BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering

London South Bank University

Program Description

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering

London South Bank University

An integral role

Civil engineering is all about designing, building and maintaining things that can change the world. Roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings have all played an integral role in how the human race has developed.

Accredited by the Engineering Council, this course is the first step to becoming a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer. It’s offered on a full-time, sandwich, and part-time basis.


Why study Civil Engineering at LSBU?

  • No.1: London modern university for Civil Engineering, Sunday Times League Table 2017.

  • Decades of accreditation by the Engineering Council, carried out by the Joint Board of Moderators, as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

  • The teaching team is active in research or consultancy work, and there are frequent industrial expert visits.

  • No. 2 university in London for teaching and No.3 for academic support and student voice in Civil Engineering (National Student Survey 2017).

  • Study full-time or part-time one day a week.

  • Some modules include fieldwork and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days.
  • Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.


Accreditations

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Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time (2 years HNC, 4 years BEng) 6 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time (direct entry to level 5) 4 years September Southwark Campus


Modules

You'll study theory and practice relating to the many diverse areas of civil engineering. The course covers:

  • mathematics
  • communication skills
  • engineering surveying
  • materials and geology
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) and design
  • soil structures
  • hydraulics
  • environmental engineering

Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework.

Year 1

  • Mathematics A
  • Engineering mechanics A
  • Construction practice
  • Structures and construction technology A
  • Engineering surveying
  • Materials and Geology

Year 2

  • BIM and Design
  • Design of elements A
  • Advanced mathematics
  • Hydraulics
  • Structures and construction management A
  • Soil mechanics

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Individual research project A
  • Structures and design A
  • Transport planning and highway engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Environmental engineering and professional development
  • Group design project A


Employability

Civil engineers deliver a vital service in ensuring the safe, well-resourced construction of a huge range of projects in the built and natural environment, from transport networks to Olympic stadia.

The careers opportunities available to graduates of civil engineering are very diverse, from working as an engineering technician, surveyor or inspector of construction, to employment as a drafter creating visual guidelines for construction teams.

Diversification into management, engineering research or professions that value a numerical degree such as accountancy or banking has also historically been a possibility. Wherever an economy is strong there is an increase in demand for professionally qualified civil engineers, so overseas travel is also a possibility.

Because civil engineering is such a broad area, there are lots of different specialisms to consider after graduating. Our degree gives you a solid foundation for entering any of them.


What to expect from your career

Regardless of what is being built, civil engineers typically undertake site surveys and feasibility studies, analyzing the risks of a project and coming up with designs to meet the challenges. They work with engineers and scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, assembling the right team of contractors for the job and overseeing their work as the build begins. Additionally, they manage budgets and ensure that all relevant legal requirements of the new construction are met.

They provide progress reports to their clients and play a crucial central role throughout the project until the building is finished. At that point, a civil engineer often draws up and hands over protocols for the maintenance and servicing of the construction.


Typical salaries

Civil engineers typically earn around £31,000 with a few years' experiences, but Chartered Engineers will find average earnings to be nearer £47,000.


Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in structural, water, public health, transportation and geotechnical branches of the civil engineering and building industry, working for consultants, contractors, and government authorities.


Continuing to postgraduate studies

If you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Civil Engineering or MSc Structural Engineering.

Graduates from this course are also accepted for a wide range of MSc research degrees in engineering and also for MBA programmes. The course is accredited and you can gain Chartered Engineer status through further accredited learning at postgraduate level.


Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Teaching and learning

Five years of winning prizes in national structural design competitions against other universities are further testimony to the strength of the teaching team. Everyone teaching is also active in research or consultancy work, which together with input from visiting industrial experts keeps the course fresh and interesting.


BEng programme

As a BEng programme, this course encourages you to acquire a deeper understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories, and principles of civil engineering and the science and mathematics which underpin it. Many recruiters will look favorably on BEng graduates for this reason.


Year Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have meetings with your year tutor in small groups every week throughout your course. One-on-one meetings can be arranged on request. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person


Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or
  • Access to Engineering qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits including Maths and Physical Science credit or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points.
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.


Part-time

Students entering the part-time mode, which begins in Year 2, must have an HNC in Civil Engineering.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
3 - 6 
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,250 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £4625; International fee: £6562.5
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United Kingdom - London, England
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