BSc (Hons)

Civil Engineering

  • UCAS code(s): H201 / H202
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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).
  • 100% of placement graduates from 2015 are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2014/15)
  • Get involved in practical, project work and site visits.
  • Opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement.
  • You will gain great experience from a residential surveying field trip (included in your fees).
  • 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.

Accredited by:

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation logo
Institution of Civil Engineers logo
The Institution of Structural Engineers logo
 Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors logo
Institute of Highway Engineers logo

What you'll study

The course is designed around the core themes of the professional accrediting bodies. You will develop your general understanding of civil engineering in its broadest context, whilst focusing on the application and management of current technologies.

  • Year One

    Civil Engineering Design Projects (40 credits)

    This module will introduce you to the organisation of the construction industry and the key roles played by civil engineering professionals.  You will develop your knowledge of and skills of construction techniques; computer-aided design; health and safety; the environment; sustainability; and the construction industry.

    Engineering Materials (20 credits)

    Throughout this module you will be introduced to the materials encountered in civil engineering and general construction.  You will develop an understanding of the implications of material properties in practical applications.

    Engineering Surveying (20 credits)

    During this module you will develop your skills in using standard surveying instrumentation. These skills will be used alongside the associated field and office procedures for the preparation of site plans, setting out, control of construction works and the measurement of existing buildings.

    Residential field course

    The module will culminate in a one-week residential field trip where you will work in groups to develop the skills you have learnt throughout the module.  Groups will work under limited supervision to plan, manage and assess their own programme to meet set targets.  A range of typical engineering surveying instrumentation will be used to produce a site plan, set out simulated construction works and to measure existing structures.

    Introduction to Structural Engineering (20 credits)

    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.

    Mathematics (20 credits)

    This module aims to give you a thorough introduction of mathematics and statistics.  It will improve and develop your application of number in typical civil engineering tasks.

  • Year Two

    Building Technology applied to Civil Engineering (20 credits)

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

    Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits)

    The aim of this module is to improve your knowledge of practice within the construction industry and your appreciation of the roles and responsibilities that you may undertake in your placement year and beyond.

    Engineering Skills (20 credits)

    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.

    Further Engineering Mathematics (20 credits)

    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)

    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.

    Structural Engineering (20 credits)

    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.

  • Year Three

    You will get the opportunity to spend a year working in industry.  This year in employment will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future careers.  Many students return to their placement company after graduation.

    Recent placement destinations have included Jackson Civil Engineering, BAM Nuttal, North Midland Construction and Eurovia Group Limited.  The majority of these roles 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.

  • Final Year

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

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Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problems and put the infrastructure in place for the world to exist

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

You will have approximately 14 hours per week of scheduled learning sessions. This includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars and tutorials
  • laboratory practical exercises – such as making and testing concrete, assessing structural forms and testing beams
  • field work – site visits, field trips, practical exercises
  • IT sessions – including CAD.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for:

  • lectures
  • research
  • 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.

Our links with industry

You will benefit from our great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through real-life briefs set by real companies, guest lecturers from industry, visits to working sites, industry sponsored awards and work placements.

You will also have opportunities to work with companies to gain new skills. For example, this year final year students took part in a project to deisn part of a new super cycleway between Toton and Nottingham City centre. And each year Interserve join first year students on a bridge building exercise.

How will I be assessed?

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.

To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credits each year. The amount of credits for each module are listed above.

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

Careers and employability

100% of placement graduates from 2015 are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2014/15)

Through work placements, working on real projects from industry, field work, input from industry professionals and regularly updated course content you will be prepared to succeed in the construction industry.

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 BSc Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

  • Balfour Beatty: graduate civil engineer, junior civil engineer, junior site engineer, site engineer, trainee civil engineer
  • VolkerFitzpatrick: site engineer, site engineering assistant, assistant engineer
  • Clugston: assistant site manager
  • Jackson Civil Engineering: site engineer
  • Laing O'Rourke: civil engineer
  • Martin Redston Associates: structural engineer
  • Morgan Sindall: tunnel engineer
  • North Midland Construction: project engineer, design coordinator.

Due to recent growths in UK industry, a skills shortage in this area has been revealed. Therefore, there is increasing demand from employers for workers with the necessary skills this course demands – for more information click here

Employability Team

Our friendly and experienced Employability Team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the Employability Team.

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

Excellent placement opportunities

NTU is first for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Civil Engineering related courses. (HESA 2013/14).

BSc (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.

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:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Birse Civils
  • Canal River Trust
  • Arcadis
  • Jackson Civil Engineering
  • J N Bentley
  • North Midland Construction
  • Eurovia Group Ltd
  • VolkerFitzpatrick

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 of Diploma in Professional Practice - which will further enhance your CV.

Due to a lack of qualified civil engineers in industry, graduates are experiencing the chance to work across the world

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

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

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

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

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

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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.

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.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

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.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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. Good luck with your application!

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

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

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.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

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.

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, 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.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

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.

Still need help?

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