BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering From Heriot-Watt University

Program Overview

The programme covers the main civil engineering disciplines of Structures, Geotechnics, Water Engineering and Transportation Engineering, and provides students with the key analytical and practical skills and knowledge required to become chartered civil or structural engineers. After graduation, students are equipped to work for consultants, contractors or government at senior management level.

The core curriculum includes instruction in all main subject areas, concentrating on analysis and materials behaviour with an increasing focus on design and management in the specialisation years. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the personal development of students within a professional environment.


Why study Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • The first and only programme in the Gulf region to offer a UK Civil Engineering degree.

  • The first and only civil engineering programme in the Gulf region to be accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

  • Gives you engineering skills to create landmark civil engineering structures – the transformation of ideas into reality.

  • Our programme is designed to help shape the built environment for the 21st century, not only in terms of civil engineering but also to support a sustainable, energy efficient and green society.


DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AED 67,704




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First year

Semester 1

  • Mechanics A

  • Civil Engineering Applications 1

  • Construction Technology 1

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1


Semester 2

  • Mechanics B

  • Introduction to Materials

  • Introduction to Engineering Design

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Students take part in site visits to a range of construction sites


Second year

Semester 1

  • Analysis of Determinate Structures

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology A

  • Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3


Semester 2

  • Civil Engineering Materials

  • Stress Analysis and Element Strength

  • Design Studies A - Problem Solving

  • Statistics for Science


Third year

Semester 1

  • Design of Steel Elements

  • Transport Design, Infrastructure and Society

  • Indeterminate Structures

  • Geology and Soil Properties


Semester 2

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology B

  • Geotechnics A - Introduction to Soil Mechanics

  • Design of Concrete Elements

  • Environmental Technology and Management


Fourth year

Semester 1

  • Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering programme (S1, mandatory)

  • Geotechnics B - Soil Strength (mandatory)

  • Highway Engineering (optional)

  • Structural Element Design (optional)

  • Sustainability for Construction Professionals (optional)


Semester 2

  • Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering programme (S2, mandatory)

  • Civil Engineering Design Project (mandatory)

  • Foundation Engineering (mandatory)

  • Plastic Analysis of Structures (optional)

  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply (optional)

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment (optional)

Our entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.


First year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCC (or AABB at AS-Level)

  • CBSE 65%.

  • American High School Diploma + SAT 1s - 1000

  • Tawjihiyya 80%

  • International Baccalaureate 24 points.

  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM

  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a BBBB.

  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70%

  • Curriculum Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0

  • EmSAT minimum 1400 English, 1300 Maths, 1100 Physics, 1100 Chemistry

  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, Physics and English.


Second year entry

  • GCE A-Levels BBC.

  • International Baccalaureate 27 points.

  • CBSE Overall 85%

  • American High School 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 OR Minimum 3 SAT 2’s 500 each

  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP

  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD

  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent 85%

  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).

AED 67704 per year

Graduates from the Civil Engineering programme can expect to find jobs in multinational civil and structural engineering companies, government organisations and small to mediumsized private sector firms (building, civil and structural engineering).


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