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.
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.
Structural Engineering Mechanics
Delivered 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.
Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering
This module, delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, for three hours each week, covers the fundamental tools to manipulate vectors and matrices relevant to applications in engineering, and introduces fundamental concepts and applications of differentiation and integration in one or more dimensions.
Structural Strength of Materials
Delivered through three hours of lectures each week, this module covers the analysis of 2D stresses and strains and the computation of the corresponding principal stresses, the response of circular and non-circular members to torsion, the stress distribution of a beam under bending moment, shear and axial force, among other topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Civil Engineering Materials
You will be spending five hours a week in lectures and practicals exploring the fundamental properties and sustainability issues of cement concrete, asphalt concrete, masonry and timber.
Students are introduced to the civil engineering design process by a year-long project that follows a civil engineering scheme from initial concepts through to detailed design. Students work individually and in groups to produce a design portfolio that includes online solutions, project appraisal, loading calculations and engineering drawings. The project provides students with opportunities to develop their written and oral presentation skills.
Reinforced Concrete Design
Structural design is extended to the use of concrete and more advanced techniques of analysis are introduced. You will spend three hours in lectures and up to two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
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.
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.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
This module involves students working on a scaled-down construction project by going through the stages of design appreciation, construction planning and scheduling, organisation of work, execution of the construction phase and review. This module is completed during a fieldtrip in the Easter break.
Construction Project Management
This module is delivered through online video lectures and gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the field of civil engineering construction management to a simulated project. These include procurement options, estimating and tendering, and control for construction projects.
Geology for Civil Engineers
This module looks at the importance of geology to engineers: Earth's evolution, glacial and periglacial features, weathering and soils, UK geology, geological resources, case studies among other topics. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and up to two hours in practical each week as well as a campus field trip.
Engineering Risk Assessment
This module, delivered in three hours of lectures each week, considers the processes to assess operational risk in engineering systems and infrastructure.
This module provides opportunity for final-year students to undertake a long-term individual research project appropriate to their particular interests. It normally takes the form of an investigative, development or design project, culminating in the presentation of a detailed final report. Projects involve lab work, field investigations or computer modelling and require data collection and analysis.
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.
Typical projects include: water works, major highway schemes and retail parks. Staff and visiting professional engineers provide guidance. You’ll spend around six hours in seminars and eight hours in design studio workshops each week when studying this module.
Advanced Concrete Structures
This module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week and will further develop concepts in reinforced concrete and apply them to limit state design, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures.
This module will introduce the components of railway track structures, conventional and otherwise. It will include analysis of forces on a railway track and consequent deflections, stresses etc, alignment design principles, and an overview of the railway as a total system including operational issues, signalling and control. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Finite Element (FE) Analysis in Structural Mechanics
This module is delivered through two-hour weekly lectures and computer-based tutorials and covers topics including: introduction to the FE method, programming and use of MATLAB, general concepts in structural mechanics, programming to solving 2D continuum problems.
System Reliability Engineering
This module considers some of the most commonly used reliability assessment techniques applied to engineering systems covering the construction of reliability models, the qualitative and quantitative analyses of these models, and the critical evaluation of systems using the analytical results. The module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week.
This module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week and provides an overview of sedimentation and erosion engineering and the physical processes of sediment transport, sedimentation, erosion and morphological change and concepts for sedimentation and erosion engineering and management.
Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
This module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week and computer-based investigation and will introduce the principles of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. The topics include: seismology, earthquake engineering and seismic resistant design.
Plates and Shells
This module will introduce you to the general concepts in modelling, assessing and designing two-dimensional structures known as plates and shells. You will be made aware of bending-dominated structural behaviour as opposed to a membrane-dominated one, which is crucial for the correct design of such structures. You’ll have three hours of lectures per week.
Infrastructure Asset Management
This module considers the use of system reliability assessment techniques to support asset management decision making. The module covers the analysis of asset failure data, how to construct and analyse asset degradation models and how to use optimisation techniques to enable the selection of optimal maintenance strategies. You will spend three hours in lectures per week when studying this module.
This module is delivered through three hours of lectures and computer-based tutorials each week and covers the principles of ocean energy (from ocean gravity waves and tides) conversion into electrical power and to the design of energy production systems.
Deformation Surveying and Practical
A practical module which complements the engineering and surveying module lecture course. You'll 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.
This module covers the design of highway lay-outs, concentrating on the effects of number of lanes and junction design. It also includes design of road pavement structures and surfaces using different techniques and materials together with the deterioration mechanisms involved. The module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week.
Predictive Soil Mechanics
This module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week and computer-based tutorials and will reinforce and advance some of the principles of soil mechanics previously learnt, and describe the principles of Critical State Soil Mechanics, a model used to predict the behaviour of soils.
This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, for three hours each week, and is designed to deliver an understanding of sustainability principles and how, in particular, transport infrastructure engineering as well as the wider construction industry can contribute to sustainable development.
This module introduces the general concepts in modelling, assessing and designing complex two-dimensional structures known as plates and shells. It is delivered through three hours of lectures each week and computer-based tutorials.
Highway Infrastructure Maintenance
This module is delivered through a combination of three hours of weekly lectures and practicals and covers the application of the core transportation infrastructure engineering principles specifically to the highway field. Three major areas are included: Highway alignment, pavement engineering and infrastructure maintenance.
This module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week and covers basic meteorology, wind characteristics, bluff body aerodynamics, and wind structure interaction among other topics.
Satellite-Based Positioning and Practical
A practical module in satellite-based positioning which complements the satellite-based positioning module lecture course. Students work individually and in small groups on three projects involving the design, planning and carrying out of measurements, processing and analysis for different satellite-based positioning techniques.
Materials for Highways and Railways
This module delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and practicals, gives a foundation in all the major materials involved in highway and railway construction including unbound materials and asphalt, together with some material on hydraulically bound materials.
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. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.