BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course summary

No.1 in the UK for student satisfaction for Civil Engineering courses – The Complete University Guide 2018.

This course achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.

Our civil engineering courses were rated:

  • Number one in the UK for overall satisfaction
  • Number one in the UK for teaching
  • Number one in the UK for personal development

This professionally-accredited course will provide you with the key analytical and practical skills and knowledge required to become a chartered civil or structural engineer. 

The expertise of leading industry consultants and businesses feeds directly into your accredited degree. You will gain a full understanding of the key civil engineering disciplines of structures, geotechnics, water engineering, and highway engineering. 

Why choose this course?
You’ll benefit from being taught by industry experts at the forefront of the latest world-leading research. This gives you up-to-the-minute knowledge of issues and developments in the field today.

You'll study all of the core subject areas, with a focus on analysis and materials behaviour. Later on in the course you’ll have the chance to specialise in areas such as design and management.

We ensure that contemporary matters are considered. For example, we will show you how to think about problems from a sustainable point of view so you are prepared for the ever changing needs of our world.

As well as preparing you academically, we will seek to prepare you for the professional world. We put emphasis on your personal development and will use our industry insight to identify the skills you need to grow and enhance to succeed in your chosen career.

Career and study progression

You will gain work experience during a work-based project. This can enhance your career prospects as employers will often seek graduates with hands-on experience.

Civil engineering can be traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines. Some of the careers our graduates can pursue include consultancy, government and research.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.bridge

Course accreditation


Course detail

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Health and Safety
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering Construction
  • Civil Engineering Practice
  • Construction Materials
  • Land Surveying for Civil Engineers
  • CAD for Civil Engineers
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers (Part 1)
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers (Part 2)

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Highway Engineering
  • Geology  
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Construction Laboratories
  • Design of Steel and Masonry Structures
  • Sustainable Civil Engineering.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Commercial Management
  • Final Year Project
  • Environmental Protection Engineering
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Structural Design Project.

Module summaries:

Year 1 (Level 4)

Health and Safety

This module is designed to give the student an understanding and appreciation of the requirements of health and safety legislation and its implementation for civil and construction industry.

Structural Mechanics

Structural mechanics is an essential core subject in all civil/ structural undergraduate programme of study. This module will lead to an understanding of the fundamental principles governing the analysis of structures; by analysing the forces and stresses that are induced in the elements of structures in their state of equilibrium.

Civil Engineering Construction

The module aims to give students a clear appreciation of the physical reality of civil and environmental engineering so that the designs and proposals that they make can be constructed as efficiently and safely as possible.

Civil Engineering Practice

This module is provided to develop the students' awareness of the administrative aspects of civil engineering projects. The module explains the basic principles of contract documents, tendering and other quasi-legal aspects of civil engineering.

Construction Materials

This module is intended to provide an overview and study of the principal materials used within the construction industry. The focus is on the selection of the most appropriate materials through the study of the engineering performance characteristics, the human comfort properties and the sustainability considerations of those materials.

Land Surveying for Civil Engineers

Land surveying gives students the opportunity to develop theoretical and practical experience on land surveying exercises. Regular fieldwork practice in this module will enable students to produce a portfolio of land surveying work that will demonstrate their skills and personal development towards a completed knowledge on working with land surveying equipment such as levels theodolites total stations and other land surveying equipment.

CAD for Civil Engineers

This module is intended to give civil engineers and other interested students an appreciation of the growing importance of two and three-dimensional CAD software. It will give hands-on training in some of the most up to date software complying with the latest British and European Standards. Intelligent object orientated design methods will be employed to create virtual models. Students will gain an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of analysis, client visualisation and design flexibility.

Mathematics for Civil Engineers (Part 1)

This module provides a mathematical background for the undergraduate study of engineering. It includes the study of algebraic and trigonometric principles including matrix algebra, essential principles and applications of differential calculus and the use of associated functions, application of mathematics to engineering problems of vectors and statistics.

Mathematics for Civil Engineers (Part 2)

This module provides the mathematical background for the undergraduate study of engineering. It includes the topics of Integration including integration using standard forms, integration by substitution, integration using partial fractions, integration by parts. The method of separation of variables will be used to solve first order differential equations.

Different applications of calculus in areas such as maxima and minima, velocity and acceleration, centroids, volumes and solids of revolution, root mean square and average values will also be examined. An introduction to statistics and probability will follow. Specifically, this will include studies of measures of central tendency, mean, median and mode, measures of dispersion (standard deviation and variance), variables and graphs, elementary probability theory, binomial and normal distribution, elementary sampling theory and curve fitting.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid mechanics is the branch of physics which involves the study of fluids (liquids, gasses) and the forces on them. Fluid mechanics can be divided into fluid statics, the study of fluids at rest; and fluid dynamics, the study of the effect of forces on fluid motion. It is a branch of continuum mechanics. Fluid mechanics, especially fluid dynamics, is an active field of research, with many problems that are partly solved, related to civil and environmental engineering.

Design of Structural Elements

This module consolidates and extends the understanding of the concepts of structural mechanics to the design of structural elements in reinforced concrete. This is achieved by developing an understanding of the relevant Euro codes and their application in design.

Highway Engineering

The module enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of traffic control systems and analysis, design and evaluation processes for roads and road junctions. The aim of this module is also for students to achieve a thorough knowledge and understanding of highway engineering principles and practice.


This module gives you an appreciation of the significance and influence of past geological history on the formation and behaviour of soils. It also enhances your understanding of the engineering properties and behaviour of soil as an engineering material.

Soil Mechanics

Soil mechanics gives a basic understanding of the soil engineering and behaviour of soil as an engineering material. It also gives knowledge of the basic soil mechanics tests by way of practical laboratory work. It covers basic concepts and theories of soil mechanics (e.g. consolidation, bearing capacity and seepage) and associated experimental tests in the lab.

Construction Laboratories

This module is designed to enable students to investigate and examine the various material and structural properties, along with human comfort factors. This will be completed in a series of experiments which the students undertake.

Design of Steel and Masonry Structures

This module consolidates and extends the understanding of the concepts of structural mechanics to the design of steel and masonry structures. This is achieved by developing an understanding of the relevant Euro codes and their application in design.

Sustainable Civil Engineering

Sustainability in civil engineering projects has not in the past been a major consideration – it is now a key objective. This module outlines civil engineering projects when designed and built in response to sustainability objectives.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Commercial management

This module is designed to enable students to study and analyse the commercial factors that apply to project delivery and the maintenance of buildings.

Final Year Project

This module is designed to provide students with the chance to investigate an area of civil and built environment which is directly related to their course. This will enable the student to develop research and written communication skills while they gain a greater understanding of the industry.

Environmental Protection Engineering

The module aims to stimulate students to critically analyse the existing areas of environmental protection by extending on fluid mechanics knowledge. 

Geotechnical Design

This module helps the student analyse the various parameters involved in designing soil structures and evaluate the interaction of soils with structures placed in or on soils. The module introduces the use of Eurocode 7 for basic geotechnical design.

Structural Design Project

Structural Design Project provides practical application for the analysis and design knowledge which are gained in the first and second year of civil engineering.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS tariff points or equivalent qualifications at Level 3 including Maths and/or Physics at Level 3 and Level 2 English.

This course particularly welcomes applicants with a Progression or Advanced Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or Engineering, or courses in a related subject area such as National Certificate/Diploma in Construction/Civil Engineering/Engineering.

We also welcome applicants with no formal qualifications. These applications will be considered on an individual basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


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We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

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Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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If you want to talk to someone about the content of the course, come along to one of our open days or contact the Course Leader.

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

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Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

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During the course

What our students say

Ahmed Rahimi, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate

"Three words to describe my university experience: Challenging. Interesting. Rewarding.

The favourite aspect of university life for me was coming back to study again, having worked for some years I really appreciated coming back to study again.

I liked how the course had a more intimate feel due to ratio of lecturers to students.

Next step for me would be to get employment related to my qualification until I start my Masters in Riyadh in 2015. Eventually I would like to apply to work with the United Nations.

In five years' time I hope to still be working in the UK."

Denile Lacmane - Student, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Denile Lacmane - Student, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Florencia Barrios - Student, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Florencia Barrios - Student, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tom Wycherley - Student, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tom Wycherley - Student, BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Civil engineering can be traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines. Our graduates can follow their career in any of the following sub-disciplines:

  • Structural engineering - structural engineering consultancies
  • Water resources engineering - utility companies
  • Transportation engineering - transportation authorities
  • Materials science and engineering - research centres
  • Construction engineering - civil engineering companies
  • Environmental engineering - local and national government
  • Geotechnical engineering - engineering consultancies.

This course boasts multiple professional accreditations, giving your qualification industry-wide recognition that can boost your career. We are accredited by:
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE)
Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation
Institute of Highway Engineers.

Successful completion of this course contributes to the academic requirements for the ICE grade Member.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our computing and engineering courses page to view the full range of courses on offer by our School of Computing and Engineering.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.