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Plymouth University

Civil and Coastal Engineering

UCAS Code: H255
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Civil engineering
Student score
73% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Typical Offer : 112 UCAS Points, minimum 2 A Levels to include grade C at A Level Maths plus applicants must also be studying a second relevant subject: ICT, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Product Design, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Further Maths, Use of Maths, Statistics, Music Technology, Physics, Technology and Design. Exclude General Studies

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Considered in a related subject in combination with A/AS Level Maths

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

From 18 unit Extended Diploma: To include Distinction in Units: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians. OR From the new National Extended Diploma: To include Distinction in Units: Engineering Principles, Calculus to solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

to include 5 at Higher Level Maths and 5 at Higher Level in a second relevant subject. English Language considered within

UCAS tariff points

Typical Offer : 112 UCAS Points, minimum 2 A Levels to include grade C at A Level Maths plus applicants must also be studying a second relevant subject: ICT, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Product Design, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Further Maths, Use of Maths, Statistics, Music Technology, Physics, Technology and Design. Exclude General Studies

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 108-120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Do you want to tackle major global issues like defence against coastal flooding during climate change? Do you want to design the offshore structures necessary to maintain security of energy supply? You will understand how these structures are protected from erosion and will apply engineering and design principles to create experimental systems such as marine renewable energy devices, that you will test in the coastal and ocean basins and wave flumes located in our £19 million Marine Building. You will be supported and inspired by research-active academic staff, many of whom hold Chartered Engineer status. You will graduate as a civil engineer, enriched with the specialist coastal skills and experience highly sought by employers across the sector, ready to be the future of coastal safety and security on a changing planet. Distinguish yourself professionally with an accredited degree. Our BEng (Hons) is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You'll qualify for membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers. Benefit from our new £19 million Marine Building, where you’ll find facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering. You’ll be taught modules in coastal engineering and water management, preparing you to specialise in design or flood risk management and port engineering. Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a paid, one-year work placement. Gain the confidence, real-world know-how and vital industry experience employers are looking for. Learn a host of design skills from problem solving to sustainable development, as well as enhancing the critical thinking that plays a key role in the work of a civil engineer. Work with the latest industry-standard software, in our high specification laboratories. You’ll develop a strong understanding of fundamental principles, while honing your skills at the same time. Learn from professionally qualified experts with relevant experience from the civil engineering industry, and researchers with national and international reputations. 100 per cent of our students say our staff are good at explaining things [source: unistats]. Increase your employability by taking an Health and Safety Executive (HSE), recognised diving qualification as part of your course, allowing you to work professionally in underwater technology. Progress onto MEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal Engineering at the end of the second year, subject to achieving the required level of academic performance on the BEng (Hons). Develop your professional skills including communication, self-management, team working and leadership so you’re ready to hit the ground running in your future career.


During your first year, you’ll be introduced to key areas that form the basis of knowledge for a professional engineer. You’ll study the mathematics of engineering and get to grips with AutoCAD, developing your IT and design skills. We’ll introduce you to geotechnics and the properties of engineering materials, as well as technical themes like hydraulics, structural analysis and surveying. You’ll gain transferable skills through a module on professional studies. In year two explore the core disciplines of civil engineering, from structural analysis and design to hydraulic engineering and construction, through lectures, practical activities, site visits and a field course. We’ll also introduce you to coastal engineering and the basics of wave and tidal theory. Between years two and three you’ll have the opportunity to spend a year in paid professional employment. We’ll support you in finding a suitable placement and visit you twice during the course of this year. As well as providing an invaluable real world experience, a year in industry can often lead to job offers from the placement company. In your final year you’ll refine your theoretical, practical and design skills. You’ll learn about wave and coastal structure design, and the reliability and risks involved. Your studies will culminate in an industry-focused group design project. You’ll spend much of the year completing a research-based individual project – that focuses on laboratory experiments, computer-aided modelling, or field work linked to our staff’s research and professional interests. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 78%
Student score 73% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
13% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
297 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

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 study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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