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Civil Engineering MEng

Course code

H2P0

H2P1 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

4 years full-time

5 years full-time with placement

Fees

2023/24

UK £9,250

International £21,470

Entry requirements

ABB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

31 (IB)

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Overview

Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging career? Perhaps civil engineering has always interested you. Maybe you recently learned about it at school or college and now you want to learn more. Either way, we believe that civil engineering can provide you with a career that can will excite you. Civil engineers design, construction, and maintenance features of the natural and built environment. A civil engineering career will engage you in the process of solving the problems that confront communities today as well as those that will confront us all in the future.

To help you fulfil that role, the Brunel team have designed a programme that will engage your creative spirit. Our programme is designed to support your development as an effective learner, and also to equip you with the skills needed to function effectively in multidisciplinary engineering team environments.

From week one of our programme, you will be immersed in our unique interdisciplinary approach to learning. In Year 1 you will study alongside students from many other engineering disciplines, on our common Engineering programme. In Year 2 we will develop your core knowledge of civil engineering subjects, like: material science, structural analysis, hydraulics, surveying and more. In Year 3 you can choose to stay on the main civil engineering programme, or choose one of our two specialist pathways, in “Environmental Engineering” or “Flood and Coastal Engineering”. Year 4 of the programme includes advanced level study in subjects related to your chosen pathway.

Between Year 2 and Year 3 of our programme, we have included the option to undertake a placement year. The placement year is a great opportunity to prepare yourself for the world of work. If you decide to undertake a placement, you could find yourself working in an office, design projects, or working outdoors, on construction sites. We highly recommend taking a placement as it can improve your prospects of getting the job you most desire after graduating.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

In your first year, you will study Brunel University’s unique common engineering syllabus, which will ensure you start you engineering programme with strong understanding of fundamental principles of mathematics and science, that underpin all engineering disciplines.

In year 2 you will gain knowledge and understanding of the core civil engineering subjects of surveying, material science, structural mechanics and design, fluid mechanics and hydraulic analysis. After Year 2 you can opt to undertake a year-long placement.

Year 3 of the programme will further develop your knowledge of core civil engineering subject areas with further learning of computational analysis techniques, structural analysis and design, geotechnical engineering, project and infrastructure management.

In Year 4 you will study advance materials and retrofitting, advanced structural design and computational analysis techniques as well as deepen your knowledge and skills in project management.

This course can be studied 4 years full-time or 5 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

Graduates from our Civil Engineering programmes will be capable of addressing the needs of society and business; able to deploy appropriate engineering methods and technologies; skilled in solving complex engineering challenges; competent to work with the environment in a sustainable manner; effective in mitigating climate change impacts on infrastructure and human society.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully meeting the educational base required for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting educational base required for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level AAB including grade A in Maths and grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics, or Design and Technology (Use of Maths, Critical Thinking, and General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical or Further Electronic/Electrical Principles modules and grade A in A Level Maths (Use of Maths not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) DDD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinctions Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, AND Grade A in A Level Maths (Use of Maths not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (RQF) DD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, with Distinction in Further Mechanical or Further Electrical Principles (QCF), Engineering Principles & Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems (RQF), AND A Level Maths at grade A (Use of Maths not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (RQF) D in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with A Levels grades AB to include grade A in Maths and grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics, or Design and Technology (Use of Maths, Critical Thinking, and General Studies not accepted).
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, including 6 in Higher Level Maths and Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Geography or Design Technology. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Applicants should apply for the BEng and those who achieve the progression requirement can then transfer to the MEng at the end of Level two.
  • T levels : Not accepted.

For Engineering with Integrated Foundation Year progression requirements, see the course page.

Five GCSEs to include grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year

£3,000 fee reduction in final year

International

£21,470 full-time

£1,385 placement year

£3,000 fee reduction in final year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2023/24 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.  

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

As our programmes are accredited, we include a wide range of learning outcomes that are essential for a career in Civil Engineering. Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure that you are provided with more than one opportunity to achieve a learning outcome at each level of the programme. The strategy also ensures that most learning outcomes are assessed at least once at each level of the programme. As a general strategy, most modules include both coursework and examination methods of assessments.

We use “student reps” to gather feedback about the course. You will be engaged in electing your own rep, who will then attend departmental meetings to report your feedback and contribute to discussions with the programme management team, exploring ways to further improve the courses we offer. You will also be able to express your views about every module you study, through our ‘YourVoice’ survey, which is conducted at the end of each teaching term.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

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