Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering

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 either the UCL Civil Engineering or UCL Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc programmes.

This conversion programme could also be used to gain entry onto other Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programmes in the UK. The Graduate Diploma offers a unique opportunity to be awarded an accredited level
7 MSc after two years of study, hence opening the path to a career in civil engineering as a chartered engineer.


What will I learn?
This bespoke programme provides grounding in fluids, materials, soils and structures engineering; that are core to any career as a Civil Engineer.

The modules are taken directly from our second and third year BEng/MEng programmes. Modules such as Civil Engineering in Practice see students attend workshops on understanding of structural mechanics and engineering materials. Students also have the chance to work in teams on scenario projects and gain hands-on experience during the Constructionarium fieldwork trip.

In addition, students are also allocated a civil engineering project which they complete in pairs.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London.

Our academics, teaching fellows and research staff work closely with industry leaders to provide teaching programmes that remain relevant and are at the forefront of emerging engineering and scientific principles and technologies. Our innovative research is at the forefront of engineering development and embedded at every stage of the programme.

Students also benefit from our innovative Constructionarium field trip, a six-day working field course which gives students first-hand experience on-site engineering planning, implementation and decision-making in the context of a field project.


This pre-qualifying year is recognised by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers and
Institution of Structural Engineers) and offers a unique opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer once you
have completed an accredited MSc, such as UCL's MSc Civil Engineering or MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management.

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.



What is the structure of this degree?
Click the module titles in the diagram below for more information on the individual modules.

Download the full 2016-2017 timetable (PDF).

Structural Analysis and DesignMaterials II and Applied Fluid Mechanics IIMaths Modelling & Analysis IISoil Mechanics and Engineering GeologyHydrographic ApplicationsStructures and Materials IIICivil Engineering ProjectConstructionarium

The Constructionarium is a six-day working field course and
gives students a first-hand experience on-site engineering planning, implementation and decision-making in the context of a field project. Student teams act as contractors to produce a scale version of an existing structure. The work is carried out under the supervision, help and guidance of Expanded/Laing O'Rourke, who also provide all materials, plant and equipment. Engineers from the Waterman group act as resident engineers. Each student team is responsible for the management, planning and costing of their project, as well as setting out and the field work itself.

While most field trip costs (including academic staff supervision, coach transport, construction materials, labour, plant, contractor supervision, meeting facilities, personal protective equipment) are met by industrial sponsors and the department, students are required to pay approximately £225 towards the trip, which contributes to accommodation and food costs.




What are my careers prospects after this degree? Download e-Brochure

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates.
Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

This is a pre-qualifying year for students who are aiming for a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, students who go on to study these MSc programmes have excellent career prospects. Previous career destinations include:
  • Civil Engineer, Laing O'Rourke, 2012
  • Executive Coordination Engineer, Parsons, 2012
  • Construction Supervisor/Site Engineer, Eggis Group, 2012
  • Structural Engineer, Atkins, 2013
  • Structural Engineer, Saipem Ltd, 2013
For more information on fees, funding, applications and entry, visit the UCL prospectus page.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact our admissions team on (+44) (0)20 3108 4046 or email or Programme Director Dr Tristan Robinson.