Undergraduate study
Civil Engineering with Industry

Civil Engineering with Industry
MEng (Hons)

H205 MEng/CIn

 
 

Course overview

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with designing, constructing and maintaining the physical and naturally built environment. Put simply, civil engineers build bridges, tunnels, canals, dams and flood protection measures, tall buildings and other large structures.

The next few decades promise to be among the most challenging ever 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.

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree MEng Accredited CEng (Full)
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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

 

Course details

The first year acts as a platform for your future studies on the civil engineering degree. The emphasis is on acquiring basic knowledge and skills that are applied and developed throughout the programme. The first year also equips you with a range of academic and professional skills which allow you to successfully navigate the transition from a school/college background into University life.

The group work element is covered by the Group Project – Feasibility Stage where you start to develop the essential design and employability skills needed in a professional consultancy office such as problem solving, time management, presenting work and research in a technical context.

This module also 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.

The second year of the programme continues to broaden your civil engineering knowledge and skills, the material becoming increasingly more specialised and applied, for example with the inclusion of structural design, fluid mechanics and geotechnology. The professional skills element is covered by the Construction Management and Employment Skills module. These provide you with the skills 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 Integrated Masters Engineering Project module requires you to integrate the technical, research and employability skills you have already gained. The Group Project - Detailed Design Stage 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.

Year 4 provides master’s level modules with three optional modules. In Year 4 you undertake a second substantial individual research project.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Engineering Mathematics

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.

Group Project - Feasibility Stage

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.

Introduction to Geotechnics and Surveying

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.

Principles of Civil Engineering Construction

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.

Structural Mechanics

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.

Sustainable Construction and Materials

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.

 

Year 2 core modules

Applied Mathematical Methods

Construction Management and Employment Skills

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.

Geotechnology and Materials

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.

Group Project - Conceptual Design Stage

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.

Hydraulics and Hydrology

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.

Professional Placement

This degree includes a year-long work placement as an optional part of the course programme.

You are strongly encouraged to undertake a professional placement during the course. It is an opportunity to consolidate and apply your learning further and gain new insights and perspectives.

If you undertake a placement, you spend your third year working to gain relevant experience - enhancing your education and improving your future employment prospects. Some students find work with the placement provider after graduation.

During the placement, you work under the supervision of an experienced member of staff within the company and gradually assume responsibility for specific projects in the laboratory or business as your confidence grows.

The School of Science and Engineering has a team of dedicated staff who help students to find a suitable professional placement and support them during this year. Placements are usually in the UK, although opportunities may also be available overseas. They last for approximately 48 weeks.

Structural Analysis and Design

This module develops your ability to analyse simple structures and produce an appropriate design.

The module will provide you with the basic analysis and design knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard Code of Practice or European Code of Practice. Real life examples will be used to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs.

 

Year 3 work placement

Year 4 core modules

Advanced Geotechnics

This module further develops geotechnical concepts and techniques and introduces new methods of analysis to you. You will apply techniques in geotechnical design and critically investigate the role of geotechnics in the civil engineering design process.

Formal lectures will take place and there will be discussions of techniques and analysis. Case studies will investigate the applicability of techniques and the impact of the geotechnical process on the project and the environment. Discussion of the effectiveness of various methodologies and approaches will take place in seminars.

The module will be assessed by a design report and an end examination.

Advanced Structural Analysis with Dynamics

This module enables you to advance your knowledge and understanding of structural analysis and design, introducing new methods of analysis.

You apply complex analysis and design techniques modelling the causes and solutions of problems involving the real behaviour of structures. Formal lectures include student interaction to discuss and critically evaluate the theoretical principles of core course material and its application to problem solving and design.

Tutorials allow you to apply and develop the course material. Case studies are used to demonstrate application and effectiveness of analysis and design techniques. Your assessment is a technical report and an end examination.

Enterprising Leadership and Project Management

Enterprise is about spotting opportunities, creating new ideas and having the confidence and capabilities to turn these ideas into working realities. Entrepreneurship is about using enterprise to create new business and new businesses.

This module covers a range of topics related to enterprise, entrepreneurship and the development of an inspirational leader. The skills and knowledge needed to set up and operate an engineering business will be covered. You will review their current approach to leadership, developed in earlier modules and explore your own unique leadership style. You will obtain feedback on your leadership profile from your peers and discover new capabilities. They will clarify your own sense of purpose and learn practises for sustaining yourself, your teams and your organisations.

Lectures and seminars will provide core material and explore case studies. You will work in small facilitated groups during the seminar sessions where you will examine case studies in detail and develop business plans.

Geotechnical Design

Group Project - Detailed Design Stage

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.

Integrated Masters Engineering Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Structural Engineering and Materials

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 Engineering

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.


 

Final-year core modules

Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation

Advanced Structural Design

You advance your knowledge and understanding of structural design, introducing new methods of design. You apply complex design techniques, modelling the causes and solutions of problems involving the real behaviour of structures. Formal lectures include your interaction to discuss and critically evaluate the theoretical principles of core course material and its application to problem solving and design. Tutorials allow the application and development of the course material. Case studies are used to demonstrate application and effectiveness of design techniques. Assessment is a technical report (30%) and an end examination (70%).”

Integrated Masters Engineering Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

River and Coastal Engineering

This module develops the principles of river and coastal engineering. You will apply these to investigate the causes and solutions of typical problems in river and coastal engineering.

Formal lectures will include discussions of core course material - concepts, theoretical principles and philosophy of problem identification and assessment, problem solving and design. Tutorials will allow the application and development of the course material. Case studies and seminars will investigate and discuss the applicability and effectiveness of techniques and the impacts of the problems and their solutions on the environment.

Assessment will be a technical report and an end examination.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

We develop graduates who possess a detailed knowledge and understanding of particular aspects of civil engineering and the skills to analyse complex problems. You study the latest literature and methods in the field. We promote effective student learning both in conventional classroom situations and also outside the classroom by producing self-motivated learners.

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 substantial research-based projects.

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. Through lectures, 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.

Site visits are important components of the programme, allowing you to experience the scale and complexity of construction and to develop practical skills.

One module in each of the first three years 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 practical skills and to reinforce your knowledge. Throughout the programme you use the labs for heavy structures, geotechnics, material properties and hydraulics. Discipline-specific modules employ a range of computer-based lab, allowing you to perform simulation and numerical analysis of complex models, particularly those modules covering geotechnical, structural and fluid mechanics study areas.

How you are assessed

Our assessment strategy tests your subject knowledge and independent thought, and provides you with information that will be useful to employers. 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 examinations 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.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your offer is made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 112-128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics.

Typical mandatory subject grades include:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A Levels including grade B in mathematics.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate discipline, including distinction in further mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade C in higher level mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade A (H1 if awarded after 2016) in mathematics

International Baccalaureate
Award of IB, including 5 in higher level mathematics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

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.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree routes
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our BEng (Hons) degree courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this 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.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

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.

Work placement

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You will have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

• improved job prospects
• enhanced employment skills and improved career
• progression opportunities
• a higher starting salary than full-time counterparts
• a better degree classification
• a richer CV
• a year's salary before completing your degree
• experience of workplace culture
• the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.




 

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

The final year is discounted from £9,250 to £6,500

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

The final year is £12,045

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 5 years (including a work placement year)
  • UCAS code: H205 MEng/CIn
  • Typical offer: 112-128 tariff points

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