Course overviewCivil Engineering MEng (Hons) course overview
This accredited integrated master’s covers structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Over four years, you will develop professional engineering skills, with a focus on innovative and sustainable solutions to infrastructure problems.
Individual and group engineering design projects demonstrate your expertise to future employers. Whilst a fourth year, at master’s level, helps you transition from study to professional practice.
- 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
- Fast track your progress to Chartered Engineer status, with a degree that meets all academic requirements for professional registration.
Our degrees are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as satisfying the educational base for providing a path for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We maintain this high level of achievement to provide students with the best opportunities for their future careers.
On this Civil Engineering MEng 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.
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 & (20 credits)
Introductory module explaining the key principals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
Solid Mechanics (20 credits)
his 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 the geology field trip. Complete an engineering design group 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 (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 with applied modules in analysis and design of typical geotechnical, hydraulic and structural forms. Learn about computational analysis techniques, construction management and sustainability issues.
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.
MEng Individual Project (Stage 3) (20 credits)
Demonstrate a deeper understanding and a greater depth of knowledge of specific topics in your chosen field of engineering. You are responsible for planning and executing the project.
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.
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.
Transition from academic study to professional practice with a major integrated design project supported by our industry partners and individual research work. This is complemented by advanced modules in analytical and experimental methods.
Advanced Analytical Methods (20 credits)
This course will teach the fundamental methods of the theory of elasticity and plasticity and how they are used. Students will also be introduced to two numerical modelling techniques, finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.
Advanced Civil Engineering Systems (20 credits)
This module focuses on advanced civil engineering systems and aims to provide you with the ability to understand, analyse and design these systems.
Design IV: Civil (40 credits)
The aims of this module are to enable you to create imaginative solutions for architecturally and structurally challenging engineering projects. Also, to extend your knowledge, understanding and skills for design of such structures, and to develop a range of qualities required for you to make an effective contribution to a multi-disciplinary design team.
MEng Individual Project (Stage 4) (20 credits)
Provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the Stage 3 Individual Project to investigate your chosen area of interest in greater depth.
Civil Engineering Practice (20 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to put your Civil Engineering skills into practice, learning more about the industry.
If you wish to gain practical experience during your degree, then you have the option of spending 12 months on a paid industrial placement. This industrial placement can be taken either between years 2 and 3 or between years 3 and 4. We strongly recommend this.
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Teaching and assessment
Assessment is by coursework and examination. Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
The MEng Honours Programme is a four-year, or five-year with placement, full time degree. Comprising 480 credits (4800 study hours) structured as four 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 MEng (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.
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Civil engineers plan, design and construct the infrastructure around us, working on projects such as motorways, railways, hospitals and airports. 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
- Bouygues Construction
- Farrans Construction.
If you want to become a Chartered Engineer – enjoying enhanced job prospects and earning potential – an integrated MEng offers the most direct route to achieving CEng status.
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 third year - if you are on the MEng (Hons) route.
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.
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