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Civil and Environmental Engineering (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Geography and Environmental Management
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Trevor Goodhew
Key fact:
This course is designed to meet the Engineering Council guidelines allowing graduates to progress to Masters level study and CEng status.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why BEng(Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering?

Civil Engineers are creative problem solvers who tackle some of the world's biggest challenges. From the world's tallest buildings to resilient water supplies in developing countries, civil engineers work on the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, buildings, flood defences and infrastructure. This puts them in a prime position to shape the world around us, and protect and enhance our environment through the sustainable use of resources.

Why study our course?

Studying Civil and Environmental engineering at UWE Bristol will educate you on the broad spectrum of civil and environmental engineering, ranging from structures to materials soil mechanics and hydraulics to risk management. This is taught through classroom sessions, laboratory practicals and field trips. Alongside this, you will develop vital professional skills in management, creative skills in design and practical skills in surveying, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD).

The department research themes in transport, flooding, bridges and sustainability enhances our teaching on the course. The degree is accredited. This means that, along with the relevant work experience, it will form your first step on the path to becoming an Incorporated Engineer. Alternatively, by completing a programme of accredited further learning, you will be able to work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Real world experience

You will apply what you've learnt through a series of projects based on real world scenarios. Our partner employers will provide placement opportunities, as well as advice on CV-writing, interview techniques and industry issues. You will also gain an inside track on the profession through site visits and professional briefings with industry leading organisations across the UK.

Where it can take you

Careers will be varied, with opportunities in the UK and overseas in areas such as structural design, water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering, business planning and cost forecasting.



The course covers a broad spectrum of civil and environmental engineering. This includes structures, materials and hydraulics, as well as hydrology and project management. These subjects are developed throughout the course and you will have the opportunity to specialise in your final year. Projects will be used throughout the year to help develop your design skills and integrate subject knowledge.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following modules:

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics and Engineering Principles
  • Surveying, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Drawing and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Environmental Engineering Field Study
  • Engineering and Environmental Materials
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Civil Engineering Technology and Design.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Structural Design and Soil Mechanics
  • Project Management, Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Application of Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulics and Engineering Applications.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Understanding Coastal Dynamics
  • Engineering Geology
  • Traffic Engineering Design.

Optional Placement Year

Final Year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Structural Analysis and Geotechnics
  • Design Project
  • Advanced Structural Modelling.

You will also select optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Coastal Management
  • Optional Placement
  • Traffic Safety and Management
  • Advanced Geographical Expedition
  • Strategic Issues in Engineering.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The structure of the course provides a balance between theory, practice and design. Project modules are designed to allow you to develop skills and apply knowledge through problem-based and work-based learning.

The teaching staff will provide you with a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment takes place through a balance of coursework and examinations. Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework will include a variety of essays, reports, presentations, teamwork exercises and progress tests.

You will be encouraged to complete 'formative work' to prepare for assessments. This will not count towards your marks, but the feedback you receive will help you to improve your performance. Support will be available for students if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

We are currently seeking accreditation from:


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region. Past students have worked for water companies and local authorities, along with regional and international consultancies. Many of these employers have been so impressed with the calibre of our placement students that they have employed them on graduation.


Throughout the course, you will undertake fieldwork and go on site visits for a number of modules. Destinations include Dartmoor, Wessex Water sites and an opportunity to travel overseas in the final year.

Study facilities

We are based in a large modern building with new studios, teaching rooms and well-equipped physical geography laboratories for concrete and environmental science, hydraulics, environmental physics, earth sciences and surveying technology. You will:

  • map and measure angles, distances and topography, as well as carry out level surveys in our surveying lab
  • map locations and design structures, using industry-standard CAD and GIS software in our computer labs, which are equipped to help you model and test hydrological and surface water drainage
  • create and test structures in our concrete and physics labs
  • understand and develop theory in our hydraulics labs.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities, we will organise regular presentations from visiting professionals and help you engage with the professional bodies.

Network with industry

We will arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate. We also arrange workshops with our partner employers, providing advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

Showcase your work

Our students regularly showcase work at UWE Bristol's Environment and Technology degree show.

Boost your skills

We encourage students to get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost their skills and experience. Opportunities are available for volunteers to help develop the infrastructure in third world countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.


Careers / Further study

Careers are varied, with opportunities in the UK and overseas in areas such as structural design, water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering, business planning and cost forecasting. With the relevant work experience, you could become an Incorporated Engineer. Alternatively, you could complete a programme of accredited further learning work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Many graduates continue studying on MSc courses, either full-time or part-time alongside their Initial Professional Development.  Several recent graduates have successfully secured research studentships to complete an Engineering Doctorate or PhD.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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