Civil Engineering MEng (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Civil Engineers have to always keep pace with the developments around the world in order to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world, including respond to climate change emergency. This MEng/BEng Civil Engineering is designed to equip graduates with the underpinning knowledge, skills and professional behaviours expected from civil engineers to design, build and shape the world around them.

Please note: this course is still subject to validation. Some course information may not be available at this time.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
4 years full time H212 2024
5 years full time including professional placement H213 2024

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The qualification fully satisfies the AHEP4 educational requirement for CEng – the professional recognition sought after by many engineers.
  • This Level 7 degree is an undergraduate degree, where undergraduate funding can be offered (so you can receive a larger amount of financial support from the government, to graduate with a Level 7 MEng rather than a Level 7 MSc).

What you will study

This course's modules provide the knowledge and skills required to adapt to climate change and the digital transformation of the industry. The modules will prepare you for industry practice, meeting relevant AHEP4 learning outcomes and requirements including the future skillset required (M1 – M18). The programme focusses on technical uncertainty, moving towards a problem and creative solution approach, all built around modern technology. This ensures "an emphasis on developing solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change." (Engineering Council, 2020).

Future Skills

Knowledge to give you the edge

Embedded within every course curriculum and throughout the whole Kingston experience, Future Skills will play a role in shaping you to become a future-proof graduate, providing you with the skills most valued by employers such as problem-solving, digital competency, and adaptability.

As you progress through your degree, you'll learn to navigate, explore and apply these graduate skills, learning to demonstrate and articulate to employers how future skills give you the edge.

At Kingston University, we're not just keeping up with change, we're creating it.

A female engineering student, in the engineering lab.

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2024

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

    • From A levels: 128-136 UCAS Tariff points to include A2 mathematics at Grade B
    • BTEC: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM) as minimum from an engineering-related BTEC Extended Diploma including Distinction for Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
    • T-Level in Construction (Design, Surveying and Planning) with D, to include minimum of a C in the Core and a Merit in the Occupational Specialism in Civil Engineering.

Plus GCSE (A*-C) minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio.

Direct entry to level 5 of the MEng is not normally permitted.


We welcome applications from international applicants. View our standard entry requirements from your country.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Typical offer and UCAS points explained

Like most universities, we use the UCAS Tariff point system for our course entry requirements.

Find out more about UCAS Tariff points and see how A-level, AS level, BTEC Diploma and T-level qualifications translate to the points system.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, field courses, design classes, workshop sessions and site visits.

Assessment comprises exams and coursework (e.g. reports, computer and numerical exercises, laboratories and essays).

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of learning and teaching

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 1
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 360 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 840 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 310 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 890 hours
Year 3
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 275 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 925 hours
Year 4
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 275 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 925 hours

If you choose to incorporate a professional placement, the placement will occupy an equivalent of a full academic year as a minimum. 

How you will be assessed

Assessment types employed

The assessment strategy has been designed to help students to learn and prepare them for employment, rather than just a tool to measure their learning. The assessment is designed to be authentic, inclusive and transparent. The assessment tasks focus on the real world engineering activities that enhance students' employability. All CE module assessments are related to real world problems.

In the programme as a whole, the following components are used in the assessment of the various modules:

  • Practical exercises: to assess students' understanding and technical competence
  • Individual and group-based case project work: to assess ability to understand requirements, to provide solutions to realistic problems and to interact and work effectively with others as a contributing member of a team. The outcomes can be:
  • Written reports, where the ability to communicate the relevant concepts, methods, results and conclusions effectively will be assessed.
  • Oral presentations, where the ability to summarise accurately and communicate clearly the key points from the work in a brief presentation will be assessed.
  • Video, which may replicate features of oral presentations but allows advance preparation away from the audience (which may suit some students better).
  • Multiple choice or short answer questions: to assess competence in basic techniques and understanding of concepts.
  • Long answer structured questions in coursework assignments: to assess ability to apply learned techniques to solve simple to medium problems and which may include a limited investigative component
  • Long answer structured questions in end-of-module examinations: to assess overall breadth of knowledge and technical competence to provide concise and accurate solutions within restricted time
  • Project: The individual project module represents an opportunity for students to draw together different aspects of their learning on the course and to apply the techniques learned in an extended study. As such the assessment here will place a greater emphasis on ability to plan work, manage time effectively, and research background information, culminating in a written report and interview.
  • Individual and group practical laboratory reports
  • Posters: The group project is presented in posters to and assessed by academic staff as well as members of the industrial advisory board.
  • Model building: in the first year, where students make a structure with little wooden sticks and tape e.g. a small bridge and load it to breaking point.
  • Short in-class tests and on-line assessments: throughout a number of modules.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled learning and teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches this course?

The majority of the course team are either active in engineering research or involved in industry-related professional activities, through KTPs or other direct involvement with industry. These activities played a major part in informing the course design and content, as did the direct input from industry through the activities of the Industrial Advisory Board.

At Kingston, research in the field of Civil Engineering has in recent years been concentrated in the areas of (i) structures and materials (concrete and sustainable materials) and (ii) geotechnical and hydraulic engineering science. Most of the teaching staff are also actively involved in the various Research Centres and/or Research Groups of the Faculty, or may be following interest areas of their own. These activities take them into, amongst other areas, advanced structural design, sustainable construction, composite materials, fire and blast resistance, earthquake engineering, geology and geotechnics.

Modules are mainly taught and managed by academic staff that are engaged in research in various areas and include their research findings in addition to well established principles.

The director for this course is Dr Nader Saleh-Matter who, along with all his academic colleagues, will be able to support your learning and teaching throughout the journey.


There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including:

  • extensive materials and structures facility for concrete, masonry, steel and timber;
  • geotechnical and hydraulics testing facilities; and
  • surveying equipment, such as satellite global-positioning systems.

Dedicated computer-aided design facilities include:

  • a range of CAD/CAM packages, such as Ideas, SolidWorks and AutoCad;
  • finite element analysis
  • computational fluid dynamics; and
  • virtual instrumentation.

Course fees and funding

2024/25 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2024/25 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2024/25): £17,800
Year 2 (2025/26): £18,500
Year 3 (2026/27): £19,200
Year 4 (2027/28): £20,100

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2024/25 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies from the 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting after 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.


Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks; this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each campus. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost between £100 and £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases, written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.


Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.


If the placement year option is chosen, during this year travel costs will vary according to the location of the placement, and could be from £0 to £2,000.

Field trips

All field trips that are compulsory to attend to complete your course are paid for by the University. There may be fees incurred for optional field trips which can range from £30 to £350 per trip.

3D printing

It is not compulsory as part of your degree to print projects using the 3D printer. However if you wish to, you will need to pay for the material. Printing costs are estimated by weight (cheapest material is 3p per gram and most expensive material is 40p per gram).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Kingston University will supply you with a lab coat, hard hat and safety goggles at the start of the year. A £10 voucher will be supplied to help cover the cost of the safety boots when purchasing with our supplier Activity Work Wear. Safety boots can range in cost between £25 and £100.

You may need to purchase equipment when going on site visits, such as safety gloves. This should cost approximately £50 over the three to four year course.

After you graduate

You will graduate from this programme able to address the needs of society and business. You will be able to familiarise yourself with changes in digital technology, deploy engineering methods and technologies to create virtual models of your engineering designs, solve complex engineering challenges, work towards mitigating climate change impacts on infrastructure and society, and influence choices around carbon use and emissions across the sector.

Work placement year

How you can work in industry during your course


  • provide work experience that is relevant to your course and future career;
  • improve your chances of graduating with a higher grade degree;
  • enhance your CV;
  • lead to a graduate job;
  • enable you to earn a year's salary whilst studying (the vast majority of placements are paid); and
  • help you to select your final-year project.

"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..." Jeremy Darroch, Former Chief Executive, Sky.

"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills." Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd.

  • 81% placement students and 34% non-placement students got a first or 2.1 (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • 100% of placement students during 2008 recommend doing a placement (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • Many employers offer a graduate job to their successful placement students.

There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (eg a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs and mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility.

For further information please contact the placements team by telephone 020 8417 2969 or email

Examples of placements

Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles:

Construction-based placement employers Construction-based placement roles 
RG Group
Willmott Dixon
Assistant site manager
Assistant trades package manager
Assistant logistics manager
Health and safety officer
Construction engineer
Science-based placement employers  Science-based placement roles
Reckitt and Benckiser
Drug Control Centre
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd
Various local and international hospitals
Bioanalytical sciences
Lab assistant
Pharmacy assistant
Sports coach
Engineering-based placement employers  Engineering-based placement roles
BAM Nuttall
Analysis of aircraft structure
Construction resources specialist
Site engineer assistant
Computing and IS-based placement employers Computing and IS-based placement roles
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
Database co-ordinator
Software developer
Website developer
App developer
Mathematics-based placement employersMathematics-based placement roles
Lloyds Banking Group
PAU Education, Spain
Investment solutions
Research analyst
Accounts assistant

Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.