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Civil Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECU016 (BEng)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Civil engineers shape the world – literally. Responsible for planning, designing and building society’s essential infrastructure, they take a leading role in maintaining the quality of our personal and professional lives, managing a vast range of construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.

This professionally accredited integrated masters course enables you to progress from an undergraduate degree right through to a Master’s level qualification in four years of full-time study. The course fully satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Graduates will be ready to take a leading role in the civil engineering profession.

Coventry is home to the National Centre for Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT-UK) and offers cutting-edge facilities, including The Simulation Centre, the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation


Institution of Civil Engineers


Institution of Structural Engineers


Institute of Highway Engineers

A course accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers., a course accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway 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 Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

What our students say...

The course is great, staff are so helpful and look out for your best interests.

Daniel Corby

Course information

Your studies are underpinned by three core course themes, which are carefully balanced across all years of the course, centred on specific technical knowledge, construction practice and skills development through group project work.

You should gain an insight into the full breadth of design and construction disciplines that collaborate in the multidisciplinary construction industry. One distinct advantage is the benefit of practical experience brought to the course by part-time students already working in industry, who will study the course alongside you.

Throughout the four years of study, we will cover the principles and practice of civil engineering within a global context, including engineering analysis, structural analysis and design, highways and surveying, construction and project management, water and ground engineering.

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working with contractors, design consultants and local authorities, including Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, Warwickshire County Council, Atkins and Morgan Sindall.

The third year aims to bring students to the level necessary to enter professional practice as an Incorporated Civil Engineer; reflecting both the latest advances and research work in the subject together with the contemporary jobs market. Within your individual project, you will be expected to carry out detailed research into a technical aspect from the course with the help of an experienced supervisor. Project topics typically relate to research areas of supervisors and take the form of experimental projects largely relating to structural, material or geomaterial research.

In the fourth year, you should gain a deeper understanding of technical concepts in the modelling and design of engineering systems, studying subjects such as bridge engineering, construction contracts, structural dynamics, project and system management and advanced structural analysis and design.

97%

of our BEng students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Structural analysis and mathematics (MEng/BEng)

  • Design studies

  • Engineering analysis and materials A

  • Highways and surveying 1

  • Group project 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

Modules

  • Contract and project management

  • Structural design

  • Structural analysis and materials A

  • Geotechnics and hydraulics A

  • Highways and surveying 2

  • Group project 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

Modules

  • Professional placement or Study abroad

Overview

Modules

  • Individual project

  • Structural analysis

  • Geotechnics

  • Group project 3

  • Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Hydrology, modelling and water technology
    • Transport infrastructure
    • Steel and concrete structures
    • Construction management studies

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

Modules

  • Advanced structural analysis and design

  • Soil-structure interaction

  • Contract and project management

  • Computational mechanics

  • Group project

  • Leadership and research investigation

13th

We are ranked as the 13th best university in the United Kingdom in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

In more detail...

  • Expert visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnics Ltd.
  • High student satisfaction – 96% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 90% for the quality of teaching.
  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and of an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Access to the University’s Simulation Centre, which combines cutting-edge technology, the use of our Learning Curve interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors.
  • Strong track record of graduate employment – 93% of MEng graduates in work or continuing their studies within six months (DLHE 2014/15), 100% of those employed in professional level roles.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Ryerson University Canada, Rennes University France and National University of Colombia, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad (additional costs may apply).

Your main study themes are:

  • Structural analysis and design: We will introduce you to the fundamental principles of structural mechanics, structural behaviour of materials and mathematics for use in solving engineering problems, incorporating safety and sustainability considerations. As the course progresses, you will have the opportunity to cover more advanced theories of analysis for both statics and dynamics. The skill of using mathematics to develop engineering solutions to these advanced theories is essential and is embedded throughout.

  • Engineering analysis: This covers the principles of construction material behaviour, soil mechanics and fluid mechanics. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the various materials used in construction (such as concrete and cementitious materials, steel, other metals, timber, masonry components, polymers and emerging materials) and geomaterials (such as granular soils and clays), and their suitability for specific applications within the construction industry, while considering construction methods, safety and sustainability. You should also develop the necessary skills to interpret experimental data for use in solving engineering problems.

  • Highways and surveying: We will cover principles of traffic and transportation analysis, highway design and alignment and highway construction. You will also have the opportunity to cover the fundamentals of land surveying which culminates in a residential field course.

  • Group and project work: You should gain an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of civil engineering, and the importance of effective project management, teamwork, good communication and lateral thought. You will also have the opportunity to develop research skills throughout your course to enable you to establish creative solutions to bespoke problems.  

This course can be studied full-time over four or five years, with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study.

The programme may be followed in a part-time mode with direct entry from the second year and can be completed in five years (without a sandwich year). You can start the first year in September and a January.

Your course will be taught using lectures, with associated tutorials, laboratory classes, practicals 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.

At appropriate stages of the course, we try to organise guest lectures from current practitioners, which have previously covered topics such as railway design, tunnelling etc. You will have the opportunity to participate in a mandatory residential fieldtrip within the second year of the course, which typically takes place in Shrewsbury and focuses on land surveying skills. We also aim to organise construction site visits in the UK each year, with past students visiting various sites of Coventry University buildings, the site for the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham and the Birmingham University sports centre.

The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, mirroring the work you may do in professional practice. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem assessment and resolution; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report writing etc.

The MEng final year includes a group project based on real problems sourced from industrial collaborators and technical modules that reflect current research work in the School and is designed to introduce you to the latest thinking in the subject.

Teaching methods include: lectures, with associated tutorials, workshops and studio sessions.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, , online quizzes, posters and computer simulation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 50%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work: 20%
  • Coursework, presentations etc.: 20%

20% assessed by coursework/presentations

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Contemporary issues relating to a sustainable built environment, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and health and safety; appropriate mathematical methods, including those needed for modelling engineering problems; relevant principles of applied mechanics in the main areas of structural mechanics, soil mechanics and water engineering; principles of civil and structural engineering design; common construction materials; management practice and construction procurement; principles civil engineering and construction technology, methods and procedures; surveying and setting out.
  • Apply problem-solving skills in engineering applications.
  • Visualise and model designs solutions using hand sketching, model making and computer aided drawing in 2D/3D.
  • Formulate plans for undertaking programmes of civil engineering work at a range of scales.
  • Carry out laboratory investigations and associated data analysis.

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

In addition, you will be expected to complete 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time – including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Civil engineering is a global industry and this course attracts students from around the world, including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East, providing a multicultural learning experience.

If you opt for a sandwich year, you can spend time studying abroad; we currently have links with universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union. You also have an opportunity to spend part of your final year studying at Ryerson University in Canada.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course is great, staff are so helpful and look out for your best interests.

Daniel Corby

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU017 (BEng)
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies. DDM-DMM Engineering or Construction to include a Merit in Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians. 30 points to include Mathematics at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

University Course Code: EECU016 (MEng)
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
AAB-ABB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies. DDD-DDM in Engineering or Construction to include a Merit in Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians. 30 points to include Mathematics at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Assessed on an individual basis.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2018.

What our students say...

The course is great, staff are so helpful and look out for your best interests.

Daniel Corby

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


May 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


May 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


January 2019

£14,850 (per year)


May 2019

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Additional costs not included in the fees:

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

What our students say...

The course is great, staff are so helpful and look out for your best interests.

Daniel Corby

Career prospects

Civil engineering remains one of the world's great professions, responsible for some of the world’s most incredible structural achievements – from the 5,000-mile Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza built by a 30,000-strong workforce, to the Brooklyn Bridge, the first suspension bridge to use steel in its cables, and the Hoover Dam, named one of the Seven Industrial Wonders of the World.

In recent years, the demand for civil and structural engineers had continued to rise, particularly in countries such as Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and China. Construction targets aim to reduce cost, deliver faster, reduce emissions and improve exports, all of which rely on a successful infrastructure both in the UK and elsewhere.

As a graduate from this Civil Engineering programme, you should be well-suited to working in a range of civil engineering consultancies, contractors or client organisations. You should also have a sound base to further your education and training to become professionally qualified civil engineer. 

As well as the technical construction knowledge gained on the course, you will have the opportunity to gain a range of additional skills valued by employers – high levels of numeracy, literacy and digital literacy with strong leadership, organisation and teamworking.  These skills are transferrable to a range of other professions, including management, banking, accountancy, software development and so on.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

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.

90%

of our MEng graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for engineering consultancies, contractors and local authorities, such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Buro Happold, Atkins, Severn Trent and Warwickshire County Council.

£25K

Our MEng graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

I have a passion for knowing how things work and engineering does exactly that. I chose to come to Coventry mainly because of the support I got from the lecturers. I felt that their interest in me was genuine and that they wanted what was best for me when they suggested I do the MEng rather than the BSc. There are so many opportunities on offer in addition to your academic learning. This year I entered the Ford WISE Prize, a UK-wide competition that recognises outstanding commitment and achievement by female undergraduates in engineering, and came third. I attended an awards ceremony in London and was presented with my award by Princess Anne. The whole experience was fantastic. Engineering is a male-dominated industry and I am proud that I am proving myself in that world. My experiences at Coventry have helped shape the engineer and the person that I am today and I am very glad that I made the choice to come here.

Sabina Tayub , MEng Civil Engineering, graduated in 2016, now Graduate Civil Engineer at Balfour Beatty plc
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.