Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

civil engineering students in hi vis vests doing field work
UCAS Code
H200
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Do you have what it takes to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale building projects, from roads to skyscrapers?

On this BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree course, you’ll get to grips with the theory, methods and skills needed for a career in civil engineering, in the city that gave the world Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

You’ll learn how to design, construct, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports everything from buildings and transportation to public amenities.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Create your own designs and models
  • Carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and soil investigation
  • Use our environmental laboratory located at a sewage treatment works
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnerships with local and global organisations
  • Boost your future career opportunities with the option to study practical diving and underwater engineering, and gain a recognised diving qualification
  • Get out of the classroom with visits to the Isle of Wight and construction sites around the city, plus a field trip to the National Construction College in Norfolk
  • Enjoy insights from industry specialists – recent guest speakers include practitioners from ICE, Atkins, MWH, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, Portsmouth City Council, Colas and Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Fully meets the educational base to become an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the educational base to become a Chartered Engineer

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can take a salaried placement year working in the industry, gaining valuable experience, and putting your studies to the test.

Previous students have taken placements at large-scale civil engineering organisations such as:

  • Dyer & Butler
  • Fluor
  • Kier
  • Portsmouth Water
  • Mott MacDonald
  • AECOM
  • WSP

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Careers and opportunities

The skills you develop on this course are highly sought-after by employers in fields such as:

  • civil and structural engineering
  • civil engineering contracting
  • construction engineering

This course fully meets the academic requirement for you to register as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meets the requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • civil and structural consultancy engineer
  • civil engineering contractor
  • graduate structural engineer
  • construction engineer
  • geotechnical engineer
  • highways engineer
  • railway engineer
  • transport modeller
  • environmental engineer
  • project manager

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

The degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). This assures potential employers that you have the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the civil engineering industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs and further study.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

If you go on the optional residential field trip in year 2, you’ll need to contribute around £230 to the cost.

If you take either of the 2 optional Diving and Underwater Engineering units in year 2, you’ll need to contribute to the cost.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

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

There are no optional units in this year.

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

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Diving and Underwater Engineering A
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering B
  • Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
  • Heritage Property
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development 3
  • Research Methods and Individual Project
  • Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Design of Bridges
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure
  • Soils and Materials 3
  • Transportation Engineering

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group work

There's an emphasis on learning through field trips and lab work with many practical opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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 1 students: 68% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 63% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 33% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 20% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 68% by coursework

 

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H200
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.