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MEng Civil Engineering with a Year Abroad

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

26000 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 13 GBP
National 13 GBP
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

This degree is one of two undergraduate programmes in the Department. It leads to the award of a Master’s level qualification and the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

It includes an integrated year abroad in the final year that counts directly towards your Imperial degree. Opportunities are currently available at leading universities in Australia, Hong Kong or the USA, or via the Erasmus scheme in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland or the Netherlands.

Both programmes cover core subjects for the first two years that provide a solid foundation in engineering science and technology. We also offer for-credit language study for year abroad students which you may choose to continue in the third year.

The first year includes an introduction to environmental studies and professional practice. It establishes a basic theoretical toolkit with fundamental studies in mathematics and mechanics, structural mechanics, fluid mechanics and environmental engineering science.

It introduces specific technology in civil engineering materials and geotechnics. You will also develop skills in computing, drawing, sketching, communication, team working, management and critical thinking.

There are design projects in the spring and summer term. In addition, a week long field course in practical land surveying is normally held at the Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre in Wales.  The cost is currently about £400.

In year two you will take part in engineering design projects and attend a seven-day geology field course. This is normally held in Somerset and currently costs about £200.

Second year concludes with the Constructionarium, a week-long course held at the Construction Industry Training Board’s site in Norfolk. The actual cost of the Constructionarium per student is around £500. To date, we have been able to significantly lower this to under £300 with subsidies and donations received from industry, a practice that we hope to continue.

Year three comprises core modules, two optional modules and a five-week group design project.

Year four is spent abroad. The course content at your host institution is broadly similar to the course offered at Imperial. You will also complete an end-of-studies project.

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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates offering A-levels as entry requirements should achieve passes in three A2 full A-level subjects. The minimum offer will normally be:

  • A* in Mathematics, with a grade A in all Mathematics modules (AS and A2 level), including M1
  • A* A in two further A-levels, one of which must be Physics

Candidates must have a good pass in GCSE English Language or the equivalent, and study of a foreign language is desirable.

Mathematics requirements
In addition to pure mathematics, some knowledge of applied mathematics, particularly mechanics, is required. Module M1 is essential and M2 is desirable. Candidates will normally be required to obtain grade A in all their mathematics modules at the first attempt.

Although Further Mathematics is not a course requirement, it is an advantage and is encouraged.

Year Abroad programme
For the Year Abroad course in continental Europe, a GCSE pass at grade A or B in the appropriate language is the minimum requirement. An A-level in the relevant language would be an asset.

International Baccalaureate
For students studying the International Baccalaureate, we require an overall score of 39 points, including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics at higher level.

Accepted English Qualifications

  • AS Level/A-level
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • European Baccalaureate
  • GCSE or GCE 'O' Level
  • Hong Kong AS Level
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations Syllabus B
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Option of the French Baccalaureat (OIB)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Malaysian Certificate of Education (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia)
  • Scottish Standard Grade
  • Singapore Cambridge A-Levels
  • Singapore Cambridge O-Levels
  • Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A Levels (SIPCAL)
  • USA Advanced Placement Examination
  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

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Course Modules

Year 1

  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Drawing
  • Surveying
  • Creative Design 1
  • Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Computational Methods I
  • Energy & Infrastructure I
  • Introduction to Civil Engineering

Year 2

  • Creative Design II
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Soils and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Computational Methods II
  • Structural Design
  • Fluids Design
  • Project & Business Management

You will also take part in the Constructionarium, a week-long course held at the Construction Industry Training Board’s site in Norfolk.

Year 3

  • Structure and Geotechnics Projects
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Transport Systems
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnics
  • Computational Engineering Analysis
  • Dynamics

You can also choose two optional modules from a list which currently includes:

  • Concrete Structures
  • Costal Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Rock Engineering
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Humanities/Languages

The year ends with a five-week group design project, which will involve integrating knowledge from several civil engineering disciplines.

Year 4 (Abroad)
You spend this year abroad. The subject matter and the workload are similar for those who remain at Imperial for the fourth year. You will also complete a major project (which may be in industry for students in France).

Teaching is normally in the host language, so an acceptable proficiency in the language is required for France, Italy, Germany and Spain – language classes are available at Imperial.

Selection takes place in year three and is competitive due to limited places. It is ordinarily only available to students who are on target to achieve at least a 2:1.

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How to Apply

For all full-time undergraduate higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, you must make an online application via UCAS.

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

For all applicants, there are full instructions on the UCAS website to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called Applying Online, which can be downloaded from their website. UCAS allows you to apply to up to five courses per year.

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