Course overviewCivil Engineering BEng (Hons) course overview
Studying civil engineering is the first step in an exciting career. You’ll develop technical expertise as well as skills in strategic thinking, innovation and communication.
Your professional training includes structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. We focus on innovation and sustainability, helping you develop environmentally sound solutions to infrastructure problems.
Our degrees are accredited, meaning your qualification will be recognised for its quality and relevance.
- Benefit from exceptional industry involvement in the degree programme, including projects set by industry and guest lectures from practising engineers
- Study in world leading test facilities, including our flagship Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, where you conduct research and test your theories
- Get hands-on experience with concrete casting, soil testing equipment and centrifuges
- Take an optional placement year to boost your employability. Recent placements have included Balfour Beatty, AECOM, Arup, Interserve and Network Rail
- Enjoy easy access to leading civil and structural engineering contractors and consultants thanks to our central London location
- Apply to transfer to our integrated master’s MEng degree ;if you pass the second year of your BEng above 60%, fast-tracking your progress to Chartered Engineer status.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council 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.co.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.
On this Civil Engineering BEng course you will develop a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Management studies and engineering design are also integral parts of the course.
Build a firm foundation in mathematics, engineering, physics, electronics and computing, with our shared engineering first year. Take part in engineering design exercises with your coursemates.
Mathematics I (20 credits)
This module is a primer in the basic mathematical concepts essential to Civil Engineering.
Engineering Science (20 credits)
Common to all engineering courses, this module covers the basic principles of engineering science.
Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics I (20 credits)
Introductory module explaining the key principals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
Solid Mechanics (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of stress and deformation due to external loads is essential to the design of the structural elements of engineering systems.
Electronics (20 credits)
Introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and analysis techniques of electrical circuits to enable higher level study on analogue and digital electronics.
Design I (20 credits)
Introduction to the skills, processes and methods required and to develop your understanding through design projects, which include designing, building and testing.
Personal & Professional Development (5 credits)
You will be set a number of tasks and activities around your main programme of study, which will be monitored, evaluated and discussed with you by your personal tutor.
Specialise in civil engineering with modules including geology, soil mechanics, and data analysis. Enjoy the learning experience of our geology field trip. Complete your second engineering design project.
Mathematics II (20 credits)
A continuation and expansion of Mathematics 1 and also introduces numerical techniques through the use of MATLAB.
Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics II (20 credits)
Introduce and develop beyond the fundamental principles methods covered in ET1070module in knowledge and understanding of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and energy losses in pipe network systems.
Structural Mechanics (20 credits)
This module introduces methods for the elastic and plastic analysis of statically indeterminate structures and structural components subject to a variety of static loads.
Geology and Soil Mechanics (20 credits)
Gain an understanding of the origins of natural soils and rocks and the influence of surface and tectonic processes and understand the physical and mechanical properties of soil.
Measurement and Data Analysis (20 credits)
Learn the principles of sensing, measurement, signal conditioning, and statistical analysis of measurement data.
Design II: Civil & Structural (20 credits)
Learn the principles of sensing, measurement, signal conditioning, and statistical analysis of measurement data.
Deepen your expertise in civil engineering with applied modules including construction management and computational analysis. Deliver two specialist projects and develop professional skills in engineering management.
Geotechnical Engineering (20 credits)
Basic theories for the mechanical behaviour of slopes, foundations and retaining walls. Principles of steady state/transient flow of water through soils. Investigation and remediation of polluted ground, ground improvement and the design of landfills.
Hydraulic Engineering (20 credits)
Theoretical background and analysis of open channel flow, the hydraulics and hydrodynamics of hydraulic structures and water waves and their interaction with offshore and coastal structures.
Structural Engineering (20 credits)
Advanced analytical and numerical methods to determine structural behaviour including effects such as dynamic response and instability.
Civil Engineering Management (20 credits)
Explore the processes required to plan and manage civil engineering works and see how these concepts are detailed in a contract and the related legal responsibilities for which civil engineers are accountable.
BEng Individual Project (20 credits)
The individual project provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from other parts of the programme to a major piece of individual work on a topic in engineering.
Design III: Civil (20 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to be involved in the various phases of a design project, with particular emphasis on sustainability in Civil Engineering projects.
If you wish to gain practical experience during your degree, then you have the option of spending 12 months, between years 2 and 3, on a paid industrial placement. We strongly recommend this.
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Teaching and assessment
Learning involves lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, residential field courses (geology and surveying) and group design exercises, many of which feature contributions from practicing engineers.
You will learn from a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study with help to develop sketching and other engineering communication skills. Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study.
In the case of residential field trips, we run sufficient courses each year to ensure that the group size is reasonable and you are able to benefit fully from the teaching and exercises that take place. You will work individually and in small groups on a variety of exercises and projects during the field courses, a format which has proved popular.
Assessment is carried out through a mixture of coursework and both theoretical and practical examinations. The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
The BEng Honours Programme comprises 360 credits (3600 study hours) structured as three Programme Stages, each typically delivered over 22 contact weeks, 4 examination weeks, 4 reflective learning (private study) weeks and 8 vacation weeks (which may be used for private study) per academic year.
A BEng (Hons) Programme therefore requires a commitment of 40 study hours per week during the academic year. Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/ 23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Civil engineers plan, design and construct the infrastructure around us, working on projects such as motorways, railways, hospitals and airports. That makes civil engineering a great choice if you want to use your interest in maths, science and technology in the construction industry.
City graduates have worked on some of the most important civil engineering projects in recent times, including the HS2 rail project and the development of London landmark buildings.
Recent graduates have secured work with:
- Network Rail
- Farrans Construction.
The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies.
Our team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure professional experience 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.
You can undertake a summer internship at the end of each academic year or opt to spend a year on an industry placement at the end of your second year.
Placements are paid, and are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. Undertaking a placement year could also count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.
In recent years Civil Engineering students have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as:
- Balfour Beatty
- Network Rail.
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 higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the 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.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
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