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Civil and Structural Engineering

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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Civil and Structural Engineering H220
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate taught programme in engineering.

Course overview

Whether you are interested in designing roads, airports, bridges, stadia, hospitals, power stations, harbours or water supply systems, a degree in Civil Engineering will teach you the latest construction technologies and design methods. There has never been a greater need for well qualified Civil Engineers: towns and coasts in need of flood defences; people and freight in need of safe and efficient transport systems; ever more urgent challenges in environmental conservation, sustainable design and infrastructure maintenance.

Introduction

We are committed to developing the modern professional engineers for the future by ensuring your learning environment reflects your future working environment.

Our emphasis is on active learning, supported by traditional lectures and tutorials, as well as the opportunities to be involved in research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, government, research laboratories and academics around the world.

The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual research project in year three. Teaching staff offer projects based on their research expertise.

In years three and four, you can choose options modules based on particular areas of specialisation of the staff.

In year four, you will undertake a multidisciplinary group design project that brings together students specialising in various aspects of civil engineering, to work as a team to produce a portfolio. Students on the Civil and Structural Engineering programme will be acting as structural engineers for the project. Recent projects have included a ferry terminal scheme and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

What you'll learn

  • All bases underpinning the field of civil engineering
  • Hands-on construction experience
  • How to undertake research
  • Adapting to a busy hands-on industry environment
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • How to present and communicate clearly

Accreditation

The accrediting body is the Joint Board of Moderators representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Accreditations in detail

Accreditations

The accrediting body is the Joint Board of Moderators representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Compulsory modules

CIVIL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING PROJECT (CIVE161)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

This module provides students with an introduction to projects within the built environment, the roles of professional engineers, the professions they will interact with, and the skills required by a professional engineer operating in the built environment 

DIGITALISATION OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (CIVE172)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

​A significant proportion of the Built Environment exists and consequently Professional Engineers need to interact with existing Buildings or Infrastructure Assets.  Aligned with understanding the role that Digital Technology plays in Designing and Constructing the Built Environment, this module introduces the technology and processes the industry uses to determine and monitor existing assets​

GEOMECHANICS 1 (CIVE120)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

The Geotechnical Engineer is responsible for the safe design of how a building or infrastructure asset interacts with the ground. This module introduces students to the role of the Geotechnical Engineer and the fundamental principles and concepts that form the basis of soil mechanics​

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERS (ENGG185)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of elementary statistics and programming. It explains the purposes and advantages of analysing data collected specifically to solve problems in engineering, reviews available software tools and programming languages used to formulate and answer basic engineering questions. It draws on examples from applications across the range of School of Engineering program areas.​

INTRODUCTION TO THE DIGITAL BUILT ENVIRONMENT (CIVE170)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​The world is changing faster than at any time since the first industrial revolution.  You will be introduced to the Built Environment as it exists now and how Digital processes and technology will affect the project lifecycle; feasibility, design, construction, operation and demolition/adaptation.​

ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS (MATH198)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

MATH198 is a Year 1 mathematics module for students of programmes taught in the School of Engineering, e.g. Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Design Engineering. It is designed to reinforce and build upon A-level mathematics, providing you with the strong background required in your engineering studies and preparing you for the Year 2 mathematics module MATH299 (Mathematics engineering II). In the first semester, the foundations are laid: differential calculus, vector algebra, integration and applications. Semester two covers complex numbers, differential equations, Laplace transformations and functions of two variables

SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES 1 (ENGG110)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theory of how engineering structures work to sustain loads. It will also show how stress analysis leads to the design of safer structures. It will also provide students with the means to analyse and design basic structural elements as used in modern engineering structures.

INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (ENGG108)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​​​This module introduces students to important mechanical properties of metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics, construction materials and composites used in engineering industry. It also introduces the mechanical testing techniques used to measure such properties, the common mechanisms of materials and component failure in use, and some appreciation of materials processing. The laboratory sessions are designed to familiase students with engineering laboratory methods and procedures, as well as providing an experience of hands-on mechanical testing techniques.

FLUID MECHANICS (ENGG113)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces fluid mechanics to the First Year Undergradute students, describes the fundamental principles of fluid property, dimension analysis, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. Students will be able to solve simple engineering problems involves steady fluid flow.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Careers and employability

Our degrees provide pathways into rewarding careers and our graduates have found employment in a wide range of international industries and organisations. As well as achieving a degree qualification, you will graduate as an industry-ready engineer who has both practical experience and highly desirable skills in the engineering industry.

The Careers and employability service maximises opportunities for career prospects, graduate opportunities, student summer placements and the annual engineering career fair with 30 blue-chip companies attending including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, Toyota, JCB and the British Army.

Our research-led teaching ensures that we incorporate the latest advances in cutting-edge engineering research. 95% of our research is deemed world-leading or internationally excellent and is highly regarded by engineering industries and partners.

4 in 5 of our engineering students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19

Recent employers

  • ABB Ltd
  • Airbus
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • BAE Systems
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Bentley
  • BMI
  • British Airways
  • British Army
  • Corus
  • Costain
  • Government organisations
  • Halcrow
  • Highways Agency
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Metronet Rail
  • Mott Macdonald
  • Mouchel
  • National Grid Transco
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Network Rail
  • Pilkington
  • QinetiQ
  • RAF
  • Ramboll
  • Rolls Royce
  • Royal Haskoning
  • Royal Navy
  • Siemens
  • Tarmac
  • United Utilities

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes a lab coat, safety boots, and a residential construction course.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes a lab coat, safety boots, and a residential construction course.

Students should expect to cover the following costs:

Lab coats
Students are required to wear a lab coat for all Engineering laboratory sessions. Students may purchase a lab coat at the start of the year from the Student Support Office at a subsidised cost of £15.

Safety boots
Students will be required to wear safety shoes or boots (with both toe cap and midsole protection conforming to European safety legislation) for some activities. Boots must be provided by the students.

Other safety equipment.
All essential safety equipment, other than those listed above, is provided free of charge by the department.

The ‘Constructionarium’
During year two, you will have a week of residential, hands-on construction experience at ‘The Constructionarium’. There is an additional cost of up to £250 for the Constructionarium.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAA including Mathematics

Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is AAB with A in the EPQ.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Subject requirements

Mathematics

For applicants from England: For science A levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a "Pass" is required.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Acceptable at grade Distinction* alongside AA at A level including A Level Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Distinction* Distinction* in relevant BTEC considered alongside A Level Mathematics grade A. Accepted BTECs include Aeronautical, Aerospace, Construction, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma – Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

36 overall, including 5 at Higher Level Mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2, including H2 in Higher Maths. We also require a minimum of H6 in Higher English or O3 in Ordinary English
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA including Mathematics

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Acceptable at grade A alongside AA in A Level Mathematics.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade A M2 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade B Global Perspectives and Short Courses are not accepted.
Access Not accepted.
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Civil and Structural Engineering MEng

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7 June 2022: New course pages

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