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Civil Engineering

MEng (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Civil Engineering

UCAS Code: H210

Start Date(s): September


Four years full-time
Five 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 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 the University of Salford the only university to have won it twice
  • Practical residential field course at National Construction College
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Civil engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. It provides the facilities for day-to-day life, and for transport and industry to go about its work. Infrastructure is the thing that supports our daily life - roads and harbours, railways and airports, hospitals, sports stadiums and schools, access to drinking water and shelter from the weather. Infrastructure adds to our quality of life, and because it works, we take it for granted. Only when parts of it fail, or are taken away, do we realise its value.

Salford's Civil Engineering teaching team won the 2012 IStructE Teaching Excellence Award and constantly strive to improve and develop teaching practice.


Constructionarium is an unmissable, week-long residential field trip for students studying for a qualification in the built environment. Working alongside other students, you’ll get to construct - with your own hands – scaled-down versions of iconic bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from around the world. You’ll work in a controlled environment, supported by both academic and industrial staff. The course puts the theory you’ll learn in the classroom into practice, giving you the opportunity to experience just how things work in the real world.

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained invaluable experience of life on a construction site, and will have dealt with a number of challenges that you’ll face in your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends and forge connections with industry experts.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

The first three years 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. The final year of this course contains four modules in which you will widen and deepen your knowledge and skills in those fields.  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.
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.
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.
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 build 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. 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 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.
In this module will be introduce you to 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.
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.

Year 4

This module continues your individual project from year 3.
Computer modelling of structures is an important part of civil engineering. In this module you will develop a deeper and broader understanding of conceptual design as applied to Civil Engineering structures using computer programming resources. Through commercial software you will learn to implement stiffness and finite element methods.
In this module you will analyse and evaluate current established and advanced technologies available to engineers for water wand waste-water collection and treatment. Subjects include drinking water quality standards and water treatment, sludge blanket clarifiers and flotation systems and biological treatment.
This module will teach you to specify problems and analyse alternative engineering solutions associated with the design, operation and management of transport infrastructure. Subject include issues of durability and sustainability, theories of traffic flow and their practical application to traffic management and control, analytical methods for designing highway drainage and structural design of bridges and earthworks.

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 120 - 128 points including A levels in Maths at Grade B and Physics at 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 at Grade B and Physics at Grade B. 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
Scottish Highers 120 - 128 points
Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers) 120 - 128 points
International Baccalaureate 35 points including Grade 6 in Physics 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 engineering.  Due to the close industrial links of this course good interpersonal skills 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

Fees for 2012-13 September entry

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.


  • Heavy structures laboratory
  • Light structures laboratory
  • Soil Mechanic Laboratory
  • Hydraulics laboratory
  • Water Quality laboratory

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