BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Program Description

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problems, developing the physical infrastructure for society to exist – from bridges to houses, and from roads to hospitals and train stations. Accredited by numerous professional industry bodies, our course has been designed to provide a practical and broad civil engineering education.

Why study this course?

  • Our course is accredited, under license from the Engineering Council, by the Joint Board of Moderators (J.B.M.), which represents the Institution of Civil Engineers (I.C.E.), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (I.H.E.) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (C.I.H.T.). It's also accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, recognising the quality and relevance of the course content.
  • Take the first step in gaining Incorporated Engineer status – this course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 95% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich students are in a professional or managerial job, just six months after graduating, earning an average salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2016-2017). Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, civil engineering graduates are heavily sought after.
  • Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, offering industry-standard equipment and support from our team of expert technicians.
  • Apply your learning to the real world and network with experts in the industry, with opportunities to take part in site visits and a residential surveying trip included in course fees, and live projects part of the course.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Tailor your studies to suit your strengths and interests, with opportunities to transfer on to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course, from which you could progress to our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course.

This course is also offered through a part-time study route.

How does this course differ from our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering courses?

  • Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course contains a higher level of mathematics and structural analysis, in comparison to our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course. Our BEng course partially satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).
  • Our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course is taught over four years (five years with a placement) and you will gain a Master of Engineering Degree. In your final year, you will work alongside students studying related postgraduate courses, undertaking a complex and challenging project. An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineer status.

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What you'll study

Our course exposes you to the exciting and rapidly expanding world of construction, preparing you to take on the challenges of developing and maintaining the infrastructure that underpins society. The course develops together the theory and practice of civil engineering, with an emphasis on the practical nature of civil engineering and the application and management of current technologies.

The final year of the course builds upon the engineering knowledge and practice developed in Years One and Two and broadens the curriculum, addressing issues such as people management, finance, professional ethics, and transportation issues.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, approximately 14 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning.
  • This includes lectures; seminars and tutorials; laboratory practical exercises, such as making and testing concrete; assessing structural forms and testing beams; fieldwork, such as site visits, field trips, and practical exercises; and IT sessions, including computer-aided design (CAD). You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, 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.

Our links with industry

You will benefit from our established links with industry, ensuring the continued relevancy of our course content. You'll be exposed to industry professionals by working on live project briefs set by companies from industry, and in the form of guest lecturers, 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's final year students took part in a project to design part of a new super cycleway between Toton and Nottingham city centre. The large contractors Interserve join first-year students on a bridge-building exercise each year.

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 number of credits for each module are listed above.

Take part in site visits, a residential surveying trip – included in course fees – and live projects as part of the course.

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. Through working on real projects from industry, fieldwork, and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

95% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich students are in a professional or managerial job, just six months after graduating (DLHE, 2016-2017).

Recent growth in UK industry has revealed a skills shortage in this area. You'll graduate with desirable skills and knowledge, boosting your employment prospects.

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 (Hons) 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
  • 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.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Excellent placement opportunities

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment.

Where can I go on my placement?

Civil Engineering students typically secure placements in civil engineering contractors, design consultancies, surveying sub-contractors, utilities companies, and structural engineering organisations.

Recent destinations have included:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Birse Civils
  • Canal River Trust
  • Arcadis
  • Jackson Civil Engineering
  • J N Bentley
  • North Midland Construction
  • Eurovia Group Ltd
  • VolkerFitzpatrick.

Recent roles have included site engineer, junior site manager, assistant engineer, designer, and project manager.

Sponsorship

Many students are sponsored through their final year by their placement company, with a guaranteed job on graduation.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

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Facilities

Laboratory spaces

The School has excellent lab and workshop resources for structural testing, materials science, and soils and building services. See a full gallery of facilities used by our civil engineering students.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with:

  • computers
  • large format plotters
  • desk space together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals, and books.

Within the library, there is a liaison librarian who has specialist Civil Engineering subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

How to apply

The UK

You can apply to this course through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

International

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our International students' page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about to the University.

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What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions, and events required as part of your core studies
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

I.C.E. Scholarship

The Institution of Civil Engineers have a yearly opportunity to apply for the I.C.E. QUEST undergraduate scholarships. These scholarships currently provide:

  • £10,000 over the course of your study
  • paid work placements every summer
  • the potential of a full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate
  • experience and knowledge that are good for your CV and your career – especially if you want to become an incorporated or chartered civil engineer

International

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 28, 2018
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