- A level requirements: AAB
- UCAS code: H203
- Study mode: Full-time
- Length: 4 years
Civil engineers are responsible for the design, project management and construction of the physical infrastructure of our society. Our broad-based, vocational programme covers all the required bases of a civil engineer’s education, with an emphasis on applying your learning in context.
You will be introduced to the essentials – everything from structural analysis and design, geomechanics and materials, to the digital built environment and its digitisation. You’ll also study relevant subjects such as maths, computer-aided drawing, and analysis and design.
Site visits are integral to the programme, as are various individual and group design exercises, which provide an opportunity for industrial feedback. Our teaching staff offer projects based on their research expertise.
Students will gain relevant work experience to enhance their employability by applying for a year placement with an approved company/organisation.
Civil engineering graduates are in great demand and our programme aims to provide the educational base for graduates who demonstrate ingenuity whilst being practical, articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
To develop an understanding of the basic principles of fluid mechanics and appreciation of how to solve simple engineering problems. To develop skills in performing simple experiments.
To develop an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and an appreciation of their consequences. To develop some elementary analysis skills using the first and second laws of thermodynamics. To develop skills in performing and reporting simple experiments.
The primary aim is to introduce students to the ways that digital technology is used for surveying and recording and for design and documentation.
The secondary aim is to introduce students to the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) using industry standard software
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
In the second semester students may have the option to take a week-long residential course at the Constructionarium, for which there will be a subsidised charge.
To introduce some advanced Mathematics required by Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.
For XJTLU Students Only Maxwell’s equations elegantly describe the physical laws governing such things as electrodynamics. Related problems may be posed in terms of vector calculus, or in terms of differential equations. In this module, we revise vector calculus and field theory in three dimensions, using Stokes’ theorem and Gauss’ theorem to solve explicit physical problems; we evaluate path, surface and volume integrals, and derive general electrodynamic laws. We also consider both the ordinary and partial differential equations arising from real world problems related to Maxwell’s equations, and introduce some advanced methods for solving these (i.e. Fourier series, Fourier transforms, Laplace transforms), and further methods for approximating solutions (central difference methods in one and two dimensions).
This module introduces students to the theoretical framework of geotechnical engineering. It emphasizes soil as a material and provides an introduction to the application of the theory to practical geotechnical engineering problems including bearing capacity of foundations, earth pressures on retaining walls and slope stability.
The students are provided with a realistic design brief that needs to be met over the course of the semester. This is achieved via a defined set of realistic work stages which enables the students to produce an open-ended structural design within a group working environment, thus promoting teamwork and industrial awareness. The final deliverable will be the submission of structured design portfolio/sketchbook and oral presentation to academic members of staff and relevant industry partners.
Hydraulics belongs to applied fluid mechanics and covers hydrostatics and hydrodynamics of liquid such as water. The module focuses on pipe flows and open channel flows, which occur in a wide range of science and engineering problems. It is delivered via lectures, laboratory class and tutorials.
This module introduces students to the structural design concepts and applications of structural steelwork and reinforced concrete. The basic principles are covered and design examples for design to the relevant sections of the Eurocodes are given.
This module builds on the first year with further exploration into topics introduced in "Structural Engineering in the Built Environment 1". Students are introduced to advanced and emerging materials used in Civil and Architectural Engineering, deeper theoretic and applied understanding of structural behaviour and systems and continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of industry standard structural design tools. All within the context of ensuring structures are constructed to ensure buildings and infrastructure assets are safe, resilient, sustainable, economical and buildable
This module provides students with an introduction to thecontexts of transport and infrastructure, and the skills required by aprofessional engineer operating in this sector.
The module focusses on the essentials of data analysis and interpretation, engineering experimentation, measurement techniques and principles of instrumentation.
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of computer programming and Excel to solve engineering problems. Gain knowledge of basic procedural programming concepts. Become proficient in the use of Excel and Excel Macros. Enhance problem solving skills. Gain experience in solving engineering problems using a software tool.
During this year you will undertake a year placement with an approved company/organisation. The aim is to develop an understanding of the practical application of theories and technical skills in a real-work environment. Industry-relevant activities will develop your transferrable skills and professional competence, leading to enhanced employability.
This module is associated with the placement year of the ‘year in industry’ programme. On accepting an approved offer, students spend a minimum of 40 weeks employed in a company/organisation. Placements will be approved and arranged at places accessible to the individual student. An academic mentor will be assigned to monitor and assess the student’s progress during placement. This will involve at least one site visit and follow-up telephone call as well as checking that the student’s placement log is being kept up to date. The placement year should be a mutually beneficial experience for both student and employer. Students will be given opportunities and gain confidence to apply theories and technical skills learned in Years 1 and 2 of their studies in a real-time work environment. Ideally (depending on the placement), these activities will be engineering/industry relevant and project (team) based extending over several months and will therefore provide opportunities to develop the student’s transferable skills and professional competence leading to enhanced employability.
The year four modules are currently being reviewed and will be updated shortly.
This module introduces students to the theory and methods that underpin geotechnical engineering practice. It covers the design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, slopes and other structures according to Eurocode 7. In addition, it provides a comprehensive introduction to modern finite element methods and their application to geotechnical engineering.
The Year 3 individual research project; 300 hours student work over 2 semesters; 3 assessment stages (proposal 5%, interim 20%, final 75%).
In the face of growing populations, increasing demand from agriculture and industry, unsustainable use of water reserves and on going environmental change, water engineers face enormous challenges. This module will study the natural water systems, which underpin our use of water resource. Furthermore, it will apply fundamental hydraulic principles to predict flood risks, estimate water demand and supply, design and optimise water storage, transfer and supply infrastructure as well as set out the basic principles and practical measures to deal with these challenges.
This module introduces students to plastic structural analysis. At the member level the principle and method for assessing the load carrying capacity of a section is discussed. Topics covered at the structural level include principle and method behind collapse mechanisms, determining collapse loads by incrementally increasing load magnitude (incremental load analysis), and by investigation of the final incipient collapse state (plastic limit state analysis). Implications on limit state design are also discussed.
This module develops a student’s ability with regard to structural engineering design in three typical construction materials; steelwork, timber and masonry. The students will learn the underlying theory and practical application of structural engineering design in these materials. The module will also introduce the relevant UK codes of practise in these materials (Eurocode 3,5 and 6)
Sustainability and Management are areas of professionalism that are very important within the construction industry and wider built environment sector. Both areas are also emerging as new and exciting career paths for many graduate civil engineers plus architectural engineers. On completion of this module, students will understand a range of approaches to designing for climate change adaptation and net-zero carbon implementation, as well as appreciate diverse management practices associated with modern methods of construction plus industry innovation. In addition, skills will be gained by students in career evaluation, market analysis, design appraisal, options review and project judgements, all linked to enhanced graduate employment and responsible decision-making as a professional engineer.
In this module the students will gain a basic understanding of the Finite Element method and learn to use some Finite Element software. This software will then be used to analyse a variety of different problems which are relevant to both mechanical and civil engineers.
This module covers broad aspects of uncertainty quantification methods, reliability analysis and risk assessment in engineering applications. It also provides understanding of statistical analysis of engineering data and computational methods for dealing with uncertainty in engineering problems.
This module introduces essential principles necessary for the understanding of vibrations in Civil Engineering structures.
This module aims at introducing students to earthquake engineering. It acquaints students with basic skills for analyzing the seismic response of structures subjected to earthquake excitations using structural dynamics principles. Background knowledge in engineering seismology will be covered to provide a comprehensive perspective to the topic. Seismic design principles are also introduced to provide a sound understanding of the rationale behind seismic codes.
This module builds on the knowledge and skills gained in CIVE241 Reinforced Concrete and Steelwork and extends them to the design of prerstressed concrete. The modules gives a background to the history and principles of prestressed concrete design and construction. This is all illustrated will extensive practical examples. All the concepts required to design simple prestressed concrete elements are covered
We are leading the UK’s involvement in the international Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) initiative – an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers.
Our degree programmes encompass the development of a holistic, systems approach to engineering. Technical knowledge and skills are complemented by a sound appreciation of the life-cycle processes involved in engineering and an awareness of the ethical, safety, environmental, economic, and social considerations involved in practicing as a professional engineer.
You will be taught through a combination of face-to-face teaching in group lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, and seminars. Our programmes include a substantial practical component, with an increasing emphasis on project work as you progress through to the final year. You will be supported throughout by an individual academic adviser.
Assessment takes many forms, each appropriate to the learning outcomes of the particular module studied. The main modes of assessment are coursework and examination. Depending on the modules taken, you may encounter project work, presentations (individual and/or group), and specific tests or tasks focused on solidifying learning outcomes.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
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Your course will be delivered by the School of Engineering, which is home to world-class teaching and learning facilities, designed to provide for the distinctive way engineering students engage actively with their learning process. The school’s impressive specialist engineering research facilities also provide the setting for practical work and many student projects.
From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:
In Year Two of the course we went to the constructionarium in Norfolk and built a scale model of the Millau viaduct. It was quite a big scale model - about 20 metres across – but those are the sort of things I like, instead of just sitting in a lecture doing sums. It’s a really well-respected University. It’s a really well-respected course. It gives you everything you need for the future.
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Your tuition fees, how to pay, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£9,250|
|Year in industry fee||£1,850|
|Year abroad fee||£1,385|
|Full-time place, per year||£25,750|
|Year in industry fee||£1,850|
|Year abroad fee||£12,875|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment, operating University facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
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.
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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
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
AAB including Mathematics.
Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is ABB with A in the EPQ.
You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.
Available foundation years:
|GCSE||4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics|
For applicants from England: For science A levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a "Pass" is required.
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate||
Acceptable at grade Distinction* alongside BB at A level including A Level Mathematics.
|BTEC Level 3 Diploma||
Distinction* Distinction* in relevant BTEC considered alongside A Level Mathematics grade B. Accepted BTECs include Aeronautical, Aerospace, Construction, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Engineering.
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||
D*DD in acceptable BTEC, plus B in A level Maths (not accepted without B in A level Maths)
35 overall, including 5 at Higher Level Mathematics.
|Irish Leaving Certificate||H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H3, 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 AAB including Mathematics.
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||Acceptable at grade B alongside AA in A Levels including 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||Considered if taking a relevant subject. Check with Department or Admissions team.|
Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our direct entry requirements. Although there is no direct Foundation Certificate route to this course, completing a Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, can guarantee you a place on a number of similar courses which may interest you.
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Last updated 16 February 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /