UCAS code: H200 BEng/CEn
Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline dealing with designing, constructing and maintaining the physical and naturally built environment. In your work as a civil engineer, you may be responsible for building bridges, tunnels, flood protection measures, tall buildings and other large structures.
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The next few decades promise to be among the most challenging for the civil engineering community. Progressive urbanisation, increasing populations, ongoing economic development, climate change and the persistent risk of extreme events already present many threats to infrastructure.This programme produces industry-ready graduates. It incorporates key aspects of civil engineering such as structures, geotechnics, fluid mechanics, materials and construction management. We have accessible, professional lecturers and have combined an employability-focused curriculum with manageable group sizes to give you one of the best student experiences available. Skilled engineers are highly sought.
Overall, 93% of our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering students were satisfied with their course (NSS 2016).
You may also be interested in our integrated master’s courses:
MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Industry
BEng (Hons) accredited CEng (partial)
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as:
The Joint Board of Moderators represents the following four professional bodies:
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Institute of Highway Engineers
In the first year of this programme, modules provide the required underpinning science and mathematics, and a fundamental knowledge of the civil engineering disciplines. The group work element is covered by the Group Project – Feasibility Stage that includes a field course on the North York Moors. The Professional Skills for Civil Engineers module introduces personal development plans and begins the process of developing you as independent learners. Labs are used as a vehicle to reinforce theory and develop your IT, practical, communication and safety skills.
Year 2 modules aim to broaden your engineering knowledge by introducing specific technical topics. The professional skills element is covered by the Employment Skills for Engineers, and Management Skills for Engineers modules. These provide you with the skills necessary to effectively manage and run the group design and Year 3 Project.
A significant part of Year 3 is dedicated to a group project and an individual research project. The Project Research module requires you to integrate the technical, research and employability skills you have already gained. The Employment Skills module provides a more advanced personal skills set so that you are in a better position to enter the employment market and immediately contribute to an engineering project team.
The measurement of large items in 3D space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined. The subject will be introduced in lectures, the topic will be explored and your skills will be developed through a series of practical sessions.
Assessment will be by written assignment and calculation and an end examination.
This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.
Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.
This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.
This module provides you with the opportunity to work in project teams in order to produce a simple design for a construction client.
You develop the essential design and employability skills needed in a professional consultancy office such as problem solving, time management, presentation of work and research in a technical context.
Legal principles of health, safety, environment and ethics facing the professional in the workplace will also be introduced.
There is also a short residential field course where you carry out selected practical aspects of feasibility studies and in addition develop team work skills. Assessment is based upon a project carried out during some of the field course period.
This module introduces you to geology and how it affects the civil engineer. It looks at how it is a primary source of materials for construction and allows you to develop an understanding of the sustainable use of rock as an engineering material.
The module provides you with an understanding of the fundamentals of materials’ behaviour, with particular emphasis on metals, timber and brickwork.
Lectures, involving practical demonstrations, will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars and case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to develop your knowledge. Laboratory experiments will be used to further enhance your learning experience.
Assessment will be via an in course assignment.
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of commonly utilised construction methods and components associated with civil engineering construction activities.
Teaching sessions initially focus on a structure that you will be familiar with – a residential house – looking at the construction methods and components for the foundations, walls, floors and roof etc.
Latter sessions build on the knowledge of house construction and apply it to larger substructure and superstructure civil engineering construction activities, including ground remediation, deep basements, retaining walls, multi-storey structures and bridges.
Lectures and multimedia are used to introduce basic concepts on building construction and services. Video and digital photographs will be used to show examples of site practice. You are set tasks to develop written and technical drawing skills.
The first module assessment is to undertake a condition survey of a building and produce a technical report/drawing. The second assessment is an end examination covering all subjects within the module.
Knowledge of Civil Engineering is not the only thing you will learn at university, nor is it the only thing which potential employers will be looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of professional skills which will be applicable in all walks of life. These include the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences, both orally and in writing, the ability to make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and also to work independently or on your own initiative when required, the ability to tackle problems for which all the necessary knowledge is not available, the ability to locate information and assess its usefulness, and the ability to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology. You will also learn to assess your own performance - recognise and build on your strengths, identify and improve your weaknesses.
This module is the first in a series running through the Civil Engineering, degree programmes in which these key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities which require the use of different skills while also teaching key aspects of Civil Engineering.
The module is delivered via a combination of seminars, laboratory classes, lectures, personal tutorials and site visit when available. Assessment is via reflective statements which will require you to identify knowledge and skills which have been developed during the module.
This module introduces common types of structure used in engineering, assesses the types of loads they must resist and provides you with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure.
Specific areas of study include: basic concepts of force, stress and strain; properties of materials and sections; analysis of frames, beams and columns; equilibrium conditions and statical determinacy; beam bending movement, shear force and deflection; and lightweight cables.
Lectures will introduce each major topic on the module with tutorials used to practise calculations. Laboratory practicals are used to investigate the properties of construction materials and develop a deeper understanding of structural theory.
The module is assessed by in-course assignment and an examination, comprising calculations and short answer questions on the module indicative content.
This module introduces the philosophy, theory and key concepts of sustainable development in relation to the built environment. You analyse the potential impacts of engineering design and construction on both the environment and society, and examine the implications of climate change, international protocols and the low-carbon agenda on engineering design, construction and operation. Principles of sustainable water management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are also examined and design principles of infiltration systems introduced.
Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, student-led and tutor-led seminars, tutorials and group work. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. Case studies of projects where the ethos of sustainability has been embraced profoundly will be used to enhance your learning.
Assessment will comprise a technical report, which will assess your ability to appraise a civil engineering problem in the context of the sustainability agenda and provide appropriate design solutions.
You will gain an understanding of construction management techniques relevant to the construction industry with regards to estimating, cost and time control, quality issues and health & safety. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction projects within project modules. Guest speakers from industry are invited to help ensure current good practice is included in the delivery of the module.
Formal lectures will be supported by student seminars/project work and online quizzes as appropriate in order to provide formative feedback. The module is assessed by one end examination.
You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.
You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.
You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.
This module further develops your understanding of earth materials and their impact on civil engineering. You will analyse soils and examine how they interact with structures and how they behave under load.
The module will also extend your knowledge of construction materials to include Bituminous materials, Glass, Plastics, Non-ferrous metals, Composites, Smart and Energy-saving materials. These materials will be discussed with respect to their engineering properties and selection criteria for the design and construction of civil engineering structures.
Lectures, involving practical demonstrations, will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars of case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs.
Assessment will be an in course assignment and an end examination.
This module provides you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve an open-ended employer relevant problem on various areas of the infrastructure required by today’s society. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support problem solving in a technical engineering context.
The module further helps you to develop a holistic approach to the engineering practice and become critical of the potential impacts of the design and construction of engineering artefacts. You are expected to integrate environmental, social and economic considerations, as well as health and safety concepts, in your project proposals.
It also provides an opportunity for you to apply some of the construction management principles and techniques you learn in the Construction Management module to a typical civil engineering project.
A problem based learning approach is adopted and, where appropriate, supporting lectures / seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through two in-course assignments.
The basic properties of water at rest and in motion are introduced and used to investigate problems related to the storage of water in bulk and to its conveyance in known quantities through pipelines, rivers and open channels. Consideration is given to the natural water cycle (hydrological cycle) and how man has interacted with it to produce the hydrosocial cycle for his own use and benefit. Rainfall is a major component of the hydrological cycle and the module gives an insight into rainfall types, rainfall losses and rainfall runoff. Water and wastewater treatment are introduced.
Module content is delivered via lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and is formally assessed using one assignment and an end examination.
You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.
You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.
This module extends your understanding beyond fundamental structural mechanics and assists you in your understanding of the elastic behaviour of statically indeterminate systems. It also introduces the principles of plastic analysis and a variety of analytical techniques in relation to linear elements.
Lectures will introduce you to the core material. Tutorial sessions will be used to provide individual student support, to allow you to practice your knowledge of the topics and be provided with formative feedback. You will work individually, however some group work may be used in classroom situations. Emphasis will be placed on manual analysis techniques.
The module is assessed by an end examination applying structural analysis techniques.
The module introduces basic analysis and design concepts and procedures used in structural design. The module provides you with the basic analysis and design knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate National and European Standards in structural design. Case study examples will be used to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs.
Lectures will introduce you to the core material. Tutorial sessions will be used to provide individual student support, to allow you to practice your knowledge of the topics and be provided with formative feedback. You will work individually, however some group work may be used in classroom situations. Emphasis will be placed on manual analysis techniques to determine the values required for the subsequent design procedures. The designs of the structural elements will fully comply with the appropriate current standards. You will have access to extracts from the appropriate design standards.
The module is assessed by one in-course assessment and an end examination concerning the design calculations of structural elements.
The fundamentals of the Foundation Design process are examined, together with the various techniques used in practice. The concepts and methods are applied to a variety of foundation types. The interaction of the structural forces with the ground is considered in addition to the design of ground support and associated earthworks.
Lectures will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars of case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs. Assessment will be an end examination.
This module provides you with the opportunity to work in teams to solve a complex, employer-relevant problem, taking into account interdisciplinary influences on the detailed civil engineering solutions to real projects. It will give you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of developing an engineering solution within the context of wider influences and constraints on real projects using case study material. It will develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.
A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through one in-course assignment.
You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.
This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.
You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.
You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.
This module will provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of project planning and management. You will explore a range of planning and visualisation techniques used to identify and solve strategic and operational project planning in engineering projects. You will investigate the potential for applying innovative project planning techniques to plan and monitor engineering projects to deliver within time, cost, quality and clients satisfaction.
Lectures will introduce you to key concepts, models and theories of project planning and visualisation techniques. Tutorials will provide individual support and will involve group discussions focusing on opportunities for introducing new planning techniques in a variety of work related contexts. Practical sessions will include demonstrations of project planning and visualisation software.
The module is assessed by an in-course assessment.
The module develops the structural engineering application of analysis and design concepts and procedures in a range of materials, providing you with the knowledge required to carry out the design of structural elements and systems with degrees of complexity normal to the industrial sector. Appropriate European and/or National Standards will be used in structural design.
Building on the detailed knowledge of construction materials developed in previous modules, you will gain an appreciation of several of the more significant recent changes in the fields of metals and alloys, concrete technology and cement-based composites. Development of new and emerging materials will be explored, including responses to concerns regarding service life-times, durability and sustainability.
The module is assessed by one in-course assessment relating to design aspects and an end examination concerning materials and analysis.
Water resources management is introduced through consideration of components of natural and man-made water infrastructure.
This module deals with natural watercourses and their response to rainfall events, including flooding and flood protection/mitigation methods. It considers the concepts involved in the design and operation of elements of water supply and wastewater systems, from the estimation of water demand and the evaluation of sources of raw water, to the collection and transport of foul and storm water and their eventual discharge to natural watercourses.
Module content is delivered via lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and is formally assessed using one assignment and an end examination.
In-sessional Academic English (for International Students)
Modules offered may vary.
You are taught by a combination of methods including conventional lectures, tutorials, case-based learning, design workshops, e-learning and seminar sessions. Additional technical visits, field courses and attendance at professional meetings supplement your learning experience. Your programme also involves a substantial research-based project.
We use lectures to convey substantial elements of the subject content, provide core themes and explanations of difficult concepts, and set the scene for your independent learning. You are encouraged to develop skills in listening and selective note taking, to appreciate how information is structured and presented. You cover the Joint Board of Moderators core civil engineering subjects throughout modules in each year:
• construction management
• fluid mechanics (hydraulics)
Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment. In addition to your timetabled teaching hours you are expected to spend time studying on your own to review lecture notes, prepare assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.
Field courses and site visits are important components of the programme, allowing you to experience the scale and complexity of construction and to develop practical skills. A residential field course in the first year is focused around a civil engineering project and involves using many of the skills developed in the earlier part of the year. It allows you to work in a group to solve a civil engineering problem in a staged manner. You may have to pay a £30 contribution towards the cost of your residential field course.
One module in each year of your study involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.
Laboratory-based sessions are used to develop your practical skills and to reinforce the knowledge taught. Throughout the programme you use the laboratories for heavy structures, geotechnics, material properties and hydraulics. Discipline-specific modules employ a range of computer-based labs to allow you to perform simulation and numerical analysis of complex models, particularly those modules covering geotechnical, structural and fluid mechanics study areas.
Our assessment strategy tests your subject knowledge and independent thought, and provides you with information that will be useful to employers. Your programme involves a range assessments types. In-course assessment ranges from practical laboratory reports and engineering calculations, through to using 3D visualisation tools, collaborative project work, and making presentations to practising engineers from industry.
We use end exams within a number of modules in each year. And we provide an assessment schedule with assessment details and submission deadlines to help with your time management.
Typical roles include construction project management, building/civil engineering for contractors or consultants, architectural practices, local authorities or government agencies. Our recent graduates have been employed by Arup, Birse Civils, Jacobs, WSP Group, Interserve, Atkins Global and Aker Solutions.
Overall, 9 out of 10 of our civil engineering graduates were in work or further study within six months from completing their course (DLHE 2014/15)
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Year 1 entry
If you reside in the UK you may be invited to attend an interview. The purpose of the interview is to help us tailor your offer to your individual circumstances. The interview process also enables us to consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and those with non-traditional qualifications, including individuals who may be returning to study after a period of employment.
In addition to your interview, during your visit you will be offered a tour of our fantastic campus, a visit to our excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, and an opportunity to meet our staff. You will learn much more about your course, and the range of scholarships, bursaries and grants you might be eligible for.
If you can't come for an interview we will consider making an offer based on the information you provide in your application.
Eligibility for entry to Year 1 of this programme requires study of the following essential subjects at Level 3 - mathematics.
The most common acceptable Level 3 qualifications are (typical minimum grades are shown in brackets):
Your qualification must be in a relevant subject area and must include all the essential subjects.
If the qualification for which you are studying is not listed please contact our Admissions Office for advice. We accept many alternative UK and international qualifications.
If your qualifications and grades don't meet the minimum entry requirements for Year 1 entry, you can be considered for one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. The recommended extended route for this course is BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Extended).
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If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) and have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics, you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements.
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Direct entry to later years
Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level may request direct entry to Year 2 of their degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.
English language requirement
Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English language at grade C.
Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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