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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

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About Civil Engineering at Nottingham Trent University

Through this course you will be equipped with the skills for developing sustainable and cost-effective design ideas. Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problems and put the infrastructure in place for the world to exist. This course will give you the design, analysis and construction skills needed for the industry.

  • It fulfills the educational base to pursue Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
  • The course is accredited by the Engineering Council, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
  • 100% of placement graduates from 2015 are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2014/15)
  • Get involved in practical, project work and site visits.
  • Opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement.
  • You will gain great experience from a residential surveying field trip (included in your fees).
  • You can switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options.
  • Excellent employment opportunities due to a skills shortage in this subjects industry

This accredited course provides a broad civil engineering education, exposing you to the exciting world of construction. Through live projects, residential field trip, site visits and a work placement year you will gain the necessary theory and tangible skills needed for industry.

You'll gain a sound understanding of mathematical and practical engineering techniques and find clever ways for solutions to real-world situations. You'll get the chance to learn about structures, materials, geotechnics and mathematics essential for when you graduate.

Careers and employability

100% of placement graduates from 2015 are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2014/15)

Through work placements, working on real projects from industry, field work, input from industry professionals and regularly updated course content you will be prepared to succeed in the construction industry.

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 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.

Due to recent growths in UK industry, a skills shortage in this area has been revealed. Therefore, there is increasing demand from employers for workers with the necessary skills this course demands - for more information click here

Employability Team

Our friendly and experienced Employability Team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the Employability Team.

Find out more about career options in civil engineering on the Institution of Civil Engineers website.

Excellent placement opportunities

NTU is first for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Civil Engineering related courses. (HESA 2013/14).

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 work?

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
  • Arcadis
  • Jackson Civil Engineering
  • J N Bentley
  • North Midland Construction
  • Eurovia Group Ltd
  • VolkerFitzpatrick

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.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification of Diploma in Professional Practice - which will further enhance your CV.


Laboratory spaces

The School has excellent lab and workshop resources for structural testing, materials science, and soils and building services. See a comprehensive list 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:

  • computers
  • 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.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • 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.

How you're taught

How will I learn?

You will have approximately 14 hours per week of scheduled learning sessions. This includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars and tutorials
  • laboratory practical exercises - such as making and testing concrete, assessing structural forms and testing beams
  • field work - site visits, field trips, practical exercises
  • IT sessions - including CAD.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for:

  • lectures
  • research
  • 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 great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through real-life briefs set by real companies, guest lecturers from industry, 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 final year students took part in a project to deisn part of a new super cycleway between Toton and Nottingham City centre. And each year Interserve join first year students on a bridge building exercise.

How will I be assessed?

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.

To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credits each year. The amount of credits for each module are listed above.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Please see our applying and fees section.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Entry requirements

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

What are we looking for?

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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