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BScCivil Engineering

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Our Civil Engineering courses at NTU received 98% overall satisfaction from the National Student Survey 2014 (joint 1st from 47 institutions).

The course provides a broad civil engineering education, exposing you to the exciting world of construction. Project-based modules cover:

design and engineering theory and practices
construction management skills.
It will develop your intellectual, practical and personal skills together with the theory and practice of Civil Engineering.

Why choose this course?
It leads to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
The course is accredited by the Engineering Council, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
You will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement.
There is an option to fast-track to the BEng course after year one.
You will be involved in practical, project work and site visits.
You will gain great experience from a residential surveying field trip (included in your fees).
You can switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options.
Excellent employment opportunities due to a skills shortage in this subjects industry.

Did you know?
100% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering students (sandwich year course) were employed or in further education within six months of leaving. (DLHE data 2012-13)

What do our students say?
“I really enjoy the practical elements of the course, such as laboratory tests for soil mechanics. I also really benefited from the residential field trip in year one for the Engineering Surveying module.”

Jamie Hurst, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Nottingham Trent University Civils’ Society

“The Society speaks for itself. CivSoc maintains good relations with the local branch of the institution of civil engineers. CivSoc organises its own trips throughout the year, most commonly to construction sites around the country. It is a valuable experience.”

Programme structure

What will I study?
The course is designed around the core themes of the professional accrediting bodies. You will develop your general understanding of civil engineering in its broadest context, whilst focusing on the application and management of current technologies.

You will develop knowledge and skills in:

architectural/building technology
health and safety
the environment
ground engineering
structural engineering
construction technology and practice
people management
finance and transportation issues

Year One

Civil Engineering Design Projects (40 credits)
Engineering Materials (20 credits)
Engineering Surveying (20 credits)
Introduction to Structural Engineering (20 credits)
Mathematics (20 credits)
In your first year you’ll have the opportunity to attend a week-long residential field trip.

The trip allows you to put theory in practice, working in small project groups on exercises to develop their professional skills and to broaden their related experiences. The cost of this field trip is included in your fees. Take a look at photos of students on a recent field trip.

Year Two

Building Technology Applied to Civil Engineering (20 credits)
Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits)
Engineering Skills (20 credits)
Further Engineering Mathematics (20 credits)
Ground Engineering (20 credits)
Structural Engineering (20 credits)
Year Three
This is the optional work placement year. You will gain real experience in industry through a work placement year.

Final year

Individual with Group Project (40 credits)
Management and Transportation Studies (20 credits)
Further Structural Engineering (20 credits)
Ground Engineering, Water Resources and the Environment (20 credits)
Professional Responsibilities in Civil Engineering (20 credits)

How will I learn?
You will have approximately 14 hours per week of scheduled learning sessions. This includes:

seminars and tutorials
laboratory practical exercises – such as making and testing concrete, assessing structural forms and testing beams
field work – site visits, field trips, practical exercises
IT sessions – including CAD.
You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for:

completing coursework
developing a portfolio and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
In your final year the scheduled learning sessions reduce to approximately 30% of your time, as more time is focused on your group and individual projects.

Trips and study visits
Site visits and field trips form an integral part of your learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent trips have included Nottinghamshire Cricket Club, a major road development on the A46 and a week surveying camp in Cumbria. Read more about the residential surveying camp below.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and essays.

You will receive feedback throughout each module.

To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credits each year. The amount of credits for each module are listed above.

Fast-track to BEng course
You have the chance to progress to the BEng course after Year One.
If you successfully complete your first year with a high grade you will have the opportunity to transfer onto the second year of the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course. You would also need to complete, and pass, a bridging studies module in Structural Design and Mechanics over the summer vacation in order to be eligible for this fast-track route.

Is the course professionally accredited?
Yes, the course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) as:

fully satisfying the education base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
If you’re an aspiring engineer looking to progress to professional status, completing a JBM accredited course provides an automatic, fast-track route and ensures the quality of the education provided.

Please see the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) website for further information.

It is also accredited by the Engineering Council. This accreditation is a mark of assurance that the course meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

You can also progress onto one of our MSc Structural Engineering courses to work towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Learn from expert staff
Our Civil Engineering subject team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide an up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Our links with industry
You will benefit from our great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through real-life briefs set by real companies, guest lecturers from industry, visits to working sites, industry sponsored awards and work placements.

You will also have opportunities to work with companies to gain new skills. For example, this year several students took part in a workshop programme with Jackson Civil Engineering. And each year Interserve join first year students on a bridge building exercise.

What’s the difference?
MEng course
An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineer status in terms of satisfying the educational criteria. It has an extra year of study, where you will have the chance to work alongside postgraduate students on more complex projects and broaden your engineering knowledge base.

BEng course
This course is recognised by the Engineering Council as fully meeting the academic requirement for IEng, but also in part for Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status, which is a higher professional level than the BSc course. Along with the MEng, this course has more of a design focus and the level of maths and general technical analysis required is more advanced than the BSc course.

BSc course
This course is recognised by the Engineering Council as fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. An IEng level engineer is someone who promotes today’s technology and applies and manages its use within the broad field of civil engineering.

Career opportunities

In 2013, 100% of graduating sandwich year students from this course went on to work or further study within six months. (DLHE survey 2012/13)

Your career development
Through work placements, working on real projects from industry, field work, input from industry professionals and regularly updated course content you will be prepared to succeed in the construction industry.

Where do Civil Engineering graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong civil engineering alumni community with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent BSc Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

Balfour Beatty: Graduate Civil Engineer, Junior Civil Engineer, Junior Site Engineer, Site Engineer, Trainee Civil Engineer
VolkerFitzpatrick: Site Engineer, Site Engineering Assistant, Assistant Engineer
Birse: Civil Engineer, Graduate Engineer, Assistant Design Engineer
Clugston: Assistant Site Manager
Jackson Civil Engineering: Site Engineer
Laing O’Rourke: Civil Engineer
Martin Redston Associates: Structural Engineer
Morgan Sindall : Tunnel Engineer
North Midland Construction: Project Engineer, Design Coordinator.
Civil Engineers are in demand both in the UK and worldwide. There are many types of employers that you may work for including:

civil engineering contractors
commercial construction and development companies
private practices
local authorities
utility companies.
Due to recent growths in UK industry, a skills shortage in this area has been revealed. Therefore, there is increasing demand from employers for workers with the necessary skills this course demands.

What’s a typical starting salary?
According to the DLHE survey 2012/13, the average starting salary for our graduates after six months of finishing the course was £23,000 from both the full-time and sandwich options.

Employers come to NTU to recruit
Each year we hold a Property, Design and Construction recruitment fair on the City site. This is a fantastic event full of employers looking to recruit for graduate roles. Take a look at the prestigious companies that attend.

What do employers say about NTU students?
“The quality of students we receive on placement improves year-on-year, due solely to the education and experiences gained at NTU. To date, Jackson has employed 100% of placement graduates on completion of their degree studies.”

Steve Balliston, Regional Engineer, Jackson Civil Engineering

Further study
You can also progress onto one of our MSc Structural Engineering courses to work towards CEng status.

Employability Team
Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning, whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or graduate, they will be on-hand to help.

Find jobs and opportunities, gain work experience or come and visit us to discuss your future.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States