Civil Engineering MEng

   
   
  

Fact file - 2018 entry

Qualification
Civil Engineering | MEng Hons
UCAS code
H200
Duration
4 years full-time
A level offer
AAA
Required subjects
Maths A level or 6 at Higher Level (IB) and A level or 6 at Higher Level, from physics, chemistry, biology, design and technology, geography, geology, computing or further maths. Applicants taking A level biology, chemistry and/or physics are also required to pass the practical element of assessment.

General studies, critical thinking and citizenship studies are not accepted.

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.
IB score
36 – 6 in maths at Higher Level and a science, preferably physics, at Higher Level 
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places
100 places across all courses in the department
School/department
 

Overview

This course provides a solid grounding in core subjects, including structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management, with opportunities to specialise in key areas.
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Our flagship course provide a solid grounding in core subjects, including structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management, with opportunities for MEng students to specialise in key areas such as geospatial science transportation infrastructure in later years. There are projects for all students in all years. They cover design, surveying and research in a range of topics.

Year one 

Introduction to the core disciplines and the context of civil engineering; engineering design introduced through project work. Professional skills are introduced in workshops. There is also a residential surveying field course.

Year two 

Core subjects 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; Engineering in Context project with an industrial link or theme.

Year four 

Choice of a wide range of optional modules; major group design project; individual investigative project.

More information 

See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.

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: AAA 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)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see the alternative qualifications page

Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.  
 

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.
 
Structural Analysis 1

Delivered through four hours of lectures each week, this module covers the following topics: analysis of 2D stresses and strains, virtual work method, strain energy method and analysis of arches and cables, the response of circular and non-circular members to torsion, the stress distribution of a beam under bending moment, shear and axial force, 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.

 

Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 1

Teaching is delivered through workshops comprising a taught or seminar element, self–directed study and an assignment. Students prepare a portfolio of work consisting of three parts demonstrating Professional Understanding, Skills and Personal Development, similar to that which will be required after they graduate and apply to become chartered professional engineers.

 
Group Project
This is a problem based group design project which focuses on the application of knowledge and skills, from across the taught modules. Groups develop and cost a major civil engineering project and plan resources to ensure timely and cost-effective completion of the work. Then a design of an engineering structure will be carried out, including presentation of options and a detailed design stage. The final task will be to design and construct a model structure, which will be tested in the laboratory.
 
 

Typical year two modules

Advanced Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineers
The module covers fundamental tools to manipulate complex numbers as well as ordinary and partial differential equations relevant to engineering. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and example classes each week to study 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.
 
Structural Analysis 2
The fundamental behaviour established in the first year is extended to cover the concepts of: virtual work, analysis of indeterminate structures, instability of structural systems, plastic analysis and design and vibration. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and example classes per week when studying this module.
 
Fundamentals of Materials
You will be spending three hours a week in lectures exploring engineering materials and their basic properties, principles in material selection and sustainability and an understanding of the behaviour of construction materials.
 

Civil and Structural Steel Design Project

This module provides students with an opportunity to take a design project from concept through to an advanced design stage covering structural, steel, geotechnical, infrastructure and services considerations, working as a group. This is a year-long project, concentrating on site conditions, conceptual design and structural and geotechnical design in the first semester and detailed calculations in the second semester. The project gives students the opportunity to develop their written and oral presentation skills.

 
Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 2

In a series of workshops this module builds on core skills and aims to: introduce students to structural analysis and modelling tools; develop their ability to communicate; introduce construction materials and their related design considerations; provide an opportunity to learn advanced surveying techniques. This will help stimulate reflection on personal development relevant to becoming a professional, chartered civil engineer.

 
 

Typical year three modules

Group Design Project

Students work in groups on the design and planning of a civil engineering project that aims to integrate all the disciplines covered on the course. Typical projects include: water works, major highway schemes and retail parks. Staff and visiting professional engineers provide guidance.

 
Structural Concrete Design
This module introduces reinforced concrete construction and the relationship between structural behaviour and the design of reinforced concrete elements. It includes the structural design procedures for reinforced concrete elements in flexure, shear and compression. On average you will spend about four or five contact hours per week in lectures, laboratory classes or in the design studio for this module.
 
Engineering Risk Assessment
The module assesses the risk of injury posed to the general public and workforce through the operation of engineering systems and infrastructure. This is considered in the context of civil and transportation systems and an indication is given of acceptable risk. You will spend three hours a week in lectures to study this module.
 
Traffic Engineering
This module introduces some of the theory that forms the technical basis of the management and control of urban road networks, including: traffic flow theory, transport modelling and operation of traffic signal control systems. You will spend three hours a week in lectures to study this module.
 
Construction Practice
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.
 
 

Typical final year modules

Compulsory

Investigative Project
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.

 

Optional

Advanced Structural Design

This module is delivered through six hours of lectures and example classes each week and will further develop concepts in structural design and its application.

 
Railway Technology
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. 
 
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.

 
Marine and Coastal Engineering

 This module is delivered through six hours of lectures and computer-based tutorials each week and covers the principles of water height variation, ocean forces from waves and tides) and energy conversion into electrical power and to the design of energy production systems.

 
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS Practical
A practical module which complements the engineering and surveying modules. You'll work for three timetabled hours a week, 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.
 
Highway and Pavement Design

 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.

 
Sustainable Construction and Life Cycle Assessment
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.
 
Geotechnical Analysis
This module will introduce students to the fundamental principles of constitutive modelling in geomechanics with the focus on the critical state framework for soil material modelling, and will enable students to apply these principles to predict soil behaviour under different conditions and model relevant problems in civil engineering. This module will be taught in three hours of lectures per week.
 
 

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.

 
 

Careers

You will be equipped to embark on a career in civil engineering or other disciplines that require numerate problem-solving graduates. MEng graduates will have the breadth and depth of knowledge to reach the top in their chosen career.

Professional accreditation 

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer(CEng).

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

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. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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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. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* 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

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

 
 
 

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