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MEng Civil Engineering (Integrated Master's)

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Engineering

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our MEng Civil Engineering degree, validated as a four-year course in 2014, is a fast track to the top of the civil engineering profession. It covers much of the same ground as the BEng qualification, while being additionally equivalent to an MSc degree. Your degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which is made up of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

In order to see it through, you’ll have to be confident of your academic ability. To join the course you’ll need to have at least 120 UCAS points (new tariff), including both A2 mathematics and A2 physics.

Students who are doing well in the second year of the BEng course are given the option to switch to this MEng Course, adding another year of study.

As well as completing numerous practical projects, which are a particularly important part of the MEng course, you’ll benefit from visits by top professionals who’ll offer you advice – and work opportunities.

Our Docklands campus is ideally situated 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.



UCAS points

120

Course options

Integrated Master's

UCAS code

4D77

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact 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).

Chartered Engineer status

The MEng degree is a new, demanding course of study that will set you on the path to becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Construction site visits 

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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Sarah Catmur

Civil Engineering, MEng, Course Leader

The MEng is for more academically able students. It’s very similar to the BEng but takes you further so you can go on to work towards Chartered Engineering status. There is an extra emphasis on teamwork and integrated design work.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

120

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects and must include Maths (minimum grade B) and Physics
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject. Must include distinctions in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 29 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level, must include Maths and Physics at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE Mathematics, English and either Physics or Double Science.

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.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

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

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.

What you'll learn

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

At the core of your degree, throughout which you’ll combine academic and practical learning, is the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of key infrastructure such as buildings, roads, bridges and 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 the study of water engineering.

Among the modules you will take are the Group Integrated Design project; Coastal Engineering; Traffic and Highways Engineering; and Structural Dynamics.

In your final year you will undertake a dissertation as well as choosing two or three modules from a selection of areas, including Engineering Management, Project Organisation, and Structural Stability.

By the end of your MEng degree you’ll have the essential tools to develop socially and ethically viable engineering solutions and to lead innovation in a fast-changing world.



What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Engineering Materials
Applied Mathematics & Computing
Thermofluids
Engineering Mechanics
Land Construction & Surveying 
Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Advanced Mathematics and Modelling
Structural Analysis and Element Design
Ground Engineering
Engineering Surveying
Water Engineering
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 five years to complete your studies, instead of four.
Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Capstone Project
Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Transport Infrastructure Engineering
Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation
Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Applied Research and Engineering Practice
Structural Stability and Dynamics
Design in Steel and Concrete
Highway and Railway Engineering
Environmental Sustainable Engineering & Logistics
Soil Structure Engineering
Intelligent Transport Systems

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes individual laboratory and research reports, practical, design and project work as well as group and tutorial presentations, and a final-year project.

Fifty per cent of the assessment in your first and second year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible so that you can develop and improve your written assessment submissions.

In your third and fourth years over half of your assessment will be based on design and research projects.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Our course offers you a mixture of academic and practical work, with access to top-class laboratories.

We won’t just tell you, “Here’s a machine, here’s how to use it.” We’ll say, “Here’s a machine, here’s how you plan it, design it, build it, programme it and use it.” We will give you the full picture.

Collaborative projects are a key part of the course – just as they are in the profession. You'll take part in a Team Integrated Design Project and you’ll also complete an individual piece of research supervised by one of our expert academic team.

Each term, we’re visited by members of our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB). The board comprises around 15 industry professionals who update us on the ever changing requirements for graduates and monitor the relevance of the course.

Current members of the IAB include Atkins, Watermans, Hardman Structural Engineers, Morrish & Partners, Siemens, Careys and the London Borough of Newham.

How does it work?
The industrial placement component is for a duration of an academic year, ie, normally 30 weeks including minimum 24 weeks of delivery time. It starts after students have completed the 1st year of study, ie, all the taught modules and the dissertation component of the MSc programme which together form 180 credits. In exceptional cases, after consultation and agreement with the Programme Leader and Head of Department, it is possible to start placement before the 60-credits dissertation component is completed. The criteria for progression to industrial placement part of the programme is that the students must have achieved at least one-third, ie, a minimum of 60 credits.
For international students on Tier 4 visa, CAS will be issued for a course duration of two calendar years, subject to their meeting the UKVI’s standard requirements. During the industrial placement period, students undertake an internship within a partner organisation and complete a 120 P-credit Industrial Placement Module.

How is the industrial placement secured?
It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure their placement. The University through the Centre for Student Success and the School will offer guidance and support; and recommend students to our industrial partners who are interested in participating in the programme. But the onus to find and secure the placement is on you, the students. If you are unable to secure a placement at the end of taught modules, you will be switched back to the 1-year full time taught programme without the placement component, and your student visa, if applicable, will be curtailed accordingly by UKVI.

What is the Industrial Placement Module?
The module descriptor can be found here. It is a 120 P-credit module, graded at either Pass or Fail, assessed jointly by the partner industrial organisation and the University and grades reflected on the students’ academic transcripts.





Your future career

With an integrated master’s like the MEng degree in civil engineering from the University of East London, you'll be well on your way to a successful career. The high quality of our teaching on the course is widely recognised, and the constant input from industry professionals ensures your qualification will be extremely relevant to employers.

Our Industrial Advisory Board plays a crucial part in regulating your study. This 15-strong board of industry professionals will also watch and ask questions as you present your Team Project. It’s challenging stuff, but it’s also the stage when a lot of recruiting is done.

The MEng degree in civil engineering is a new degree at UEL but recent graduates from our BEng degree course have gone on to work for Balfour Beatty, Transport for London, the Canary Wharf Group, Careys and Atkins. Others have chosen to work in other professional areas, such as finance, education, marketing and housing.

You might decide to specialise as a hydraulic engineer, a structural engineer, or a geotechnical engineer. Your decision may well be informed by how your career develops as you start on the process known as Initial Professional Development, which takes between three and five years. This is the length of time you’re likely to have spent in the industry before you’ll be eligible to become a Chartered Engineer.




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