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BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Course overview

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Subject area

Architecture, Computing and Engineering

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This course will give you a solid grounding in the design, construction and management of civil engineering work.

We have great links with industry and high levels of graduate employment. You’ll enjoy regular visits to iconic construction sites in London as well as professionally monitored field study courses and projects.

Entry level is 280 UCAS points, and you don’t need A2 maths. You’ll take a top-up module in your first year that will underpin and extend your GCSE maths knowledge.

You can also gain advanced entry on to the final year of this BSc course by completing our two-year Foundation degree in civil engineering.

This makes our course ideal for students who, while not necessarily ‘maths geniuses’, nevertheless have good basic skills in that area and aspirations to develop a career in management or a range of technical fields.

UCAS points

96

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

H205

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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3rd

Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked third in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

 

Industry links

We have excellent connections with industry giants, and we’re accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

Weekly visit

We're one of only a few universities in the country who offer a programme of weekly construction site visits to major civil engineering and construction projects in London.

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Adrian Pettigrew

Civil Engineering, BSc (Hons)

Studying BSc Civil Engineering at UEL was the best decision I’ve ever made. The subject can be very challenging but the incredibly diverse nature of the University means that you can network successfully to find students with a similar level of knowledge and experience to yourself.

This – in conjunction with experienced, dedicated staff – means that the course is in no way intimidating.


Entry requirements

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

This course will prepare you for a range of technical and professional careers within civil engineering. We’ve developed it carefully through regular consultation with industry experts. 

At the core of your degree, throughout which you’ll combine academic and practical learning, is a thorough grounding in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings, roads, bridges, canals.

We’ll also give you a firm grounding in structural engineering – the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads.

Other areas you’ll study include geotechnical engineering, the behaviour and stability of materials such as soil and rock, and water engineering, which involves coastal engineering, treating and distributing water as well as managing waste water and sewage disposal.

What you'll study and when

Mathematics (core)
Physical Science (core)
Engineering in Society (core)
Land and Construction Surveying (Core)
Maths & IT in the Built Environment (Core)
Introduction to the Built Environment (Core)
Structural Mechanics & Materials (Core)


Advanced Technology, Planning & Production (Core)
Geotechnical Properties (Core)
Structural Form & Element Design (Core)
Advanced Materials (Core)
Mathematics for Engineers (Core)


This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Dissertation (Core)
Project Management Studies (Core)
Professional & Corporate Studies (Core)
Water Management (option)
Value Measurement Techniques (Option)
Structural Design (Option)
Building Engineering (Option)
Environmental Management (Option)
Traffic & Highway Engineering (Option)
Geotechnical Design (Option)

How you'll be assessed

We'll assess you through coursework, group and individual presentations, time-controlled assessments and exams. The balance between exams and coursework is approximately 30 per cent exams, 10 per cent presentations and 60 per cent coursework.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

You’ll study similar sub-disciplines of civil engineering to those covered in the BEng course, but with a different, more pragmatic approach. There’ll be a mixture of theoretical and practical work, with access to fully equipped civil engineering laboratories such as concrete and soil labs.

Collaborative or group projects are a key part of the course – as they are in the profession. In your final year, you’ll produce an individual piece of research. 

Our staff bring a huge amount of research expertise to bear on their teaching, so you can be sure that what you study reflects the most up-to-date thinking and practice. Alongside strong academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising civil engineers.

Each term, we’re visited by around 20 local industry professionals – known as the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) – to update us on changing recruitment requirements for graduates and to advise on coursework, projects and field trips etc. 

Current members of the IAB include Atkins, Thames Water, Watermans, Hardman Structural Engineers, Morrish & Partners, SRK Consulting and the London Borough of Newham.

Every year, our civil engineering and construction management students visit the Constructionarium at the National CITB Training Centre in Norfolk. There you’ll work as a team with a sponsoring contractor and design engineer, building scaled-down versions of famous bridges or buildings to gain hands on experience of what you have studied in the class.

Our Docklands campus is ideally placed for studying iconic projects in the capital, such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension, the Canary Wharf Crossrail station and the reconfiguration of the Olympic Stadium.
 

Learning by doing

Civic engagement – working on real-life projects to benefit our communities – is enshrined in everything we do at UEL.

We give you the opportunity to make a difference to society, and to develop yourself personally and professionally, by learning or volunteering off campus in London and abroad.

We offer a number of funding schemes to promote civic engagement:

Civic Engagement Fund – provides money for projects that support, promote and reinforce connections between students, staff and communities.

Civic Engagement Bursary – supports students who can demonstrate engaged volunteering prior to starting at the University and who commit to continue volunteering as a student.

London Scholars – provides an opportunity to undertake a six-month academic project tackling real-life issues in London.

Global Scholars – funds overseas projects which you undertake with fellow students from other countries. In 2014, UEL students travelled to Spain, Thailand, USA, India, Bahrain, Ethiopia and Dubai.

Going Global – funds UK students to travel abroad for study-related visit as part of course. In 2014, students travelled to 20 countries as far afield as China, India, Brazil and Uganda.


 

 

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Your future career

With a degree in civil engineering from UEL, you’ll be well placed to secure a stimulating and rewarding career.

The high quality of our teaching on the course is widely recognised, and the constant input from industry professionals ensures your studies will be highly relevant to employers once you graduate.

You might decide to specialise as a structural engineer, a hydraulic engineer, highway engineer or a geotechnical engineer. Your decision may be prompted by how your career develops in your first job and you start on the process known as Initial Professional Development, which takes between three and five years.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to land jobs at the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Thames Water, Hardman Structural Engineers, Morrish & Partners, SRK Consulting, Kier Group and in local authorities.

Others have chosen to work in other professional areas such as finance, education, marketing and housing.

Around 20 per cent of our students are from overseas, with many returning to work for local authorities or government departments.

If you decide to continue your studies, you’ll have the option of taking a one-year MSc course in Civil Engineering to pursue Chartered Engineer status.


 

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