Civil Engineering MEng

   
   
  

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UCAS code:H200
Qualification:MEng Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG
Qualification name:Civil Engineering
UCAS code
UCAS code
H200
Qualification
Civil Engineering | MEng Hons
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 provides 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. Residential surveying field course; opportunity to follow optional modules.

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)

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 the 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.
 
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.

 
 

Typical Year Two Modules

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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

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.

 
Design Project

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.

 
 


Typical Year Three Modules

Compulsory

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.

 
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.
 


Optional

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.
 
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 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. 
 
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.
 
Coastal 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. 
 
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.
 

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. 

 
 


Typical Year Four 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 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.

 
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. 
 
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.

 
Sedimentation Engineering

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.
 
Marine Renewables

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.

 
Highway 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.

 

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. 

 

Sustainable Construction

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.

 

Plates and Shells

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. 

 
Wind Renewables

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.

 
 

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.

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

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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