degree courses at Warwick, which aim to provide the techniques and skills that will be needed by the next generation of Civil Engineers. We produce Civil Engineers of the highest quality, at a time when employers report a shortage of such people. In accordance with the wishes of the Engineering Council, the four- and five-year MEng degrees are intended for students who see themselves progressing rapidly to Chartered Status and senior positions within the industry.

Degree outline

The core modules delivered in years one and two provide a solid foundation for subsequent specialist studies. In years three and four the core Civil Engineering subjects of construction management, fluid mechanics, geotechnics, materials, structural analysis and structural forms are covered, meeting the criteria of our accreditation bodies.

Fieldwork is an essential component of both degrees and two residential courses are offered: the first, in year three, covers aspects of site investigation; and the second is linked with the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering module in year four. A surveying course is held on the University campus each year and students are expected to attend one of these (in the year of their choice) and must demonstrate a basic competence in surveying to be awarded an accredited degree.

Practical work and design

Throughout the degree, teaching within the various modules is supported by the use of practical work and design tasks:

  • In years one and two, assignments and problem- or project-based learning is offered with a range of applications so that Civil Engineering students may, if they wish, concentrate only on Civil applications or choose to sample a diverse set of applications.
  • In the later years students carry out an individual project (design or research) that allows them to demonstrate their abilities and to develop skills within their chosen area of interest.
  • A group project in the fourth year, working in collaboration with engineering students from other disciplines, harnesses technical and management skills to solve a multidisciplinary problem.

Programme options

The degree structure at Warwick provides considerable opportunity to study a number of options and to tailor your studies to your developing interests.

  • The four year MEng degree offers students three electives in the fourth year, or students can choose to continue without an elective and maintain a breadth of civil engineering topics in their fourth year. The final decision on which, if any, elective to follow is made in the fourth year. The electives are:
    • Business Management
    • Fluid dynamics
    • Sustainability
  • The three-year BEng degree covers the key aspects required by all Civil Engineers and is suitable for students who plan, after graduation, to combine the course with "Further Learning" for chartered engineer status.


  • MEng Accredited CEng (Full) : These degrees are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
  • BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial): This degree is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) - for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.