Civil Engineering BEng

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:H201
Qualification:BEng Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Civil Engineering
UCAS code
UCAS code
H201
Qualification
Civil Engineering | BEng Hons
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
AAB
Required subjects
including A in mathematics; also including one of the following subjects – physics, chemistry, biology, design and technology, geography, geology, computing, further maths; excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies.

Applicants taking A level biology, chemistry and/or physics are also required to pass the practical element of assessment.
IB score
36-34 – 6 points required from mathematics at Higher Level and 6 points required in a science subject at Higher Level (preferably physics)
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
100 places available for all courses across the department
School/department
 

Overview

This course provides a solid grounding in core subjects, including structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management.
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Our course provides a solid grounding in core subjects, including structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management, with opportunities to study additional areas, such as transportation and geospatial engineering. There are projects for all students in all years. They cover design, surveying and research in a range of topics.

Year one 

In your first year you will be introduced to the core disciplines and the context of civil engineering; engineering design is introduced through project work. Professional skills are introduced in workshops. There is also a residential surveying field course and the opportunity to take optional modules.

Year two

Your core subjects will be developed in greater depth alongside further optional modules; major design-based project to help you see the application of your studies.

Year three 

Core subjects continue alongside a range of optional modules; individual investigative project and group design project.

Links with industry

We pride ourselves on our strong links with industry, and encourage students to take part in the opportunities they offer. Find out how an industrial placement might contribute to both your employability and university experience.
 
 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB including A in mathematics; also including one of the following subjects – physics, chemistry, biology, design and technology, geography, geology, computing, further maths; excluding - general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies.

Applicants taking A level biology, chemistry and/or physics are also required to pass the practical element of assessment.

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications

For details please see alternative qualifications page.

Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course

Flexible admissions policy

We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.

 
 

Modules

Typical Year One Modules

Geotechnics 1
Giving you an introduction to the core areas of geotechnics, this module covers topics such as: origin and types of soil, soil as a 3-phase material, soil description and classification, compaction, water in soils, basic mechanics, and stresses is soils and ground investigation. In an average week you’ll spend four hours of lectures and practicals per week.
 
Hydraulics 1
This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of hydrostatics and enables you to apply these principles to model problems relevant to civil engineering. You’ll spend around four hours in lectures each week to study for this module.
 
Engineering Communication
This module introduces topics basic to communication of design in the field of civil engineering, including computer aided design and building information modelling. You’ll spend eight hours in seminars, three hours in practicals and one hour of lectures per week to study this module.
 
Engineering Mathematics 1
You’ll consider key issues within landscape architectural discourse and practice and be introduced to a number of theoretical approaches to landscape and their relationship to professional practice. Through two hours of lectures each week you’ll study the ways of ‘reading’ landscape including modes of interpreting or experiencing landscape, designing landscapes to express according to particular values, and critically assessing designed landscape outcomes and performance.
 
Engineering Mathematics 2
You’ll be introduced to techniques for solving selected first-order and second-order differential equations relevant to the analysis of generic engineering problems. The module also provides mathematical tools in terms of advanced differential calculus and vectors for modelling of generic engineering situations given in terms of multi-dimensional models. You’ll spend around three hours per week in lectures and workshops.
 
Engineering Surveying 1
This module provides you with an introduction to engineering surveying, covering: introduction to coordinates, fundamentals of measurement errors, and survey practice and cartography, among others. You’ll have a three hour lecture each week as well as attend a residential field course lasting six days during the Easter vacation.
 
Structural Mechanics and Vibration
Through three hours of lectures each week, this module covers the following topics: analysis of stresses and strains, virtual work method, strain energy method and analysis of arches and cables, among others.
 
Civil Engineering Materials
This module will introduce engineering materials and their basic properties, as well as principles of material selection and sustainability. You’ll develop a basic understanding of the behaviour of metals, in particular steel through a weekly one hour lecture and three hour practical.
 
 


Typical Year Two Modules

Engineering Surveying 2
You’ll be introduced to more advanced aspects and techniques of Engineering Surveying. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and three hours in practicals each week when studying this module. 
 
Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers
This module will provide you with the techniques for solving selected classes of ordinary differential equations relevant to the analysis of engineering topics. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and workshops each week to study this module.
 
Probabilistic and Statistical Techniques for Engineers
This module introduces the mathematic skill needed for use of probabilistically based models of uncertain engineering problems and to use statistical methods to interpret the solutions. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and workshops each week when studying this module.
 
Transport Infrastructure
The module considers particular types of transport-related construction. This module will provide students with an insight into the processes involved with the design, construction and maintenance of various forms of transport infrastructure. You will spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Steel Design Project
This module aims to introduce the design process in the context of civil engineering. You’ll gain knowledge in and practice the conceptual and detailed design of engineering structures. You’ll spend eight hours in workshops each week when studying this module.
 
Geotechnics 2
This module aims to develop further understanding of fundamental behaviour of soils and you will learn how to perform geotechnical analyses. You’ll spend five hours in lectures and two hours in practicals per week.
 
Hydraulics 2
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics. You’ll be able to solve simple pipe flow problems and demonstrate awareness of open channel flows and boundary layers and drag. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
 
Construction Project Management 1
The module provides students with a preliminary background in the field of civil engineering construction project management. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Non-Linear Analysis of Structures
This module aims to develop an understanding of the instability of structural systems and plastic methods of analysis and design. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
 
Indeterminate Structures
This module aims to introduce torsion and statically indeterminate structures and the flexibility and stiffness methods of solving them. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and three hours in computing sessions each week when studying this module.
 
 


Typical Final Year Modules

Compulsory

Group Design Project
Students work in groups on the design and planning of a Civil Engineering project, such as a large building development, energy or other utility or element of transport or other infrastructure. You’ll spend around six hours in seminars and eight hours in workshops in the design studio each week when studying this module.
 
Concrete Design
Structural design is extended into the use of concrete and more advanced techniques of analysis are introduced by this module. You’ll spend three hours in lectures, two hours in practicals and four hours in workshops each week when studying this module.
 
Geotechnics 3
This module extends principles into the areas of steady state and transient groundwater flow and seepage. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and four hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
 
Hydraulics 3
This module aims to introduce students to the simple mathematics models used to analyse unsteady flows in pipes, and some basic empirical models for describing the process of sediment transport. You’ll spend four hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Individual Investigative Project
This module offers students the opportunity to undertake an individual investigative project on a topic related to their particular interests. It normally involves a thorough literature review, plus relevant design or data collection and analysis, culminating in the production of a project report of about 8,000 words. 
 
Construction Project Management 2
This module examines the following areas for the management of construction projects: Construction productivity and project planning, Estimating and tendering for construction, Introduction to practical planning, project reporting techniques, and control of construction projects. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week when studying this module.
 


Optional

Building Information Modelling
This module applies the fundamental concepts of BIM to the construction project lifecycle and builds effective visual presentation skills and advanced knowledge. You will spend two hours in lectures, one hour in a computer room and two hours per week in the design studio when studying this module.
 
Traffic Engineering
This module covers traffic flow theory, traffic signal control and transport network modelling. You will spend three hours a week in lectures when studying this module.
 
Advanced Mathematical Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers
This module covers advanced analytic mathematical techniques used to provide exact or approximate solutions to common classes of ordinary differential equations typical in Engineering. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and workshops per week when studying this module.
 
Steel Structures
This module will build on the basic understanding of the behaviour and design of steel structures by considering elements and connections in more detail, by recognising the importance of fabrication and erection on economics, and by explaining the basis for new design codes. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Foundations and Earthworks
This module aims to develop your understanding of the theoretical and application aspects of airborne photogrammetry and airborne and mobile laser scanning. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS
The module describes the theoretical and practical aspects of photogrammetry and geometrical remote sensing. Subjects covered include: single and multi-image/photograph geometry, digital imagery and processing, and data capture techniques and products, among others. You’ll have three one-hour lectures per week.
 
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS Practical
Students work individually and in small groups on projects involving the planning and the carrying out of observational and computational aspects of surveying for engineering and/or deformation applications. Individuals and groups are also responsible for management and organisation of their projects. You’ll spend around one hour in lectures each week when studying this module. 
 
Environmental Geotechnology
This module aims to develop an understanding of soil-contaminant interactions. You will study the mechanisms of contaminant transport and be introduced to the available technologies utilised for contaminant containment. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Computerised Mathematical Methods in Engineering
The methodology and associated numerical techniques are introduced to enable a selection of mathematical operations to be evaluated with the use of computer-based software algorithms to problems that cannot be solved analytically. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and workshops each week when studying this module.
 
Experiments in Fluid Mechanics
In small groups, the student will carry out a series of four experiments exploring a wide range of fluid mechanical applications. These experiments will be set in context by a theoretical background session. You’ll spend around eight hours in lectures and workshops each week and group study sessions.
 
Costal Engineering
This module will describe coastal processes of relevance to civil engineering: Waves and tides, Sediment transport and beach evolution, and introductory concepts for coastal engineering and management. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module. 
 
 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

Students will be equipped to embark on a career in civil engineering, or other disciplines that require numerate problem-solving graduates. 

Find out how our links with industry could give you a head start while you study with us.
 

Professional accreditation

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. 

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

Engineering Council accredited degree
 

This degree has been accredited by

Under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council . Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 94% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Civil Engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,636 with the highest being £40,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

International students starting an undergraduate degree programme within the Faculty of Engineering in 2016 could be eligible for a £1,500 fee reduction in the first year study. Please visit the scholarship page for more information.

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.  
 
 

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