Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Civil Engineering with Transport MEng, BEng
(Full time) 2017 start


Key facts

UCAS code

Start date
September 2017

4 years full time

Typical A level offer
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees
See fees section below

International fees
£19,750 (per year)

Study abroad option

Work placement option

Course terms and conditions

This course gives you a firm grounding in civil engineering, with a deeper focus on areas of transport engineering, planning and modelling as you progress.

You’ll study all the major subjects you need to master as a civil engineer, such as structures, fluids, geotechnics, materials, environmental impact, surveying and mathematics.

At the same time, you’ll link these subject areas to solve challenging civil engineering problems, focusing on the design of transport infrastructure and planning for sustainability and resilience of the system. Optional modules will allow you to tailor the course to suit your interests and career plans, with topics such as railway engineering and environmental health engineering.

You’ll be taught by experts in their fields with extensive industrial experience, in both the School of Civil Engineering and the Institute for Transport Studies. You could even spend time gaining valuable industrial experience through a placement year.

You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.

Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to excellent lab facilities, design studio and computing equipment. We also have specialist lab space for structures, hydraulics, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.


Course terms and conditions

Course content

All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the diversity within civil engineering and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years – as well as giving you the flexibility to switch between these courses.

In the first two years, 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.

Core modules in Year 2 and 3 will help you to enhance and refine your skills in civil and transport engineering, as well as transport planning and modelling. In Year 3, you’ll benefit from a greater variety of optional modules, allowing you to choose topics such as railway or environmental engineering.

If you choose the MEng programme, you will have an even wider selection of specialist optional modules, which are taught at Masters level and allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans. The substantial final-year research project will allow you work on a specific area in depth under the guidance of your supervisor.


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.

Find out more about our Projects

Engineering ethics

You’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

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.

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.

Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.


You will 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, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking)

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.

GCSE:English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

Alternative qualifications

  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.
  • BTEC: D*D*D* with Distinction in all Mathematics modules, plus interview and/or diagnostic mathematics test.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 overall (18 higher), including 5 points at higher level in Mathematics.
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): A1A1A2A2A2A2 including Mathematics and English.
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAAAA overall (AAA at advanced level including Mathematics) with Mathematics and English at Intermediate level.
  • Other Qualifications: 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 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.

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 BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

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

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU 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.

Next steps

Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You will be given a tour of the school’s facilities, which includes our laboratories and design studios. There will also be the opportunity to attend a talk from our Employability team.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

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.

Additional cost information

Scholarships and financial support

The School of Civil Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you are very likely to find employment in the core contracting and consulting arms of the civil and transport industry, which combined is worth over £85bn in the UK alone. However, the technical, communication and management skills you will develop during your civil engineering and project management studies are also in particular demand, for example in international finance, investment banking and large project management.

90% of our recent civil engineering graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating. Many have secured professional or managerial positions as graduate engineers and civil engineers, graduate structural engineers and project coordinators with a range of organisations.

Many of our recent civil engineering graduates can be found working for the transport industry for companies such as AECOM, amey, ARUP, Atkins, Capita, CH2M, Hyder, indigo, JMP, Jacobs, Leigh Fisher, Mouchel, Movement strategies, Mott MacDonald, Pell Frischmann, Steer Davies Gleave, Systra, Transport for London, transpennine express, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, wyg.

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.

Careers support

You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Find out more about careers support and employability

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

Find out more about work placements

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