MEng (Hons)

Civil Engineering Design and Construction

Chris George
  • UCAS code(s): 7H27 / 5H47
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 / 5 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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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. Our Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering brings together undergraduate and Masters-level course content. You'll develop high-level knowledge of civil engineering principles and theory, alongside analytical, practical and engineering skills and techniques.

Why study this course?

  • An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineering (CEng) status. This new degree, once accredited, will fully satisfy the education base for CEng status.*
  • Graduate with a Masters-level qualification, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of civil engineering. Develop advanced problem-solving and project management skills, with design and project work forming the core of this course.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects. Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, civil engineering graduates are heavily sought after.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Apply your learning to the real world and network with experts in industry, with opportunities to take part in site visits, a residential surveying trip (included in course fees), and live projects as part of the course.
  • Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, offering industry-standard equipment and support from our team of expert technicians.
  • Tailor your studies in your final year, with the choice of an optional module to build on your personal interests relating to civil engineering. Where possible, you'll also have the chance to work alongside our postgraduate students on selected modules.

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

  • Our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course builds on the three (or four with placement) years of our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course with an additional year of study.  This additional year will give you the chance to work on more complex projects and broaden your engineering knowledge base.
  • 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).

*Accreditation is pending and, once given, the course will be accredited under licence from the Engineering Council, by the Joint Board of Moderators, 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). Accreditation will also be sought from the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

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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 application in the real world. You will develop your general understanding of civil engineering, focusing on key core subject areas – geotechnics, and materials and structures.

You will develop knowledge and skills in: architectural and building technology; computer-aided design; health and safety; the environment; hydraulics; ground engineering; and structural engineering. You will look at creativity and innovation within engineering, gaining 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. You'll develop 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.

    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, 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.

    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 your 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; and fluid mechanics, including 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 and Four

    Optional 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 have included VolkerFitzpatrick, BAM Nuttall, Buckingham Group, APR Services and Arcadis. Our civil engineering placement roles have historically all 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 destinations 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.

    Third / Fourth Year (with placement)

    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 1 (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 elements 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.
    • It introduces the most common methods of providing stability and robustness to framed structures.

    Further Geotechnical Engineering and Design (20 credits)

    • Building on the 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.
  • Final Year

    Core modules

    Major Design and Construction Project (40 credits)

    • This module provides the opportunity for you to develop abilities in undertaking a design project that is large scale and / or complex in character. It is intended to be a capstone to many of the modules studied through the course, especially over the last two years of study.
    • Working in a group, you'll develop high-level team working skills, and have the resource available to undertake an ambitious project, culminating in a final presentation and exhibition.

    Infrastructure Engineering 2 (20 credits)

    • This module will build upon the broad introduction given in Infrastructure Engineering 1.
    • You'll use standards, codes of practice and design and construction methodologies to look at pavements and light rail infrastructure, as well as water and energy systems, in analytical detail.
    • You'll study these topics in the context of sustainable developments, looking at key elements of environmental legislation.

    Strategic and Operational Management (20 credits)

    • This module is intended to provide prospective civil engineers with an understanding of the complex political, cultural, economic and financial environments within which civil engineering, architectural design and construction organisations operate. You'll look at both the strategic organisational level and the individual project level.
    • You'll explore the civil engineering environment, project and risk management, and a range of different management philosophies and techniques.

    Optional modules

    Alongside the core modules, you’ll also get the opportunity to study two of the following modules. These are subject to change, availability and numbers.

    Negotiated Work, Volunteering and / or Mentoring Practice (20 credits)

    • This module will provide the opportunity to engage with charitable or international aid-based work following the completion of your final year.
    • Your project may align directly with civil engineering-related activities, or those outside, but whose nature is considered positive and progressive in developing your global citizenship, personal skills and competency.
    • You'll secure your opportunity through personal initiative, or with the help and guidance of staff.

    Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Modelling (20 credits)

    • This module is designed to further improve your mathematical understanding of events, situations and problems relevant to the role of the civil engineer.
    • You'll develop your ability to undertake verification of situations by using simplified numerical models, in addition to being able to apply more advanced mathematics to realistic engineering scenarios.

    Advanced Structural Mechanics and Computer Applications (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce more specialised topics within structural analysis, such as arches and cables, plate analysis, and dynamic analysis of structures.
    • You'll develop a better understanding of the behaviour and performance of more complex structural systems, and mechanical behaviour of materials under various states of stress and strain conditions.

    Geophysical and non-destructive investigation (20 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge and skills in relation to a range of site investigation and material investigation techniques.
    • This module will cover two themes, the first being engineering geophysics, focused on the use of geophysical techniques for civil engineering investigations (typically ground investigations). The second theme will look at non-destructive testing, typically for material and structural assessment.

    Geospatial Engineering (20 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge and skills in relation to geospatial engineering (also known as geomatics) in a broad sense, in order to provide awareness of processes and issues across a wide range of topics related to civil engineering from the viewpoint of an engineering surveyor.
    • You'll reinforce your existing knowledge in the use of surveying equipment, learn the basics of how to process various types of spatial data in appropariate software packages, and gain an understanding of the limitations and accuracies involved.

    Available options will be confirmed at the start of each academic session on an operational basis.

Course specification

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Graduate with a Masters-level qualification, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of civil engineering.

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; tutorials; laboratory practical exercises, such as making and testing concrete, assessing structural forms and testing beams; fieldwork, including 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.

Trips and study visits

  • 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, such as the Friends of Cromford Canal, who briefed our students to investigate restoring a section of the canal around Codnor Park Reservoir. You'll also benefit from 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. Building on your skills and experience from the very start of the course, each year a company join first year students on a bridge-building exercise. Over the last few years this has been led by NMCN.

Students bridge building at Clifton

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 FourCoursework63%Written work37%
Year FiveCoursework66%Written work34%

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/workshops42%Independent study58%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops36%Independent study64%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops23%Independent study77%
Year FiveLectures/seminars/workshops26%Independent study74%

Tailor your studies in your final year, with the choice of an optional module to build on your personal interests relating to civil engineering.

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. Through 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.

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 BEng Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

  • Balfour Beatty: graduate engineer, graduate site engineer
  • BAM Nuttall: civil engineering assistant, graduate engineer
  • Abbey Pynford: design engineer
  • Acciona Energia: trainee graduate engineer
  • Bridgeway Consulting: site investigation engineer
  • BWB Consulting: graduate engineer
  • Interserve: graduate civil engineer
  • Jackson Civil Engineering: graduate engineer
  • VINCI Construction: assistant civil engineer
  • VolkerFitzpatrick: site engineer, civil engineer.

Civil Engineers are in demand both in the UK and worldwide. There are many types of employers that you may work for, including civil engineering contractors, commercial construction and development companies, private practices, local authorities, and utility companies.

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 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

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction 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 subcontractors, utilities companies, and structural engineering organisations.

Recent destinations have included:

  • VolkerFitzpatrick
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Buckingham Group
  • APR Services
  • Arcadis

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.

Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, civil engineering graduates are heavily sought after.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, 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 Maths for Technicians, and Further Maths for Technicians modules; or
  • 128 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.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

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

  • A-levels – ABB, 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 Maths for Technicians, and Further Maths for Technicians modules; or
  • 128 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.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

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.

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Your application

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to 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.

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

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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).
  • 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).
  • 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?

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