Civil engineering is shaping the built environment that surrounds us every day. Roads, railways, hospitals, offices, schools, infrastructure, water and power supply – we depend on civil engineers to design and manage the projects that improve the world we live in and protect the natural environment.
This accredited degree develops 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.
At Leeds, sustainable development is integrated into teaching and learning throughout the degree. You'll focus on design and engineering projects which minimise society’s impact on the environment, reduce the temporary borrowing of finite materials and resources, while maximising societal benefit. You’ll also develop and fine-tune theoretical and practical abilities and learn to solve problems using analytical, technical and decision-making skills – all attributes sought after by employers in industry.
This is a practical course, so you’ll also have access to excellent laboratory facilities and a 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.
Qualified civil engineers are in demand across the construction sector. Exciting roles are also found working for consultancies, transport organisations, local authorities, government departments, utility companies and environmental organisations in the UK and internationally.
Why study at Leeds:
- This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).
- Work on your own construction design projects to solve real-world problems, putting into practice what you have learned, building scale physical models and developing graphical presentation and computer modelling skills using industry-standard software.
- Benefit from our globally-renowned research here at Leeds, which feeds directly into your course and shapes what you learn with the latest thinking in addressing societal, technical and environmental challenges with infrastructure around the world.
- Take part in valuable fieldwork opportunities to apply your knowledge and practical skills outside of the lab and classroom.
- Access specialist facilities including our new design studio, computing laboratories and extensive study spaces.
- 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.
- Develop your experience and boost your career prospects with our paid industrial placement opportunities or study abroad programmes.
- Transfer between Civil Engineering and any other of the School’s programmes at the end of your first year, and most of the programmes at the end of your 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 with industrial networking events and site visits to build your experience and connections in the field, alongside exciting social events like paintballing and the annual CivSoc Ball.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.
This course is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council. The JBM represents the five main professional bodies in the UK registering Civil Engineers, including the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Permanent Way Institution (PWI), Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
This BEng degree is accredited as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Our courses 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.
This course lets you sample the whole breadth of civil engineering as well as building a deeper focus on areas of transport engineering, planning and modelling as you progress.
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.
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, design, project management, communication and teamwork.
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.
In year 1, you’ll build skills in structural design and analysis as well as engineering mathematics and modelling techniques, and learn about the properties of a wide range of materials. You’ll also gain an understanding of architectural theory and history, as well as the materials and methods available to civil engineers in different contexts. You’ll also take a weeklong in-depth field course where you’ll get to apply the surveying and team working skills you have developed earlier in the year. This is a great opportunity to use industry-standard equipment to undertake a range of site surveys.
You’ll develop your skills further in structural design and analysis and engineering mathematics, whilst studying core modules in civil and transport engineering, transport planning and modelling will help you to enhance and refine these skills.
In your final year, you’ll have opportunities through the design project or your individual research project to develop your transport engineering interests alongside other core aspects of civil engineering. You’ll also deepen your understanding of topics in modules on transport planning and highway engineering.
You may also take part in a weeklong “Constructionarium” field course where, in teams, you’ll plan, manage and execute the construction of a scaled-down real construction project under site conditions. Previously, students have worked on replicas of the Millau Viaduct, Kingsgate Bridge, Ravenspurn Oil Rig, Brewery Wharf Footbridge and the Gherkin.
This pulls together many aspects of what you’ve studied to allow you to fully appreciate the planning and execution involved in managing contractors, health and safety and delivering to a client’s deadline.
One-year optional work placement
During your course, you’ll be given the opportunity to advance your skill set and experience further. You can apply to either undertake a one-year paid industrial work placement which will extend your degree by 12 months.
Each academic year, you'll take a total of 120 credits.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Architecture and Sustainability – 20 credits
This module will introduce you to the history, theories and cultural context of the built environment and architecture, and its impact on people, society and environment. There’s a focus on the sustainability and environmental impact of projects and infrastructure, especially in the context of climate change.
Surveying, Construction Technology and Management – 20 credits
This module will introduce you to construction processes and will highlight applicable codes of practice and industry standards. It introduces some aspects of management, particularly those associated with a construction project. There’s focus on surveying techniques including use of commonly used industry equipment and technologies along with how these can be used to produce survey plans and set out structures.
Structural Analysis and Design 1 – 20 credits
In this module you’ll learn about the fundamental principles of structural analysis and design, which are used to determine and describe the behaviour of a variety of structural and architectural forms. On completion, you’ll have the basic skills in structural and stress analysis and design to study more advanced courses in years 2 and 3.
Materials, Water and Soils – 20 credits
Throughout this module, you’ll get to grips with understanding the fundamentals of the behaviour of water, soil, steel and other key materials, and understand the relevance of this in relation to design of structural elements. Additional topics covered include application of fundamental mechanics principles to fluids, design and analysis of simple hydraulic structures and the geological processes that result in the formation of engineering soils.
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 1 – 20 credits
Over the course of this module, you’ll develop an understanding of the principles of general basic mathematical techniques relating to civil engineering. This will give you sufficient mathematical competence to manage the compulsory content of your degree.
On this module you’ll learn how to prepare and present building design projects in response to a brief. You’ll also learn about the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies, and the regulatory requirements that apply to a comprehensive design project.
Water Engineering and Geotechnics – 20 credits
This module builds on the knowledge you’ll gain in year 1, in reference to geotechnics and water engineering. You’ll address ultimate load problems, discuss the concepts of fluid friction in pipes and understand the demand and requirements for water.
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 2 – 20 credits
Throughout the course of this module, you’ll build on mathematical techniques learnt in year 1 to further your understanding of how mathematical models can be applied to real-life civil engineering problems. You’ll develop confidence in your mathematical abilities so that when mathematics arise in the solution of an engineering problem, you’re able to understand, rather than merely accept – the results.
Integrated Design Project 2 – 20 credits
On completion of this module, you’ll have increased your knowledge and understanding of the engineering design process. You’ll attain an understanding of Building Information Modelling (CAD) and a practical ability to use this type of application software.
Structural Design and Materials 1 – 40 credits
This covers the behaviour of structures and how their design is influenced by the characteristics of structural materials. You’ll gain understanding of cement, concrete, and steel, with a focus on their relevance to buildings and civil engineering structures, the elastic analysis of statically indeterminate structures, and the design of structures in steel and reinforced concrete. You’ll learn to determine force actions in structures and how to measure and compute the solutions to complex structural stress problems. In terms of design, you'll develop an understanding of limit states and an integral view of the design process informed not just by performance specifications but also by sustainability and durability. You’ll learn to design reinforced concrete elements (slabs, beams and columns) from first principles and structural steel elements for flexure, shear and axial loads.
Transport Planning and Modelling 1 – 10 credits
During the course of this module, you’ll cover fundamental concepts of transport planning and will formulate a transport strategy to meet transport policy objectives. The module also introduces the fundamentals of transport models and traffic engineering.
Highway Engineering – 10 credits
This module covers highway engineering process including planning and route location, geometric design and structural design, construction, condition monitoring, and maintenance.
Water Engineering and Geotechnics 2 – 20 credits
This module builds on the principals for water engineering and geotechnics gained in levels 1 & 2. It will develop the concepts of integrated river management and examine the use of numerical methods in open channel flow. In respect to geotechnics, it will build on the understanding of soil to cover the range of foundations available for structures, including shallow foundations such as strip, pad and raft foundations, deep foundations such as caissons, shafts and piles; and composite foundations such as piled rafts. It will cover the approach to design, analysis and construction.
Structural Design and Materials 2 – 20 credits
This module builds on the knowledge acquired in the first two years to develop a more profound understanding of steel and concrete structures complemented by an introduction to more complex structural analysis methods (stiffness matrix method, plastic analysis, finite element analysis). You'll learn to design multi-storey buildings, considering advanced aspects such as progressive collapse, sway stability, bracing, and connections. In relation to concrete, this module covers the technological principles and the analysis of prestressed concrete elements, and you'll learn to design prestressed structural elements. You'll also gain an understanding of masonry and timber construction including the specification of alternative forms of masonry and different species of timber and forms of timber construction.
Integrated Design Project 3 – 40 credits
On completion of this module, you should be able to undertake a feasibility study of a civil engineering project considering various aspects, resulting in a recommended general scheme, followed by an element of detailed design, demonstrating that the proposal is practicable. This module includes further CAD-thread teaching, providing you with an understanding of software used in route alignments, and a practical ability to use this and other software in drawing production.
Individual Research Project 1 – 20 credits
This module requires you to choose one aspect of civil engineering and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of it. This will include the underlying principles and an awareness of current and future developments within a chosen field of research. You’ll hone independent learning and research skills, critical analysis, self-direction and decision making.
Transport Planning and Modelling 2 – 10 credits
This module will provide you with understanding of transport modelling, covering the main underlying principles of network models and traffic flow, and introduce you to principles in transport economics and the application of traffic assignment in congestion pricing.
Highway Engineering 2 – 10 credits
You’ll be introduced to the principles and design considerations for highway intersection and pavement. Building on knowledge of highway geometry design, you’ll learn to evaluate the level of service on a highway link and develop skills in design for highway infrastructure, including the main types of intersections and pavement structures. The concept of life cycle maintenance will also be explained in this module.
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. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers.
During your course you’ll be involved in a range of interactive, team-based study, informed by sector-leading approaches. At every level of your programme, you’ll undertake an Integrated Design Project where you’ll bring together what you have learned across the programme to gain experience in finding design solutions to real-world problems. You’ll develop expertise in designing solutions that consider economic, environmental and a range of other societal and technical factors. These are often group and team projects where you'll work together successfully address the challenge.
We organise industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers 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'll 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 the years above 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 a range of approaches, including assessments that closely match the type of work and tasks you might undertake in a professional work environment and be involved with as part of becoming a qualified chartered engineer. This will include assessment through project work and written examinations (both open and closed book), and through coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters. Assessments will support you in developing key transferable skills. Many of your submissions will be submitted digitally through our extensive virtual learning environment.
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.
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*D*D 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.
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.
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.
Engineering or Construction Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above). We will consider your application if you have AS level Mathematics.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were 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.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
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: £30,250 (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.
Additional cost information
Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with compulsory field trips are usually covered by the university. However, you’ll be expected to pay for incidental or personal expenses.
We are planning to introduce a new field trip component to one of our compulsory modules in year 3. As part of a university-wide process, we're currently reviewing our curriculum therefore we cannot confirm the additional costs for this field trip at this time. We'll update this page as soon as the costs have been confirmed.
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 admissions 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.
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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 10 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2023, 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'll 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:
- Aviation Civil Engineer, Jacobs Engineering
- Transport Engineer, Arup
- Rail Engineering Manager, BAM Nuttall Ltd
- Civil Engineer, Cienco Consulting Engineers
- Assistant Engineer, L G Mouchel & Partners
- Graduate Civil Engineer, Maunsell AECOM
- Engineer, RPS Burks Green
- Civil Engineer, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Ltd
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'll 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'll also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Study abroad and 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 (BEng) which will extend your degree by 12 months. On successful completion, you'll 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:
- BAM Nuttall
- JBA Bentley
- Holdgate Consulting
- Mott MacDonald
- Laing O’Rourke
Find out more about industrial placements.