BSc (Hons)

Civil Engineering (part-time)

  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: Up to four years part-time
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • ***The entry requirements may be different while in clearing***

Through this course you will be equipped with the skills for developing sustainable and cost-effective design ideas.  Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problems and put the infrastructure in place for the world to exist. This course will give you the design, analysis and construction skills needed for the industry.

  • It fulfills the educational base to pursue Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
  • The course is accredited by the Engineering Council, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
  • Taught for one day a week
  • Excellent labs and workshops
  • You can switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options.
  • Excellent employment opportunities due to a skills shortage in this subjects industry

This accredited course provides a broad civil engineering education, exposing you to the exciting world of construction.  Through live projects, residential field trip, site visits and a work placement year you will gain the necessary theory and tangible skills needed for industry.

You’ll gain a sound understanding of mathematical and practical engineering techniques and find clever ways for solutions to real-world situations.  You’ll get the chance to learn about structures, materials, geotechnics and mathematics essential for when you graduate.

The part-time option on the BSc Civil Engineering course is a special offering which allows those already working in the industry, or with work experience, to acquire further professional qualifications and apply their learning.

Accredited by:

Institution of Civil Engineers logo
The Institution of Structural Engineers logo

What you'll study

This part-time degree develops your theory and practice of civil engineering, with a strong emphasis on practical and project work.

The part-time option is designed for those already working in the industry, or who have experience, to acquire further professional qualifications and apply their learning to their live working experience.

The University provides support and resources to make studying as easy and flexible as possible, including a virtual learning environment that makes anytime, anywhere study a reality.

  • Year One and Two

    A and B modules are delivered on an alternate year basis.

    Introduction to Structural Engineering (20 credits) (A)

    This module aims to provide you with revision in relevant statics and a quantitative and qualitative appreciation of the behaviour and design of beams and triangulated frameworks. The module covers areas such as statistics; beam structures and loadings and more.

    Structural Engineering (20 credits) (A)

    This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork. You will look at factors influencing the design of reinforced concrete structural elements.

    Engineering Skills (20 credits) (A)

    This module will further develop your ICT skills and consolidate your skills in the use of surveying instrumentation as well as associated field and office procedures.

    Building Technology applied to Civil Engineering (20 credits) (B)

    This module will primarily introduce you to the principles underlying the construction of the superstructure of buildings for commercial, industrial and institutional use.

    Further Engineering Mathematics (20 credits) (B)

    This module will develop your mathematical and statistical skills appropriate for Civil Engineering at a higher level. It will improve your confidence in the application of mechanics; calculus; matrix algebra; and statistics

    Ground Engineering (20 credits) (B)

    The Ground Engineering module develops your appreciation of fundamental soil and geological properties, their measurement and testing.  The module allows you to recognise and investigate ground related problems and hazards.

  • Year Three

    Further Structural Engineering (20 credits)

    This module will broaden your knowledge of the conceptual design of structural elements.  It will also give you an introduction to the factors that affect the stability of framed building structures and the common methods used to ensure their robustness.

    Ground Engineering, Water Resources and the Environment (20 credits)

    Within this module you will study the theory and application of geotechnical, environmental and water resource issues within civil engineering.  You will learn to analyse some typical engineering problems involved in the management of foundations, geotechnical structures, water supplies and associated fluid principles.

    Management and Transportation Studies (20 credits)

    The two themes of this module aim to broaden your experience within the civil engineering discipline.  Management studies introduces and develops aspects of management theory and practice within the construction industry and business in general.

  • Year Four

    Individual with Group Project (40 credits)

    This module aims to develop your ability to interpret and develop project briefs and analyse the concepts and solutions related to the brief.  It allows you to demonstrate initiative, creativity and innovation in the development of solutions to civil engineering related problems.

    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.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Provides education base for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status

How you’re taught

The part-time study route is taught one day a week and, where possible, part-time students are taught alongside full-time students on the BSc Civil Engineering full-time course.

Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 7.30 pm and normally three different subject areas are taught on each day. At Year Four the formal contact hours are reduced to allow time to focus on the individual project.

How do you study?
The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • extensive practical and project work.

The University provides support and resources to make studying as easy and flexible as possible, including a virtual learning environment that makes anytime, anywhere study a reality.

It aims to develop your intellectual, practical and personal skills together with the theory and practice of Civil Engineering.


Assessed is based on coursework, projects, and examinations.

Enables you to fit study around work commitments

Careers and employability

This course will ensure that you graduate with the skills you need to enable you to have a successful career as a professional within the construction industry.

As well as providing the necessary vocational and professional skills for a successful career, this course also develops transferable qualities such as communication, time management, analysis, teamwork and IT skills.

Accepts advanced entry with relevant qualifications and experience

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For entry at Year One (Level Two of the course):

  • a HNC in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.

For entry at Year Three (Level Three of the course):

  • a HND in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.

What are we looking for?

For entry at Year One (Level Two of the course):

  • a HNC in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.

For entry at Year Three (Level Three of the course):

  • a HND in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

How to apply

Applications for this course should be made directly to the University via our online application form.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications can be submitted up until the start of the course in September; places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

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.

Getting in touch

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

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

Fees and funding

2016 Entry fees: £4,500

Please note fee amounts stated above will increase each year in line with inflation.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In
addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources,
you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops/laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation; and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

ICE Scholarship

The Institution of Civil Engineers have a yearly opportunity to apply for the new ICE QUEST undergraduate scholarships. The scholarship will provide you with £2,500 a year and unique ties to sponsored companies which can potentially lead you into full time work after graduation. For more information please visit the Institution of Civil Engineers website.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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