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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:
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:
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.
How will the course be assessed?
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework
38% written exam, 0% practical exam, 62% coursework
17% written exam, 0% practical exam, 83% coursework
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
- Soil Mechanics
- Work Based Project
- Design of Steel and Masonry Structures
Year three (Level 6) modules
- Commercial Management
- Final Year Project
- Environmental Protection Engineering
- Geotechnical Design
- Structural Design Project.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Work Based Project
This module provides students with an opportunity to develop research and analysis skill whilst investigating their own company’s organisation and project profiles. The module is intended to provide students opportunities to learn new subject-specific and generic skills and develop them through an iterative process of use and reflection.
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.
Year 3 (Level 6)
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.
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.
112 - 120 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.
These can include:
• A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
• Access to HE Diploma
You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.
This course particularly welcomes applicants with the following qualifications: - Progression or Advanced Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment - Courses in a related subject area such as National Certificate/Diploma in Construction/Civil Engineering/Engineering
Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.
Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.
Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
International entry criteria
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 http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country 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
Fees for home and EU students
- Main fee
Fees for overseas students
- Main fee
- £7,667 Find out if you are a home or overseas student.
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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.
You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.
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.
* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.
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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UK and EU students
Apply for this course at www.ucas.com 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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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
Florencia Barrios - 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.
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.
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:
- job hunting
- recruitment and selection procedures
- further study.
We are The Career University.