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International Year Two Civil Engineering

Key facts

  • Programme length: 3 terms
  • Entry dates: September*, November and January
  • Progress to: Third year of a four-year undergraduate degree

*September 2023 intake will not be running

A supportive start to your Civil Engineering degree

This programme provides an accelerated route to the third year of a four-year Civil Engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde. It is designed to support overseas students who perform well-above the level needed for entry to the Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Engineering and Sciences, so you can gain your degree sooner. 

Why study International Year Two Civil Engineering?

This programme is equivalent to the second year of a Scottish undergraduate honours degree and has been designed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. 

In three-terms you will study specialist Civil Engineering modules, develop practical laboratory skills, and also benefit from academic classes to improve your English language and study skills.

What you will study

Designed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, this programme guides you through core modules from the second year Civil Engineering syllabus. You will also gain experience using industry-standard laboratories as part of the intensive module taught by university lecturers.

Course overview

You will study nine compulsory core modules designed to help you succeed in your degree.

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Hydraulics is concerned with the flow and transportations of fluids, and hydraulic systems use the force of liquids to transmit power. The module provides students with the understanding they need to analyse and modify existing hydraulic systems and design new systems to British Standards. It is designed for the students wishing to progress to the third year of Civil Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering degrees at the University of Strathclyde. The content focus is on fundamentals of hydraulic that will support that learning transition.

This is a specially designed module that takes place over two terms and will provide students with knowledge of working in a laboratory environment. This module is delivered in collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. The first part of the module will provide the students with essential skills of writing lab reports, conducting experiments and health & safety protocols. In the second half of the module, the practical elements will be taught by the University. The students will be introduced to key laboratory experiments and practical skills within the field of civil engineering. The laboratory experiments will make use of the theoretical material covered in modules Structural Mechanics & Materials, Soil Mechanics, Hydraulics, Land Surveying. Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities of the University of Strathclyde.

This module is designed for the students wishing to progress to the third year of Civil Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering degrees at the University of Strathclyde. This course provides a basic understanding of the concepts and application of land surveying for civil engineering purposes and the use of maps and plans in civil engineering. These skills gained through this module are of vital importance in the field of Civil Engineering.

This module is designed for the students wishing to progress to the third year of Civil Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering degrees at the University of Strathclyde. The main aim of the course is to introduce students to the theoretical principles of chemistry and material science, and apply these principles to open-ended problems in Civil Engineering.

This main aim of this module is to support the students to consolidate previously studied topics in mathematics as well as to further develop their knowledge of the subject. This class places more emphasis on the basic skills required to start to apply these concepts and principles to real engineering problem solving. This course will enable the students to have a successful transition to the year three of the Civil Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering degrees at the University of Strathclyde.

The module builds upon the knowledge acquired by the students in the module Engineering Mathematics 1 by providing further knowledge of mathematics and its application relevant to Civil Engineering. The class covers theory and application of mathematical methods for engineers including: linear algebra, differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations.

This module introduces the elementary concepts of soil mechanics. The course aims to give an introduction to the governing principles of geotechnical engineering, in particular stress and settlement analysis and groundwater flow.

The aim of the module is to give the students’ knowledge within structural mechanics and strength of materials as a basis for abilities within structural design. The module will equip students with relevant knowledge for analysis of static structures and deformation of simple structural elements. The course will enable the students a successful transition to third year of the Civil Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering degrees at the University of Strathclyde.

Degree progression

By completing the programme and achieving the required grades, you can progress into the third year of the four-year undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde.

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How to apply

Find out how to apply to study at the International Study Centre and how the admissions process works, plus all the supporting information you need to apply.

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International Study Centre

The International Study Centre is located on the University of Strathclyde campus. You’ll have access to world-class facilities, and you’ll meet other students from the day you arrive.

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English Language Preparation

You can improve your English level before starting your International Study Centre programme with our English Language Preparation courses designed for undergraduate and postgraduate-level students.