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BEngCivil Engineering

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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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, focusing on key core subject areas:

You will develop knowledge and skills in:

architectural/building technology
Computer Aided Design
health and safety
the environment
ground engineering
structural engineering
construction technology and practice
professional morals
ethics in the construction industry and sustainability.
You will look at creativity and innovation within an engineering context and gain a deep understanding of engineering principles and practice of civil engineering.

Year One

Civil Engineering Design Projects (40 credits)
Engineering Materials (20 credits)
Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics (20 credits)
Engineering Surveying (20 credits)
Introduction to Structural Analysis and Design (20 credits)
In your first year you will 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

Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits)
Further Engineering Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics (20 credits)
Ground Engineering (20 credits)
Integration of Engineering Applications (20 credits)
Structural Analysis and Design (40 credits)
Year Three
Optional work placement year
This is your opportunity to gain real experience in industry through a work placement year.

Final year

Further Structural Design (20 credits)
Further Geotechnical Engineering and Design (20 credits)
Professional Responsibilities and Development in civil Engineering (20 credits)
Individual with Group Project (40 credits)
Infrastructure Engineering (20 credits)

How will I study?
In year one approximately 40% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions and in year two approximately 35%. 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 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.

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 Brierley Forest Park, Nottinghamshire Cricket Club, a major road development on the A46 and a week surveying camp in Cumbria.

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.

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).
partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
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 – such as the Brierley Forest Park project where students worked with Ashfield District Council – 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 a company join first year students on a bridge building exercise – over the last couple of years this has included Interserve and North Midland Construction.

Where will I study?
You will study on the City site. Most of your lectures will be taught in the recently renovated Newton building, and the Chaucer and Maudslay buildings.

You will also work in the Maudslay building for many of the practical sessions, such as concrete testing and soil labs.

And you will use the fantastic studio spaces in the Arkwright building.

What’s the difference between MEng Civil Engineering Design & Construction, BSc Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering at NTU?
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

100% of our students in 2013 went on to be employed or in further education after six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2012/13).

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 – for more information click here

You will be prepared to succeed in the construction industry through:

work placements
working on real projects from industry
field work
input from industry professionals
regularly updated course content.
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 BEng Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

Balfour Beatty: Graduate Engineer, Graduate Site Engineer
BAM Nuttall: Civil Engineering Assistant, Graduate Engineer
Abbey Pynford: Design Engineer
Acciona Energia: Trainee Graduate Engineer
Birse: Graduate Engineer, Site Engineer
Bridgeway Consulting: Site Investigation Engineer
BWB Consulting: Graduate Engineer
Interserve: Graduate Civil Engineer
Jackson Civil Engineering: Graduate Engineer
Vinci Construction: Assistant Civil Engineer
VolkerFitzpatrick: Site Engineer, Civil Engineer.
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.
What’s a typical starting salary?
The average salary for NTU BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering graduates starting work in 2013 was £23,000 (DLHE survey 2012/13).

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?
“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

What our graduates say
“Since graduating and gaining experience I have set up my own business. My team and I are passionate about Inertia Consulting and engineering in general. Every project is personal and we take pride when seeing one of our bridges constructed, proudly saying to ourselves ‘That’s one of ours’.”

David Roome, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, 2005
Director, Inertia Consulting

Further study
You can progress onto one of our MSc Structural Engineering courses to work towards Chartered Engineer (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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
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Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you