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Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)


Civil engineers change the world – literally. As a successful graduate of this course, you will help provide essential infrastructure for society and take a leading role in maintaining the quality of our environment.


Throughout the Civil Engineering course you will study subjects that will give you the necessary skills to analyse, design and manage solutions for innovative and complex engineering problems as a basis for future leadership in the civil engineering profession.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • A course accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE);
  • A course that is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See the JBM website for further information:
  • Significant opportunities for industrial placements at companies that have previously included: Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, Warwickshire County Council, Atkins and Morgan Sindall;
  • Studying with students on a wide range of courses covering other professional disciplines in an integrated department of architecture, building and civil engineering which reflects the modern interdisciplinary nature of construction projects;
  • A committed group of experienced academics who are active in research and have recent industrial experience, bringing their practical experience into the course to ensure it is current and relevant to the needs of industry;
  • Studying alongside part-time students who are working in the industry, giving you first-hand experience of construction and providing a rich learning experience that reflects the complexities of the construction industry.



*Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.




There are three core course themes which are carefully balanced across all years of the course: specific technical knowledge, construction practice and integrated project work.

Throughout the four years of study you will cover the principles of civil engineering including: engineering analysis, structural analysis and design, highways and surveying, contract and project management, water and ground engineering.

In year four you will study subjects such as: bridge engineering, construction contracts, structural dynamics, project and system management and advanced structural analysis and design.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated tutorials, workshops and studio sessions. In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: formal examinations 40%; coursework, tests, essays 10%; practical or project work 20%; group work etc.20%; presentations, posters etc. 10%.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of practical work (laboratory or field work) and 2 hours of tutorials (individual or group projects) each week

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials each week

Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BBC to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in Engineering or Construction to include a Merit in Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points to include Mathematics at Higher Level

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for engineering consultancies such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Buro Happold, Atkins, Severn Trent and Warwickshire County Council. In addition to the technical knowledge, the learning and team work skills you will develop on this course are highly sought by employers.


Included in the fees:

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Specified core textbooks;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Initial set of safety boots and hard hat;
  • Drawing equipment;
  • Training at the ACT-UK construction simulation centre

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Warm waterproof clothing for site visits: £150
  • Contribution to living expenses of mandatory residential field trips: £150 per trip (usually 1 trip for this course)

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability––and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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Civil engineering is a global industry and the course attracts students from around the world including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East. The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which civil engineering takes place. You will join students from many different nationalities and cultures which will give an international perspective to your studies and future career as an engineer. You will have the opportunity to spend part of your final year studying at Ryerson University in Canada. We currently have links with universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Student Profile Adrian Sorica

Most of my lecturers come from industry and the course is very practical. I like the idea of building something from nothing and seeing the end result.



Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich, or study abroad, 5 years part-time

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

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