Develop creative, practical and theoretical skills for the construction industry
Why take this course?
Civil engineering is key to economic and social stability throughout the world. From roads and bridges to skyscrapers and airports, modern civil engineers plan, design, construct and manage the large-scale public works and amenities that underpin our society.
This course is a dynamic mix of specialist civil engineering knowledge and essential learning of current technical and practical methods.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Transfer from the BEng to the MEng course at the end of either the first or second year
- Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations
- Venture overseas on a European exchange programme or do a paid work placement in industry
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. It fully meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
This means that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). We maintain excellent links with these professional bodies and regularly update and advise you on matters relating to your progress to professional status.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- civil engineering
- site engineering
- project management
The placement furthered my skills in problem-solving, communication, time management, teamwork and individual initiatives.
Thomas Glenn, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering student
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- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a**
*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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- School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
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Structure & Teaching
During your first year you will study fundamental engineering principles and be introduced to the key theories upon which civil engineering practice is based.
Core units in this year include:
- Construction Management and Practice
- Engineering Analysis
- Professional Development 1
- Soils and Materials 1
- Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
- Water and Environmental Engineering
In year two you will extend your understanding and ability to analyse complex civil engineering systems. You will learn how to design and model the behaviour of complex structural elements, analyse the performance of soils and major construction materials as well as apply mathematical, probabilistic and numerical techniques to civil engineering problems and many more.
Core units in this year include:
- Behaviour of Structures
- Design of Structural Elements
- Numerical Skills and Economics
- Professional Development 2
- Soils and Materials 2
- Water Infrastructure
Options to choose from in this year include:
- Diving and Underwater Engineering A
- Diving and Underwater Engineering B
- Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
- Heritage Property
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
Your final year will build on all the knowledge you have acquired enabling you to analyse, design and manage civil engineering systems in an integrated manner. You will also complete your dissertation on a topic of your choice.
Core units in this year include:
- Professional Development 3
- Research Methods and Individual Project
- Integrating Project
Options to choose from in this year include:
- Design of Bridges
- Energy Resources and Infrastructure
- Soils and Materials 3
- Transportation Engineering
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work, and be fully supported throughout your degree. We promote many practical teaching methods by way of lab and field work supplying you with proactive, hands-on learning opportunities.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year one students: 35% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 65% studying independently and 0% on work placement
- Year two students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
- Year three students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 82% studying independently and 0% on work placement
We guarantee sustained feedback to make sure your studies are on track. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, providing you with valuable skills and experience, including:
- written exams
- web assessments
- essays and reports
- project presentations
- a 10,000-word dissertation
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year one students: 68% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
- Year two students: 63% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 33% by coursework
- Year three students: 20% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
Dr Lee Woods
You are supported throughout your degree course by excellent lectures, seminars, labs and a virtual learning environment. Staff have extensive experience in industry and academia ensuring that our curriculum is relevant to employers and based on cutting edge research. Meeting recent graduates at industry events and hearing about the fantastic careers they are embarking on, gives us great confidence in this course.
Facilities & Features
We offer you a range of labs where you can carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and chemical investigation. We also have an onsite environmental laboratory located at a real sewage treatment works. All are well equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.
Go on site visits and carry out fieldwork that will introduce you to the markets and environments in which you will eventually work. Undertake field studies in surveying, soil mechanics, environmental hydraulics and construction. We also have a network of civil engineering consulting and contracting organisations that provide real-life case studies. This course makes extensive use of the ‘real-world laboratory’.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Other costs to consider
We will provide hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy safety boots costing approximately £35.
For the optional residential field trip in year two, a contribution of about £230 is required.
There are two optional Diving and Underwater Engineering units in year 2, for which a contribution is required of approximately £858 for Diving A and £778 for Diving B.
Careers & Opportunities
Working in the construction and engineering sector will make an interesting, challenging and rewarding career. There will be a wide range of roles within the construction industry open to you once you have completed your studies.
This course is an appropriate first degree leading to a recognised professional qualification in civil engineering should you wish to continue your studies. What’s more, it also meets the entry requirements for many of the major graduate engineering programmes.
Overall, you will be a versatile graduate who will have the employable skills to secure work in many areas of the job market.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- civil and structural consultancy engineer
- civil engineering contractor
- graduate structural engineer
- construction engineer
Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement, but also acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability, as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.
Examples of companies our students have taken up placements with include:
- Blair Rains M&E Design
- Portsmouth Water
- Bardon Contracting
- Cemex Rail Productions Ltd
Types of placement roles that could be relevant to this course include:
- trainee site engineer
- trainee highway engineer
- assistant project manager
We also offer you the chance to do part of your studies abroad. Our educational links branch out to institutions in France, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
Having recruited three Industrial Placement students from the University of Portsmouth who performed exceptionally whilst with us, BAM Nuttall are keen to continue working closely with the University. The students demonstrated excellent safety awareness, were extremely conscientious, motivated, and all got on well with their peers on site. As a result of their performance on site, they have now been sponsored by us for the remainder of their degree courses and will join us once they graduate. Since their return to university, I have heard from the sites that they are very much missed!
Nicola Young, Student Liaison Officer at BAM Nuttall Ltd