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  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: H200
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade B in A Level Mathematics

This broad-based Civil Engineering programme provides sound academic training for the professional engineer.

Civil engineering graduates are in great demand. Careers in civil and architectural engineering offer the highest paid jobs for graduates in the UK (source: Telegraph 10 best paid jobs for graduates, Aug 2015).

The MEng programme (H202) is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a chartered engineer. It is possible to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Year Two; otherwise BEng (H200) students will need to complete additional study as a matching section. This might involve an integrated programme of study, such as a master’s degree, and work with an employer.

The MEng programme shares the same modules as the Civil Engineering BEng (H200) during the first three years. In Year Four you study more specialised fields of Civil Engineering at an advanced level including: bridge engineering, coastal and estuary processes, and materials for sustainable construction.

Programme in detail

You will be introduced to the essentials: Structural design and analysis; Fluid mechanics; Land surveying; Soil mechanics; Highway engineering; Hydraulics; and Environmental studies; amongst others. Year One includes a four-day surveying field course, where teams of students work together to survey and map out a given landscape and a one week full-time CDIO project, where teams of studnts work together to design, build and test a small scale bridge.

You will study mathematics relevant to engineering; structural materials; solids and structures; computer-aided drawing and design, and will be introduced to the principles of management for the construction industry. Site visits are integral to the programme, as are various individual and group design exercises.

An exciting part of the second year of our programme is a week of real, hands on construction experience at ‘The Constructionarium’. The Constructionarium takes place at a two hectare site, specifically designed and built to provide a range of challenging teaching and learning conditions for students. (There is an additional cost of up to £300 for the Constructionarium).

The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual research project in your final year and you can choose particular areas of specialisation from a broad range of optional modules including: Traffic design and management; Design and construction of roads and airfields; Applied hydrology; Foundation engineering; Structural steelwork; timber and masonry; Coastal and estuarine processes and many more.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

250 Year One undergraduates in 2013

UK league tables

Ranked 5th (Materials) in the Complete University Guide 2014

Graduate prospects

90% of our graduates who are in employment six months after the course have a professional or managerial job (Unistats)

Why this subject?

Be a modern engineer for the future. We are committed to developing the modern professional engineers for the future. We ensure that your learning environment reflects your future working environment. We have received many accolades from the engineering industry who regard our graduates amongst the most employable in the world. 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.

Outstanding facilities. We are a centre of excellence for engineering research. We house the UK Centre for Materials Education and have a highly respected reputation for superb experimental facilities. Our recent £32 million redevelopment includes the new Active Learning Laboratory, one of the largest and best-equipped laboratories in Europe. State-of-the-art facilities include; two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, a water flume, additive layer manufacturing and many more.

Flexible programmes. The programmes are very flexible, providing opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines. All programmes can accommodate a Year Out in industry for those students wishing to take this option.

Accredited programmes. 

Accredited CEng (Partial). Our BEng Civil Engineering degree is accredited as:

  1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning, typically an accredited MSc programme, will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

The accrediting body is the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Please see for further information.