This Civil Engineering course is aimed at students who aspire to become professionally qualified engineers. It is suitable for those who wish to study Civil Engineering with an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within construction, in the UK and abroad.
This course aims to develop the combination of technical, practical and managerial skills necessary to analyse, design and manage solutions for innovative and complex engineering problems as a basis for future leadership in the civil engineering profession.
You will be taught by current staff with academic and professional experience in the civil engineering and construction industries, having worked for companies such as Carillion, Arcadis and Laing O’Rourke as principal, senior and management engineers.
Teaching is highly practical; you will have the chance to draw on real-life case studies, provided by companies such as Arcadis, CGL, Crossrail and Galliford Try. You will have opportunities to use industry-standard software as is widely used by design and consulting engineers. You will also be given significant opportunities to apply for industrial placements* at companies that have previously included: Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Interserve, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, Severn Trent Water and Warwickshire County Council.
Why you should study this course
- Expert visiting lecture programme (subject to availability) which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnics Ltd, Director of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure solutions, Technical Director form Arup, Project Engineer from Cowi, and Fellows of the ICE.
- Opportunities to access to the University’s Simulation Centre, our interactive people training and development centre. Its bespoke programmes, combined with modern technology, helps students, companies and organisations across a range of sectors in training and development. The use of the centre’s Learning Curve interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially trained actors, not only improve skills but helps develop new ways of working by engaging our students in role play to develop their leadership and management skills. A control room in the simulation centre monitors the activity of students via cameras allowing staff to provide immediate feedback.
- Current collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, currently including Ryerson University Canada, Rennes University France and National University of Colombia and California State University, giving you the chance to spend part of your studies abroad*.
The MEng degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng.)
The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as:
- fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
- partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
These courses are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for the 2022-23 intake. If the accreditation of these courses change, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
How you’ll learn
Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongst:
- Personal tutorials and small group teaching
- Medium group teaching (seminars, tutorial sessions, lab sessions and workshops)
- Large group teaching (lectures)
In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 13-15 contact hours per week in the first and second year dropping to around 11-12 contact hours per week in third and final year as you become a more independent learner.
Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.
There is a wide range of assessment types across the course such as: online quizzes, calculation-based assignments, report writing, surveying practical assessments, group project work, design assignments, computer aided drawing, case studies, research dissertation, simulation centre performance, presentations and posters. The large range of assessments ensure equal attainment opportunities for students across the course.
On successful completion, you will be able to demonstrate:
Knowledge and understanding of: Contemporary issues relating to a sustainable built environment, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and health and safety; appropriate mathematical methods, including those needed for modelling engineering problems; relevant principles of applied mechanics in the main areas of structural mechanics, soil mechanics and Job water engineering; principles of civil and structural engineering design; common construction materials; management practice and construction procurement; principles civil engineering and construction technology, methods and procedures; surveying and setting out.
A deeper conceptual understanding of engineering principles to take responsibility for innovation, technology transfer and change, looking for ways of exploiting emerging technologies through self-determination and, where appropriate, promoting advanced designs and design methods.
A broader knowledge in construction management and business context in which civil engineering and construction operates and full appreciation of professional and legal responsibilities and ethical and sustainability considerations of practicing engineers.
The extended ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, to demonstrate leadership skills, to communicate effectively and persuasively to both technical and non-technical people, knowing how to critically evaluate and enhance its strengths as well as suppress its weaknesses, learning independently, acquiring skills at the forefront of current knowledge unaided, identifying own personal development needs and goals and help others in the team to achieve.
International experience opportunities
There is a mandatory international field trip within ‘Group Project 2’ that gives the students a global experience where they need to fulfil a design brief while taking account of the local climate, physical terrain, resources available, social and cultural environment.
Students may also seek to undertake a relevant professional/international placement year between Years 2 and 3 of an undergraduate degree. This opportunity is encouraged to provide students with the depth of experience that such an opportunity affords. Assistance with acquiring a relevant placement is offered by our Talent Team.
Students have the opportunity to take a year studying abroad with support of the Erasmus exchange scheme, between Years 2 and 3 of their course.*
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