Taught course

Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering, architectural engineering, building engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering or structural engineering.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Advance your knowledge in civil engineering and specialise in innovative materials. Gain the expertise to develop sustainable design solutions for construction.

If you want to pursue a career as a civil or structural engineer, or go further in research or academia, our course equips you to take the next step.

Renewable and low-carbon engineering materials are a key focus in infrastructural development worldwide. Our course is unique in the UK for the breadth of materials and sustainable construction methods it introduces you to.

Focusing on sustainability, you'll explore how to use materials and design to enhance our built environment. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the behaviour of structural materials and their characteristics. We give you the skills to analyse different materials and investigate non-conventional technologies through specialist units.

Our course draws on the research knowledge in our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering and BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials. This gives you access to the latest developments in structural materials such as timber, concrete, earth, straw and hemp. Our academics’ international collaborations and research expertise feed into our teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

We have a range of facilities to support your studies. Our laboratories and workshops contain machinery and equipment that meet industry standards. These include concrete, timber, advanced materials, and geomaterials laboratories. You’ll also have access to specialist computer and teaching facilities. Our links with the BRE mean that you could have the opportunity to use their facilities through project work.

The practical and theoretical skills you gain on our course will equip you for a career in industry, research or academia. You’ll graduate with:

  • skills to design with structural engineering materials in sustainable ways
  • the ability to harness that knowledge in a business environment
  • analytical and teamwork skills to deal with the open-ended problems typical in industry

Our course also meets the educational requirements you need to become a chartered engineer. Some of our graduates choose to further their studies with us through our PhD programme to pursue academic and research careers.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page .

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115