Civil and Structural Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

H221 (BEng)
H201 (MEng)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4 years full-time (MEng award)
5 years sandwich
5 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Overview

With the ever-increasing global population and effects of global warming, there is a significant and foreseeable demand on the construction industry to build more sustainably efficient structures. Structural Engineers are being tasked with designing more complex structures whilst minimising the use of construction materials.

Structural Engineers are involved with shaping the future of our cities and responsible for designing new and exciting buildings using ever-evolving technology and materials.

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering.

This professionally accredited course enables you to achieve a degree level qualification in three years of successful full-time study. The course partially satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and fully satisfies the educational base for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. We aim to ensure that graduates are ready to take a pivotal role in the civil or structural engineering profession.

Coventry University aims to offer a very practical civil engineering courses with a significant amount of embedded laboratory work.

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:

The MEng degree course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The BEng (Hons) degree course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for 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. See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

Institution of Civil Engineers


The Institution of Structural Engineers


The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation


Institute of Highway Engineers

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.

We aim to give you an insight into the full breadth of design and construction disciplines that collaborate in the multidisciplinary construction industry. Full-time students may also have the opportunity to benefit from the practical experience brought to the course by part-time students already working in industry.

Throughout the three years of study, this course will cover the principles and practice of civil and structural engineering within a global context, including structural analysis and design, materials, geotechnics, highways and surveying, construction and project management, hydraulics and water 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 with companies such as Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Interserve, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, Severn Trent Water and Warwickshire County Council.

The third year aims to bring students to the level necessary to enter professional practice as an Incorporated Civil and Structural Engineer. Within your Individual Project module, you will carry out detailed research into a technical aspect from the course with the help of an experienced supervisor. You can choose a topic to suit your interests or to assist your career aspirations.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Structural analysis and mathematics (MEng/BEng)

  • Design studies

  • Engineering analysis and materials (MEng/BEng)

  • 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 (MEng/BEng)

  • Geotechnics and hydraulics (MEng/BEng)

  • 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

  • Study abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

Modules

  • Research practice and communication

  • Research dissertation

  • Engineering analysis

  • Group project 3

  • Steel and concrete structures

  • Timber and masonry structures

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

  • Advanced contract and project management

  • Computational mechanics

  • Group project 4

  • Leadership and research investigation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best university in the United Kingdom in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Ability to transfer onto the corresponding MEng course at the end of each year if academic requirements are met.
  • Strong track record of graduate employment – 100% of BEng graduates in work or continuing their studies within six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Activity weeks within each semester of the course that include practical learning, employability training, software training courses, and an international field trip.
  • Full-time students studying alongside part-time students who are working in the industry, sharing first-hand experience of construction and providing a rich learning experience.
  • Access to the University’s Simulation Centre, which combines cutting-edge technology, the use of our curved interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors.
  • 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.

Opportunity to transfer onto MEng Civil and Structural Engineering or MEng Civil Engineering courses at the end of each year - at levels 1 and 2 - if academic requirements are met.

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 cover more advanced theories of analysis for both static and dynamic behaviour. The skill of using mathematics to develop engineering solutions to these advanced problems is essential and is embedded throughout. You will also cover the principles of current methods of structural design to Eurocode standards.

  • 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 and 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 will also have the opportunity to 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 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 three or four 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 second year and can be completed in three years (without a sandwich year). It has a September intake, a January intake at year 1 and 2 and a May intake at year 1.

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 and pastoral care.

In each semester of your course, there will be “Activity weeks” which aims to develop your practical and construction skills, include employability development, training courses on industry standard software, and an international field trip.

At appropriate stages of the course, we organise guest lectures from current practitioners, which have previously covered topics such as railway design and tunnelling.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a residential fieldtrip within the second year of the course, which typically takes place in Shropshire and focuses on land surveying skills (additional costs may apply).

We also aim to organise extra-curricular construction site visits in the UK each year, with past students visiting various sites facilitated by BAM, CPUK, Interserve, and Willmott Dixon.

In your third year (dependent on optional module selection), you will have the opportunity to visit the Simulation Centre which combines cutting-edge technology, the use of the curved interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially trained actors to assist in developing your construction management skills.

The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff on real-world problems from industry and research groups, mirroring the work that you are likely to do in professional practice. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects should help to 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.

Individual project topics typically relate to research areas of supervisors (e.g. experimental projects largely relating to structural, material or geomaterial research) with students aspiring to contribute to knowledge in a given research area.

Throughout your three years of study, you will have the opportunity to undertake group projects, some of which will be interdisciplinary where you will work with students from building surveying, quantity surveying, construction management and architectural technology courses.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, group work, practical and/or project work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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 of civil engineering and construction technology, methods and procedures;
  • surveying and setting out
  • visualising and modelling design solutions using hand sketching, model making and computer aided drawing in 2D/3D
  • formulating plans for undertaking programmes of civil engineering work at a range of scales
  • laboratory investigations and associated data analysis

In a typical week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 8 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of practical work (laboratory or field work) and 2 hours of meetings (tutor or group) each week.

In addition, students are expected to undertake a further 20 hours of guided and self-guided study each week, eg. revising module notes, online activities, coursework completion, independent research etc.

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 have the opportunity to join students from many different nationalities and cultures that will help to 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.

The full-time route allows you to spend a year abroad between stage 2 and stage 3 (additional costs may apply). Students opting to take this route may undertake a placement under the Erasmus exchange scheme or other study abroad routes (i.e. for study placements outside the EU), or a work placement under the Erasmus work placement scheme or on their own initiative (i.e. for work placements outside the EU).

You are advised to consider the ‘sandwich’ as opposed to the ‘full-time’ mode of study. The principal benefits being that the employment experience makes you more employable and you gain a wider knowledge of your chosen discipline within the broad definition of civil engineering.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU020 (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: EECU019 (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 An IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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 An IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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 Coventry 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.

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 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 also the opportunity to apply to 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 2019.

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 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 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 2019

£15,600 (per year)


January 2020

£15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 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

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Civil and Structural engineering remain to be the world's great professions, responsible for some of the world’s most incredible structural achievements – the 5,000-mile long Great Wall of China, the Burj Khalifa (the worlds tallest building at 828 m), the iconic Golden Gate Suspension Bridge and the Hoover Dam, (constructed using 2.5 million cubic metres of concrete).

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 projects relate to building to accommodate a growing global population, improvement of infrastructure and sustainable energy production.

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

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

If you wish to take an industrial placement year, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

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

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.

Where our graduates work

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.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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