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Civil Engineering

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Civil Engineering

UCAS Code: H208

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years with Industrial placement


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Our teaching staff won the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering Education for the second time in 2015, making the University of Salford the only university to have won it twice
  • Leads directly to Incorporated Engineer status
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

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.

You will gain a wide range of knowledge and skills and also a concern for the environment and its resources and for public health and safety.

With an excellent reputation and strong links with industry this course will put you in good stead to become a successful professional civil engineer.

Awards and Accreditation

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Course Details

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 you individual project.

You can opt to take an industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, in between your 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.

Year 1    

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, such as setting out, land surveying and quantity surveying. 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.

Year 2

This module will building on the engineering mathematics module E1 and develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis, and 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 Structures E1 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 free-standing 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.
Our highways are crucial to our lives, whether that be economic or recreational. In this module you will learn the principles which underlie current UK practice in highway design and construction and analysis, including the application of statistical techniques to transport engineering problems.
You will develop an understanding of civil engineering hydraulics concentrating on flow in pipelines, in this module. The subjects covered include fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, flow in pipes Reynolds experiments, pipe systems and networks, and water distribution systems.

Year 3

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.
In this module you will learn to develop approaches to the design and analysis of soil slopes and foundations, The subject 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.
Through this module you will develop your ability to analyse and design and detail common structural forms. Learn to use stiffness based computer analysis, including modelling assumptions, loading calculation and validation, design checks on frameworks and connections and to produce communication documents        for structural frameworks.
You will develop ability to identify and deal with environmental issues relating to civil engineering, in this module through a series case studies. The subjects include environmental risks associated with ground engineering and water resources, transport and the environment, landscape, heritage, and        biodiversity impacts, and engineering solutions.
This module will develop your understanding of sediment transport, wave theory, pressure transients in closed systems and hydrological science. The subjects covered include surface water hydrology, open channel flow, steady non-uniform flow, hydraulic structures, water waves, and hydraulic models.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English language and maths at Grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 96 - 104 points including Maths and Numerate Science
GCE A level 96 - 104 points including A Levels Maths and Numerate Science. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma MMM in civil engineering or engineering, must include Merit in maths modules, must be extended diploma (M2). No construction-based diplomas
Scottish Highers 96 -104 points
Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers) 96 - 104 pointS
International Baccalaureate 28 points including Grade 4 in a Numerate Science and Maths. Higher level EB (pass in diploma 60%) 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.

Applicant profile

We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in civil or architectural engineering. Due to the close industrial links of this course 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.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional costs

Students should expect to pay an additional £200 (approximately) for a field trip. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory Exercises
  • Projects


Please note these are average values. Assessment methods used and associated weightings vary from module to module.

  • Exams
  • Portfolio
  • Integrated Design Exercise
  • Project


Career Prospects

As a graduate of this course you have potential for employment with major civil engineering contractors, consulting engineers or local authorities.Industrial placement opportunities available on this course have helped improve the employment opportunities for many of our graduates.

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