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University of Plymouth

Civil Engineering

UCAS Code: H200

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


To include a 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

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Accepted in combination

Engineering related Access: Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 21 in Maths with Distinction and all other Engineering units with Merit or above Maths related Access: Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 33 at Merit/Distinction with at least 21 credits in Maths with Distinction and 15 in Physics with merit or above.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Accepted in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-30

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

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Including Maths and a second relevant science/technology subject.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Considered in combination

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

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

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.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

108 to 120 points to include C at Advanced Highers Maths plus a second relevant science/technology subject at Advanced Highers

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-120

To include a 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

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

accepted in combination

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Civil engineering

Do you want to tackle global problems like water or energy supply security and defence against flooding in a changing, highly populated world? You will understand how to apply core engineering principles to real world problem using simulations, models or experiments. You will be supported and inspired by research-active academic staff - many of whom have Chartered Engineer status and industry experience. You will gain a BEng highly sought by employers, making you the future of civil engineering.

* Start your professional career from day one with a course 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. Our BEng (Hons) is accredited by our professional institutions 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.

* Immerse yourself in the real world of civil engineering through site visits, field courses and visiting lectures from leading Chartered Civil Engineers working on major projects.

* Benefit from our new £19 million Marine Building, which offers you opportunities to learn water engineering and coastal engineering. We offer major options in structural engineering and water management to equip you to specialise in design and flood risk management.

* Learn from our teaching staff of professionally qualified experts with relevant experience from the civil engineering industry and researchers with national and international reputations.

* Get ahead in your career by spending an optional placement year working as a paid student engineer, a great opportunity to further your knowledge and make important industry contacts.

* Learn a host of design skills from problem solving to sustainable development, as well as developing the critical thinking that plays a key role in the work of a civil engineer, including interpreting and analysing data.

* Develop your professional skills including communication, self-management, team working and leadership, all vital in pursuing a rewarding career.

* Increase your employability by taking an HSE-recognised diving qualification as part of your course, allowing you to work professionally in underwater technology.

* Study core subjects include engineering surveying, geotechnics, hydraulics, management, materials, and structural analysis.

* Join our extensive network of Chartered Civil Engineer graduates from Plymouth University and now work at all levels in the industry both nationally and internationally.

Modules

In the first year, you’ll be introduced to the role of the professional civil engineer, understanding of the application of mathematics in engineering and the behaviour of civil engineering structures. Working in both laboratory and field, you’ll develop skills in surveying, computer aided design and the properties of engineering materials. We’ll begin your professional development through site visits, group-based design activity and visiting industry speakers.

Explore the core disciplines of civil engineering, from structural analysis and design to hydraulic engineering through lectures, practical activities, site visits and a field course. We’ll introduce you to specialist areas of the industry, including coastal engineering and water engineering, with the opportunity to take an optional module to develop skills in sampling, survey, underwater photography and inspection techniques.

By taking the opportunity to spend an optional year in a paid professional employment as a student civil engineer, you’ll gain real world experience, industry contacts and the possibility of summer work, sponsorship or a graduate job offer.

You’ll deepen your understanding of the core technical subjects in civil engineering with a particular emphasis on designing solutions to infrastructure problems, culminating in an industry-focused group design project. You’ll spend much of the year completing a research-based individual project. These projects typically involve laboratory, 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.

Assessment methods

49% of assessment is by exam, 51% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Civil engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

72%
Engineering professionals
6%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
4%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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