Our degree in Civil Engineering is a path for students to become a leader in tomorrow's complex world. City, University of London is committed to ensuring that its civil engineering graduates lead the way in technical expertise, strategic thinking, innovation and communication.
Civil engineers develop infrastructure and have a profound effect on the way people live through a consideration of function, aesthetics, economics and sustainability.
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, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. 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.
The following is also required:
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.
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Successful completion of the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics at the required level guarantees progression onto this undergraduate degree at City.
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City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
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:
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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 £23 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 £12.
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 15th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2021 will be considered only at City'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 at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £9,250 for each year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed.
** In 2020/21 the fee was £19,000 for the first year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.
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Engineering has been taught at City, University of London, for over 100 years. Our 6 engineering undergraduate programmes have particular emphasis on creative design. Four leading structural engineers share their thoughts on design innovation as we lead you through an inspiring historical journey through engineering.
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, AECOM, Arup, Interserve and 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.
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.
We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Learning involves lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, residential geology field courses 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.
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:
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 engineering design are also integral parts of the course.
Our Clerkenwell location gives you access to many of the leading civil and structural engineering contractors and consultants. They collaborate with us to support you during design exercises helping you to tackle real projects with constraints and challenges that would be encountered in practice. Feedback from practicing engineers helps you to develop your ability to apply technical knowledge in a creative way to open-ended problems.
Year one is common to all of the engineering courses. You will study the science (largely physics) and mathematics that underpin engineering principles. Group exercises provide you with the opportunities to undertake preliminary engineering designs. You will take the following six 20-credit and one 5-credit core modules:
You will begin to specialise in year two, through the study of geology and soil mechanics plus measurement and data analysis, in addition to tackling more advanced solid and fluid mechanics topics. If you are registered on the BEng degree, and average at least 60 per cent at the end of year two, you will be encouraged to transfer to the MEng degree. You will take the following six core modules:
The course becomes more applied in the third year with the analysis and design of typical geotechnical, hydraulic and structural forms including the use of computational analysis techniques and coverage of construction management. You will undertake an individual project and address the challenges of providing sustainable and ethical designs that are safe to construct. You will take the following six core modules:
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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:
Civil Engineering graduates have gone on to work with many of the leading design consultants or contracting engineering practices in the UK and overseas.
Recent graduates have worked on the Crosssrail project, the HS2 rail project and landmark buildings in the City of London. They have joined employers such as AECOM, Atkins, Balfour Beatty Engineering, Building Design Consultants, Jacobs Engineering, London Bridge Associates, Mott MacDonald, Arup, Ramboll and Skanska.