Civil Engineering BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: H203
International Code: EECU075

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
Sandwich

Duration

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

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

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.
  • Successful 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 successful completion of the course should have a sound base to ultimately become incorporated civil engineers in your future career.
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An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

Teaching is highly practical; you will draw on real-life case studies, previously 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.

You will be taught by staff who currently have 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.

Coventry University has a strong portfolio of industry-related research, ranging from applied technology, such instrumentation and measuring to pure innovative research, which ensures you stay abreast of new technologies and emerging issues.

You will have access to the university’s Simulation Centre (subject to availability), our interactive people training and development centre. Its bespoke programmes, combined with cutting-edge technology which is currently 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.

Accredited by:

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Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.



What you'll study

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 aims to build confidence in decision making which should be needed in future practice.

Modules

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles of structural mechanics to enable them to solve engineering problems of a non-routine nature commensurate with the CEng pathway.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the sustainability of construction materials and the properties that are used to select them for particular applications. Students will develop an appreciation of the types of materials, issues with their sustainability and examples of their use within the construction industry.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic fundamentals of engineering geology and soil mechanics. Students 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.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of the module is to give the student a theoretical knowledge of how vertical and horizontal control is established on site through levelling and traversing and how this is applied to construction site activities. It will also give the student the necessary fieldwork skills to do this using surveying instrumentation.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of the module is to give the student a knowledge and understanding of highways and transportation, covering relevant fundamental content on highway and rail engineering at an introductory level.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to develop students’ ability to use mathematics in solving engineering problems of a non-routine nature commensurate with the CEng pathway.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of the construction professional within the multi-disciplinary construction industry, and develop personal and team-working skills and attributes that are needed for a successful career within their chosen discipline and profession.

    Compulsory

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

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.

Modules

  • This module develops students’ knowledge of methods used to analyse statically indeterminate structures and compression struts and solve problems of a routine nature commensurate with the IEng pathway.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to advance students’ knowledge of construction materials and the test methods used to derive material properties. It will also strengthen their understanding of sustainability assessment and material selection for particular applications in a sustainable and durable built environment.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop further understanding of the fundamental principles of soil behaviour incorporating core engineering knowledge with practical application. This module will also develop the necessary skills to interpret experimental data for use in solving engineering problems of a routine nature commensurate with the IEng pathway.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of the module is to deepen students’ knowledge and critical understanding of highways and transportation, covering relevant content on highway and rail engineering at an intermediate level.

    Compulsory

  • The module aims to develop the student's knowledge of the principals and methods of structural engineering design to the Eurocodes, covering design of structural steelwork and providing an introduction to the design of structural timber. The module will provide the student with an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of civil and structural engineering design.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental theory relating to hydraulics and fluid flow. This module will also develop practical skills to undertake laboratory experiments and interpret experimental data to be used in solving engineering problems.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skill 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. The module is linked to the personal tutorial sessions that take place during the academic year as well as using other online based delivery methods.

    Compulsory

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

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. You will be supported by the talent Team in obtaining a placement. 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.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are normally able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year. However, we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module. Whilst the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of marked activities reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of the activities, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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 current 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.

Modules

  • This module provides students a fundamental understanding of elastic-plastic behaviour of structures near the ultimate limit state and the principles of plastic collapse mechanisms in association with the Bound and Uniqueness theorems.

    Compulsory

  • This module concludes the study of materials technology focusing on degradation processes, specification and repair of materials used within civil engineering and construction industry. Topics related to current and future trends in construction technology and materials for a sustainable built environment will be showcased.

    Compulsory

  • The module leads on from previous soil mechanics content in presenting the principles used by Civil Engineers in geotechnical design. On successful completion, students should have sufficient knowledge and understanding to be able to carry out practical engineering work in most areas of geotechnics.

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to introduce students to the computational aspects of civil engineering in support of the theoretical content taught at earlier stages of the course. The module uses basic computational analysis tools to execute numerical methods applicable to civil engineering problems.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is that students will accrue a detailed understanding of some of the key stages involved in a construction projects through the operations of a simulated design and construction team. Students will learn how to manage, through Building Information Modelling, aspects of a project through a feasibility study working in groups drawn from Civil and Building courses across the School of Energy, Construction and Environment.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to enable students to undertake a major piece of investigative work, by focusing on a specific problem of relevance to their discipline. Students will use different methods to investigate, analysis and communicate their ideas to the scientific and non-academic communities. This will enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of problem identification and solving, and to show an appropriate level of competence in the design, execution, and reporting of an investigative project.

    Compulsory

  • All modules are mandatory. 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.

    Compulsory

  • Geospatial Surveying - 20 credits

    Students will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of alternative solutions to standard engineering surveying measurement problems and aspects of current developments in instrumentation, measurement and reduction of field observations by computer.

    Transport Infrastructure - 20 credits

    This module is divided into four themes: bridge analysis, fundamentals of tunnelling, railway design, and pavement design and maintenance. The module will examine current aspects in industry practice and will be continuously updated to reflect changes as necessary. In addition, attention will be given to safety and sustainability considerations.

    Construction Project Management - 20 credits This module will enable critical awareness and deliver a greater understanding of some of the advanced principles of construction management. It also aims to develop and enhance students’ understanding and application of project management tools and techniques, especially in a relevant case study scenario.

    Structural Design 2 - 20 credits

    Students will develop a wider and deeper understanding of structural steelwork, concrete, timber and masonry and their use in the design and construction of a range of civil and structural engineering works. The module will consider up-to-date aspects of steel and concrete design of a more advanced nature, an introduction to timber column design and provide a brief introduction into the design of laterally loaded structural masonry.

    Hydrology and Water Engineering - 20 credits

    The module leads on from previously taught hydraulics content and further expands on the principals of flood and groundwater hydrology, introduction to the physical and computer hydraulic and hydrological modelling techniques, and food and water pollution risk assessment.

    Earthquake Engineering - 20 credits

    The aim of this module is to provide students with an appropriate understanding of earthquakes and the process of structural design in seismically active regions. The module provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering seismology, structural dynamics, computational analysis and structural design in the context of a seismically active location.

    Coding for Civil Engineers - 20 credits

    This module introduces main principles of computer programming and coding. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of programming commands, functions and tasks (i.e., looping, branching, etc.) and will practice algorithm flowchart design. On successful completion you will be able to design and realize executable computer programs to solve simple civil engineering problems.

    Compulsory

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

Teaching is highly practical; you will draw on real-life case studies, previously 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.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongst:

  • Lectures with associated tutorials
  • Laboratory classes
  • Practical and studio sessions

In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 13-15 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.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include online quizzes, calculation based assignments, report writing, surveying practicals, laboratory work, group project work, design assignments, computer aided drawing, case studies, research dissertation, simulation centre performance, presentations, tests and coursework.

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.


Job ready

On successful completion, you should 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 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.

International experience opportunities

There is a mandatory 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.

You will have the opportunity to take a year studying abroad between years 2 and 3 of your course*.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A Level CCC to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.
BTEC MMM in an Engineering or Construction subject.
IB Diploma 30 points to include Mathematics at Higher level.
GCSE requirement 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

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 'extensive practical experience' please request information.

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You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

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English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £18,050 per year Not available

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.


Facilities

The faculty’s £50m Engineering and Computing Building and new £25m Beatrice Shilling Building are designed to support hands-on learning. Our Sir John Laing Building also houses a variety of industry-standard labs and equipment.

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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.

Three students using a virtual wall in the simulation centre.

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.

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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.


Careers and opportunities

Successful graduates from the Civil 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 currently has excellent links with potential 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 have previously provided direct input into course development as members of our Industrial Advisory Board.


How to apply


  • Student Contract

    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 2021/22 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.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we 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. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

    Accreditations

    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. 

    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating 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.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).