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Civil Engineering  BEng (Hons)

A degree in Civil Engineering from City University London equips students to meet the creative and technical challenges of the construction industry.

Overview

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Civil engineers develop infrastructure and have a profound effect on the way people live through a consideration of function, aesthetics, economics and sustainability.

City University London has been educating aspiring civil engineers for nearly 90 years. Our graduates are equipped with the skills that the profession demands and we are proud of the success they have enjoyed at the forefront of civil engineering in the UK and around the world.

City's strong representation at all levels of the profession underpins our close links with industry and with the sector's professional bodies. Our close collaboration with industry is reflected in our research, our approach to education and our emphasis on professional experience for all students. Accrediting bodies have commended the level of industry involvement in City's design projects, specialist lectures and placement opportunities. Our unique "Open Door to Industry" scheme and speed networking careers events in particular allow students to benefit from our central London location and develop an in-depth understanding of the profession they are intending to join.

A degree in Civil Engineering is a path to becoming a leader in tomorrow's complex world. City University London is committed to ensuring that its civil engineering graduates lead the way in technical expertise, strategic thinking, innovation and communication.

This course provides a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering, management studies and design. Specialist subjects such as surveying, transportation, environmental engineering and building engineering are studied.


Chartered Engineer (CEng) status may be reached by taking City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree followed by a Masters degree (or Engineering Doctorate) accredited by the appropriate engineering institution.

We also offer an MEng (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering which is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a CEng and an MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture degree.

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City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning is required to complete the education base for CEng.

See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade B
  • IB: 33 points, including 5 in higher Mathematics
  • BTEC: typically DDD plus 'A' Level Mathematics.
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year
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Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

H200; H201 with professional placement

Entry Requirements

For 2015 entry

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade B
  • IB: 33 points, including 5 in higher Mathematics
  • BTEC: typically DDD plus 'A' Level Mathematics.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

Foundation Programmes

INTO City University London

Our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing component and 5.5 in all other components.
  • GCSE: English Language grade C.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
3 years or 4 years including a professional placement

Course Content

City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course provides a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Management studies and design are also integral parts of the course. Design projects develop your ability to apply technical knowledge in a creative way to open-ended problems. Specialist subjects such as surveying, transportation, environmental and building engineering are also studied.

Design projects

Students benefit immensely from tackling design problems which are real projects with constraints and challenges that would be encountered in practice. The following companies are involved in setting these design projects:

  • Alan Baxter & Associates
  • Clancy Consulting
  • Arup
  • DP World.

They are joined by the following, who provide specialist support and advice to students during the projects:

  • Geotechnical Consulting Group
  • MLM Consulting
  • Royal Haskoning
  • Skanska
  • Rogers Leask
  • Edge Structures.

Field courses

There is a residential field course in geology for engineers at the end of year one and for surveying at the end of year two. In both cases we run sufficient courses each year to ensure that the group size is reasonable and students are able to benefit fully from the teaching and exercises that take place. Students work individually and in small groups on a variety of exercises and projects during the field courses, a format which has proved popular. Following their accreditation visit in 2010 the Joint Board of Moderators highlighted the "success of [City's] small group residential field courses" as a point of good practice.

Open door to industry

Launched in 2002, our Open Door to Industry scheme is unique and available only to City Civil Engineering undergraduates. It is a web-based system primarily used to match small groups of students (four or less per group) to opportunities for site and office visits.

20 companies have been involved in the scheme since its inception and more than 150 different visits have been posted onto the system, allowing over 600 students to visit sites.

When the scheme was created in 2002, New Civil Engineer called it "imaginative use of the internet at its best".

Course Structure

Year one

In year one, you will study fundamental engineering principles in topics such as structural mechanics, hydraulics, materials and mathematics. You will also study geology and develop basic skills in surveying, IT, computing and graphics. The course will introduce you to the civil engineering design process and civil engineering in practice.

Year two

Fundamental principles learned in Year one are then applied to the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures, the prediction of the mechanical behaviour of soil and the mechanics of fluids. You will learn more about managing construction projects and surveying and undertake design projects that include the outline design of real-life industry projects.

You can opt to transfer to the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course if you overall mark is 60 per cent or above at the end of year two.

Year three

The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course becomes more applied in the third year, with the analysis and design of typical geotechnical and hydraulic structures, numerical analysis techniques used in structural design and construction law, contracts and economics.

You will undertake a challenging individual project and work on an intensive design module featuring real-life projects. You will also take two elective modules.

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, coursework and projects, many of which feature contributions from practising engineers. There are also skills-based modules designed to improve graphical, oral and IT communication skills and two residential field courses, in geology and surveying.

Assessment is by coursework, prokect work and examinations held at the end of each year. Coursework and project work account for roughly 50 per cent of the marks for each year.

All years contribute to your final degree classification, with increasing weight up to the final year.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

You can opt to spend a year on an industry placement at the end of your second year. Work-based Learning Advisors are in regular contact with companies and will assist you with finding a suitable work placement. You will also be visited by your personal tutor while on the placement. You will be paid for your placement year.


Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

City's Civil Engineering graduates have gone on to work as civil engineers for many of the leading consulting and contracting organisations in the UK and around the world.

Recent graduates have worked on London 2012's Olympic Park and Village, the Crossrail project and landmark building such as the Heron Tower. They have joined employers such as AECOM, Alan Baxter & Associates, Balfour Beatty Engineering, Clancy Consulting, Jacobs and Skanska.

Professional accreditation

The BEng Civil Engineering degree course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • 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 www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning Programmes for CEng.

Civil Engineering

UCAS code: H200; H201 with professional placement


Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
Admissions Office.
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).