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BEng (Hons)

Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering student Millie Dixey
  • UCAS code(s): H203 (full-time) / H200 (sandwich)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, four years with sandwich route

Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problems, developing the physical infrastructure for society to exist: from bridges to houses, and from roads to hospitals and train stations. This course will develop your understanding of engineering principles, together with the ability to apply them to solve real-world practical problems.

You'll develop high-quality technical abilities alongside the key people management skills required to be a successful civil engineer. Through hands-on study you'll develop advanced mathematical understanding and combined with theory, practical projects and work placement opportunities, develop your skill set and professional networks. You'll gain an understanding of design, sustainability and health and safety essential for the industry, and be ready to take on the challenges of developing and maintaining the infrastructure required by the world at large.

Why study this course?

  • Industry-standard facilities | Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, including concrete, soils and materials laboratories and support from our team of expert technicians.
  • Professional progression | Take the first step in gaining Incorporated or Chartered status – this course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).*
  • Placement year | Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Previously, students have spent their placements at companies such as VolkerFitzpatrick, BAM Nuttall and Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.

*A programme of accredited Further Learning, such as our MSc or MEng Civil Engineering courses will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. The JBM website provides further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng status.

What's the difference between our civil engineering courses?

Take a look at our course comparison page and see what the key differences are between our BSc, BEng and MEng Civil Engineering degrees at NTU.

Accredited by:

Engineering Council logo
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation logo
Institution of Civil Engineers logo
 Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors logo
The Institution of Structural Engineers logo
Institute of Highway Engineers logo
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What you'll study


The course is designed around the core themes of the professional accrediting bodies, relating your learning to applications in the real world. You will develop your general understanding of civil engineering, focusing on key core subject areas: geotechnics, materials, and structures.

You'll develop your knowledge and skills in building technology, computer-aided design, health and safety, the environment, hydraulics, ground engineering and structural engineering. You'll look at creativity and innovation within the field and gain a deeper understanding of engineering principles and practice.

  • Year One

    Civil Engineering Design Projects (40 credits)

    • This module will form an introduction to the construction industry and the key roles played by civil engineering professionals.
    • You'll look at areas such health and safety, environmental and sustainability considerations, legislation, and the role of construction in the UK economy.
    • The module will also focus on building your professional communication skills, through presentations, an introduction to computer-aided design, and career planning.

    Engineering Materials (20 credits)

    • This module is designed to introduce you to the materials encountered in civil engineering and general construction.
    • You'll look at areas such as geology, soil mechanics, steel, concrete, bricks and ceramics, and organic materials, developing an understanding of the materials' properties and applications.

    Engineering Surveying (20 credits)

    • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the basic principles and purposes of engineering surveying. You'll learn the theory in lectures and tutors, with hands-on seminar and laboratory sessions introducing the practical surveying field skills required by industry.
    • You'll learn how to use standard surveying instruments, how to set out and control construction works, and how to measure existing terrain and features.

    Introduction to Structural Analysis and Design (20 credits)

    • The module aims to provide you with an initial qualitative and quantitative appreciation of the behaviour and design of skeletal structures.
    • You'll explore a range of areas including the types of pin-jointed frameworks and their structural idealisation, types of beam structures and loadings, section analysis for direct bending stresses based on elastic theory, combined axial and bending elastic stresses with application to short columns, foundations and pre-stressed concrete and introductory timber design.

    Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics (20 credits)

    • This module will furnish you with a comprehensive range of mathematical techniques, providing you with the foundation for the study of more advanced mathematical techniques in Year Two.
    • You'll develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, enabling you to solve civil engineering problems.
  • Year Two

    Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing (40 credits)

    • This module will act as an introduction to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork structures, looking in depth at their design and detailing.
    • You'll also be introduced to a range of new and emerging technologies within the construction industry.

    Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits)

    • The aim of this module is to improve your knowledge of practice within the construction industry, introducing you to the roles and responsibilities that you may undertake during placement, after graduation, and as you progress in your career.
    • You'll look at key areas such as project organisation, procurement, planning, programming, management, and contract and commercial documentation and administration, and health and safety.

    Integration of Engineering Applications (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to new and emerging technologies within the construction industry, in relation to engineering surveying, CAD, and BIM.
    • You will work in a project group with final year students to simulate a work situation where you will produce, present and defend a scheme design.

    Further Engineering Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics (20 credits)

    • Building on the mathematical skills and knowledge developed in Year One, this module will provide you with the mathematical and fluid mechanics knowledge and techniques required as a civil engineer.
    • In this module you will look at probability, calculus, vectors and matrices. You'll also examine fluid mechanics, dimensional analysis, flow through pipes, and hydraulic machinery.

    Ground Engineering (20 credits)

    • This module will develop your appreciation of fundamental soil and geological properties.
    • You'll measure and test different geological and geotechnical materials, allowing you to recognise and investigate ground-related problems and hazards.
  • Year Three

    Sandwich placement year

    In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

    Recent placement destinations include VolkerFitzpatrick, nmcn, BAM Nuttall, Aarsleff, Mott MacDonald Bentley and Plowman Craven. Our civil engineering placement roles have historically all come with a salary, with some students earning over £20,000 for their year.

    Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

    Study abroad

    If you're studying on our sandwich route you can also opt to study abroad for a full academic year, or for a semester, during Year Three. This is an optional and additional period of study that complements your degree at NTU as an alternative to taking a work placement.

    This is an exciting opportunity to experience a different national culture, teaching and learning styles and subjects in an international environment. The destination university must be a year abroad / exchange partner of NTU or member of a formally recognised scheme such as the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

    Our NTU Global and student mobility team will support you in finding the right opportunity from one of the many international partners available around the world.

    Successful completion of a period of international study will earn you a standalone award – an International Study Certificate (minimum six weeks) or the International Study Diploma (minimum 36 weeks).

  • Final Year

    Individual with Group project (40 credits)

    • The majority of this module will be formed by a self-led research project or dissertation; a significant body of work allowing you to research in depth an agreed topic relating to the construction industry.
    • You'll also work on a group project over the course of the year, relating to a real-world engineering scheme. You'll work in a team environment, producing and presenting a design scheme.

    Infrastructure Engineering (20 credits)

    • This module will broaden your understanding of the wider urban environment through the introduction of infrastructure topics such as transport, highways, rail, asset management and water. You'll develop an appreciation of the issues that influence decision-making, design, and implementation of major infrastructure schemes.
    • You'll study these topics within the context of sustainable developments, looking at key applications of environmental legislation.

    Further Structural Design (20 credits)

    • This module will broaden your knowledge of the design of structural frameworks and how they withstand forces acting on them.
    • You'll be introduced to the most common methods of providing robustness to framed structures. You'll have the opportunity to design a structure from the initial stage to completion.

    Further Geotechnical Engineering and Design (20 credits)

    • Building on the grasp of principles and theory you'll develop in Year Two, this module will provide a sound background to the decision making, design and implementation of geotechnical design.
    • You'll learn to analyse and design some typical engineering problems involved in the construction of geotechnical structures, and develop informed solutions in line with current design standards and industry approach.
    • You'll look at topics such as soil mechanics, foundations, slope stability, and the development of brownfield sites.

    Professional Responsibilities and Development in Civil Engineering (20 credits)

    • This module is based around four themes: health, safety and welfare; the profession and wider society; clients, stakeholders, communities and government; and sustainability.
    • It's aim is to fully prepare you for graduate roles, with the knowledge, skills, awareness and professionalism expected by graduate employers.

The course is accredited, under license from the Engineering Council, by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which represents the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). It's also accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • In Year One approximately 40% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions, and in Year Two approximately 35%. This includes lectures, seminars and tutorials; laboratory practical exercises, such as making and testing concrete, assessing structural forms and testing beams; fieldwork, like site visits and practical exercises; and IT sessions, including computer-aided design (CAD).
  • You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
  • In your final year the scheduled learning sessions reduce to approximately 30% of your time, as more time is focused on your group and individual projects.
  • You will benefit from our established links with industry, ensuring the continual relevancy of our course content. You'll be exposed to industry professionals by working on live project briefs set by companies from industry. Previously students worked with Ashfield District Council on the Brierley Forest Park project. You will also benefit from guest lecturers, industry-sponsored awards and work placements.

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits to live projects and residential study trips. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student.

Students taking part in the bridge building

Civil Engineering students working on a project during an activity day led by nmcn

Transferring to MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction

As a BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering student you have the opportunity to transfer onto the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course during your studies. If you’re interested in this option, you can do this:

  • at the beginning of Year Three if you've achieved an overall grade of 2.1 in Year Two
  • at the end of Year Three* if you've achieved an overall grade of 2.1 in both Year Two and Year Three*.

*If you’ve spent your third year on placement, this applies to Year Four.

An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineering status.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.

Year One Coursework 54% Practical 3% Written exams 43%
Year Two Coursework 60% Practical 5% Written exams 35%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Coursework 63%    Written exams 37%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 41% Independent study 59%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 36% Independent study 64%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Lectures/seminars/workshops 23% Independent study 77%

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. By working on real projects from industry, fieldwork and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

Skilled Civil Engineering graduates are in high demand in industry. You'll graduate from this course with desirable skills and knowledge, boosting your employment prospects.

Where do Civil Engineering graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong civil engineering alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent BEng Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

  • Jackson Civil Engineering
  • AECOM
  • PCE Ltd.
  • J Reddington
  • APR Services
  • Arcadis
  • Mott MacDonald Bentley

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Find out more about career options in civil engineering on the Institution of Civil Engineers website.


Excellent placement opportunities

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment.

NTU is ranked fifth in the UK for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Civil Engineering (HESA, 2018/19).

Where can I work?

Civil Engineering students typically secure placements in civil engineering contractors, design consultancies, surveying sub-contractors, utilities companies, and structural engineering organisations.

Recent destinations have included:

  • VolkerFitzpatrick
  • nmcn
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Aarsleff
  • Mott MacDonald Bentley
  • Plowman Craven

Recent roles have included site engineer, junior site manager, assistant engineer, designer, and project manager.

Sponsorship

Many students are sponsored through their final year by their placement company, with a guaranteed job on graduation.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

95% of our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Sandwich students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey 2020).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Maths and excluding General Studies (A-level Maths grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM and A-Level Maths grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including merit grades in Maths for Technicians and Further Maths for Technicians units; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Maths; and excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants applying without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for Year One entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into Year Two. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to complete a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language requirements page. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our international students page and our application guide for international students, which includes advice on how to apply to the University and visa information.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Take the first step in gaining Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU Applicant Portal if you're not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our international students pages and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

NTU is one of the most popular universities for civil engineering education in the UK. We're 4th for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying civil engineering (HESA, 2017/18).

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing or materials that they may require to support their studies.Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

ICE Scholarship

The Institution of Civil Engineers have a yearly opportunity to apply for the ICE QUEST undergraduate scholarships. These scholarships currently provide:

  • £10,000 over the course of your study
  • paid work placements every summer
  • the potential of a full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate
  • experience and knowledge that are good for your CV and your career – especially if you want to become an incorporated or chartered civil engineer

For more information, please visit the Institution of Civil Engineers website.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing or materials that they may require to support their studies.Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

ICE Scholarship

The Institution of Civil Engineers have a yearly opportunity to apply for the ICE QUEST undergraduate scholarships. These scholarships currently provide:

  • £10,000 over the course of your study
  • paid work placements every summer
  • the potential of a full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate
  • experience and knowledge that are good for your CV and your career – especially if you want to become an incorporated or chartered civil engineer

For more information, please visit the Institution of Civil Engineers website.

Still need help?

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