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BSc (Hons)

Civil Engineering (part-time)

Civil engineering students from Nottingham Trent University on a bridge building exercise with construction company NMCN.
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: Up to four years part-time

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.

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.

Why study this course?

  • Industry-standard facilities | Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, including concrete, soils and materials laboratories and support from our team of expert technicians.
  • Professional status | Take the first step in gaining Incorporated Engineer status – this course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Develop your employability | By working while you study, you'll be applying theory in practice as you progress through the course.
  • Expand your network | You'll study alongside students from other civil engineering and construction companies, enabling you to learn from each other and develop a wider appreciation of the industry in practice.
  • Financial support package | Benefit from our Building Blocks package which includes free personal protective equipment (PPE), a pre-paid printing allowance, and money towards the cost of your course materials.

Taught for one day a week, our part-time BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering study route enables those already working in the industry, or with work experience, to acquire further professional qualifications and apply their learning.

Accredited by:

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Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation logo
Institution of Civil Engineers logo
 Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors logo
The Institution of Structural Engineers logo
Institute of Highway Engineers logo
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Alex Gentleman, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
Alex tells us about his life as a student studying BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, and how it has helped him succeed in his role as Project Manager for Balfour Beatty.

What you'll study

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

Our part-time route 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. NTU provides support and resources to make studying as easy and flexible as possible, including a virtual learning environment, enabling you to study from home or work.

  • 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 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.

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

    Engineering Skills (20 credits) (A)

    • This module has a twofold function: to improve your IT skills in relation to civil engineering, and to 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.

    Civil Engineering Construction (20 credits) (B)

    • In this module, you'll explore a range of techniques, materials, equipment and processes 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.

    Further Engineering Mathematics (20 credits) (B)

    • This module will further develop your mathematical and statistical skills, appropriate for civil engineering at IEng level.

    Ground Engineering (20 credits) (B)

    • 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

    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.

    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 and 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.
  • Year Four

    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.

    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 (IEng) status

How you’re taught

How will I study?

  • 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. In Year Four, the formal contact hours are reduced to allow time to focus on the individual project.
  • The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through lectures, seminars, and extensive practical and project work.

NTU provides support and resources to make studying as easy and flexible as possible, including a virtual learning environment that enables you to study from home or work.

The course aims to develop your intellectual, practical and personal skills, together with the theory and practice of civil engineering.

Sir John Armitt lectures Civil Engineering students

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.

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Fit your studies around your work life and personal commitments, with just one day a week spent in lectures, seminars and workshops

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in 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.

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 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 career options in civil engineering on the Institution of Civil Engineers website.

Apply for advanced entry with relevant qualifications and experience

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For entry to Level 5 (Year One) of the course:

  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.

For advanced entry to Level 6 (Year Three) of the course:

  • a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.

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

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal.

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.

Non-standard applicants

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. Non-standard applicants can submit their applications through the NTU Application Portal too.

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.

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

Additional costs

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

Library books

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


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

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

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

What you’ll receive

  • 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, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.


ICE Scholarship

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

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

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

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418