Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

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


Coventry University


September 2020



Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

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The United Nations predicts a global population of 9.8 billion by 2050. Consequently, construction professionals are increasingly being called upon to create and maintain the social and commercial infrastructure needed to accommodate such large-scale growth.

Therefore, the demand for civil engineers is high in the foreseeable future. In recent years, the demand for civil and structural engineers had continued to rise, particularly in countries such as Australia, Saudi Arabia, 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.

This civil engineering course is aimed at students who aspire to become professionally qualified engineers, wishing to study civil engineering with an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within construction. You will gain an insight into the full breadth of design and construction disciplines that collaborate in the multi-disciplinary construction industry. The course usually benefits from the practical experience brought to the course by part-time students working in industry, who also study the course.

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.

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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:

Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

This course is currently accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council, representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers for our 2019-20 entry. Following changes which have been made to improve the course, we will apply for re-accreditation in October 2019 for entrants of 2020-21. Please note that accreditation is subject to application and approval and is therefore not guaranteed.

Ryerson University Canada, Rennes University France and National University of Colombia

What our students say...

Going to University is definitely worth it, not just for the degree, but also the experience, professional advice, self-development, and much more.

Emmanuel Ejike, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, graduated 2019

Course information

The BSc Civil Engineering course is aimed at students who aspire to become incorporated engineers and wish to study civil engineering with an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within construction.

You will study with students from other construction related courses on group project modules, with the aim of reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the construction industry and building teamwork and collaboration skills. Graduates from this Civil Engineering course will be well-suited to working in a range of civil engineering consultancies, contractors or client organisations, and upon completion of the course you will have a sound base to ultimately become incorporated civil engineers in your future career.

As required by University regulations, you will take one 10 credit Add+vantage module at each of Levels 4 – 6 of their course. The Add+vantage scheme is a university initiative for broadening students’ studies. There is a large collection of 10 credit modules in a wide variety of areas, many linked to ‘graduateness’ and ‘employability’. The scheme includes languages, law, advanced IT and mathematical skills.

Course specification
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Year one consists of a series of foundational topics in the civil engineering profession and practical laboratory sessions, providing a solid knowledge base for subsequent years of the programme. The group project introduces you to the importance of working in teams and why civil engineering projects are inter-disciplinary. There is also an individual 40 credit project which promotes independent working among students and builds confidence in decision making which will be needed in future practice.


  • Structural Analysis 1

  • Materials 1

  • Geotechnics 1

  • Surveying

  • Transportation Engineering 1

  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers

  • Civil Engineering Project 1

  • Group Project 1

  • Add+vantage 1


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.


The second year will build on the foundational topics covered in your first year, broadening your knowledge by covering more aspects of each topic and taking your knowledge to an advanced level.


  • Structural Analysis 2

  • Materials 2, Geotechnics 2

  • Transportation Engineering 2

  • Structural Design 1

  • Hydraulics

  • Civil Engineering Project 2

  • Group Project 2

  • Add+vantage 2


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.


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.

This opportunity is subject to availability, competitive application and meeting visa requirements. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.


  • Professional work placement

  • Study abroad


The third year aims to bring you 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. At this stage, you will embark on an individual Integrated project, working alongside other construction disciplines and replicating industrial practice. 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.


  • Structural Analysis 3

  • Materials 3

  • Geotechnics 3

  • Computational Mechanics

  • Geospatial Surveying

  • Transport Infrastructure

  • Construction Project Management

  • Structural Design 2

  • Hydrology and Water Engineering

  • Earthquake Engineering

  • Coding for Civil Engineers

  • Group Project 3

  • Civil Engineering Investigative Project

  • Add+vantage 3


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.

In more detail...

  • A key feature of this course allows BSc (Hons) students who demonstrate the required academic ability to transfer to the MEng or BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering courses (with a view to ultimately achieving Chartered Engineer status). Further details can be found on the course specification document.
  • Expert visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnics Ltd, Director of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure solutions, Technical Director form Arup, Project Engineer from Cowi, and Fellows of the ICE.
  • Access to the University’s Simulation Centre, which is the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK. Its bespoke programmes, combined with cutting-edge technology which is unique in the UK, helps students, companies and organisations across a range of sectors in training and development. The use of the centre’s Learning Curve interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially trained actors, not only improve skills but helps develop new ways of working by engaging our students in role play to develop their leadership and management skills. A control room in the simulation centre monitors the activity of students via cameras allowing staff to provide immediate feedback.
  • 90% of civil engineering students stated they were satisfied overall with the quality of the course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Ryerson University Canada, Rennes University France, National University of Colombia and California State University, giving you the chance to spend part of your studies abroad. This opportunity is subject to additional costs, availability, competitive application and meeting visa requirements.

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.

  • 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 will gain an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of civil engineering by embarking on a group project work with other construction disciplines such as quantity surveyors and architects. Also, the importance of effective project management, teamwork, good communication and lateral thought will be emphasised. You will also have the opportunity to develop research skills throughout your course to enable you to establish creative solutions to bespoke problems relating to industry practice, supporting you in becoming an ‘industry ready’ graduate.
    The group and project work will give graduates the ability to critically evaluate the performance of others, assist them to develop and support their work, in addition to taking full responsibility for their own personal and professional development. The multi-disciplinary nature will strategically position them to adopt key roles within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural civil engineering design or construction teams, contributing leadership, analytical, creative and original thought and discipline expertise.

Teaching is highly practical; you will draw on real-life case studies, provided by companies such as Arcadis, CGL, Crossrail and Galliford Try. You will use industry-standard software as is widely used by design and consulting engineers. Your course will be taught using lectures, with associated tutorials, laboratory classes, practicals and studio sessions.

In addition, for levels 4 and 5, you will be assigned an academic personal tutor who will meet you typically on a weekly basis during semester 1 for bespoke timetabled sessions and within the group project modules during semester 2. Tutors will provide pastoral support, help to ease the transition from school to university and monitor your progress. During semester 1 meetings, tutors will direct you towards resources and activities on a bespoke student portal page that aims to develop your academic and professional skills using a flipped learning approach (e.g. teamwork, BIM, communication, time management, academic writing and referencing and becoming professionally qualified). For level 6, the individual project supervisor assumes the role of academic personal tutor and meets you within bespoke timetabled sessions typically every 3 weeks (additional meetings deemed necessary are organised on an individual basis).

Some course content is delivered in a flipped approach whereby you could view online content (normally recorded videos) before the relevant session so that you understand the basic concepts or tasks at hand beforehand. This approach is used within academic personal tutor sessions and partially within group project modules. It is also adopted in preparation for many of the laboratory and surveying practical sessions, mainly at levels 4 and 5.

At appropriate stages of the course, we try to 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 field trip 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 costs for UK field trips and site visits are included in the Flying-Start scheme.

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.

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

Semester 1 is primarily devoted to delivery and assessment of underlying theory with assessment typically by 90 minute test. We are assessing this content in a controlled environment so that we can ensure each individual student can demonstrate their knowledge of the theory before they need to apply that theory in semester 2

Within semester 2 of levels 4 and 5, students take 40 credit civil engineering project modules where students apply the underlying theory that they have learnt in semester 1 (plus any additional theory delivered within semester 2). This is essentially an integrative assessment approach but where all the integrated assessment is confined to single 40 credit modules. These projects will be broken into phases whereby the relevant content for a particular phase is bulk delivered over a few weeks. The assessment will be by individual coursework portfolio with interim submissions at the end of each project phase (separate coursework components submitted typically every three weeks).

Formative assessments are generally scheduled earlier in the semester (as a progress check for students) or small bodies of work such as online quizzes scheduled throughout the semester. For summative assessments during semester 1, week 11 is devoted to revision for tests that are scheduled in weeks 12 and 13. Students can have up to six tests at a given level so tests are scheduled to ensure at least one day in between (this is the main reason that the course has tests rather than exams that are centrally scheduled within a single week). For summative assessments during semester 2, coursework submissions are scheduled to minimise bunching and where possible, a specific group of students will only have one assessment within a given week (see assessment schedule in section 6).

On successful completion, you will have:

  • A broad based knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methods, relevant for an accredited Civil Engineering Degree course. This covers a mix of skills and knowledge, including fundamental topics such as Design, Sustainability, Health and Safety and Construction issues for the educational base of an Incorporated Civil Engineer.
  • The ability to utilise these principles and methods, together with their knowledge of components and materials, for systematic and effective solution of real engineering problems, validated by simulation methods or by practical construction of models at conceptual and detailed levels.
  • The ability to plan a suitable physical or computational experiment or a piece of research, to conduct, record and analyse it to appropriate degree of accuracy, within given time and resource constraints.
  • Proficiency with the use of modern IT and computer technologies for planning, managing and executing appropriate engineering solutions and for communicating with clients and stakeholders, and to create and deliver good quality oral and written reports.
  • The ability to work effectively and constructively as part of a team which may be multi-disciplinary or multi-cultural, to learn from reflecting on own performance and managing own personal development.
  • A knowledge of the business context in which civil engineering and construction operates and of their professional and ethical responsibilities in ensuring sustainable development as practicing engineers.

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.

There is an international field trip in year two where you are required to fulfil a design brief while taking account of the local climate, physical terrain, resources available, social and cultural environment etc.

You may also seek to undertake a relevant professional/international placement year after your second year. This opportunity is encouraged to provide students with the depth of experience that such an opportunity affords. Assistance with acquiring a relevant placement is offered by the Faculty’s employability and placements team.

Students have the opportunity to take a year studying abroad with support of the Erasmus exchange scheme, between levels 5 and 6 of their course.

Please note that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application and meeting applicable visa requirements.

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)


Student experiences

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


and counting

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


global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

For Level 4 entry, UCAS entry profiles may be found by searching for the course on the UCAS website, then clicking on ‘Entry profile’.

For Direct entry to level 5, an applicant possessing an appropriate HND or HNC in a Civil Engineering discipline or equivalent from another institution will be considered for these courses:

  • Students who normally pass all HND or HNC modules with a module mark of at least 60% will be eligible to transfer to the BEng at level 5.
  • Students who normally pass all HND or HNC modules with a module mark of at least 70% will be eligible to transfer to the MEng at level 5.

In addition, students will need GCSE Maths and English grade C or above (or equivalent, or IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections). Applicants who don’t have the above entry requirements will still be considered on their individual merits where alternative and additional evidence of aptitude, such as extensive practical experience is evident.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘appropriate HND or HNC in a Civil Engineering discipline’ and the ‘practical experience that would count’ please contact

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

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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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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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.



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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:

Course essentials – additional costs

Please note that international field trips, placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements (however funding may be provided by the university to subsidise some of the cost).

Career prospects

The School of Energy, Construction and Environment has a dedicated academic whose role is to co-ordinate placements and employment. The faculty’s employability and placements team facilitate students in securing placement opportunities.

This team also run a number of timetabled sessions on CV writing, interview techniques etc. and students can also book one-to-one support sessions. The University also has a central careers service that focus more on supporting students in securing graduate roles as required.

Course Directors invite speakers in from industry to discuss recruitment and, when available, they take students on free to attend visits to Civil Engineering companies looking to recruit. They also regularly advertise any opportunities they are made aware of (through the EEC Futures team or industry contacts) on the student portal. Alumni are also invited back to give presentations on their graduate experience and give students guidance on learning and career development. There is a careers service where qualified consultants are available to help students think about the issues they face as they move through University studies and prepare for employment. Other career support includes mentoring by invited practising engineers, talks by professional institutions and alumni, career development visits to companies and site visits.

Graduates from the MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course will be well-suited to working in a range of Civil Engineering consultancies, contractors or client organisations and they will have a sound base to ultimately become chartered Civil Engineers.

Where our graduates work

Coventry University has a long-established reputation for the teaching of Civil Engineering and excellent links with employers like Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BAM, Buro Happold, CGL, CPUK, Donaldson Associates, Galliford Try, Geotechnics Ltd, Interserve, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, Severn Trent Water, Warwickshire County Council and Willmott Dixon, many of whom provide direct input into course development as members of our Industrial Advisory Board.


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.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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