BSc (Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering

A Civil Engineer helps to make some of the most innovative structures in the world - the infrastructure for transport, energy, industry and commerce is the result of civil engineering.

The programme, which is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (ICE, IStructE, CIHT, IHE) and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is designed to produce graduates who are as comfortable with the engineering and technical aspects of the industry as they are with contracts management, planning and environmental protection.

Site visits are organised throughout the programme and have recently included the M74 motorway extension, the White Cart flood prevention scheme, new Forth Crossing and Whitelee Wind Farm. You may also attend a five-day study trip to Europe, linked to one of our Erasmus university partners.

Your career

Employment opportunities exist with civil engineering contractors and consultants engaged in road building, quarrying, construction of large buildings and bridge building. Local authority positions also exist in planning and the administration of major networks. Our graduates can take advantage of opportunities within sustainable development and engineering for resilience.

Year 1

Foundation Level Civil Engineering, Surveying & Structures.

Year 2

Includes Principles of Hydraulics, Contracts Management, Structural Design and Geotechnics.

Year 3

Includes Structural & Ground Engineering and Public Health, Water and Waste Water Treatment and Work Placement.

Year 4

Honours Project, Environmental Civil Engineering subjects such as Advanced Structural Engineering, Water Resource Management and Waste Management.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
BSc (Hons)
Part Time
2 - 5 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BSc (Hons) Part Time 2 - 5 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Full-time entry requirements

Year 1

Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl either Maths/Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
Minimum entry requirement: ABCC (incl B in Maths/Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: CCC (incl Maths or Physics or technological studies)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl Maths or Physics) O2: (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl Maths or Physics at grade 5)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in Civil Engineering (incl Maths) or in Technology/Engineering subject GCSE: C (English)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB (incl Maths and Physics)
College HNC: Civil Engineering or Built Environment - graded unit B

Year 2

IB Diploma: 30 points (incl two subjects at HL level including Maths or Physics, one at SL and one at HL)
College HNC: Civil Engineering - graded units A (incl Mathematics for Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering: Fluid Mechanics units)
College HND: Civil Engineering - graded units BB

Year 3

College HND: Civil Engineering - graded units AB
Please note - Fluid Mechanics module should be included

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1
Scottish Higher: BBBB (incl either Maths, Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
College HNC/D: HNC Civil Engineering - graded unit B. HND in Built Environment/Engineering subject evidence of Maths/Physics at Higher or equivalent level

Year 2
College HND Civil Engineering - graded units BB If Fluid Mechanics unit has not been completed as part of the HND, a pass in the GCU Fluid Mechanics test will be required.

Year 3 

College HND: Civil Engineering - graded units AA (incl Fluid Mechanics unit)

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time applicants must be in suitable full-time employment

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

Visit our part-time and distance-learning fee schedules.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

You can complete a work placement with an industrial partner in your third year and if you are not on industry placement or studying abroad with Erasmus, you can attend a constructionarium five-day course on site.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this course is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See for further information.

We are also accredited by CABE, and importantly, ENAEE the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education with an EUR-ACE label.

A variety of assessment methods, including coursework activities and formal examinations are utilised. Course works and class tests (open or closed book) include reports on experimental activities in structures / hydraulics laboratories or on site visits to key developments such as the Whitelee Windfarm, the White Cart Flood Prevention Scheme and the new Forth Crossing. Our students are also introduced to practising civil and structural engineers as visiting lectures to ensure their learning and assessment is relevant to industry standards.

First year students attend a five day course of construction skills at Inchinnan, near Glasgow. Second year students can travel further afield by taking part in a European study trip which will be partly funded. Students in their third year can take part in either an industrial placement or the Erasmus European study exchange. Alternatively, students can select the Managed Project learning module. We have recently introduced an initiative where our students spend a five day period at Constructionarium, a hands-on construction experience for students and young professionals, where they are involved in on-site planning as well as implementing a scaled down version of a major construction project such as the Kingsgate Footbridge or the Millau Viaduct.