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Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with designing, constructing and maintaining the physical and naturally built environment. In your work as a civil engineer, you might be responsible for building bridges, tunnels, flood protection measures, tall buildings and other large structures.The next few decades promise to be amongst the most challenging ever for the civil engineering community. Progressive urbanisation, increasing populations, on-going economic development, climate change and the persistent risk of extreme events already present many threats to infrastructure.
Teesside University’s BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree programme has been designed to produce industry-ready graduates. It incorporates key aspects of civil engineering such as structures, geotechnics, fluid mechanics, materials and construction management. We have combined an employability-focused curriculum with manageable group sizes and friendly accessible professional lecturers to give you one of the best student experiences available. Skilled engineers are highly sought after – completing this degree gives you great career prospects. According to information provided by www.prospects.ac.uk in September 2012, the average civil engineering graduate starting salary is £23,500. Those with five years' experience earn an average of £28,523. The average income of Institution of Civil Engineers members is £48,588 but members receiving the London weighting receive an average income of £59,637. The average salary of fellowship ICE members is £80,101 (Institution of Civil Engineers salary survey, 2010).Studying at Teesside University, you have the option of a year-long work placement from one of the companies in the region, or further afield. The placement gives you experience of finding practical solutions to real industrial problems, enhancing your employability prospects. You benefit from the invaluable support of an industrial mentor who stays with you throughout your degree. You can also gain the real-life experience all employers are looking for through your optional industry placement.
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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 Engineering Management and Leadership Skills module. This employer badged module, supported by Jacobs, provides 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 Construction Management and 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.
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:• structures• geotechnics• materials• 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.Group project modules are used in every year of the programme. As their titles suggest the group projects follow the feasibility, conceptual design and detail design stages of an engineering project and address one or more of the core civil engineering subjects. Delivered primarily in week blocks the group projects are intensive and engaging. They involve compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm), one in the first year and two separate weeks in the second and final years.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.
You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between your second and third year of the programme. This provides the opportunity to gain relevant professional experience to enhance your technical knowledge and can improve employment prospects. Some students find employment with their placement company after graduating.
This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). The Joint Board of Moderators represents the following four professional bodies:Institution of Civil EngineersInstitution of Structural EngineersChartered Institution of Highways and TransportationInstitute of Highway EngineersFurther learning with a strong technical focus is required in addition to this programme to fully meet the academic requirements needed to register as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The programme has been revised for an application to the Joint Board of Moderators for CEng accreditation.
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.
A typical offer is 280 tariff points from two or more A levels – with at least a grade C in A level maths. If your qualifications don’t meet these entry requirements, you may need to join an extended route. The recommended extended route for this programme is Civil Engineering - Extended.We welcome many different types of qualifications including BTEC National Diploma, Extended Diploma, ACCESS, International Baccalaureate and a range of overseas qualifications. If you live in the UK you may be asked to attend an interview during. You will have a tour of our fantastic campus, visit our excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, meet our staff and learn more about scholarships and bursaries. The interview process means we can consider applicants with a wide range of qualifications, work experience and non-traditional backgrounds, such as mature students. After your interview you will receive an individual offer tailored to your individual background. If you can't come for an interview and you are deemed eligible for an offer, you are likely to receive the indicative offer above or one appropriate to your qualifications if these are not based on A levels. You are required to demonstrate a minimum level of competency in the English language. Appropriate qualifications may include GCSE English (grade C or higher), IELTS 5.5 (or higher) in all components, or other equivalent qualifications. International, non-EU students who require a visa must meet the UKBA-compliant English language requirement.For Year 2 entry to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, including part-time entry, the standard requirement is an HNC or HND in a relevant discipline with five merits including the maths module.
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