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. Accredited by numerous professional industry bodies, our course has been designed to provide a practical and broad civil engineering education.
Why study this course?
- 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). It's also accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, recognising the quality and relevance of the course content.
- Take the first step in gaining Incorporated Engineer status – this course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich students are in a professional or managerial job, just six months after graduating, earning an average salary of £28,900 (DLHE, 2015-2016). Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, civil engineering graduates are heavily sought after.
- Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, offering industry-standard equipment and support from our team of expert technicians.
- Apply your learning to the real world and network with experts in industry, with opportunities to take part in site visits and a residential surveying trip included in course fees, and live projects part of the course.
- Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
- Tailor your studies to suit your strengths and interests, with opportunities to transfer on to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course, from which you could progress to our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course.
This course is also offered through a part-time study route.
How does this course differ from our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering courses?
- Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course contains a higher level of mathematics and structural analysis, in comparison to our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course. Our BEng course partially satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).
- Our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction course is taught over four years (five years with a placement) and you will gain a Master of Engineering Degree. In your final year, you will work alongside students studying related postgraduate courses, undertaking a complex and challenging project. An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineer status.
How you're taught
How will I learn?
- Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, approximately 14 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning.
- This includes lectures; seminars and tutorials; laboratory practical exercises, such as making and testing concrete; assessing structural forms and testing beams; field work, such as site visits, field trips and practical exercises; and IT sessions, including computer-aided design (CAD). You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
- Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
- In your final year the scheduled learning sessions reduce to approximately 30% of your time, as more time is focused on your group and individual projects.
Our links with industry
You will benefit from our established links with industry, ensuring the continual relevancy of our course content. You'll be exposed to industry professionals by working on live project briefs set by companies from industry, and in the form of guest lecturers, visits to working sites, industry-sponsored awards, and work placements.
You will also have opportunities to work with companies to gain new skills. For example, this year's final year students took part in a project to design part of a new super cycleway between Toton and Nottingham city centre. The large contractors Interserve join first year students on a bridge-building exercise each year.
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment, and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. Through working on real projects from industry, field work and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.
100% of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering sandwich students are in a professional or managerial job, just six months after graduating (DLHE, 2015-2016).
Recent growth in UK industry has revealed a skills shortage in this area. You'll graduate with desirable skills and knowledge, boosting your employment prospects.
Where do Civil Engineering graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong civil engineering alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Recent BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:
- Balfour Beatty: graduate civil engineer, junior civil engineer, junior site engineer, site engineer, trainee civil engineer
- VolkerFitzpatrick: site engineer, site engineering assistant, assistant engineer
- Clugston: assistant site manager
- Jackson Civil Engineering: site engineer
- Laing O'Rourke: civil engineer
- Martin Redston Associates: structural engineer
- Morgan Sindall: tunnel engineer
- North Midland Construction: project engineer, design coordinator.
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.
Find out more about career options in civil engineering on the Institution of Civil Engineers website.
Excellent placement opportunities
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment.
Where can I go on my placement?
Civil Engineering students typically secure placements in civil engineering contractors, design consultancies, surveying sub-contractors, utilities companies, and structural engineering organisations.
Recent destinations have included:
- Balfour Beatty
- Birse Civils
- Canal River Trust
- Jackson Civil Engineering
- J N Bentley
- North Midland Construction
- Eurovia Group Ltd
Recent roles have included site engineer, junior site manager, assistant engineer, designer, and project manager.
Many students are sponsored through their final year by their placement company, with a guaranteed job on graduation.
Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.
The School has excellent lab and workshop resources for structural testing, materials science, and soils and building services. See a full gallery of facilities used by our civil engineering students.
Dedicated resource centre
Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with:
- large format plotters
- desk space together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:
- Microsoft Office
- web browsing
- networked file storage
- high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Books and library resources
In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.
Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist Civil Engineering subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.