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  1. Civil Engineering with Architecture (BEng)
    1. 2016

Civil Engineering with Architecture

BEng (Hons) |
Civil Engineering with Architecture at City will provide you with the skills to design, construct, manage and improve the environment.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016


3 years or 4 years including a professional placement.



Full-time: £9,000 per year


Full-time: £14,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

H2K1; H2KD with professional placement.

Who is it for?

This course is designed to equip students looking to meet the creative and technical challenges of the construction industry.


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.

A degree in Civil Engineering with Architecture 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.

  • City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture course will provide you with a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering.
  • You will focus on the creative aspects of civil engineering by studying design in an architectural context.
  • Specialist subjects such as architectural surveying and building engineering are studied, with residential field trips for geology and surveying.
  • 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.
  • Following completion of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture, chartered status may be reached by completing a Masters degree (or Engineering Doctorate) accredited by the appropriate engineering institution.
  • Chartered status may be reached by taking the BEng (Hons) degree followed by a Masters degree (or Engineering Doctorate) accredited by the appropriate engineering institution. Alternatively, City's integrated MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture degree offers a direct route to achieving CEng professional registration.
  • You can opt to transfer to MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture course if your overall mark is 60 percent or above at the end of year two.


Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) logoInstitution of Structural EngineersEngineering Council accredited degree

City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture 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 educational base for CEng. The Joint Board of Moderators provide further information on Learning Programmes for CEng.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 30 points overall including at least grade 5 in both Higher Level Maths and a Higher Level science subject (preferably Physics).
  • BTEC Diploma: We only accept the BTEC Extended Diploma (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering and Construction & The Built Environment) when accompanied with an A-level in Mathematics at grade B or above.
  • Access courses: We only accept Access to HE into our foundation programme with merits in at least 15 credits in Level 3 Mathematics modules.
  • A-Levels: 320 UCAS tariff points from 3 A-Levels, including at least grade B in both Mathematics and a science subject (preferably Physics). We do not accept the following subjects: Critical Thinking, Use of Maths, Key Skills and General Studies. If you are taking a language subject as part of your A-Level choices, please note that it will be counted as half the UCAS tariff points achieved if the language is in your native tongue.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND): We only accept subjects in Civil Engineering with Distinctions for possible entry direct into the 2nd year. This will be based on the modules taking/taken and grades received.
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC): We only admit into the foundation year with a relevant engineering subject. This will be based on the modules taking/taken and grades received.

Applicants need to demonstrate drawing skills, either by qualification (such as GCSE Art) or by presenting a portfolio of work.

Please note: Transfer into the second year of this programme is not possible.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Engineering and Mathematics. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of an approved English language qualification. We accept the following:

  • GCSE English Language, grade C or above
  • IGCSE English language, grade C or above
  • IELTS Academic or UKVI, 6.0 overall including no less than 5.5 in the other sub tests
  • Pearson test, 51 overall and no less than 51 in each area
  • GCE A Level or AS Level English language, grade C or above
  • IB: English as a first language, standard level grade 4 and as a second language, higher level grade 4

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. Find out more about:

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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

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 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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.


For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223

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).

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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. Students on placement are visited by their personal tutor.

You will be paid for your placement year.

Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Find out more about placements.

Academic facilities

We have an array of recently refurbished facilities, including exceptional laboratories.

The Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility is the centrepiece of the Civil Engineering Laboratory which also accommodates a large flexible laboratory space used for centrifuge model preparation, model testing at 1g, concrete testing and teaching.

Adjacent to this are concrete mixing and casting facilities, a temperature-controlled soil element testing laboratory and a concrete durability laboratory.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture course is delivered through a combination of lectures, coursework and projects. Architectural design modules are held at London Metropolitan University. Two residential field courses are held in geology and surveying.

Assessment is by means of coursework, project work and examinations held at the end of each year. Coursework and project work accounts for around 50 per cent of the marks for each year.

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

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

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, New Civil Engineer called it "imaginative use of the internet at its best".

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


City's BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Architecture course allows you to focus on the creative aspects of civil engineering by studying design in an architectural context. Specialist subjects such as surveying, and building engineering are also studied. There are residential field trips for geology and surveying.

Year 1

In year one, you will study fundamental engineering principles in topics:

  • Structural mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Materials
  • Mathematics

You will also learn basic skills in surveying and IT, and focus on:

  • Civil engineering practice
  • Architectural design and drawing

You will develop your skills and techniques required to plan and present your own solution to an architectural design brief.

Year 2

The fundamental principals learnt in year one are applied to the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures, the prediction of the mechanical behaviour of soil and the mechanics of fluid.

You will learn more about managing construction projects and surveying and developing an architectural design brief for a significant project. You will have an option to transfer to the MEng (Hons) course if your overall mark is 60% or above at the end of year two.

Year 3

You will study 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 an individual project with an architectural design component and provide architectural input to an intensive design project.

Additional modules include:

  • Engineering management
  • Civil engineering paper
  • Architectural surveying and geomatics

The following companies are involved in setting the 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.

Career prospects

City's Civil Engineering with Architecture 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 the Olympic Park and Village, the Crossrail project and landmark buildings in the City of London, such as the Heron Tower. They have joined employers such as AECOM, Alan Baxter & Associates, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Clancy Consulting, Jacobs and Skanska.

Find out how studying at City University London helps to improve your job prospects.

80% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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