Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)


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.

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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

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

Construction Management and Practice – 20 credits - In this module you'll study techniques and methods of construction, and the management of the construction process.

Engineering Analysis – 20 credits - On this module, you'll equip yourself with the mathematical tools to solve problems in civil engineering.

Professional Development 1 – 20 credits - On this module, you'll relate your studies to careers available in the civil engineering and construction professions.

Soils & Materials 1 – 20 credits - In this module, you'll test steel, concrete and other materials in the lab.

Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design – 20 credits - In this module, you'll bring together your understanding of structural analysis, materials and design principles as you begin designing your own structures.

Water & Environmental Engineering – 20 credits - On this module, you'll learn to solve hydraulic problems in civil engineering.

Year 2

Core modules

Behaviour of Structures – 20 credits - In this module, you'll develop your theoretical understanding of structural behaviour through qualitative appreciation, numerical analysis and laboratory-based physical modelling..

Design Of Structural Elements – 20 credits - On this module, you'll study the European design code and apply it as you analyse and design structural elements in steel and reinforced concrete.

Numerical Skills and Economics – 20 credits - In this module, you'll practise data analysis skills, quantify probability and risk, and explore the economics of the construction industry. 

Professional Development 2 – 20 credits - In this module, you'll add a practical basis to your first year career development study.

Soils and Materials 2 - 20 credits - In this module, you'll test construction materials and explore soil mechanics through the use of physical models and case studies.

Optional modules

Applied BIM – 20 credits - On this module you'll look at building information modelling (BIM) in a multi-disciplinary setting and a collaborative environment to address problems associated with this fragmentation.

Diving And Underwater Engineering A – 20 credits - In this module, you'll gain an introductory PADI Open Water diving certificate and learn the theory and practice of underwater engineering operations.

Diving and Underwater Engineering B – 20 credits - In this module, you'll develop your existing diving skills on the PADI Advanced Open Water Course.

Energy Resources and Infrastructure – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the issues of energy supply and demand in the context of changing requirements and emerging technologies.

Fieldwork For Civil Engineers – 20 credits - In this module, you'll build on your surveying instrument skills to reach an industry-standard level in setting-out. 

Heritage Property – 20 credits - On this module you'll evaluate the conservation, management, development and values of heritage property by examining the literature, recognising refurbishment issues in neighbourhoods and regeneration sites, and assessing the conditions of historic buildings.

Industrial Placement – Civil Engineering – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll gain industrial and commercial experience in a placement or through self-employment or starting up a business.

Introduction To Project Management Principles – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the principles of project management. 

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits - In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Year 3

Core modules

Individual Project – 20 credits - In this module, you'll carry out an individual in-depth investigation into either the Civil Engineering or Surveying discipline.

Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project – 20 credits - In this module, you'll work on a civil engineering design project in a small supervised group.

Water Infrastructure – 20 credits - In this module, you'll explore civil engineering approaches to water infrastructure.

Transportation Engineering - 20 credits - In this module, you'll study transport systems and their relation to the environment, society and the economy.

Soils and Materials 3 - 20 credits - In this module, you'll study advanced geotechnical and civil engineering topics, such as slope stability, earthquake engineering and low-cost environmentally friendly materials.

Professional Development 3 – 20 credits - In this module, you'll shape your study skills to enhance your employability in Civil Engineering roles.

Optional Modules

Project Management For Civil Engineers – 20 credits - On this module, you'll learn how to fill the role of a team's project manager and explore the commercial environments a project team works in.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group work

There's an emphasis on learning through field trips and lab work with many practical opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.

How you're assessed

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

Careers and opportunities

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

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.

BEng (Hons), BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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