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Students study the role that the built environment plays in people’s health and well being; investigate the novel and resilient systems of composite materials and structures and tackle the problems of pollution within rivers and the coastal environment. In the early part of the degree students can apply their knowledge to civil engineering through design. The last years give core experience of both design and construction methods, with modules such as concrete and steel structures, geotechnical engineering and structural analysis. Fieldwork is an essential component of the course and geotechnical engineering field courses in the UK and a rural technology transfer course in Africa are offered.
Year 1: Engineering mathematics and systems modelling; mechanics, structures and thermodynamics; circuits, devices and power systems; design for function; introduction to engineering business management. Optional modules: Biomedical engineering; multimedia technology; technology in international development; the aesthetics of design. Year 2: Energy conversion and power systems; design and manufacture; engineering mathematics and technical computing; mechanics and thermofluids; technical operations management; optional: computer systems; forensic engineering; introduction to secondary school teaching; modern foreign languages; vehicle technology. Year 3: Civil engineering materials and structural analysis; concrete structures; steel structures; geotechnical engineering; water engineering for civil engineers; individual project. Year 4: Construction management and temporary works; group project. Optional modules: Advanced fluid dynamics; advanced structural engineering; African field course; computational fluid dynamics; construction processes and temporary works; design for sustainability; energy conservation; environmental geotechnics; finite element methods; fluid mechanics for civil and environmental engineering; global water and sanitation technologies; river mixing; quality systems; simulation of operations; supply chain management.
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Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni.
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?
% employed or in further studyMEDIUM88%
Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors
Graduates who are engineering professionals
Graduates who are production managers and directors
Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
The recession probably hit construction the hardest of all industries, which meant that civil engineering, which had one of the lowest unemployment rates before the downturn, was one of the worst affected subjects. Things have got better since then, and appear to be rapidly improving, but normally we'd expect to see unemployment rates at about half of what they are currently. We're still officially short of civil engineers, especially in areas to do with mining, tunnelling and safety, and salaries are well above the graduate average. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees – it’s the most common way for civil engineers to secure their first position.
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