Civil and Environmental Engineering BEng (Hons)Study level: Undergraduate
This Civil and Environmental Engineering course at Coventry University is aimed at students who aspire to become professionally qualified engineers and wish to study Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis on sustainable engineering practice and its role within construction, in the UK and abroad.
Year of entry
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
This course aims to develop the combination of technical, practical and managerial skills necessary to analyse, design and manage solutions for innovative and complex engineering problems as a basis for future leadership in the civil engineering profession.
- You will be taught by current staff with academic and professional experience in the civil engineering and construction industries, having worked for companies such as Carillion, Arcadis and Laing O’Rourke as principal, senior and management engineers (subject to change).
- Teaching is highly practical; you will have the chance to draw on real-life case studies, provided by companies such as Arcadis, CGL, Crossrail and Galliford Try where possible.
- You will have opportunities to use industry-standard software4 as is widely used by design and consulting engineers.
- You will be given opportunities to apply for industrial placements2 at companies that have previously included Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Interserve, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald and Warwickshire County Council.
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Why you should study this course
- Practical activities and application of knowledge through project-led learning in design project modules.
- Exercises in the Simulation Centre4 (a full-scale simulated construction environment) to experience real challenges of construction management in a controlled environment and to develop professional and leadership skills.
- International field trips2 aimed at enhancing your global awareness and experience.
- Several optional modules are available to allow you to tailor your course to your specific interests. You can select from Biodiversity and Conservation, CCUS and Negative Emission Technologies, Environmental Hazards, Nature-Based Climate Solutions and Savage Earth.
- Group project (subject to availability) work with students from other Construction and Environment related courses such as Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology and Geography to develop attributes and skills required in a multi-disciplinary team.
Accreditation and professional recognition
Accreditation for this degree is being renewed as we are making some changes to our modules. This course is subject to approval from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)1.
My placement at Network Rail
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What you'll study
The first year consists of a series of foundational topics in the civil engineering profession and practical laboratory sessions, which aims to provide a solid knowledge base for subsequent years of the BEng programme. There are also individual project modules which promote independent working among students and builds confidence in decision making which will be needed in future practice.
Geotechnics and Construction Materials – 20 credits
This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of engineering geology and soil mechanics. You will develop an ability to identify soil properties and assess their suitability for specific applications within the construction industry, while considering construction methods, safety and sustainability. The module will also introduce you to the sustainability of construction materials and the properties that are used to select them for applications in civil engineering and construction. You will develop an appreciation of the types of materials, issues with their sustainability and examples of their use within the construction industry.
Surveying and Transportation Engineering – 20 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce the concepts of Surveying and Transportation within the field of Construction and Civil Engineering. You will learn practical skills relating to Surveying and Highways design, along with the background knowledge to be able to use them. We will cover how Surveying methods are used on-site to control horizontal and vertical aspects of Construction work. You will also develop practical knowledge and a critical understanding of Highways and Transport.
Construction Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to construction industry practice and the breadth of aspects to be considered at various stages of a construction project. You will primarily act as a contractor, tasked with planning the execution of a provided design. Due consideration must be given to meeting the clients’ requirements, sustainable construction practice, minimising environmental impact, and health and safety.
Structural Analysis and Mathematics – 20 credits
When tackling real-world problems, Civil Engineers often need to apply mathematical principles and processes or fundamental knowledge in relation to structural mechanics. The aim of this module is to develop your mathematics and problem-solving ability and to introduce you to the fundamental principles of structural mechanics to enable you to solve engineering problems of a routine nature commensurate with the IEng pathway.
Structural Engineering Design Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to apply core civil engineering theory to a 'real' Civil Engineering project, demonstrating the link between theory and applied practice. This will incorporate theory previously learned and applied practice taught through the module supported by examples of industry practice.
Sustainable Environments – 20 credits
This module offers you a practical examination of how the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented and furthered within the Built and Natural Environment. The module will introduce you to how individuals, communities and businesses within the Built and Natural Environment could be responding to the UN SDGs and helping to transform the world through their impact. The module will identify how the SDGs impact your course discipline by exploring the 17 SDGs and focusing on the delivery and implementation of a student-led project that encompasses the most applicable SDG or a combination of SDGs to your specific academic discipline.
In year two, you will continue to develop the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt. We do this by embedding the following four principles into the curriculum and developing your:
- Technical skills – digital fluency, backed with the right academic knowledge
- Study skills – to be an adaptive, independent and proactive learner
- Professional skills – to have the behaviour and abilities to succeed in your career
- Global awareness – the beliefs and abilities to be a resilient, confident and motivated global citizen
Hydraulics and Transportation Engineering – 20 credits
The aim of the module is to enhance your understanding for two key subjects of Civil Engineering: Hydraulics and Transportation Engineering. For Hydraulics, you will study all the essential theory required to understand pipe and open channel flow at a basic level. For Transportation Engineering, the module will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of highways and transportation, covering relevant content on Highway and Rail Engineering at an intermediate level.
Structural Analysis and Design – 20 credits
The module aims to develop your knowledge and methods of structural design with the underpinning principles and structural analytical methods. This module will provide you with fundamental knowledge and skill in structural modelling using industrial standard computer software. You will be encouraged to make maximum use of knowledge and experience gained in other civil engineering modules for the solution of design problems. Consideration for Sustainability in design will be highlighted. This module will consider aspects of structural modelling, design and carbon reduction considerations embodied in the design process.
Civil Engineering Design Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to apply core civil engineering theory to a 'real' civil engineering project, demonstrating the link between theory and applied practice. This will incorporate theory previously learnt and applied practice taught through the module supported by examples of industry practice. The project will allow students to address some, or all, of Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11, 12, and 13.
Soil Mechanics and Materials – 20 credits
This module will give you more advanced knowledge of the characteristics of construction materials, their application and their environmental impact in a sustainable and durable built environment, along with further understanding of strength and the behavioural response of soils incorporating core engineering knowledge with practical application. This module will also develop the necessary skills to acquire and analyse experimental data for use in solving engineering problems of a routine nature commensurate with the IEng pathway.
Energy Project Management with EIA - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to apply a range of techniques to the management of projects and systems in the energy industry. The module introduces the key issues and language involved in managing projects by exploring project management tools, techniques and terminology. The module will explore the role of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as a process for identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the environmental impacts of energy developments prior to major construction decisions being taken. An introduction to the development of EIA and the current legislative requirements are followed by an examination of risk and impact assessment methods, and data sources. The module will develop skills and the processes required to predict significant environmental impacts and propose mitigation measures and plans to implement them.
Sustainable Environments in Society: Developing Solutions – 20 credits
In this module, you will undertake a critical analysis of a specified location and associated project that has been influenced by the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Your analysis of the project will explore the impact, success or failure alongside possible solutions that will be fundamental to the positive future development of the location. You will research, appraise, critique, develop and then communicate to a wider audience the impact and implementation of the identified SDGs for the location/ project. The focus of the review will be linked to your academic discipline within the Built and Natural Environment and draw upon prior learning from your previous cognate knowledge.
There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.
If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.
UK Work Placement – 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
International Study/Work Placement – 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
The third year aims to bring students to the level necessary to enter professional practice as an Incorporated Civil and Environmental Engineer; reflecting both the latest advances and research work in the subject together with the contemporary job market.
At this stage, each student will also undertake a body of independent research during Year 3 of their course within their ‘Research Dissertation’ module. The module leader coordinates the operation of this module – organises research training sessions for students, disseminates submission requirements and marking criteria, briefs students on gaining ethics approval etc. Students are given a list of supervisors and indicative titles / areas of research at the end of their second year and select their project and supervisor accordingly. They meet their project supervisor within designated academic personal tutor meetings during Semester one to begin planning the project and discuss progress on preparatory work. They then undertake the main body of the project work during Semester two.
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, sustainable or geomaterial research.
Interdisciplinary Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to demonstrate your skills base through the continued development of critical, transferable study skills that are of practical benefit in the workplace and that promote and enable continued professional development, and by bringing skills developed in other areas of the course(s) to a practical project delivered as part of a group, as well as incorporate internationalisation through an international field trip2, drawing from the wide range of nationalities and experiences of the students as appropriate to the professional body guidance.
Skills are developed through a continuous review of collaborative and communication experiences while tackling an interdisciplinary group project that aims to further develop the students’ understanding of industrial collaboration within a Building Information Management scenario. The purpose of the project is to develop key learning skills and personal attributes that are required within the Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Built Environment professions, these will also prepare the students for professional work, demonstrating teamwork, project planning, critical and research evaluation as well as technical and personal reflection.
Research Dissertation – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your research skills by conducting primary or secondary research focused on a specific problem of relevance to their discipline. You would use different methods and research skills, gained over previous years of study, to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the academic and non-academic communities. It will contribute to the research training aim appropriate to your level of study and requires you to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research and to show an appropriate level of competence in the design, execution, and reporting of a research project.
It will enable you to understand the importance of correct and critical analysis of all the factors involved in a problem and develop your initiative as you pursue and execute the investigation, demonstrating originality and creativity. You will be required to ensure that your work conforms to appropriate codes of practice and standards, meeting the ethical requirements of the University. Successful completion of the research investigation will require a methodical approach and planning, self-management, and effective communication. Support and guidance will be provided by a supervisor who will be the primary point of contact for a student on this module.
Engineering Hydrology – 20 credits
There is a strong need for engineering graduates who can solve problems such as flooding and pollution. This module is designed to cover essential engineering principles like environmental fluid mechanics, hydrology and hydraulic engineering to enable students to apply mathematical and fluid mechanics principles to solve a range of hydrological problems. The course will prepare you for work in areas such as the water industry, sustainable urban development, flood and environmental management.
Optional modules, 2 from the following 3:
CCUS and Negative Emission Technologies – 20 credits
To have a chance of limiting warming below 1.5°C, most recent scenarios from integrated assessment models (IAMs) require large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies (NETs). These are technologies that result in the net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. This module will first provide an up-to-date status report of the global carbon budget and the role of NETs in meeting climate targets. This is followed by a technological overview of each of the various NETs. The module also explores how we quantify the potential global impacts of the different NETs on various factors to determine the biophysical limits to, and economic costs of, their widespread application.
Emerging Hazards – 20 credits
This module will assess the impact of what might be described as ‘Emerging Hazards’. Such hazards are those which appear to be becoming more common and/or widespread and which often fall into the categories of biological, geological and chemical (indeed, biogeochemical). Common features of such hazards include their wide spatial distributions and significant numbers of people affected. The causes of these Emerging Hazards will be examined, along with compounding factors that influence their impact and an overall investigation into the risk of their occurrence. A critical evaluation of the possible remedies to alleviate the scale, intensity and impact of such hazard events will then be explored, along with a consideration of the prospects for the future.
Pressures on our Planet – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to explore the role of Earth Science in its relationship with contemporary environmental change. Specifically, the module will lead you to better understand how environmental processes, products and hazards interact with the human environment to produce new and ever evolving challenges for society. Our response to such challenges will be examined, as will the identification of opportunities to mitigate these impacts and adjustments to how we interact with the natural environment. Throughout the module, emphasis will be placed on how the learnings will inform meeting the SDG targets of Good Health and Well-being for all (SDG 3), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) and Climate Action (SDG 13).
Optional module, 1 from the following 2:
Renewable Transport – 20 credits
The transport sector (with the exception of freight and heavy-duty vehicles) is more amenable to decarbonisation than other sectors of the global economy. Transport therefore poses one of the most difficult and emotive challenges to energy system decarbonisation. Through studying this module, you will take a detailed look at the global transport sector by an examination of the various transport modes and their outlook in light of the transition to a decarbonised world.
One of the key themes that you will learn on this module is how the transition to decarbonised transport within the wider energy sector will be increasingly influenced by electrification and the commercialisation of hydrogen as a transport fuel. You will use case studies and your own research on evolving fuel technology to demonstrate your understanding of the progress towards sector-wide improvements in transport sustainability.
Armed with an understanding of transport principles, you will learn about the influence of electrification and hydrogen as fuel in the transport sector. Case studies and evolving fuel and vehicle technologies within the transport sector will be used to illustrate and evidence progress in the sector, and policy recommendations for achieving sector-wide improvements especially in freight and heavy-duty vehicles in this age of digital Physical Distribution Management.
This module will majorly link to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities” in that transport contributes significantly to global carbon emissions, as well as contributing towards parts of SDG goal #9 “Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure” by developing more efficient uses of resources to reduce carbon emissions, and SDG #13 “Climate Action” by reducing transport demand and thus reducing carbon and Greenhouse gas emissions.
Nature Based Solutions – 20 credits
This module will give you the opportunity to evaluate the approaches of conservation, restoration and improved management of ecosystems across a catchment scale that can alleviate the impact of contemporary challenges such as climate change, habitat loss, urbanisation and sustainable development. We evaluate a range of nature-based solutions, evaluating their benefits, costs, and mitigation potential. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a residential field trip2 to explore nature-based solutions in action and also to design your own nature-based solution. Your learning will be informed by module staff’s research experience (REL).
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.
How you'll learn
We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:
- On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
- Group work
- Self-directed learning
- Work placement opportunities2.
The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 14-15 contact hours per week in the first and second year dropping to around 11 contact hours per week in the final year as you become a more independent learner.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30-35 hours of self-directed study per week depending on the demands of individual modules. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2023/2024 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:
- Phase tests
- Group work
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
International experience opportunities
There is a mandatory international field trip2 within the second year that offers students a global experience where they need to fulfil a design brief while taking account of the local climate, physical terrain, resources available, social and cultural environment.
Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.
Not got the required grades? We offer this degree with an integrated foundation year.
Fees and funding
2023/24 tuition fees.
|UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man||£9,250 per year||Not available|
|EU|| £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
£19,850 per year without EU support bursary**
|International||£19,850 per year||Not available|
If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:
- Optional international ﬁeld trips: £400+ per trip.
- Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).
Other additional costs
- Mandatory international field trips: Typically between £200 and £400 per trip.
*Irish student fees
The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.
**EU support bursary
Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in-line with that of UK students. Students studying a Degree with a Foundation Year with us are not eligible for the bursary.
How do you know if you need to pay UK or international tuition fees?
We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.
If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.
Our £50m Engineering and Computing Building and new £25m Beatrice Shilling Building are designed to support hands-on learning. The Sir John Laing Building also houses a variety of industry-standard labs and equipment4.
- Materials Laboratory: Includes industrial standard timber and steel workshops, a concrete mixing area with 3 pan mixers, programmable environmental chambers, a range of ovens and curing tanks and various materials testing apparatus.
- Simulation Centre: Our interactive training centre is used to create a ‘virtual’ construction site with fully equipped site cabins and observation deck. Students undertake role play exercises to help prepare them for situations in the workplace.
- Structures Laboratory: Includes eight test frames, two of which are fully programmable ‘top of the range’ Instron universal test machines. It also includes a strong floor area with associated framing and ancillary measurement devices.
- Hydraulics Laboratory: Our hydraulics laboratory is equipped with three different hydraulic flumes an innovative canal lock design and a wave tank to generate coastal wave conditions. The lab also contains model bed channels, hydraulic benches and a large scale surge shaft model.
Careers and opportunities
The aims of the BEng course are that graduates will have the ability to:
- Work collaboratively with other construction disciplines in the development of engineering solutions through critical evaluation and reflection, and effectively communicate proposals using a variety of media to suit different audiences;
- Demonstrate awareness of the conflicting demands of clients, stakeholders and other construction professionals in the planning and execution of appropriate inter-disciplinary design solutions;
- Recognise and address social, environmental, economic, security and ethical considerations in an international context;
- Undertake interdisciplinary team work in a respectful and inclusive manner and effective self-management and development;
- Conduct independent thinking, critical reflection, and individual initiative as the basis for research, innovation and lifelong professional learning to enhance their skills and knowledge throughout their careers;
- Identify, analyse and solve engineering problems and apply their knowledge, technical and practical skills creatively and effectively as required for a successful career as a Chartered Civil and Environmental Engineer;
Graduates from this course should 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 currently has 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, Warwickshire County Council and Willmott Dixon, many of whom provide direct input into course development as members of our Industrial Advisory Board.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
Part-time students should apply directly to the university.
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Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) 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 is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
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 2023/24 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.