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Nottingham Trent University

Civil Engineering Design and Construction

UCAS Code: 7H27

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

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Full-time | 2019


Civil engineering

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. Our Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering brings together undergraduate and Masters-level course content. You'll develop high-level knowledge of civil engineering principles and theory, alongside analytical, practical and engineering skills and techniques.

Our course is accredited, under license from the Engineering Council, by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which represents the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

**Key features**

- **Professional progression** | Successful completion of this course represents the most direct route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, fully satisfying the educational base for the status.

- **Industry-standard facilities** | Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, including concrete, soils and materials laboratories and support from our team of expert technicians.

- **Professionally-focused** | You'll develop knowledge and skills in architectural and building technology, computer-aided design, health and safety, the environment, hydraulics, ground engineering and structural engineering, and look at creativity and innovation within engineering, gaining a deeper understanding of engineering principles and practice applied to industry.

- **Trips and projects** | Apply your learning to the real world through opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects with companies such as nmcn, and a residential engineering surveying trip - included in course fees - as part of the course. Previously, MEng students visited Copenhagen as part of a Smart Cities project.

- **Building blocks package** | Benefit from our student financial support package which includes free personal protective equipment (PPE), a pre-paid printing allowance, and money towards the cost of your course materials.


All modules in years one, two and three are core and are shared with the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering. The final year is flexible and offers you the chance to choose an optional module from a range of options in addition to the core modules. You will also have the chance to work alongside postgraduate students. Year One: Civil Engineering Design Projects: This module will introduce you to the organisation of the construction industry and the key roles played by civil engineering professionals • Engineering Materials - Throughout this module you will be introduced to the materials encountered in civil engineering and general construction. You will develop an understanding of the implications of material properties in practical applications •Engineering Surveying - During this module you will develop your skills in using standard surveying instrumentation • Residential field course - The module will culminate in a one-week residential field trip where you will work in groups to develop the skills you have learnt throughout the module. Groups will work under limited supervision to plan, manage and assess their own programme to meet set targets • Introduction to Structural Engineering - This module aims to provide you with revision in relevant statics and a quantitative and qualitative appreciation of the behaviour and design of beams and triangulated frameworks • Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics - This module provides you with the mathematical knowledge and techniques required for the rest of the course. Year Two: Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing - This module provides you with an introduction to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork and their design and detailing to the relevant codes of practice • Construction Practice and the Environment - The aim of this module is to improve your knowledge of practice within the construction industry and your appreciation of the roles and responsibilities that you may undertake in your placement year and beyond • Integration of Engineering Applications - This module will introduce you to new and emerging technologies within the construction industry in relation to Engineering Surveying, CAD and BIM • Further Engineering Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics - In this module you will look at: probability; calculus; vectors and matrices; and fluid mechanics: dimensional analysis, flow through pipes, hydraulic machinery • Ground Engineering - The Ground Engineering module develops your appreciation of fundamental soil and geological properties, their measurement and testing. Year Three and Four: Optional placement year – You’ll get the opportunity to spend a year working in industry. This year in employment will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment. Many students to their placement company after graduation. Final Year: Major Design and Construction Project – You’ll be provided the opportunity for you to develop abilities in undertaking a design project that is large scale and/or complex in character • Infrastructure Engineering - This module will build upon the broad introduction given in Infrastructure Engineering 1. Using standards, codes of practise, design and construction methodologies pavements and light rail infrastructure will be reviewed in analytical detail • Strategic and Operational Management - The module is intended to provide prospective civil engineers with an understanding of the complex political, cultural, economic and financial environments within which civil engineering, architectural design and construction organisations operate at both a strategic organisational and individual project level.

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Do you want to be in demand? This might be the degree for you! We are officially short of civil engineers, and so around two thirds of civil engineering graduates start jobs specifically as civil engineers, and starting salaries are well over £25k last year. Demand for civil engineers and related jobs - we're short of all of them - means that good graduates have plenty of options directly related to their degree when they graduate. 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.

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