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Course overview

Civil engineers design and manage projects that help improve the world we live in. On our course, you’ll learn about structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management.

We work with local engineering professionals who will help with site visits and give you lots of helpful advice. You’ll get the opportunity to work towards becoming a chartered engineer and be able to get work experience with well-known civil engineering companies.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 9th in the UK for civil engineering in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020
  • Get paid experience with a year out in industry
  • Be trained in industry standard techniques and practices

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

UK entry requirements
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, 3D design, chemistry, economics, psychology, biology, design and technology, geography, geology, computing or further maths.

General studies, critical thinking and citizenship studies, global perspectives and research, thinking skills are not accepted.

A level in Quantitative Methods is not acceptable in lieu of Maths requirements.

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades.

IB score 36 points. Including 6 in both Higher Level Mathematics and a 6 in a science subject at Higher Level. Physics is preferred. or 36 points. Including 7 in Standard Level Mathematics and a 6 in a science subject at Higher Level. Physics is preferred. We also accept the following IB Mathematics courses: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches = 6 at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level. Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation = 6 at Higher Level only.

Foundation progression options

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

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

How you will be assessed

Practical assessments in addition to the below: 

Assessment methods

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

Contact time and study hours

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.

Study abroad

There are study abroad options for this course.

Year in industry

There is the opportunity to spend a year in industry and we have a team of careers experts to support you in finding the right placement. During the placement you are classed as an employee of the host company and will receive a salary.

Placements are usually undertaken in the UK, but can be anywhere in the world.

Please use UCAS code H20B for MEng Civil Engineering including a year in industry.

What is it like to study Civil Engineering at UoN?

Hear what our students have to say about studying Civil Engineering at UoN.

Modules

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.

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 and example classes each week to study for this module.

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.

Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 1

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.

Structural Analysis

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.

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 in soils and ground investigation. In an average week you’ll spend four hours in lectures, example classes and practicals per week.

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 may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

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.

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 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, whilst 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

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.

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.

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.

Advanced Mathematical Methods

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.

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 may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Core

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.

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.

Geotechnics 3

This module introduces the fundamentals of consolidation and the different components of settlement. In addition, shallow and deep foundation design, from both a fundamental and Eurocode approach is covered. Reinforced soil, 1D & 2D water flow through soils, and sustainability considerations in geotechnical design are also discussed.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) 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.

Hydraulic Design and Experiments

This module addresses real-world hydraulic applications and designs using the theory learnt by the students in Hydraulics 1 and 2 and newly obtained knowledge about urban drainage systems, flood protection, water supply and surge protection. Seven laboratory experiments cover fundamental aspects of hydraulics in open channel flow, pipe flow and river flow. A number of common hydraulic systems will be designed under application of the newly obtained knowledge in the class room and the laboratory.

Optional

Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS (autumn)

The module describes the theoretical and practical aspects of photogrammetry, laser scanning and gives an introduction to geometrical remote sensing. Subjects covered include:

  • Single and multi image/photograph geometry
  • Digital imagery and processing
  • Selected work flow and procedures
  • Data capture techniques and products
  • Aerial triangulation
  • Airborne and mobile laser scanning
  • Recent developments

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 3 week 1 hour

3 hour morning block

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 1 100.00 written examination (unseen)
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.

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 (ODES) typical in Engineering.

Techniques covered include: method of variation of parameters, Laplace transform methods, Taylor series method, Frobenius method, asymptotic regular perturbations and strained coordinates and multiple scales. Each week there will normally be a one one-hour lecture and a two hour workshop to introduce key mathematical knowledge on module topics.

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 may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

A wide range of optional modules, including a major group design project and individual investigative project, are available during this final year.

If you choose to take a year in industry, this will usually be during your fourth year and you will then study the following modules on your return.

Core

Individual Investigative Project

You will undertake a long-term individual research project appropriate to your particular interests. It normally takes the form of an investigative, development or design project ending as a detailed final report. Projects involve lab work, field investigations or computer modelling and require data collection and analysis.

Group Design Project

Working in groups, you'll design and plan a major civil engineering project. Typical projects include water works, major highway schemes and retail parks. Staff and visiting professional engineers provide guidance.

Optional

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.

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, 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.

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 the 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.

Dynamics and Wind Engineering

This module considers the effects of wind on structures. It shows how the wind loading codes are developed from first principles and how they can be applied to predict wind induced forces in structures. The dynamic response of structures to wind is studied with the help of wind tunnel tests.

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.

Managing Infrastructure Systems

The use of reliability assessment techniques to investigate the likelihood and causes of failure, and to support asset management decision making is considered in this module. It covers techniques that can be used to model the failure and degradation of assets, and the impacts of inspection and maintenance strategies on the asset lifecycle. The studied techniques enable the objective critical evaluation of systems and assets, and also allow the selection of optimal asset management strategies which will be discussed in the context of their application to asset infrastructures.

Advanced Structural Analysis

The module will look into advanced structural analysis methods including finite element, non-linear analysis and stability. It will also look into the analysis of dynamic systems.

Geotechnical Modelling (autumn)

This module will reinforce and advance some of the principles of soil mechanics previously learnt, and describe the principles of Critical State Soil Mechanics (CSSM), a model used to predict the behaviour of soils.

It includes revision of previous concepts, shear box and triaxial tests data analysis, critical state line, elasticity and plasticity, development of an elasto-plastic soil model, and constitutive model application in numerical simulations.

Students will learn about and conduct their own triaxial tests on soil samples within the laboratory such that they can obtain constitutive model parameters for the soil. Students will learn to use a finite element method (FEM) software package that is popular for geotechnical analyses as well as the principles of physical modelling using a geotechnical centrifuge. The coursework element will require students to use constitutive model parameters obtained from triaxial testing within FEM analyses.

The FEM analyses will include

  1. the replication of the triaxial tests and verification of results against analytical predictions (using CSSM), and
  2. simulation of a boundary value problem (e.g. vertical loading of a foundation), for which they will compare numerical predictions against a centrifuge test data set provided to them.

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Computing 3 weeks 3 weeks 2 hours
Lecture 8 weeks 3 weeks 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 50.00 Experimental and Numerical Analysis Report
Exam 50.00 Two hour examination
Advanced Structural Design

The module will look into the design of specialised structural systems such as composite beams and floors, portal frames, tubular trusses, and pre-stressed concrete beams and slabs. It will also look into connection behaviour, the design of steel moment connections and sway stability of buildings. A major group design exercise will illustrate the approach to the design of complete structures.

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 may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2020*
Keep checking back for more information
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

If you choose to attend the Constructionarium, you will be charged an accommodation fee of approximately £200.

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.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 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

We offer a range of Undergraduate Excellence Awards for high-achieving international and EU scholars from countries around the world, who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers. This includes our European Union Undergraduate Excellence Award for EU students and our UK International Undergraduate Excellence Award for international students based in the UK.

These scholarships cover a contribution towards tuition fees in the first year of your course. Candidates must apply for an undergraduate degree course and receive an offer before applying for scholarships. Check the links above for full scholarship details, application deadlines and how to apply.

Careers

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.

Professional accreditation 

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

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

See 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.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

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).

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the ICEIStructECIHT and IHE.

It is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

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" There are so many industries out there who really look for civil engineers because it shows you can do maths skills, you can do physics skills and it shows problem solving and team working skills too. If you study civil engineering at university it opens up so many doors for other jobs, not just civil engineering. "
Eva Hallas

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