BSc (Hons)

Civil Engineering

BSc Civil Engineering
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  • UCAS code(s): H201 / H202
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2018 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

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. Accredited by numerous professional industry bodies, our course has been designed to provide a practical and broad civil engineering education.

Why study this course?

  • Our 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, recognising the quality and relevance of the course content.
  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 95% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2016-2017).
  • Take the first step in gaining Incorporated Engineer status – this course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • 92% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Sandwich students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2018).
  • Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, civil engineering graduates are heavily sought after.
  • Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, offering industry-standard equipment and support from our team of expert technicians.
  • Apply your learning to the real world and network with experts in industry, with opportunities to take part in site visits and a residential surveying trip included in course fees, and live projects part of the course.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Tailor your studies to suit your strengths and interests, with opportunities to transfer on to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course, from which you could progress to our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course.

This course is also offered through a part-time study route.

How does this course differ from our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering courses?

  • Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course contains a higher level of mathematics and structural analysis, in comparison to our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course. Our BEng course partially satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).
  • Our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course is taught over four years (five years with a placement) and you will gain a Master of Engineering Degree. In your final year, you will work alongside students studying related postgraduate courses, undertaking a complex and challenging project. An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineer status.

Accredited by:

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Institute of Highway Engineers logo
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation logo
 Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors logo
The Institution of Structural Engineers logo
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Alex Romankiw, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
Alex tells us about his life as a student studying BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering at Nottingham Trent University.

What you'll study

Our course exposes you to the exciting and rapidly expanding world of construction, preparing you to take on the challenges of developing and maintaining the infrastructure that underpins society. The course develops together the theory and practice of civil engineering, with an emphasis on the practical nature of civil engineering and the application and management of current technologies.

The final year of the course builds upon the engineering knowledge and practice developed in Years One and Two and broadens the curriculum, addressing issues such as people management, finance, professional ethics, and transportation issues.

  • 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 tutorials, 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 buildings.

    Residential field course

    The module will culminate in a week-long residential field trip, where you'll put into practice the skills that you've learnt throughout the module. Working in groups, you'll plan, manage and assess your 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 knowledge of 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.

    Mathematics (20 credits)

    • This module will act as a thorough introduction to mathematics and statistics, improving your ability to apply numeracy to typical civil engineering tasks.
  • Year Two

    Civil Engineering Construction (20 credits)

    • In this module, you'll explore a range of techniques, materials, equipment and process that are used in the design and construction of civil engineering projects.
    • Site and project constraints will initially be considered on a project, before evaluating possible solutions in terms of efficiency, cost, practicality, aesthetics, risk, time, quality, safety, the environment, and sustainability.

    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.

    Engineering Skills (20 credits)

    • This module has a two-fold function: to improve your IT skills in relation to civil engineering, and extend your knowledge and skills in the use of surveying instruments.
    • Using simulated work situations, you'll also look at new and emerging technologies, and their application in the construction industry.

    Further Engineering Mathematics (20 credits)

    • Building on the skills you developed in Year One, this module will further develop your mathematical and statistical abilities, appropriate for civil engineering at IEng level.

    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.

    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'll look at factors influencing the design of reinforced concrete structural elements.
  • Year Three

    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 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. In recent years some students have also been placed internationally, in places such as Nigeria, Hong Kong, Oman, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, Cyprus and Russia.

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

  • 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.

    Management and Transportation Studies (20 credits)

    • This module focuses on two main themes: management theory and practice within the construction industry, and transport policy. The aim of the module is to broaden your experience within the civil engineering discipline, providing useful context and skills for graduate roles.
    • You'll look at areas such as marketing, pitching or tendering for business, business audits, and scenario planning.
    • You'll also look at transport policy formulation and implementation from local to international levels, with module content ranging from the development of sustainable mobility to techniques for managing and controlling traffic.

    Further Structural Engineering (20 credits)

    • This module aims to broaden your knowledge of the conceptual design of structural elements to the recommendations of published guidance.
    • You'll be introduced to the factors that affect the stability of framed building structures, and to the common methods of ensuring the stability and robustness of these types of structures.

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

    • Within the context of sustainable development, this module will introduce you to the engineering implications of ground-based structures and water resources, examining the environmental and legislative context surrounding this type of project.
    • 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.
    • Its aim is to fully prepare you for graduate roles, with the knowledge, skills, awareness and professionalism expected by graduate employers.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Take the first step in gaining Incorporated Engineer status.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, approximately 14 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning.
  • This includes lectures; seminars and tutorials; laboratory practical exercises, such as making and testing concrete; assessing structural forms and testing beams; field work, such as site visits, field trips 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.

Our links with industry

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, and in the form of guest lecturers, 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's final year students took part in a project to design part of a new super cycleway between Toton and Nottingham city centre. The large contractors Interserve join first year students on a bridge-building exercise each year.

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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 OneCoursework57%Written work43%
Year TwoCoursework65%Written work35%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoursework78%Written work22%

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 OneLectures/seminars/workshops41%Independent study59%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops31%Independent study69%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops26%Independent study74%

Take part in site visits, a residential surveying trip – included in course fees – and live projects as part of the course.

Careers and employability

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

95% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2016-2017).

Recent growth in UK industry has revealed a skills shortage in this area. You'll graduate 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 BSc (Hons) 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.

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 the service.

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


Excellent placement opportunities

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 go on my placement?

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 – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

95% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2016-2017).

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 / 4.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. 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 +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 / 4.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. 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 +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

You can apply to this course through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? 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 that 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 in just 4,000 characters. 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 students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

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 +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? 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 the UCAS application form.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

  • 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.

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 students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that 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 in just 4,000 characters. 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 +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, 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. 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

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

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.

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

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • 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, googles 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

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. 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

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

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.

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

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • 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, googles 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

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?

+44 (0)115 941 8418