Civil Engineering, BEng

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

Civil Engineering, BEng

Civil engineering is all about our environment. Civil engineers design, build and maintain our roads, railways, airports, dams, hospitals, schools and sports stadiums. They also design water supply systems and flood protection schemes. They keep our infrastructure working effectively and adapt it to meet challenges like population growth or climate change.

Civil Engineering is concerned with creative use of engineering principles and science to shape and improve our lives and our environment.The work of the Civil Engineer centres on sustainable design for the built and natural environment, both onshore and offshore.If you are interested in making lasting, positive improvements to society, in sustainable design for the protection of the natural environment on land or at sea, in improving the quality of life for millions of people using novel building techniques and materials, then Civil Engineering is the career choice for you.

The interdisciplinary content of our curriculum and focus on practical applications and value to industry and society provide our students with the necessary intellectual and transferrable skills for a career in a number of industries.Our teaching is supported by our excellent workshop and laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment, including some of Scotland’s very best hydraulic equipment.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Principles of Electronics
  • CAD and Communication in Engineering Practice
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Fundamental Engineering Mechanics
  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2:

Compulsory Courses

  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics
  • Design & Computing in Engineering Practice
  • Process Engineering
  • Organic & Biological Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Electrical and Mechanical Systems

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 3:

Compulsory Courses

  • Geotechnics 1
  • Engineering Analysis and Methods 1a
  • Stress Analysis A
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Structures
  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Civil Engineering Design and Surveying
  • Project and Safety Management

Year 4:

There are three core courses of study in 4th year. Students then pick from two options when it comes to choosing choices.

Compulsory Courses

  • Geotechnics 2
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics
  • Advanced Structural Design

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Option 1

  • Individual Project Abroad (BEng)
  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice in the first-half session.

Option 2

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Group Design Project (BEng)
  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.
  • BEng Individual Project (EG4014)
  • Engineering Project Abroad (BEng) (EG4011)
  • Group Design Project (BEng)
  • Environmental Engineering (EA4527)
  • Nonlinear Mechanics (EM4529)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £20,700
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career paths

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Structural Engineer
  • Graduate Civil Engineer
  • Graduate Riser Engineer
  • Graduate Structural Engineer
  • Offshore Structural Engineer
  • Trainee Field Engineer

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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