Are my A Levels suitable for a Civil Engineering degree?
We require 3 A-Levels for entry to all Civil Engineering degree programmes. You must be studying Maths at A-Level and we will accept any two additional A-Levels except General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Our standard offer for the MEng is AAA and for the BEng is AAB at A Level. If you are not doing A Level Maths then you can start in our Engineering Foundation Year.
Do you require A-Level Maths?
We require all students entering the first year of a civil engineering degree programme to have A-Level maths, or the equivalent level of mathematics in other qualifications.
Do you require A-Level Physics?
We do not require Physics at A-level for entry to our civil engineering degree programmes, although it is always an advantage when studying engineering.
Will you accept a BTEC National Diploma (in Civil Engineering) for entry to first year?
Yes. See the entry requirements tab on the course information page for further information.
Will you accept a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) (in Civil Engineering) for entry to first year?
We do accept applications from students taking the above, although each application will be considered on an individual basis.
Will you accept a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) (in Civil Engineering) for direct entry to second year?
Do you accept ACCESS courses?
We do accept applications from students taking suitable Access to ENGINEERING, although each application will be considered on an individual basis.
Also see the entry requirements for our Engineering Foundation Year.
Do you accept UK International Foundation courses?
We do accept applications from students taking suitable International Foundation Courses.
What is the difference between MEng and BEng Civil Engineering degrees?
BEng degrees are 3 years in length and MEng degrees are 4 years in length. At Birmingham, the first two years of the BEng and MEng degrees are identical so you only have to make the decision at the end of your second year. However, to be offered the chance to do a MEng degree you must have achieved a suitable level of academic attainment.
BEng is great if you decide upon a specialism for your Masters, e.g. Structural Engineering or Geotechnics. This gives you the choice for where you might like to take your further learning. Many students choose BEng also because they wish to work in an industry where Chartered Engineer status is less important for their career prospects.
MEng is usually chosen by students who wish to go on to graduate recruitment schemes, and provides an integrated Masters-level education for immediate recognition by the relevant Engineering institutions.
How do I become a chartered civil engineer and should I do the BEng or MEng?
To become a Chartered Engineer you will need to demonstrate that you have the appropriate competence and commitment of an engineering professional. There are 3 steps in this process:
- Getting the appropriate experience and training after completing your degree
- The Professional Review
- Academic qualifications
Further details can be found on the Engineering Council UK website.
Our BEng degrees give you the education needed for the alternative Incorporated Engineer professional status. For Chartered Engineer status, a minimum of Masters-level education (or 4 years’ worth) is usually needed.