Civil Engineering Design and Construction (MEng (Hons))

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The award
MEng (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

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About Civil Engineering Design and Construction at Nottingham Trent University

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. Our Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering brings together undergraduate and Masters-level course content. You'll develop high-level knowledge of civil engineering principles and theory, alongside analytical, practical and engineering skills and techniques.

Why study this course?

  • An accredited MEng is the most direct route to Chartered Engineering (CEng) status. This new degree, once accredited, will fully satisfy the education base for CEng status.*
  • Graduate with a Masters-level qualification, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of civil engineering. Develop advanced problem-solving and project management skills, with design and project work forming the core of this course.
  • 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. Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, civil engineering graduates are heavily sought after.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Apply your learning to the real world and network with experts in industry, with opportunities to take part in site visits, a residential surveying trip (included in course fees), and live projects as part of the course.
  • Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, offering industry-standard equipment and support from our team of expert technicians.
  • Tailor your studies in your final year, with the choice of an optional module to build on your personal interests relating to civil engineering. Where possible, you'll also have the chance to work alongside our postgraduate students on selected modules.

How does this course differ from our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering and BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering courses?

  • Our MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course builds on the three (or four with placement) years of our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course with an additional year of study.  This additional year will give you the chance to work on more complex projects and broaden your engineering knowledge base.
  • 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).

*Accreditation is pending and, once given, the course will be accredited under licence from the Engineering Council, by the Joint Board of Moderators, 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). Accreditation will also be sought from the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • In Year One approximately 40% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions, and in Year Two approximately 35%. This includes lectures; seminars; tutorials; laboratory practical exercises, such as making and testing concrete, assessing structural forms and testing beams; fieldwork, including 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.

Trips and study visits

  • 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, such as the Friends of Cromford Canal, who briefed our students to investigate restoring a section of the canal around Codnor Park Reservoir. You'll also benefit from 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. Building on your skills and experience from the very start of the course, each year a company join first year students on a bridge-building exercise. Over the last couple of years, this has included Interserve and North Midland Construction.

Assessment methods

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.

Contact hours

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, fieldwork and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

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 BEng Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

  • Balfour Beatty: graduate engineer, graduate site engineer
  • BAM Nuttall: civil engineering assistant, graduate engineer
  • Abbey Pynford: design engineer
  • Acciona Energia: trainee graduate engineer
  • Bridgeway Consulting: site investigation engineer
  • BWB Consulting: graduate engineer
  • Interserve: graduate civil engineer
  • Jackson Civil Engineering: graduate engineer
  • VINCI Construction: assistant civil engineer
  • VolkerFitzpatrick: site engineer, civil engineer.

Civil Engineers are in demand both in the UK and worldwide. There are many types of employers that you may work for, including civil engineering contractors, commercial construction and development companies, private practices, local authorities, and utility companies.

Employability team

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 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

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Design and Construction 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 subcontractors, utilities companies, and structural engineering organisations.

Recent destinations have included:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Canal and River Trust
  • Arcadis
  • Jackson Civil Engineering
  • J N Bentley
  • North Midland Construction
  • The Ringway Group
  • 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 – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.


Facilities for Civil Engineering students

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 computers, large format plotters and 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, and 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.

Study options for this course

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Entry requirements

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

  • A-levels – ABB, including Maths and excluding General Studies (A-level Maths grade C will be accepted, providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, and A-level Maths grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including Maths for Technicians, and Further Maths for Technicians modules; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications including an A-level grade C equivalent in Maths and excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants applying without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. 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 +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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