Abertay University Civil Engineering

Abertay University Civil Engineering


What you study
The philosophy of the course is to integrate aspects of civil engineering theory and practice with supporting topics. It provides a distinctive and stimulating undergraduate study programme aimed at students who aspire to manage the design, construction and maintenance processes for enhancing the built and natural environment.

There are three inter-related themes within the course:

  • Structural Engineering, Materials and Geotechnics
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering
  • Supporting Topics including Land Surveying, Mathematics, Graphics & Digital Modelling, Construction Studies, Health & Safety, Project Management and Law

You will be exposed to a variety of stimulating learning environments, such as:

  • Civil Engineering placement in Year 3
  • computer drawing and related software packages
  • analytical work on calculations relating to structures
  • laboratory experimental work on materials testing or fluid flow
  • field courses on geology or land surveying
  • design projects


Why choose this course?  

  • This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).  See the JBM website for further information.
  • It focuses on the development of key transferable employment skills, including digital modelling, problem solving, team working and management skills.
  • A work placement – subject to availability – in a Civil Engineering/Construction organisation for Semester 2 of Year 3, which provides an opportunity to practise skills and test careers.
  • A Sandwich option is available, which leads to the award of BSc (Hons) Sandwich Degree in Civil Engineering. The requirements for this are the successful completion of the Semester 2 of Year 3 work placement, combined with approved construction sector employment through both summers between Years 2 and 3 and between Years 3 and 4.


The 21st Century Engineer is a key player in the sustainable development of the modern world.  Whether it be involvement in the design and building of wind turbines, the reuse of construction materials to develop new roads, or the drive for sustainable construction and low energy buildings, it is the modern day Civil Engineer who plays a key role.