Civil Engineering (3 years) [BEng]

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UCAS course code: H200

UCAS institution code: M20

Degree awarded: BEng

Duration: 3 years

Typical A level offer: Grades AAB

Typical International Baccalaureate offer: 35 points including 665 at Higher Level to include Mathematics, Physics and one other subject and 5 in English Language at Standard Level

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Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 306 9210

How to apply: Formal applications for entry to all undergraduate courses must be made through  UCAS

Course description

To succeed, civil engineers must couple creativity and originality with a deep understanding of technical topics as well as broader areas such as sustainability, design and management.   On our civil engineering degrees you will study core subjects such as structural, fluid and soil mechanics, engineering design, and maths; as well as emerging subjects crucial to the future of society such as climate change; resource usage and management; and intelligent and futureproof infrastructure.   These are blended with our specialisms and optional subjects such as energy supply, fire safety engineering and legal issues to provide a unique and highly sought after engineering education.

In your first two years you will focus on developing fundamental abilities that underpin your later study and future career. There is a mix of theoretical knowledge coupled with practical experience. Traditional lectures are supplemented by outstanding blended learning resources that allow for online study at any time.  Highlights include designing, building and testing bridges in first year, and a field trip in second year where your design for a hydro-power scheme must be laid out on the ground using GPS surveying and mapping techniques.

The later years of your degree include further theoretical material but with an emphasis now on applying your knowledge to a series of increasingly challenging and realistic design projects.  In third year you undertake an dissertation on a subject of your choice, with individual supervision from an academic with relevant expertise. On the MEng programmes, your fourth year contains two design projects undertaken with industrial mentors, and a selection of optional courses, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests and career plans. 

Our curriculum is set out in detail here , where full details of all our civil engineering courses and modules are given.

Years 1 and 2 of this course are common with those of the MEng in Civil Engineering. Subject to satisfactory performance, it is possible for students to transfer from the BEng course onto one of our MEng courses at the end of their second year.

Please see our School website to hear more about Civil Engineering at Manchester

Open days

Our Open Days give you the opportunity to come onto campus to look around, find out more about our courses and our school, as well as meet some of our academic staff and current students.

The next University Open Days will take place on Saturday 29 September and Saturday 13 October 2018 .

Please visit the main  University website  for further information and to register online.

If you are not able to visit us on one of those days, do have a look at our   Virtual Open Day  , and if you have any questions please just get in touch:


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be approximately £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.

Additional expenses: There is a compulsory field course for Civil Engineering students which incurs a subsidised fee* (approx. £100) that contributes to travel, accommodation and subsistence. You are expected to bring your own wet weather clothing and footwear.

The exact cost and dates of the trip are confirmed at the start of your second year.

* In accordance with current University policy, this fee is restricted to be not more than 1% of the annual tuition fee of the course

Scholarships/sponsorships: For further information about scholarships and bursaries please see our  undergraduate fees pages  or visit the   Scholarships and bursaries  on the School website.

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