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Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)


Civil engineering is a challenging, demanding and rewarding profession, and will enable you to contribute to the present and future well-being of modern and developing societies throughout the world.


 Throughout this course you will study subjects that will give you the necessary expertise to analyse, design and manage solutions for innovative and complex civil engineering projects.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • A course that is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and fully satisfying the educational base of an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) website for further information:
  • opportunity to transfer onto the MEng in Civil Engineering subject to academic performance;
  • significant opportunities for industrial placements at companies that have previously included: Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, 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 interdisciplinary nature of construction projects;
  • a teaching team who are active in research and have industrial experience, who bring their expertise into their teaching to ensure it is relevant to the needs of industry;
  • relevant field trips and site visits to see how real construction projects are undertaken;
  • a course that achieved an overall satisfaction of 100% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013.





Institute of Civil Engineers            The Institution of Structural Engineers

*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.

See the Coventry University and JBM websites for further information:


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

Throughout the three 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 your final year you will get the chance to specialise in one of the following subjects: hydraulics, transport infrastructure or steel and concrete structures.


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 can 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 20%;
  • presentations, posters etc.10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


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) 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 each week studying and revising in your own time – 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 and Further Mathematics for Technicians

Access: Assessed on an individual basis

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

For details of other acceptable qualifications please click here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

As a successful graduate of this course you will meet the educational requirements to be able to work as an engineer in the construction industry, usually for a design consultant, contractor or local authority. Graduates from this course have gone on to work for engineering consultancies such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Buro Happold and other employers such as Warwickshire County Council.

However, if you aspire to become a Chartered Engineer you will need some additional study after this degree course such as studying our MSc in Civil Engineering; or our MSc in Civil and Structual Engineering; or transfer onto the MEng in Civil Engineering.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing's own comprehensive package of support, EC Futures, involves a wide range of employer initiatives, course activities, professional guidance and technical work experience programmes to help students ultimately secure the right graduate role.


Included in the fees:

Specified core reading material;
Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
Initial set of safety boots and hard hat;
Drawing equipment

Additional costs not included in the fees:

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
Warm waterproof clothing for site visits: £150


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.

Click here for further details.


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 you an international perspective to your studies and future career as an engineer. We currently have links with universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union. These provide opportunities for student and staff exchanges and joint student projects.


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


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