Civil Engineers play a pivotal role in shaping our future and are fundamental to all aspects of the built environment from the design and construction of iconic structures to the provision of underground services.
At Birmingham, our staff and students are working on a diverse range of projects. In fluid mechanics, we investigate topics ranging from the aerodynamics of cyclists/trains, to the flooding of rivers; current geotechnical engineering projects range from developing 'intelligent' tunnels to cleaning up contaminated land; and in structural engineering our students are designing a variety of structures to withstand extreme winds as well as investigating and implementing the sustainable construction technologies of tomorrow.
We have a strong design theme running through all of our degree courses which not only enables your creative abilities to grow but is highly prized by employers. Our unique facilities and excellent staff combine to ensure that you will be excellently placed to fulfil your ambitions.
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MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience
“On my open day at the University of Birmingham, I was amazed by how beautiful the campus was; it was nothing like I expected when I thought of Birmingham. I was greeted by enthusiastic lecturers, who were happy to answer any questions and tell me about the work carried out at Birmingham. It is so important to be lectured by someone who has passion for their subject as you end up picking their enthusiasm and enjoying the subject so much more. ”
If you have a good grasp of maths and design and love to solve problems creatively, then this civil engineering degree will be an excellent choice for you. During this degree, you will be actively involved in developing the specific design and professional skills required by civil engineers and will tackle numerous design problems to develop your analytical, technical and decision-making abilities. You will study all the major areas of civil engineering, such as structural design and applications, fluid mechanics and water engineering, geotechnical engineering and construction project management. Mathematics is embedded into all our engineering subjects which enables the relevance of sometimes obscure mathematical concepts to be appreciated.
This degree is ideally suited to international or UK students who want to complete their studies in 3 years. It is a flexible option that offers a quicker route to industry than a 4 year MEng and can be topped up with a 1 year postgraduate masters at a later date, to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.
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Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
In the Department of Civil Engineering, we are dedicated to our specialist areas of engineering. When we are not teaching you, we will be found working with industry, either as advisers or research partners. We are fortunate to have links with more than 50 engineering companies and senior academics in the School advise governments on issues such as the sustainability of the Olympic Park, flooding of river basins and road management in developing countries. Our research informs our teaching, so you will be exposed to the latest developments in the industry and get to learn about current engineering projects from practicing engineers.
We involve industrial partners in developing and delivering our programmes and our partnership with the civil engineering industry will help you to become the self-motivated, employable engineer that the industry look for.
As an independent guarantee of quality, all our BEng, MEng and MSc degree programmes are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institution of Highway Engineers and are compatible with the latest guidelines for professional engineering registration.
If you would like to know more reasons why we believe your experience at Birmingham would be special, please see 10 reasons to come to Birmingham.
Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop your broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda. The first year is shared across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
Electrical Engineering 1 - 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
Engineering Materials - 10 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer - 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
Integrated Design Project 1 - 20 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
Computing for Engineers - 10 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.
You will extend your technical understanding in the core subjects and learn how to apply your knowledge and creativity to solving engineering problems with a focus on designing real structures using concrete, steel and modern materials.
- Structural Engineering 1 - 20 credits
- Materials Engineering 1 - 20 credits
- Geotechnical Engineering 1 - 20 credits
- Engineering Maths 2 - 20 credits
- Construction Practice and Management 1 - 10 credits
- Water Engineering 1 - 10 credits
- Integrated Design Project 2 - 20 credits
In your third year the theme of solving real-world problems continues and you will work with students from other engineering disciplines to form multi-disciplinary teams to tackle challenging cross-industry projects.
- Structural Engineering 2 - 20 credits
- Materials Engineering 2 - 20 credits
- Geotechnical Engineering 2 - 20 credits
- Water Engineering 2 - 10 credits
- Integrated Design Project 3 - 20 credits
- Individual Research Project - 20 credits
Choose 10 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:
- Water Engineering 3 - 10 credits
- System Engineering - 10 credits
- Atmospheric Engineering - 10 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Annual tuition fees 2019/20
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- AAB with A level Mathematics
- Required subjects and grades:
- A level Mathematics. You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015.
General Studies or Critical Thinking not accepted. However, a good performance in one of these may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall.
BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered for BEng programmes providing there is sufficient Mathematics content and applicant satisfactorily completes our Mathematics aptitude test.
Grades: BEng; D*D*D* plus Distinction in all units required.
BTEC Diploma considered in combination with A Level.
Grades: BEng; D*D* plus B. If the A level taken is not in Mathematics, then the BTEC Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered in combination with 2 A Levels
Grades: BEng; D*plus A B. If A level Mathematics is not taken, then the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.
Would you like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? Consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.
Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about
international entry requirements.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
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You will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience.You can find out more about the members of staff in the Department of Civil Engineering here where you can read about their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest.
"The greatest inspiration that I had whilst I was here at the University was actually the lecturers. They're just so smart, and they should be because they're lecturers at university, but they just have such a breadth of knowledge."
Joanna Maguire, MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience graduate, 2015
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Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), which opened in 2018, will become a hub for science & engineering teaching, with multifunctional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.
As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).
To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we'll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
What you can expect
Throughout your degree, depending on module choice, you can expect about 20 hours of contact time per week on average. This consits of approximately 14 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials/labs. In your first and second years, the course is delivered as lectures, small group workshops, laboratories, computer-based activities, enquiry-based learning and tutorials. A strong emphasis is placed on design project work in your third year.
How will I be taught?
As a Birmingham student, you are joining the academic elite and have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts in the field of civil engineering. Throughout your studies, you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, thriving on challenge and opportunities to think for yourself.
At the start of your degree, you'll be assigned a Personal Tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues.
Laboratory-based work is an integral part of our civil engineering degree programme, vital to develop your experimental practical skills, and to reinforce concepts introduced in lectures or to explore a particular phenomenon. Lab work takes place mainly in the first two years of the programme when you'll learn all the fundamental concepts, but you can also opt for a laboratory final-year project. You never know, you could be 'playing' in the Department's newly constructed wind tunnel.
Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and molecular graphics, to record lectures and to interact with 'ask the audience' style electronic voting systems.
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
Each module is assessed independently with all containing some components of continuous assessment, which usually accounts for a quarter to one third of your marks. Some modules are completely assessed by coursework. Assessment methods include end-of-year examinations in May and June, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, computer-based tests, marked exercises, and laboratory and project reports.
In your first year, assessment is weighted more towards exams at 56%, with coursework accounting for 44% of your mark. By the second year they're weighted equally. In the third year your design projects take precedence and this is reflected in the marks; 55% coursework and 45% examination. These figures are the average for MEng Civil Engineering so they'll vary depending on what options you choose.
During your first year you will also undergo a formal 'transition' review, mentioned above, to see how you are getting on and whether there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your School or Department and can help with any academic issues you encounter. Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre?s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Feedback is an essential part of learning and we use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor. You'll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, highlighting the positives of your work as well as any areas that need more attention. You will also be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you fail an exam we will ensure that you receive particularly detailed feedback to enable you to learn for the future.
The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 93% of our Civil Engineering graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.
As one of our Civil Engineering students, the range of career opportunities open to you when you graduate is enormous. The civil engineering and construction industries offer a wealth of jobs (from engineering consultants to contractors), with work in such fields as structures, geotechnics, water, environmental, highways, and railways. Engineering management jobs could also come from the environmental protection and local government sectors, or your problem-solving skills could, equally, be directed towards a career in finance, law, teaching and/or research.
Superb opportunities exist for you to gain industrial experience before you graduate:
You could add a year to your programme and spend this time in paid employment; usually between your second and third study years. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in practical projects which ask challenging questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job.
Spending at least two summers in industries will enable you to obtain a 'with industrial experience' degree.
Many top construction companies offer placements to students through the RESPECT scheme.
A rich vein of experience will be available for you to tap into, not only through the University's dedicated Careers Network, but from the School's own industrial liaison officer. From these careers professionals you will gain the skills to help you secure a range of placements from vacation jobs to, eventually, your graduate job.
At School-level, you can opt to add a year to your programme, whatever the course you are studying, and spend this time on placement in industry. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in serious projects which ask searching questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job. On successful completion of a placement in industry organised by the School, and success in your studies, you will be awarded the Certificate in Industrial Studies to add to your degree and improve your employability prospects.
At University-level, our unique careers guidance service is tailored to academic subject areas, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team sources exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA)
recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Whichever of the above forms of careers guidance, or combination of such, you select you will find your prospects for employment after graduation considerably enhanced. If you make the most of the wide range of careers advice we can offer, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Career destinations of previous graduates include:
Balfour Beatty Ltd
Bam Nuttall Ltd
Birmingham City Council
Costain Group PLC
Edmund Nuttall Ltd
Metronet Rail BCV
Mott MacDonald Group Limited
Nottinghamshire County Council
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Wardeil - Armstrong
The graduate employment market is competitive, many employers require evidence of employability or being ready for the world of work.
Internships represent a great way for you to gain experience of the workplace. They also offer employers the opportunity of clarifying what they are looking for and perhaps even assessing interns for future employment.
We offer our students the opportunity of internship placements during their time at Birmingham.
The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience:
"My time at Birmingham really well prepared me for the outside world. I had a great time here, I did a lot of different modules, so I studied things like construction management, studied things about transport policy, I did a lot of group projects so that taught me how to engage with other people."
Molly Dalton, MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience graduate, 2015
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University Careers Network
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
If you make the most of the wide range of services
you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Visit the careers section of the University website for further information.
Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.
Clubs and societies
The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.
Engineering Society organises events throughout the year. You may also
be interested in
and Engineers Without Borders.
Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.
The City of Birmingham
One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.
Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.
The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900.
We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.
If you would like further information about entry requirements, how to apply and funding options, then you can visit our international students webpage. You may also wish to take a virtual tour of our campus and watch the video below to hear our international students say their favourite thing about the University of Birmingham.