Civil and Structural Engineering BEng

Year of entry

2024 course information

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Typical A-level offer
AAA (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
ABB including Mathematics.
Full entry requirements

Course overview

A group of Civil and Structural Engineering students in a workshop at the University of Leeds.

The benefits of civil and structural engineering are all around us. Safe buildings and infrastructure not only protect us but also ensure that any adverse impact on the natural environment is minimised. Both civil and structural engineers will play a major role in addressing the current climate crisis, sustainability and environmental impact are key elements throughout all years of this degree. The difference between civil engineers and structural engineers is minor – indeed they work together in the same industry on the same often large and complex projects.

Civil engineers may focus on buildings, infrastructure, roads, railways, power supply and more, structural engineers specialise in load-bearing structures such as bridges, dams and skyscrapers – ensuring the materials used can support the design safely. Studying both disciplines make sense and gives flexibility for career choice. Civil Engineers will play a major role in addressing the current climate crisis - sustainability and environmental impact are key elements throughout all years of this degree.

Qualified civil and structural engineers are in demand across the construction sector; exciting roles are also found working for consultancies, local authorities, government departments, utility companies and environmental organisations in the UK and internationally.

Studying civil engineering at Leeds will open up a whole world of opportunities for your career. You’ll develop and fine-tune theoretical and practical abilities and learn to solve problems using analytical, technical and decision-making skills.

Our degree programmes develop world-class civil engineers who actively contribute to sustainable and economic growth whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards and delivering the infrastructure we all rely on in everyday life. That’s one of the reasons why our courses are accredited by several leading professional bodies and are shaped by our world-leading research.

This is a practical course, so you’ll also have access to excellent laboratory facilities, design studio, as well as extensive library facilities and computing equipment, including industry standard software such as Revit (Building Information Modelling), IES (dynamic thermal modelling) and Robot (structural analysis). Our impressive laboratory facilities include specialist facilities for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics – everything you need to get started on your career as a chartered civil engineer.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Work on your own construction design projects, putting into practice what you have learned in lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials; build scale physical models and develop graphical presentation and computer modelling skills using industry standard software.
  • Develop your experience and boost your career prospects with our paid industrial placement opportunities or study abroad programmes.
  • Take advantage of our world leading research here at Leeds, which helps to address societal, technical and environmental challenges with infrastructure around the world.
  • Make the most of university partnerships which include long-standing collaborations with the Institute for Transport Studies, Robotics at Leeds and the Centre for Global Development and leadership roles in major initiatives including water@leeds, an interdisciplinary centre for water research, the Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration, the Centre for Infrastructure Materials, and the Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering.
  • Have the reassurance of being able to transfer between Civil and Structural Engineering and any other of the School’s programmes at the end of the first year, and most of the programmes at the end of the second year, if you wish.
  • Our Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc) gives you the chance to meet like-minded people who share your passion for civil engineering. Not only will you be treated to industrial networking events and site visits to build your experience and connections in the field, but CivSoc also puts on exciting social events like paintballing and the annual CivSoc Ball.

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Joint Board of Moderators

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

The BEng programme is accredited as satisfying fully the academic requirements for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and satisfying partially the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng). A course of accredited "Further Learning" will be required to complete the academic requirements for CEng.

Accreditation of our programmes of study is awarded by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). The JBM represents The Institution of Structural Engineers, the Permanent Way Institution, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Civil Engineers. These 5 professional bodies act under licence from the UK regulator for engineering, the Engineering Council.

Our programmes are EUR-ACE labelled, which means they also meet the framework standards and guidelines of EUR-ACE and that the accreditation is recognised by the member states of the European Higher Education Area.

Course details

This course lets you sample the whole breadth of civil engineering, with opportunities to specialise as you progress. You’ll study all the major subjects that you need to master as a civil engineer, such as structures, fluids, geotechnics, materials, communications, environmental impact, surveying and mathematics – all reinforced with world-class research and practice. You’ll be exploring creative design issues in practical, real-world project settings.

Every degree course within the School of Civil Engineering shares a common first year. You’ll complete six compulsory modules across the range of programmes offered, giving you a firm basis on which to specialise in later years, and the flexibility to switch between courses.

You can choose to study either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng).

Year 1

In the first year, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental subjects that underpin civil engineering and the materials and methods available to civil engineers in different contexts.

Year 2

You’ll build skills in structural design and analysis as well as engineering mathematics and modelling techniques, learn about the properties of a wide range of materials and put your knowledge in the context of architectural theory and history. You’ll also choose optional modules to explore your interests and help you decide what you might choose to focus on in later years.

Year 3

You’ll benefit from a greater variety of optional modules, allowing you to focus on topics such as transport, railway or public health engineering. Core modules will help you to enhance and refine your skills in structural analysis and design, as well as building your knowledge of key topics like water engineering and foundation engineering and allowing you to complete a substantial research project.

One-year optional work placement or study abroad

You can choose to take up a one-year industrial placement which will extend your degree by 12 months.

Alternatively, if you choose the four-year MEng, BEng programme you can choose to spend a year studying abroad. This will not extend your studies.

Project work

Civil engineers work on projects that combine skills and knowledge to deliver a solution to a client, so we place a strong emphasis on project work throughout the degree. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, project management, communication and teamwork.

Engineering ethics

Ethics plays an integral role in the engineering practices of today, which is why you’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course. You’ll be taught by academics from the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, as well as your lecturers, covering a wide range of topics such as professionalism and codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility, engineering and responsibility, ethics in innovation and research ethics.

The ethics training will advance your critical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills which are crucial to employers, but it will also help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you may encounter in your professional life in the engineering industry.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Civil and Structural Engineering BEng in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Architecture and Environment 20
Engineering Surveying and Construction Technology 20
Structural Design and Analysis 20
Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber 20
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 1 20
Integrated Design Project 1 (inc Design Studio 1) 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Structural Design 1 20
Civil Engineering Materials II 10
Structural Analysis 1 10
Water Engineering and Geotechnics 20
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 2 20
Integrated Design Project 2 20

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Transport Planning and Modelling 1 10
Sustainable Engineering Solutions 10
Architectural History and Theory 2 10
Highway Engineering 10
Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles 10
Introduction to Project Management 10

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Structural Design 2 20
Structural Analysis 2 10
Water Engineering 10
Foundation Engineering Fundamentals 10
Individual Research Project 1 20
Integrated Design Project 3 30

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Construction Site Fieldcourse 10
Management of Schedule, Cost and Quality in Projects 20
Architectural History and Theory 3 10
Wastewater Engineering 10
Environmental Health Engineering in Developing Countries 10
Railway Engineering 10
Highway Engineering 2 10
Computational Methods for Civil Engineering 10
Building Physics 2: Services Design 10
Engineering Geology 10

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industry sponsored fieldwork allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. For example, if you choose the construction site field course module, you’ll apply your knowledge to build replicas of iconic structures.

All our courses are supported by world-leading blended learning technology, using online resources to help you develop your knowledge at your own pace. Our state-of-the-art lecture recording system ensures your lectures will be available for you to review at a convenient time. Our learning and teaching resources will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in an ideal position to compete in science and technology-related careers.

We organise industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers, researchers and other professionals. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course. Each student will be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide opportunities to experience Civil Engineering working environments on and off site.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you will receive support from fellow students through our Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme. PASS mentors are students who are on your course but are in Years two or three. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your PASS mentors during your first week for a social activity.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

Watch our taster lecture to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds:

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You’ll be assessed through both written examinations, held at the end of each year, and through coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Project Qualification (IPQ) and Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (ASCC): We recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ/IPQ/ASCC we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).

All applicants must be studying Mathematics at level 3. For most students, this requirement is fulfilled by achieving the required grade in A-level Maths. Applicants for whom this requirement is to be fulfilled via qualifications other than A-levels (eg BTEC Maths and Additional/Further Maths modules) may be required to take a diagnostic Maths test in addition to their other level 3 maths studies. This is to ensure a suitable level of mathematical literacy.

GCSE: English Language at grade 4 or above, or an appropriate English language qualification. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including an appropriate number of Mathematics modules) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.


D*DD (RQF) with Distinctions in all Mathematics units including Maths and Further Maths (and/or other appropriate maths units) plus an interview and diagnostic Maths test. Some units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.

Please note - there may be different requirements for the older QCF BTEC's, please contact Admissions.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in HL Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics, and AABBB at Higher level.


T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction at Distinction, with A level Mathematics at grade B or higher.

Other Qualifications

Engineering or Construction Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds A Level offer: ABB including Mathematics.

For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £27,500 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.

Read our guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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Career opportunities

There are a variety of exciting career opportunities awaiting you when you graduate – from some of the largest construction organisations in the world to specialist building design consultancies and multi-disciplinary firms. Civil engineering graduates are in great demand and University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research.

Typically, the majority of graduates each year secure professional or managerial positions and take their first steps in their career in the core contracting and consulting arms of the UK’s £30bn civil engineering industry. The technical, communication and management skills you will develop are also in demand from other sectors such as international finance, investment banking and large scale project management.

Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our most recent graduates have obtained:

  • Assistant Civil Engineer, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure UK
  • Assistant Engineer, Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Assistant Resident Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Bridge Engineer, Jacobs
  • Chartered Civil Engineer, WS Atkins & Partners Overseas
  • Civil & Structural Design Engineer, KTP Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Civil Engineer, Arup Group Ltd
  • Civil Engineer, Atkins
  • Civil Engineer, Transport for London
  • Design Engineer, Kier
  • Geotechnical Engineer, Offshore Wind Consultants
  • Graduate Civil Engineer, Network Rail
  • Graduate Civil Engineer, Sellafield LTD
  • Structural Engineer, Robert McAlpine
  • Water Resources Engineer, Cardno Lawson Treloar

Read profiles of our alumni to find out more about where some of our graduates are working.

Careers support

At Leeds we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.

You will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

You will also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Study abroad and work placements

Work placements

An industrial placement year is a great way to help you decide on a career path when you graduate. You’ll develop your skills and gain a real insight into working life in a particular company or sector. It will also improve your employability and help you to stand out in a competitive graduate jobs market.

Benefits of a work placement year:

  • 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas
  • All placements are salaried
  • Build industry contacts within your chosen field
  • Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers
  • Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice
  • Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry
  • Improve your employability

You can choose to take up a one year industrial placement during your third year (BEng and MEng, BEng) which will extend your degree by 12 months. On successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.

Here are some examples of placements our students have recently completed:

  • Mott MacDonald
  • Farrans
  • Ove Arup and Partners
  • JN Bentley
  • J Murphy & Sons Limited
  • Richter Global (Richter Associates (Northern)

Find out more about Industrial placements.

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