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University of Portsmouth

Civil Engineering

UCAS Code: H200

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels including an A level in a numerical subject. General Studies is not normally accepted.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics, Science or Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50 to include a Principal subject in numerical subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, including a Higher Level in a numerical subject.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level in a numerical subject. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

112-120 points to include an Advanced Level numerical subject. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A level in a numerical subject. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.

91%
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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Civil engineering

**Overview**

Do you have what it takes to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale building projects, from roads to skyscrapers?

On this BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree course, you’ll get to grips with the theory, methods and skills needed for a career in civil engineering, in the city that gave the world Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

You’ll learn how to design, construct, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports everything from buildings and transportation to public amenities.

**Accredited by**

This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers – meeting in full the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and in part the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Create your own designs and models

- Carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and soil investigation

- Use our environmental laboratory located at a sewage treatment works

- Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnerships with local and global organisations

- Boost your future career opportunities with the option to study practical diving and underwater engineering, and gain a recognised diving qualification

- Get out of the classroom with visits to the Isle of Wight and construction sites around the city, plus a field trip to the National Construction College in Norfolk

- Enjoy insights from industry specialists – recent guest speakers include practitioners from ICE, Atkins, MWH, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, Portsmouth City Council, Colas and Parsons Brinckerhoff

- Fully meets the educational base to become an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the educational base to become a Chartered Engineer

**Careers and opportunities**

What can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

The skills you develop on this course are highly sought-after by employers in fields such as:

- civil and structural engineering

- civil engineering contracting

- construction engineering

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

What jobs can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- civil and structural consultancy engineer

- civil engineering contractor

- graduate structural engineer

- construction engineer

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"The placement furthered my skills in problem-solving, communication, time management, teamwork and individual initiatives." Thomas Glenn, Civil Engineering Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Construction Management and Practice
Engineering Analysis
Professional Development 1
Soils and Materials 1
Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
Water and Environmental Engineering

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Behaviour of Structures
Design of Structural Elements
Numerical Skills and Economics
Professional Development 2
Soils and Materials 2

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Diving and Underwater Engineering A
Diving and Underwater Engineering B
Energy Resources and Infrastructure
Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
Heritage Property
Institution-wide Language Program
Introduction to Project Management Principles

Optional placement year

After your second year, you can take a salaried placement year working in the industry, gaining valuable experience, and putting your studies to the test.

Previous students have taken placements at large-scale civil engineering organisations such as:

Dyer & Butler
Fluor
Kier
Portsmouth Water
Mott MacDonald
AECOM
WSP

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Individual Project
Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project
Professional Development 3
Soils and Materials 3
Transportation Engineering
Water Infrastructure

There are no optional modules in this year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written exams
web assessments
essays and reports
project presentations
a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 68% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
Year 2 students: 63% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 33% by coursework
Year 3 students: 20% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 68% 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
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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.

75%
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

87%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
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
99%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Engineering professionals
9%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
6%
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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