Course Comparison

Course MSc Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Award Master of Science - MSc Bachelor of Engineering - BEng (Hons)
Duration 1 year 3 years
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Engineering School of Engineering
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a lower second-class BEng honours degree (2:2) in civil engineering or an upper second-class BSc honours degree (2:1) in civil engineering.

If you have considerable professional experience and can evidence an academic ability to undergraduate degree levels you may also be considered.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 

A typical offer will be: 112 UCAS points, to include a minimum grade C in A level mathematics and a minimum grade C in a second science/technology or relevant subject. Excluding general studies.

BTEC
18 Unit BTEC QCF Extended Diploma in Engineering: DDD to include distinctions in level 3 mathematics for engineering technicians and further mathematics for engineering technicians.

New Diploma RQF: DDD, to include distinctions in level 3 engineering principles, calculus to solve engineering problems and further engineering mathematics.

Note the admissions tutor will consider DMM to include all mathematics units with merit, where a pass in A or AS level mathematics has been achieved.

12 unit QCF Diploma/RQF National – is considered alongside A/AS level mathematics.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall to include 5 at Higher Level mathematics and a second relevant subject. Standard Level mathematics is NOT acceptable in lieu of Higher Level. English and Mathematics must be included.

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering: pass Access in Engineering to include 45 credits at level 3. All pure mathematics, engineering mathematics and physics credits must be passed at merit or above. Must include 21 credits (3 credits for each level 3 unit) of mathematics with a distinction.

Access to HE Diploma (other): pass other relevant Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Must include 33 credits at merit or above. Must include 21 credits in level 3 maths with distinction and 15 credits in physics, with merit or above.

Other non-A level qualifications also considered, please enquire.

Students may also apply for the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Foundation Year. Successful completion of the foundation year enables progression to the first year of one of our civil engineering degrees.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.