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 2020
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.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers  – meeting in full the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and in part the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

93% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

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

Facilities

Students undertake field work around the city.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

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

What jobs can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • civil and structural consultancy engineer
  • civil engineering contractor
  • graduate structural engineer
  • construction engineer

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.

I was able to confidently talk about my skills, and everything that I’ve gained since being on a placement year. I was actually offered five jobs before I left university.

Mimi Nwosu, Civil Engineering Student

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree

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

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

Year 1

Core modules

What you’ll do

You'll examine the risks and mitigation methods in cost and quality management, health and safety, and environmental management.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise basic techniques used in common construction activities
  • Identify health, safety, environmental and quality considerations relevant to the construction site
  • Outline materials for permanent and temporary construction structures
  • State appropriate construction methods and quantify resources
  • Identify common risks and mitigation measures appropriate for the construction process
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through 2 x 1-hour written exams (50% of final mark, each).

What you’ll do

You'll begin with algebraic manipulation and equation solving, then work with vectors and matrices before moving on to differentiation and integration.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Solve linear and polynomial equations
  • Manipulate vectors and matrices, and solve systems of linear equations using matrix methods
  • Apply differentiation and integration techniques to functions of one variable
  • Apply differentiation techniques to functions of two or more variables
  • Solve first-order and linear second-order differential equations
  • Select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to the solution of civil engineering problems
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 3 x 500-word coursework exercises (10% of final mark, each)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn skills that underpin consultancy and contracting, identify skills required for roles that interest you, and understand the roles of professional bodies in the industry.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Create intelligible scaled drawing using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Complete hand drawings in isometric projection, orthographic projection and eye height perspective
  • Recognise and apply the creative design process
  • Measure angles and heights with appropriate instruments and recognise sources of error
  • Distinguish the career paths and development needs in civil engineering and construction
Teaching activities
  • 36 hours of lectures
  • 36 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 144 hours studying independently. This is around 6 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute exam (10% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (15% of final mark)
  • a 500-word report (15% of final mark)
  • a coursework assessment (35% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you'll test steel, concrete and other materials in the lab to understand and describe their behaviour. You'll also learn to classify soil types and test their permeability and shear strength.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the constituents and properties of different types of materials and soils
  • Recognise concepts relevant to the behaviour and selection of materials and soils
  • Explain how changing the proportions when mixing concrete affects its manufacture and performance
  • Outline soil testing procedure
Teaching activities
  • 42 hours of lectures
  • 22 x 1-hour practical classes & workshops
  • 8 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 300-word report (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,200-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

To choose this module, you'll need an A-level in mathematics or engineering analysis, or similar.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Derive loads, resolve forces and carry out simple equilibrium checks
  • Analyse the forces in pin jointed frames
  • Calculate and draw shear force and bending moment diagrams
  • Calculate the required properties of non-standard beams
  • Evaluate the stresses in members that are subject to multiple actions
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 90-minute lectures
  • 24 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study the behaviour of fluids, and how they operate in conduits and channels. You'll also explore environmental science in its relation to civil and water engineering.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and apply key analytical principles of fluid mechanics
  • Apply the principles of fluid mechanics to a range of common engineering problems
  • Identify and propose solutions for closed conduit flow problems
  • Analyse the hydraulics of rotodynamic machines in association with their pipe systems
  • Perform flow analysis calculations relating to through open channels, control and gauging structures
  • Assess the impact of water engineering on the natural environment
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 2-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 1 x 2-hour lab class
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 129 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (10% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (30% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you’ll do

To take this option, you'll need to take Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design in year 1.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the virtual work method to determine displacements in structures
  • Examine and evaluate buckling behaviour of structures
  • Investigate and evaluate the degree of static indeterminacy of structures
  • Analyse statically indeterminate structures using both flexibility and stiffness methods
  • Evaluate the collapse load for steel structures, and predict their collapse mechanisms
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply basic philosophies of structural engineering design
  • Employ appropriate Eurocodes for a range of common structural elements in steel and reinforced concrete
  • Design simple structural elements in steel and reinforced concrete and present calculations in an appropriate format
  • Analyse loading paths in buildings and formulate calculations of basic structural elements
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour lectures
  • 22 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 2 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 3-hour exam (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse data using statistical software
  • Present your findings with appropriate graphical and statistical techniques
  • Perform risk calculations based on probability models of engineering and business scenarios
  • Explain basic economic principles and use common economic appraisal methods for construction projects
  • Develop cash flow streams for business within the construction industry
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll work on a design project that considers social, economic and environmental issues and follow our Department of Employability's Graduate Employment Unit. To choose this option you need to have taken Professional Development 1 in your first year.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the creative design process to a brief
  • Assess data required to undertake a design project
  • Reflect on the social, economic and environmental outcomes of your project
  • Articulate your design appropriately, using graphics, report writing and model making
  • Recognise what you want from a career, and the skills and knowledge you have to offer
  • Evaluate options and make an action plan to achieve your career goals in changing circumstances
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour lectures
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 168 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 500-word report (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll focus on structure-soil interaction, linking a fundamental understanding of geotechnical issues with its practical application.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand factors affecting the performance of construction materials
  • Recommend construction materials that are fit for purpose
  • Analyse and calculate the bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations
  • Measure the mechanical strength of natural ground, the undrained shear strength, stiffness and consolidation coefficients of soils in the lab
  • Describe the process of site investigation and compare different methods of sampling
  • Design a retaining wall and check its geotechnical stability
Teaching activities
  • 25 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 13 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 1.5-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll examine the use of BIM for existing conditions, animations and renderings, scheduling, sequencing and simulation of construction processes, measurement, estimating and costing, conceptual and detailed energy analysis, and facility management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the extent of fragmentation in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry and its impact on the successful outcome of a project
  • Critically evaluate when and what information is required and what tools will facilitate this data exchange
  • Appraise the different dimensions of BIM, what information is required, by whom and for what
  • Collaboratively work in multi-disciplinary teams to complete a construction project
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

To choose this option, you will have to make a medical declaration, pass a swimming test, and have a medical examination if necessary.

There is a fee for this unit.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the operation and use of SCUBA diving equipment
  • Display proficiency in basic diving procedures
  • Plan, organise and conduct safe diving activities appropriate to the circumstances
  • Describe and explain the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation, risk assessment and project reporting needed for a diving project
  • Plan a scientific dive and produce a written project plan
  • Use and explain a range of scientific and technical diving techniques
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 32 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • an external PADI Open Water Course (0% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll then learn how to apply your diving skills to the theory and practice of underwater engineering operations. To choose this option, you must have a basic diving qualification (e.g. PADI Open Water diving certificate or equivalent). You will also have to make a medical declaration, pass a swimming test, and have a medical examination if necessary. There is a fee for this unit.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Plan and execute a dive to 30m depth
  • Navigate underwater using natural features and a magnetic compass
  • Plan, organise and conduct safe diving activities appropriate to the circumstances
  • Describe and explain the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation, risk assessment and project reporting required to conduct a diving project
  • Plan a scientific dive and produce a written project plan
  • Use and explain a range of scientific and technical diving techniques
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 32 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical assessment (0% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You’ll examine construction requirements and potential in this growing area.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Illustrate the mechanisms of climate change and their relationship with energy use and policy
  • Analyse the thermodynamic cycles of energy generating technologies
  • Summarise the main features of conventional, emerging and renewable energy and energy recovery technologies
  • Appraise the construction issues associated with extraction, transportation and storage of energy resources and fuels and design appropriate features for such an installation
  • Calculate the energy use of buildings and assess the contribution of energy conservation technologies
  • Assess the influence of geological and geotechnical factors on the location of energy generation plants
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 16 x 1-hour seminars
  • 8 hours of external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll attend a one-week residential field course, working in groups, and will reflect on your activity on your return. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply practical engineering surveying techniques to collect field survey data
  • Assess the usability of engineering surveying equipment
  • Use independent methods to assess field survey data for integrity and consistency
  • Calculate the data for positioning engineering works, and construct physical controls in the field
  • Reflect on your performance as part of a team
  • Create computer-aided design (CAD) drawings to present your survey results appropriately 
Teaching activities
  • 2 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 56 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 60 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word portfolio (80% of final mark)
  • a technical drawing (20% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll experience work-related learning in Portsmouth Dockyard and Portsea to enhance your communication and partnership skills. You'll also evaluate best practice by comparing historic industrial structures and residential buildings with examples of refurbishment and re-use.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast cultural and environmental factors that enhance the value and influence the retention of heritage property by individuals and society
  • Evaluate the complex relationship between residential, commercial and museum needs when developing strategies and policies for heritage property management and development
  • Distinguish between various heritage conservation and planning strategies, such as World Heritage sites, listings and conservation areas, used by national and local governments
  • Analyse the key factors and evaluation techniques that must be included in a development plan for a heritage site, assessing their relevance and significance
  • Critically discuss literature on the cultural and environmental development of heritage interpretation and property management
  • Work as a member of a group to enable the researching, preparation and delivery of an oral presentation on the Portsea Heritage Project
Teaching activities
  • 16 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 hours of external visits
  • 8 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 148 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word group oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark) – prepared through workshops and group work
  • a 750-word written assignment (20% of final mark) – gives you experience critiquing a book relevant to Heritage Property
  • a 2,250-word report (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

As part of the assessment for this module, you'll evaluate your experience against the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Initial Professional Development framework.

You'll get the opportunity to put into practice your learning from the first two years of the degree and improve your chances of securing a professional level role upon graduation.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate your learning, personal development and future career opportunities
  • Describe tasks undertaken and responsibilities held in the course of (self) employment
  • Differentiate your employability as graduates, as a result of the placement experience
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour seminars
  • 195 hours of placement
Independent study time

N/A

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 4,000-word portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you'll do

You'll develop a fundamental understanding of project management processes. You'll also learn to apply basic principles and processes of project management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the principles of project management
  • Apply project management principles, including programming
  • Prepare a clear and well-presented project management report
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

Your project will normally involve the identification and analysis of a problem, and will involve investigations into:

  • design
  • analytical parametric study
  • laboratory experiments
  • field-based activities
  • case studies
  • surveys
  • documentary or database research
  • critical analysis

You'll be expected to comply with health and safety requirements and ethics procedures while completing your project.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Solve significant engineering or surveying problems, critically assessing the validity and limitations of your solution
  • Critically analyse and compare relevant literature, data and experience
  • Develop and plan a programme of work for an in-depth investigation
  • Design appropriate data collection strategies
  • Apply sound engineering or surveying principles to solve technical problems
Teaching activities
  • 16 hours of supervised time in the studio/workshop
  • 12 hours of tutor support and/or guidance
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (10% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 7,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll progress from conceptual design to a detailed design phase incorporating sustainability, health and safety, cost considerations and appraisals of your design choices.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Assess problems of civil engineering design and evaluate options
  • Make decisions in open-ended situations, and develop and design schemes to meet a design brief
  • Present and articulate design solutions in written, drawn and oral forms
  • Resolve issues related to working in small teams of your peers
  • Assess and incorporate constructability, health & safety, sustainability and environmental processes relevant to your design project
  • Carry out a costing and economic assessment of your design
Teaching activities
  • 32 hours of seminars
  • 12 hours of project supervision
  • 3 hours of external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 153 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study rainfall and its effect on available water, its collection and distribution, waste water and water conservation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Predict river flow and water resource availability by applying standard models
  • Examine non-uniform flow in open channels
  • Apply standard lab tests to examine flow behaviour, analyse water quality, and appraise compliance of results with appropriate standards
  • Assess the treatment processes, technologies and strategies for drinking water
  • Examine major waste water treatment technologies, their application and design criteria
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 120-minute lectures
  • 6 hours of external visits
  • 6 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 119 hours studying independently. This is around 7 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at technology and policy, managing demand for transport, improving usage of current transport infrastructure and methods of influencing transport trends.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the processes affecting the demand for transport
  • Predict traffic flows at junctions and on small networks
  • Design and model simple road traffic networks
  • Evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts of new highway infrastructure
  • Assess and evaluate traffic management techniques
Teaching activities
  • 20 x 2-hour lectures
  • 4 hours of external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word written assignment (40% of final mark) – a 4-person group assignment of 2,000-words total, 500 words per individual
  • a 90-minute exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to validate your geotechnical hand calculations with industry-standard software, and develop creative and economical solutions to live problems.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate failure mechanisms of soil slopes and compute slope stability analysis
  • Evaluate the problems related to geotechnical design and construction of piled foundations and retaining walls
  • Identify and propose remedial measures to slope and flexible retaining wall failure
  • Perform geotechnical design using established formulas and approaches to risk
  • Appraise the likely long term performance of a range of construction materials.
  • Design and specify construction materials to meet stated service conditions
Teaching activities
  • 1 x 1-hour practical class and/or workshop
  • 41 hours of lectures
  • 6 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 5 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study AUTOCAD software and career skills.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify your employability strengths and weaknesses, and take steps to remedy areas of weakness
  • Deliver strong presentations in a work-based interview
  • Assess your learning against engineering council attributes
  • Evaluate your opportunities for graduate level work in civil engineering
  • Produce AUTOCAD drawings with appropriate layout and detailing
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 2-hour seminars
  • 10 x 1-hour interactive case study presentations
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word coursework exercise (30% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral presentation (15% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (55% of final mark)

Optional Modules

What you'll do

You'll look at project planning, monitoring and control, and consider the influences that might affect your project's outcome.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain how clients, designers and project managers contribute to the success of construction projects
  • Analyse planning and programming processes, and write simple programs for construction
  • Manage projects in practical and contractual situations, in a commercial environment
  • Examine and apply the processes and purpose of project management, and assess the project cycle
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The placement furthered my skills in problem-solving, communication, time management, teamwork and individual initiatives.

Thomas Glenn, Civil Engineering Student

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 modules 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

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 if you're eligible to work in the UK.

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

Joshua's story
"I would definitely recommend Portsmouth..."

Joshua is going into his third year of study on our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree, having just finished a placement year at Geoffrey Osborne, a UK contractor. Find out why he chose to study with us, and what's next for him after graduation.

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

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops for about 18 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

Laboratory support

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers 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.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A level in a numerical subject. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,400 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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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 will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £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 do the optional Energy and Resources Infrastructure module, you'll need to contribute £100 to the cost of a field trip.

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

This is approximately £858 for the Diving A module and approximately £768 for the Diving B module.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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.

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