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 overall with 6 in Maths at higher level, 6 in Physics at higher level and 5 in English 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.

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Open days

The next University Open Days will take place on 22nd & 23rd June 2018. Please visit the main University website for further information and to register online.


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be announced once confirmed by the UK government. As a guide, the 2017 tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2018 entry. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.


Five awards of £2,000 are available for well-qualified students (both Home and Overseas) starting on one of our Civil Engineering undergraduate courses in September 2016. Nominations for this award will be made based on high performance in A level or equivalent high school examinations. Students do not need to submit an application for this award, all eligible students will automatically be considered.

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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