BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Top-Up

Specifically designed for anyone who may have already obtained an HND Civil Engineering or equivalent, this one year top-up course allows you to gain a full bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in one year. This accelerated route, delivered over 12 months rather than two academic years, will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your knowledge of engineering principles.

The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering will help you refine and enhance your existing skills, and learn how to apply them to engineering problems, through design and project work using industry-standard software. If you get a 2:1 Honours degree or higher, we will guarantee you a place on either our MSc Civil Engineering and Environmental Management or our MSc Civil and Structural Engineering course.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A

You will study the following compulsory areas:

  • An individual dissertation
  • An integrated group design project
  • Civil Engineering Management

Plus choose from a number of optional modules covering topics such as:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnics
  • Highways and Transportation
  • Water Engineering


This Civil Engineering degree offers a combination of theory and practice, so there is a balance of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Some modules require coursework only, while others are a mixture of coursework and exams.

All the modules except for Group Project and Individual Project will be studied during the normal academic year from September to May. The remaining two modules, comprising 40 credits, will be undertaken over the summer period between June and August, allowing completion of the course in one calendar year.


Assessment methods include assignments, coursework, class tests and presentations. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.


This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See for further information.



The University of South Wales has excellent facilities, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities.

The University has also announced a further investment of £28m to ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard. We continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Civil and Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.

Specifically designed for students who may have already obtained a HND or equivalent Diploma in Civil Engineering and the equivalent of an IELTS 6.0, this top-up degree allows you to gain a full bachelor degree in one calendar year. If you are interested in applying for this ‘top up’ degree course, applications should be made directly to the University.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Employment opportunities for our graduates are excellent. We have excellent links with industry that can help you get a head start in your career. Our graduates readily secure work with consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and local authorities, and with a range of companies that include Capita Symonds, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Hyder, Alan Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Morgan Est, Carillion PLC, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Network Rail, United Utilities and various international companies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.