Civil Engineering BEng


Fact file - 2019 entry

BEng Hons Civil Engineering
UCAS code
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
Maths A level or 6 at Higher Level (IB) and A level or 5 at Higher Level, from 3D design, 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, 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
36-34; 6 points required from mathematics at Higher Level and 6 points required in a science subject at Higher Level (preferably physics)
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
100 places available for all courses across the department


This course provides a solid grounding in core subjects, including structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management.
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Our course provides a solid grounding in core subjects, including structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management, with opportunities to study additional areas, such as transportation and geospatial engineering. There are projects for all students in all years. They cover design, surveying and research in a range of topics.

Year one 

An introduction to the core disciplines and the 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 

Core subjects continue alongside a range of optional modules; individual investigative project and major group design project. It may be possible to take a limited selection of fourth year modules as optional modules in the third year.

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: AAB 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.

IB: 36-34; 6 in maths at Higher Level plus 5 at Higher Level in second subject. See A level subjects above. 

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

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.  


The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

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 in soils and ground investigation. In an average week you’ll spend four hours in lectures, example classes 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 and example classes each week to study for this module.
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.

Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies

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
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.
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 example classes per 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, 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

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 final year modules

Individual Investigative Modules
Students choose a project in their preferred discipline and plan a detailed investigation. 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 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.
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.

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.

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.


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

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

Professional accreditation

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. 

See for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

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 2016, 100% of undergraduates 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 £24,940 with the highest being £30,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2015/16. 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.

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:


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 38 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.

Faculty-specific funding

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


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