Civil and Environmental Engineering

This hands-on Civil and Environmental Engineering degree is top in Scotland and the only Scottish BEng programme to offer a guaranteed 12-week work placement.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time) BEng (Hons) | 5 years (full-time) MEng

Award Title

MEng/BEng (Hons)


H3H3 BEng (Hons) | H2H2 MEng

Why Study Abertay's MEng/BEng (Hons) in Civil and Environmental Engineering?

Our course is ranked 8th in the UK by the the 2021 Guardian Guide, and the top course in Scotland. It is the only Scottish Civil Engineering undergraduate degree with a guaranteed work placement during Year 3.

By studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at Abertay, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a Chartered Civil Engineer. You’ll also help contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and societies by understanding interactions between buildings, infrastructure, and the environment.

This degree will give you a firm grounding across a wide range of civil and environmental engineering applications, with plenty of practical and hands-on experience gained through industry partners, including Transport Scotland, Balfour Beatty, Sweco, BAM, and BEAR Scotland.

As you progress, you’ll get a chance to work directly in the industry – an integrated part of your degree – and to take a deeper focus on specific areas that impact the built, human and natural environment.

Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

  • UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide).
  • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021).
  • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).


The BEng (Hons) / MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers.

The BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering degree is accredited as: 

  1. Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  2. Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See for further information.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Accreditation

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Accreditation

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Accreditation

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) Accreditation

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How the Course Works

We’ll challenge you to ask important questions, such as:

  • What does it take to plan and build onshore and offshore wind turbines?
  • Can construction materials be reclaimed to develop new roads?
  • Are sustainable construction and low energy building challenges being met?
  • How can we work with nature to deliver more sustainable engineering solutions?

You’ll find all the answers on Scotland’s top Civil and Environmental Engineering programme.

This highly practical degree combines engineering principles with environmental science and management concepts. It equips you with the skills you need to lead the design and development of sustainable solutions to continually evolving civil and environmental engineering problems. 

The course will also develop key employment skills that are transferable amongst engineering disciplines, including:

  • Analytics and decision-making
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Critical thinking and the ability to interpret data

This is enhanced with elective module choices in years 1 and 2. 

Please note: The BEng (Hons) is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

You can choose to take either the five-year Integrated Masters (MEng) or the four-year Bachelor’s (BEng Hons) degree on this course.

Learning and Assessment

We’re at the cutting edge of engineering – both theoretical and practical – and we offer a broad range of learning environments. This includes the traditional lecture and tutorial format, student-led learning, interactive class sessions, field trips and site-visits, and a substantial element of lab and design work.

We encourage independent study, which means you take responsibility for your own learning. A variety of methods are used to assess your study, enabling you to demonstrate progress in different ways. Coursework typically includes design challenges, laboratory reports, essays and oral presentations. Formal exams include questions that require short answers, problem-solving and design.

Year 1 is approximately 30% exam and 70% coursework. Year 4 is approximately 70% exam and 30% coursework.

Your placement will be assessed by industrial and academic supervisors, as well as by report and oral presentation.

In your final dissertation, you’re individually supported by one of our research-active members of staff.


Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass in Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Republic of Ireland applicants, please click on the UK tabs and scroll down to find your Entry Requirements.

See information about studying and applying to Abertay for International students.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) BBBB Maths
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBC Maths
A-Level CCC Maths
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 Maths
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Maths at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Construction and the Built Environment (all pathways)
AHEAD Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB Maths and Physics
A-Level BBB Maths and Physics
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
HNC Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses

Non-country specific qualifications


International Baccalaureate

28 points including S5 or H4 in one of the required subjects:

Country Specific Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from over the world. Select your country from the below options.