Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering

This programme enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, architecture, geology etc) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programme. This pre-qualifying year is recognised by the Joint Board of Moderators (ICE, IStructE etc) and offers a unique opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer once you have completed an accredited MSc such as Civil or Structural Engineering. At the start of the programme your application will be sent to the JBM for assessment by the appropriate Individual Case Committee to ensure you meet all the requirements thus opening the path to a career in Civil Engineering as a Chartered Engineer.


What will I learn?

The programme provides grounding in core Civil Engineering disciplines taken from our second and third-year undergraduate programme. The core topics are taken from the second year units and consist of design, fluids, geology, materials, soils and structures. The advanced topics are taken from the third year units and consist of Engineering in Practice and Structural Mechanics III giving the students some practical experience on structural design. The emphasis is on transferring the theoretical concepts, covered in the core topics, within a more practical context. At the start of the programme you will be allocated a Civil Engineering Project which should be completed in pairs. 

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) is an energetic and exciting place to study. Students have the advantage of studying in a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of London. Our research is innovative and at the forefront of engineering development. Staff are leaders in their fields and are often called upon to provide detailed knowledge to the media, industry and policy-makers. We work with other academics, with industry partners and with local and national government providing research and expertise. 

This programme offers applicants without a first degree in Civil Engineering a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised MSc in Civil Engineering after 2 years of study, opening the path to a career in Civil Engineering as a chartered engineer. To be able to progress to fully chartered status students entering the pre-qualifying year should have degree approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers. The approval is not an entry requirement and can be obtained after entering the course. Practically all our students with very different backgrounds were able to receive such an approval. At the start of the programme your application will be sent to the JBM for assessment by the appropriate Individual Case Committee to ensure you meet all the requirements. Please refer to the ICE website for further information.

What is the structure of the degree?


Taught Modules


  • A broad range of topics that are applicable to Civil Engineers. All parts of the programme are compulsory.
  • Taught part of the programme is mainly in the form of lectures with tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes depending on a module.



Foundational Mod​ules
​​Advanced Modules




    Civil Engineering Project

    • Involves an in-depth investigation of a specific topic in the student's chosen specialist field.
    • Students will usually work in pairs and be able to select a project in their specialist area.
    • Depending on the nature of the project and supervisor this usually involves some laboratory, computational or field work.





      • Constructionarium is held as a 6 day working field course. The participants construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects. Students are assessed on the final day in terms of budgetary control, methodology and timely completion.
      • The basic model consists of a university, contractor and consultant working in partnership to deliver a unique learning experience, where students gain practical site experience.
      • Students are supported and mentored by employees from two partner organisations. One is a contractor and the other a consulting agent.
      • Takes place in Term 3 as part of the Civil Engineering in Practice course.

              What are my careers prospects after this degree?
              There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.
              • UCL MSc Civil Engineering
              • UCL MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management
              • IC MSc in General Structural Engineering​​
              What are the entry requirements?
              The minimum entry requirements are a second class honours degree in a related subject, e.g. Architecture, or a subject that would be approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, e.g. Mathematics or Physics from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Normally, only candidates with a first degree at upper-second (2.1) level or higher will be accepted, although applicants with a second-class degree supported by good performance in the core subjects or extensive work experience covering these areas will be considered. 

              How to apply?

              Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. It takes approximately 4 weeks from submission of an application to receiving an offer letter. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa we recommend applying no later than 15th June to enable you time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa.

              The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd August 2015. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
              Details on how to apply and further information can be found here:

              What are we looking for?
              When we assess your application we would like to learn:
              • Why you want to study Civil Engineering at graduate level?
              • Why you want to study Civil Engineering at UCL?
              • What particularly attracts you to this programme?
              • How your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme?
              • How this degree fits to your career aspirations​?
              Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

              Where can I get some further information?​
              It may also help you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you can find more information on the application process, including visa issues for international students, as well as more general information applicable to all our Masters courses.

              If you have any queries you can contact the course administrator on (+44)(0)20 7679 4046 or email