MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering with International Study

UCAS code H292
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32; BTEC: DDD - DDM
Discipline Engineering
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


This forward-thinking MEng programme capitalises on our expertise in civil engineering and our cutting-edge research in water and climate systems to provide specialist teaching in environmental engineering. You will obtain thorough civil engineering training but with an added emphasis placed on environmental issues.

The programme begins with the multi-disciplinary first year and then embarks on a more specialised route. In the fourth year projects and modules concentrate on environmental elements like climate change and water systems; involving field trips and working with industry.

Why choose Civil and Environmental Engineering at Exeter?

  • Our expert teaching staff are actively researching the latest environmental issues - many of our academics are working on environment related issues and the Centre for Water Systems is acknowledged nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence.
  • Gain hands-on industry experience - the fourth year project involves working directly with a company, taking on challenges such as finding new methodology to manage water leakage systems. This industry contact gives you invaluable hands-on experience for future employment.
  • Our multidisciplinary first year encourages you to explore other engineering disciplines, such as materials or mechanics; broadening your subject knowledge as you progress with civil and environmental engineering and preparing you for real industry teamwork situations.
  • Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment , industrially linked projects and staff expertise.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

You may take Elective Modules up to 15 credits outside of the programme in stage 3 of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. 

Once registered as studying with your overseas host university you will receive primary support from them and full access to the facilities they provide to all students. You are required to maintain contact with the overseas coordinator and Student Services at Exeter through your Exeter email account and of course you have continuing access to all our facilities via your iExeter account.

Assessment of all overseas modules will take place in English but some host destinations occasionally require presentations and a synopsis of work in their language. It is essential that all students have the minimum language skills required to communicate successfully in the foreign environment. For students intending to study in countries for which the FLC offers tuition it is mandatory to take and pass the appropriate module prior to departure.   

Projects will be set and assessed by the project supervisor assigned to you by your chosen host university. We ask our overseas partners to assign project supervisors as early as possible to permit joint exploration of the nature of the project prior to arrival. There is a moderation process in place at Exeter in order to ensure uniformity and fairness across projects which may be coming from several different countries.

The modules Engineering in European Society and Engineering in International Society are taught by directed learning remotely through email exchange with students on an individual basis and full access to the facilities and services provided by their host. Assessment is fully at Exeter.  

Year 1

By the end of this year's course you will have experienced your first encounter with "Solidworks" as well as gained more experience with AutoCAD, have been introduced to every phase involved in engineering a new artefact and will be more confident in writing and presenting your findings. Speakers from engineering institutions also visit to offer an introduction to the benefits of joining their professional bodies.

Compulsory modules

Note: one out of ECM1106, ECM1107 and ECM1108 may be condoned, subject to the rules specified above and detailed in the programme assessment and progression regulations.
Progression from 1st to 2nd year:
Students choose specialisation (Electronic/Engineering and Management/Materials/Mechanical/Civil) at this point.
Students proceeding on the Engineering and Management MEng programmes are required to consistently choose either all Mechanical options from this point on or all Electronic options from this point on, if they wish their final degree to be accredited (see section 17).
No final decisions on qualification to complete MEng are made at this point, but students are reminded of rules that will apply at end of year 2.

ECM1101 Professional Studies and Skills Development 1 15
ECM1102 Core Engineering 1 30
ECM1106 Electronics for Engineers: Core Engineering 2 15
ECM1107 Materials and Manufacturing: Core Engineering 2 15
ECM1108 Engineering Mechanics: Core Engineering 2 15
Engineering Mathematics A or B S1
Depending on Entry Qualifications, 30 credits to be taken from
ECM1103 Engineering Mathematics A 30
ECM1104 Engineering Mathematics B 30

Year 2

From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on your chosen degree

Compulsory modules

Stage 3 ECM3157 Geotechnics 2 Field Course element is undertaken at Easter in stage 2.
Progression from 2nd to 3rd year:
Students must have gained an average of 60% or more in the first 2 years to progress to stage 3 MEng (weighting is 40% 1st year, 60% 2nd year). Progression to stage 3 MEng is subject to Engineering Council guidelines. Students who do not reach the threshold may progress to stage 3 of the BEng Civil Engineering programme.

ECM2111 Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Systems 15
ECM2112 Professional Studies & Skills Development 2 15
ECM2113 Thermofluid Engineering 15
ECM2114 Solid Mechanics 15
ECM2102 Management and Management Science 15
ECM2109 Structures 15
ECM2110 Geotechnics 1 15
ECM2108 Construction Methods and Materials 15

Year 3

The latter part of the programme puts special emphasis on working in a world where a changing climate has great impacts on planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering projects. For example, changing rainfall patterns will bring significant new challenges to the design and maintenance of urban water supplies around the globe.

Compulsory modules

ECM3155 Structural Engineering 15
ECM3156 Civil Engineering Hydraulics 15
ECM3157 Geotechnics 2 15
ECM3167 Individual Project (Abroad under Erasmus or other study-abroad scheme) MEng 45
ECM3168 Engineering in an International Society MEng 15

Optional modules

Select 15 credits:

Additional stage 3 optional module (not listed below):  Foreign language module (FLC) 15 credits

ECM3130 Engineering in Society and Company Finance 15
ECM3158 Water Resources and Pollution Control 15
ECM3161 Civil Engineering Design Studies 15
ECM2709 Statistics 15
ECM2704 Numerics and Optimisation 15
ECM2707 Systems, Series and Transforms 15
ECM3722 Graphs Networks and Algorithms 15
EMP3001 Commercial and Industrial Experience 15
ECM3171 Computer Aided Engineering Drawing 15

Year 4

Students may progress to MEng 4th year if the requirements for progression to the MEng 3rd year were satisfied.

Compulsory modules

ECMM101 Industrial Case Studies 15
ECMM102 Group Project (Meng) 60

Optional modules

Select 45 credits:

ECMM108 Advanced Structural Engineering 15
ECMM109 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering 15
ECMM107 Mechanics of Materials 15
ECMM110 Water and Environmental Systems 15
ECMM124 Hydroinformatics Tools 15
ECMM132 Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management 15
ECMM133 Water Supply and Distribution Management 15

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32;  BTEC: DDD - DDM

Students applying for this programme will be invited to attend an academic interview. Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not take part in an interview.

Required subjects

GCE AL Maths grade B and another science subject at grade B; IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Applied Science, Building Services Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability. In place of science requirement only, A-level Maths still required.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment. Our student-centred approach to teaching is validated by our excellent results in the National Student Survey.

Our programmes make use of a variety of teaching styles with contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study. These include:

  • Lectures for the presentation of new topics and class exercises;
  • Workshops where you have hands-on use of equipment, discussion and solution of sample problems, with experts available to answer questions and provide support;
  • Tutorials involving small group work on problems relating to topics covered in lectures;
  • Projects of longer term practical work undertaken either individually or in teams, with sessions for consultation with staff;
  • Engineering Design Activities which provide direct experience of putting engineering design into practice while learning the underpinning principles and mathematical skills in other modules.

There are plenty of opportunities to discuss material in more detail with members of staff. Our academics are happy to meet with students individually during their advertised office hours or receive questions by email.

A research and practice led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment, industrially linked projects and staff expertise.

Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners. Recent projects have involved the design and construction of an autonomous hovering platform, modelling of airflow around a car and 3D CAD representation of the Met Office headquarters in Exeter, which has close research links with the College.


Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.

All of our programmes are assessed in a similar way. During the first two years you will have an even mix of examinations and coursework, each accounting for about 50%. In the third year 25% of the year is taken up by the individual project and for those going on to the fourth year the group project takes up 50% of the year.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. Written examinations are held in January and June of the first and second years and in the third term of the third and fourth years. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.


This programme offers highly professional training in civil engineering with special relevance to environmental engineering. By linking our expertise in civil engineering, water systems and climate systems, we offer an exciting and highly relevant programme that will prepare you for work in civil and environmental engineering.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.

We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Employability web page to find out more.

Industrial experience

All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.

Students can also request permission to temporarily interrupt their studies and spend a year working in industry, as long as they work in a suitably demanding Engineering role.

Industry-led projects

Our undergraduate engineering programmes are enriched by a network of industry links which have been established through collaborative research and consultation. Project work is a core element of each programme, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and working in multidisciplinary teams. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.

One recent multidisciplinary group project was based on a design competition run by Corus and the Steel Construction Institute. The group had to design a steel structure to house an indoor ski slope, ice-skating rink and ice climbing wall. The group comprised both civil and mechanical engineering undergraduates and the students had to come up with a solution that was structurally sound under both static loads and dynamic forces (such as aerodynamic loading from wind). Furthermore, in order to come up with a sustainable, low carbon footprint design, the group had to consider ways of saving or generating energy from solar or ground sources as well as devising a sustainable urban drainage system to minimise water usage. As with all group projects the students took the lead in setting goals and allocating tasks to appropriate members of the group and the design made it into the national final of the competition.

Employer visits

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the College to hold mock interviews and to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.

Further information

Find out more about the  industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.

An accredited MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

An accredited BEng (Hons) degree 1. fully satisfies the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and 2. partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Website: Visit the Engineering website