Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, and Institution of Highways & Transportation) as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Our teaching staff won the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering Education for the second time in 2015, making Salford the only university to have won it twice
Practical residential field course at National Construction College
Civil engineers are a part of our everyday lives; the entire infrastructure of our environment has been influenced by them. From bridges and buildings to utilities and transport; there is no escaping our reliance on their knowledge and skills. This course has been designed to give you a wide range of knowledge and skills that allow you to work closely with architects to turn their concepts and drawings into real life. With an excellent reputation and strong links with industry, this course will position you to become a successful professional civil engineer.
Each year of this course contains six modules. Alongside five of these modules you will complete an integrated design exercise which blends the learning and skills from each module to the application of a client brief. One module in the final year is dedicated to your individual project.
You can opt to take an industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, between the second and third year of your course. This has a number of benefits: you will improve your employment prospects after graduation, you get to see the engineering theory you have learned in action, they are often paid positions, and many of our industrial placement students ultimately improve their degree classification over their second year results to receive top class degrees. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.
Thanks to the generosity of University of Salford donor and Chairman of Morson Group, Gerry Mason, we were delighted to be able to offer five scholarships specific to students beginning courses in September 2016 across all disciplines of engineering and will have ten more on offer in 16/17 and fifteen in 17/18. Students studying this course will be eligible to apply for this scholarship, please see here for more information.
Awards and Accreditation
Each year of this course each contains six modules. Alongside five of these modules you will complete an integrated design exercise which blends the learning and skills from each module to the application of a client brief. One module in the final year is dedicated to your individual project.
You can opt to take an industrial placement year between the second and third year of your course. This has a number of benefits: you will improve your employment prospects after graduation, you get to see the engineering theory you have learned in action, they are often paid positions, and many of our industrial placement students ultimately improve their degree classification over their second year results to receive top class degrees. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.
An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering. This module will review and expand on the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to engineering.
Civil engineering employs the use of a wide range of materials. In this module you will develop your understanding of those materials and study their fundamental behaviour. Subjects include construction materials, geology, soil mechanics and laboratory testing.
You will develop an ability to analyse statically determinate structures and design simple structural steel work elements in this module. The module content is split in two, analysis and design. Analysis includes the subjects rigid body statics, material properties and Euler theory. Design subjects include design of structural steelwork elements in simple construction, and fire and corrosion protection systems for structural steelwork.
There are a broad spectrum of elements involved with civil engineering construction. This module will develop your understanding of those elements from tunnels to contract law. Subjects include site safety, demolition works, sustainability, resource efficiency, consulting engineers and contractors, client's requirement and financial planning and control.
In this module you will develop your understanding and ability to undertake a range of civil engineering surveying tasks. The main subject areas are land surveying techniques, setting out techniques, modern surveying techniques and quantity surveying. You will cover subjects and learn techniques such as setting up a level, theodolite and total station, construction lasers, GPS, EDM, co-ordinates, bearings and contract pricing.
As a successful civil engineer it is important to have a wide range of well developed communications skills allowing you to be able to communicate effectively not only with other engineers but also clients, contractors and labourers. This module will develop your drawing, written reports, presentations and specification writing.
This module will building on the engineering mathematics module from year 1 and develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis, to enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
All structures are dependent on the ground they're built on, in this module you will be introduced to the principles of soil mechanics including the general behaviour of different soil types under loading and unloading conditions and how this behaviour may be predicted. Subjects include geotechnical investigation, soil strength and transient groundwater flow.
This module builds on your knowledge from year 1 and will develop your ability to analyse statically indeterminate structures and design simple reinforced concrete and masonry, structural elements. Subjects include stability of struts and frames, virtual work for statically indeterminate frameworks, detailing of reinforced concrete connections and bar bending schedules and design of freestanding masonry walls and panels.
Project planning and execution are a vital part of the role of a civil engineer, in this module you practice these skills, culminating in a residential field course which will see you working in a team to construct structures from bridges to oil rigs.
This module will allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of modern architecture in the context of building and civil engineering. Subjects will include natural and man-made forms, prominent building designers and their creations by case study analysis, building construction drawing, and analysis and synthesis of client requirements.
The function of a building is more than its structure and appearance, in this module you will gain an understanding of common services for modern buildings. The subjects include electrical and gas installations, heating and water and drainage.
One of the most important parts of your preparation for your future career, whether in industry or research, is the undertaking of an individual project. Projects are based on particular civil engineering themes of industrial relevance. You will be required to undertake an individual project which will run over a two year period (years 3 and 4 of the MEng course).
In this module you will learn to develop approaches to the design and analysis of soil slopes and foundations. The subjects include stability of embankments, stability of earth dams, stability of shallow foundations on fine and coarse grained soils, design based on in-situ tests and stability of deep foundations in fine and coarse grained soils.
This module will further develop your ability to analyse statically indeterminate structures and design complex structures. Subjects include moment distribution with sway, plastic section properties, Hillerborg strip methods, design of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete and design of steel portal frames and moment connections.
This module will introduce stiffness and finite element analysis as applied to civil engineering structures; and the fundamentals of seismic analysis and the effects of earthquake activity on the design of ground slopes, earth dams, foundations and structures.
There are a variety of building envelop types including masonry and precast concrete with windows, curtain walling and glazing systems. In this module you will develop ability in the design and construction of building envelopes used in modern building architecture, and understanding of advanced structural forms. Subjects include environmental factors and their effect upon system selection, types of advanced structural form and production of scale models.
This module will develop your understanding of aspects of the built environment, sustainability and urban design related to building and civil engineering works. Subjects include energy generation and supply, building acoustics, principles of fire engineering, planning and design of urban environments, environmental impact assessment, and zero carbon design in the urban context.
This module will consolidate and enhance the students current knowledge of analysis techniques specifically for use in structural design. The module will develop your understanding of structural mechanics and its application to real structural engineering problems. On completion of the module you should have an ability to select structural form, as dictated by a client brief, an understanding of the behaviour of structural elements, their framing and function and be able to apply current codes of practice. Courseworks will require the use of computer programming to aid the design process. The final examination requires the solution of an open ended design problem, modelled on the Institution of Structural Engineers Part 3 chartered membership examination, (with a view to providing the students with an experience of the pathway to becoming a professional engineer).
This module introduces finite element analysis as a tool for representing and analysing complex structural applications within the construction industry. You will review the stiffness method as a tool for computer analysis and also review the fundamentals of finite element analysis. Practical modelling methodologies will be addressed including assembling, solving and interpreting finite element models for a variety of structural applications.The effects of Seismic actions of various constructions are addressed, looking at various analysis hand and compute techniques, culminating in seismic design to Eurocode 8.
This module will address aspects of bridge analysis and design through assessed group work and individual examination. An open ended approach is adopted with group design work progressing from concept to detailed design. Inspection and assessment of existing bridge structures is also addressed.
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.
English language and maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points
120-128 points including maths and physics or design studies grade B. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
GCE A level
120-128 points including A Levels in Maths and Physics or Design Studies. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM in civil engineering or engineering, must include Distinction in maths, must be extended diploma (M2). No construction-based diplomas
32 points including grade 6 in Physics and Maths. Higher level EB (pass in diploma 70%) to include Engineering or Science
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
English Language Requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in Civil or Architectural Engineering. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.