To manage risks and develop sustainably, we must understand and cater the requirements of/for civil infrastructures and our environment. This course blends together environmental science and management with civil engineering.
Our Civil and Environmental Engineering MEng/BEng degree is built on three key themes of: health, safety and environmental risk management; sustainable development; and engineering and environmental design, analysis and practices.
By the end of Stage Three (BEng), if successfully completed your studies will have covered all of the basic academic capabilities necessary to achieve Incorporated Engineer status and you can meet Chartered Engineer standards by progressing to the end of Stage Four (MEng). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.
Your studies begin with a firm foundation of maths, environmental science and core civil engineering skills such as laboratory, design, analytical (technical, social, economic/financial, environmental, managerial, legal and ethical context) skills.
You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of structural mechanics, structural behaviour of materials and mathematics for use in solving engineering problems, incorporating safety and sustainability considerations. As the course progresses, we cover more advanced theories of analysis for both statics and dynamics. The skill of using mathematics to develop engineering solutions to these advanced theories is essential and is embedded throughout. We also cover the principles of current methods of structural analysis to Eurocode standards.
Engineering analysis and materials covers the principles of construction material behaviour, soil mechanics and fluid mechanics. You should develop an understanding of the various materials used in construction (such as concrete and cementitious materials, steel, other metals, timber, masonry components, polymers and emerging materials) and geomaterials (such as granular soils and clays), and their suitability for specific applications within the construction industry, while considering construction methodssafety and sustainability. You should develop the necessary skills to interpret experimental data for use in solving engineering problems.
Why choose this course?
Would you like to gain the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to cater to the growing demand for environmental engineers within government (agencies and authorities), the utilities, emergency services, property developers, international development agencies, NGOs, consultants and contractors?
Our environmental engineering courses are based on the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s benchmark for engineering, as well as incorporating aspects of the benchmark for earth sciences, environmental sciences and environmental studies. Designed to meet the needs of niche and highly specialised national and international markets, tailored to the requirements of an integrated civil and environmental engineering sector, they deliver all necessary learning outcomes of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence.
We will cover study subjects that can give you the necessary technical and managerial skills with applied scientific and mathematical knowledge for managing the natural and man-made impacts and risks on the built environment and lead on sustainable infrastructure development, able to make the most of existing and emerging science and technology for sustainable design, environmental and engineering analysis and practices, development, health and safety and environmental risk management in both urban and rural areas.
At the same time, you should develop a deeper understanding of the environmental engineering in term of technical, legal, ethical and commercial management (eg. in water, wastewater, flood, pollution and energy management field with socio-economic and environmental) context.
International experience opportunities
Civil & Environmental engineering is a global industry and the course attracts students from around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. You will join students from many different nationalities and cultures, which will give an international perspective to your studies and future career as an engineer. The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which civil & environmental engineering takes place.
We have academic and research links with many countries, providing opportunities for student exchanges and overseas field trips. If you opt for a sandwich year, you can spend time studying or placement in abroad; we currently have links with universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union.
As our civil and environmental engineering courses have been designed to meet the needs of niche and highly specialised national and international markets, the focus of our lectures, projects, caste studies and coursework are based on various real life civil related environmental engineering issues.
In addition, by discussing with visiting professionals, visiting sites and mixing with the part time students working in the industry, you will have opportunities to gain experience as a professional civil and environmental engineer.
Similarly, the MEng with Professional Development Programme (PDP) has structured training that will help you to gain some portfolio of experience.
Our degree aims to help you explore a route into many civil and environmental engineering careers and supported by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.
From these, you should be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work for environmental policymakers, regulators/operating authorities, (eg. Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency), local authorities, planners, emergency services, property developers, international development agencies and NGOs. These skills could also be applied in water, waste and energy utility companies, large infrastructure developers, environmental and engineering consultancies and contractors such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Atkins, JBA, Hyder, and Costain, as well as research organisations like HR Wallingford and CEH.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career. You will develop your expertise, gain valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, Leadership Challenge programme, Skill Development workshops including CV development & job application processes.
When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.