Taught course

Civil Engineering

UCL - University College London · Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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Entry requirements

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 onto our Civil Engineering MSc programme. Hence opening the path to a career in civil engineering as a chartered engineer. At the start of the programme your application will be sent to the JBM for assessment by the Individual Case Committee to ensure that your academic background is suitable for Chartership.

You will need to apply for the Graduate Diploma separately from the MSc programme – however please make sure you indicate which MSc programme you intend on pursuing. If you satisfy all admissions criteria for the Graduate Diploma you will proceed onto one of our MSc programmes for the following year.

Overseas students requiring a visa to study should note that the Graduate Diploma and the Civil Engineering MSc are treated as TWO separate programmes. You will only be able to obtain a one-year visa for the Graduate Diploma and then you will need to apply for a second visa if you are also provided with an offer for an MSc. You will almost certainly have to leave the UK between finishing the Graduate Diploma in June and commencing the MSc in September.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma is a conversion programme enabling applicants with a degree in a related subject (for example mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving on to a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc degree. By studying this programme, you have a unique opportunity to be awarded an accredited level 7 Civil Engineering MSc after just two years of study, opening up your career path to becoming a chartered civil engineer.

UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated in the heart of London. Throughout your programme you will be taught by lecturers recognised as international leaders in their field.

At the end of term 3, you will go on a one-week residential field course gaining practical skills in construction site management and safety. You will work alongside practising engineers to develop and use technical drawings to build scaled structures. These are built to the same standards and using the same methods that are applied on professional construction sites.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


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 field work depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. It is usually completed in pairs. The programme also includes a residential field course at the end of Term 3.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3108 4046