Undergraduate MEng (Hons)

Civil Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2020

Introduction

In a nutshell

Civil engineers create, improve and protect the environment and facilitate our day-to-day life. With the demand qualified engineers increasing, our industry-recognised civil engineering degree will open far-reaching career opportunities.

Led by our IStructE award-winning civil engineering team, with strong links with industry, this industry accredited civil engineering course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to create the future infrastructure, buildings and facilities that improve our quality of life.

The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers and Permanent Way Institution) as fully satisfying the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our Civil Engineering courses scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)

You will:
  • Gain the ability to fulfil a range of civil engineering surveying tasks
  • Acquire the engineering skills to design simple structural steel, analyse statically indeterminate structures and design complex structures using reinforced concrete
  • Identify and manage environmental issues and associated risks relating to civil engineering, including water, transport, landscape, heritage and biodiversity
  • Build knowledge about materials and their fundamental behaviour, including geology, soil mechanics and laboratory testing
  • Gain practical experience using industry standard software, so you're ready to join the industry when you graduate
  • Develop professional knowledge, design and analytical skills towards Chartered Engineer status, learning about the associated social, legal and environmental issues
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) logo
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) logo

This is for you if...

1.

You're fascinated by infrastructure, and want to contribute to society in a positive way

2.

You're a creative problem-solver and enjoy using technology to find solutions

3.

You studied mathematics or physics at school/college and you want a degree with accredited professional status

Course details

All about the course

Based on the principles of civil engineering, this structured course shares promotes hands-on learning to help you to develop the theoretical knowledge and skills you’ll need in your career.

In year one, you will study the principles of civil engineering, structures, construction, surveying and geology. During year two, you’ll progress to highway design, soil mechanics, fluid mechanics and construction management. You’ll also experience Constructionarium, our unmissable, residential field trip.

In your final year, you will complete your individual project, plus modules in geotechnical engineering, structures, structural design and detailing, and water resources.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By completing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your degree award.

Year one

Civil Engineering Mathematics 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 Materials and Geology

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.

Civil Engineering Construction

There are a broad spectrum of elements involved with civil engineering construction. This module will develop your understanding of those elements from effective engineering construction techniques to contract law. Subjects include site safety, sustainability, resource efficiency, consulting engineers and contractors, client's requirement and financial planning and control.

Civil Engineering Surveying

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.

Civil Engineering Communication

As a successful civil engineer it is important to have a wide range of well developed communications skills allowing you to communicate effectively not only with other engineers but also clients, contractors and labourers. This module will develop your drawing, written reports and presentation skills.

Structures E1

You will develop an ability to analyses statically determinate structures and design simple structural steel work elements in this module. The module content is split into 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.

Year two

Civil Engineering Mathematics 2

This module will build on the engineering mathematics module in year one 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.

Soil Mechanics E2

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.

Structures E2

The module builds on your structural analysis knowledge from year 1 and develops it to consider simple statically determinate structures. On the design side Reinforced concrete structures are considered in detail. The design of slabs, beams, columns and foundations are looked at. Overall stability of RC structures is also described.

Design and Construction Management

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.

Highway design and analysis

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.

Fluid Mechanics E2

You will develop an understanding of civil engineering hydraulics concentrating on flow in pipelines. The subjects covered include fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, flow in pipes, Reynolds experiments, pipe systems and networks, and water distribution systems.

Year three

Geotechnical Engineering E3

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.

Water Resources E3

You 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.

Structures E3

You 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, and design of timber structures including glulam timber members.

Case Studies in Environmental Engineering

You will develop the ability to identify and deal with environmental issues relating to civil engineering, through a series of 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.

Finite Element Analysis with Seismic Engineering

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.

Individual Project

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.

Year four

Project Part 2

You will continue your individual project from year three.

Introduction to Structural Design with Computer Applications

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.

Water and Wastewater Systems

In this module you will analyse and evaluate current established and advanced technologies available to engineers for water and waste-water collection and treatment. Subjects include drinking water quality standards and water treatment, sludge blanket clarifiers and flotation systems and biological treatment.

Transport Infrastructure Design and Analysis

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 that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Lab activities

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. As a civil engineering student, you will learn in a range of specialist teaching and research facilities. 

The Heavy Structures Laboratory features a range of equipment which can be used to load test almost any structure; including hydraulic actuators, a strong floor, tensile and compression testing machines and a climactic cabinet.

In our Hydraulics Laboratory, you can develop your understanding of how water flows and behaves at different velocities. The Water Quality Laboratory is linked to our plant growing (hydroponics) facility, where you can investigate the ability of different plants and filters to remove ground water contaminants.

In the Geotechnics Laboratory you can learn about soil types, their strengths, permeability and compressibility and how these things can affect the ground conditions under building foundations, dams and embankments.

You will also learn to use a range of surveying equipment and tools, such as digital total stations, levels and theodolites, which combined with digital drawing capability will arm you with industry standard skills demanded by employers. Many students use the Morson MakerSpace to help them complete practical assignments which involve the design and manufacture of an object which will be tested in a laboratory.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering at Salford meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for Chartered Engineer status requirement, enabling professional registration and institution membership.

The course provides a recognised route to a wide range of engineering career roles. Civil engineering career opportunities exist in range of industries, including aerospace, petrochemicals, road and rail transport, and information technology, as well as organisations such as the armed forces.

On graduation, you may choose to focus your career in structural design, infrastructure consultancy, or even the operation and maintenance of complex transport networks and power stations. Graduates may expect to reach senior management positions  as their careers progress.

FURTHER STUDY

We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We even offer a fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

A taste of what you could become

A Civil engineer

A Building control surveyor

A Structural engineer

A Construction manager

A Sustainability consultant

And More...

Career Links

 

Industry placements can form a key part of your studies and provide a structured link between study and exposure to professional practice, and allow you to enhance your development in an industrial setting.

The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with industry. External validation recognises that the course meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession.

Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:

  • Access to continuous professional development
  • Careers advice
  • Increased earning potential
  • International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
  • Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
  • Networking opportunities
Requirements

What You Need To Know

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

 

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

128 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science 

A level

128 UCAS points, to include a grade B in Mathematics and a grade B in a numerate science. A pass in the practical element of science A-Levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DDM in Engineering. Must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules.

Access to HE

Contact Admissions for further information

Scottish Highers

128 UCAS points to include grade B Advanced Higher level Mathematics and Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

128 UCAS points to include A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering.

International Baccalaureate

35 points to include grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How Much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15600per year
Additional costs

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

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H210

Institution S03

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