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Civil Engineering with Industrial Year BEng

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Civil engineering combines your creativity with technological and scientific knowledge that can change the world. You will learn how to design and manage high-profile projects. Working together in teams you'll learn about:

  • structures
  • geotechnics
  • materials
  • wind
  • fluids
  • transport
  • surveying
  • construction management

Modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Hydraulics 1

Mandatory

Year 1

Group Project

Mandatory

Year 1

Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 1

Mandatory

Year 1

Structural Analysis

Mandatory

Year 1

Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering

Mandatory

Year 1

Geotechnics 1

Mandatory

Year 2

Hydraulics 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Fundamentals of Materials

Mandatory

Year 2

Civil and Structural Steel Design Project

Mandatory

Year 2

Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Structural Analysis 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Geotechnics 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Advanced Mathematical Methods

Mandatory

Year 4

Individual Investigative Project

Mandatory

Year 4

Structural Concrete Design

Mandatory

Year 4

Geotechnics 3

Mandatory

Year 4

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Project

Mandatory

Year 4

Hydraulic Design and Experiments

Optional

Year 4

Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS (autumn)

Optional

Year 4

Engineering Risk Assessment

Optional

Year 4

Traffic Engineering

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Mathematical Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers

Optional

Year 4

Computerised Methods in Engineering

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Friday 17 March 2023.

Year one

The first year shall introduce you to the core disciplines and 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.

 

Year two

Core subjects will be developed in greater depth alongside further workshops; and a structural design project to help you see the application of your studies.

 

Year three

The third year of this course is spent in industry. You will receive support in applying for a year-long placement with an appropriate company. During the placement you will significantly enhance your engineering knowledge and skills. You will have regular meetings with your tutor throughout the year and will remain fully registered with the University.

 

Year four

Core subjects continue alongside a range of optional modules, and includes a major design-based project to help you see the application of your studies. There is also an optional Construction Practice module on-site.

 

Teaching methods

  • Group study
  • Independent study
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Practical assessment

On average, you will have at least 20 contact hours a week in year one and two. Combined with coursework and self-study, you may spend over 40 hours a week on your studies.

 

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

  • Key sectors for our graduates are:
  • civil engineering consultancy
  • civil engineering contracting
  • civil engineering management
  • finance
  • surveying

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

Average starting salary and career progression

97.6% of undergraduates from the Department of Civil Engineering secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £26,595.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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 consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.
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I spent a year working for one of the biggest construction companies in the world. I was working on a student accommodation project for The University of Essex where my main job was to manage the façade. The placement team helped me a lot in finding a placement, getting my CV right and getting through interviews

Weixhao Zhu

talking about his industrial year with Bouygues

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