Civil Engineering MEng

Overview

Want to follow in the footsteps of famous civil engineers, such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, studying in the city he was born in?

On this MEng Civil Engineering integrated Master's degree course, you’ll get to grips with the theory and practice needed for a career in civil engineering and graduate with a postgraduate qualification.

What you'll experience

On this integrated Master's 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
  • 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 WSP
  • Satisfy the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and meet the initial requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) after the course
  • Boost your future career opportunities with the option to study practical diving and underwater engineering, and gain a recognised diving qualification

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.

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.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Management and Practice
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Professional Development 1
  • Soils and Materials 1
  • Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
  • Water and Environmental Engineering

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Behaviour of Structures
  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Numerical Skills and Economics
  • Professional Development 2
  • Soils and Materials 2

Optional modules on this year currently include:

  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering A
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering B
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure
  • Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
  • Heritage Property
  • Institution-wide Language Program
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles

Placement year

After your second year, you can take a salaried placement year working in the industry, gaining valuable experience, and putting your studies to the test.

Previous students have taken placements at large-scale building organisations such as:

  • Fluor
  • Kier
  • Portsmouth Water
  • WSP
  • AECOM
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Ramboll

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Design of Structures
  • MEng Individual Research Project
  • Professional Development 3
  • Soils and Materials 3
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Infrastructure

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Engineering Science
  • Environmental Management
  • Integrated Design Project
  • Tools, Techniques and Processes of Project Management

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group work

There's an emphasis on learning through field trips, lab work and 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: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 13% by written exams, 43% by practical exams and 44% 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

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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.

MEng, MEng Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120-144 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from 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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