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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    9 months full time

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  • Last Updated

    03 January 2018

Course content

The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (for example mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programme. It offers a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a career in civil engineering as a chartered engineer.

About this degree

This bespoke programme provides grounding in fluids, soils, structures and materials engineering, and consists of second and third-year undergraduate core civil engineering subjects. Students are also allocated a civil engineering project which they are required to complete in pairs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules, one optional module and a research project.

Core modules

  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Materials II and Applied Fluid Mechanics II
  • Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology
  • Civil Engineering in Practice
  • Structure and Materials
  • Civil Engineering Project

Optional modules

You will need to choose one module from the optional list:

  • Mathematics Modelling II
  • Fluids & Soils III


Students conduct a civil engineering research project over two terms, usually working in pairs. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes. The civil engineering project involves individual research and can include laboratory, computational or fieldwork depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. It is usually completed in pairs. The programme also includes a field trip and a one-week Constructionarium visit.



  • Constructionarium is held as a 6 day working field course. The participants construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects. Students are assessed on the final day in terms of budgetary control, methodology and timely completion.
  • The basic model consists of a university, contractor and consultant working in partnership to deliver a unique learning experience, where students gain practical site experience.
  • Students are supported and mentored by employees from two partner organisations. One is a contractor and the other a consulting agent.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Civil Engineering Grad Dip


Civil engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Students who complete both this pre-qualifying year and a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, have excellent career prospects with leading civil and structural engineering companies.


The are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London.

Our innovative research is at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and often called upon for their detailed knowledge by the media, industry and policymakers.

This programme offers applicants without a first degree in civil engineering a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a civil engineering career as a chartered engineer.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Visit the Civil Engineering (GradDip) page on the University College London website for more details!





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