Civil and Architectural Engineering MEng (Hons)

5 years including placement year, starting in September 2018

Integrate architectural and engineering design to construct buildings and infrastructure. Develop creative and sustainable solutions to engineer the future.

Our course is for engineers who want to contribute to a sustainable future by designing buildings that work well in every respect. You’ll learn how to do this by integrating the practices of architectural and engineering design. Using good design to minimise the energy needed to make buildings comfortable for their users will be a key focus of your study.

In your first two years, you’ll learn fundamental engineering skills in design and management. You’ll develop a detailed understanding of mechanics, geotechnical and structural engineering theory and analysis. Throughout your degree, you’ll use the creativity and communication skills that are essential in the challenging environment of civil engineering design. You’ll work with architecture students to mirror the professional and interdisciplinary team relationships you will experience in your future career.

In your final years, you’ll explore building aspects that affect the internal environment and energy use, learning to integrate structural and environmental engineering with architectural design.

Studying an MEng adds depth and breadth to your education with advanced taught units and substantial challenging design projects. It also meets the full educational requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer. You have the flexibility to move between our civil and civil and architectural engineering courses, as well as decide if you want to go on placement, up to the end of your second year.


You’ll learn from academics with expertise in civil and architectural engineering, and from those doing the work you are learning about. Their national and international collaborations in industry and research feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.


You’ll have access to a range of laboratories to support you throughout your civil engineering studies. These include structures, hydraulics, soils and natural building materials laboratories, and a timber workshop and computer laboratories. We’ll also teach you to use specialist model-making equipment such as woodworking machinery, 3D printers and laser cutters. Most importantly, you’ll develop your creative abilities in purpose built design studios


As a Bath civil engineering graduate, you’ll possess a high level of creative ability and excellent people skills. Most of our graduates pursue their ambitions to make the world a better place by working as designers in the construction industry. Many work in construction companies as construction and project managers, where their breadth of outlook, creativity, and people skills are highly valued. Civil engineering roles tackle complex design problems in multidisciplinary groups, working on sites anywhere in the world. Some of our graduates continue their studies with us or at other universities for a career in academia or research.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 5 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2023. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4
  • Year 5


As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.


Going on placement gives you the chance to apply the skills you’ve developed at university to the workplace, and develop complementary skills and knowledge. You’ll gain insight into the construction industry and develop your confidence and standing as an engineer. Having professional experience can benefit the rest of your degree and improve your career prospects. Our students have worked at small and large, internationally known companies including AKT II, Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold and Laing O’Rourke.

You can decide on whether going on placement is right for you up until the end of your second year. Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed

Find out more about engineering placements and the support we offer.

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Practical work
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 52% 0% 48%
Year 2 55% 0% 45%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 50% 0% 50%
Year 5 29% 0% 71%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 40% 60% 0%
Year 2 32% 68% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 34% 66% 0%
Year 5 40% 60% 0%

Professional accreditations

These accrediting bodies guarantee this course meets the standards set by the industry. By studying this course, you may get workplace experience and learn about new developments in the industry. If you graduate from this course, you may be eligible to apply for membership with the accrediting bodies. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

Female student sat at a desk in front of a computer, working something out on a calculator.
“I would never have found such an exciting placement had it not been for the University.”
Junshi Wace

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with placement year (2017)

Read Junshi's full story

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. Your application is more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in civil engineering through relevant reading, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or work experience. We also favour applicants who show an ability to write and reflect analytically and thoughtfully.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications. Many applicants also study Physics but you do not need to have done so to study this degree.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


A*AA including Mathematics.

Desirable A level subjects

A preference for applicants with physics and challenging arts or humanities subjects.

Alternative offer A level


AAA including Mathematics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction, including 12 credits from Mathematics units (including Calculus) achieved at Distinction.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical offer:
D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We prefer the above BTEC qualifications in Construction and the Built Environment or Building Services in combination with an A level in Mathematics.

We are also able to consider the above BTEC qualifications in Engineering and Applied Science, and Cambridge Technical qualifications in Engineering. These must be in combination with A level Mathematics.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. Units in Physics are recommended but not essential. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1
  • MST224: Mathematical Methods

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above: please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 80% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A*A at A level including Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A*A at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics
  • A*A at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • A*A at A level including Mathematics and excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3  in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*55 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with a minimum 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods).

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Cyprus qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A two A levels including Mathematics .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Greece qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A two A levels including Mathematics .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 85% with 85% either Calculus or Mathematics in the final year.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including A in Mathematics.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.5 overall a minimum B+ in all Mathematics modules.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics.

Germany qualifications


1.3 overall with 13 in Mathematics in your final examinations.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees with a student loan, or by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Plotting of drawings, model making and the creation and binding of reports

Allow for around £100 per year, payable as each drawing, model or report is required.

Compulsory field course

£130 payable at the start of your second year of study. This is based on current costs and could be subject to change.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Final award
    MEng (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection

Apply for this course through UCAS.

Apply Now