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BEng(Hons)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H29F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
88
Department:
Geography and Environmental Management
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Nick Simpson
Key fact:
This course meets Engineering Council guidelines, allowing you to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and progress to Masters level study and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study 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 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 UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering introduces you to the broad spectrum of civil and environmental engineering.

Learn about structures and materials, soil mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology and risk management. Get involved with department research in transport, flooding, bridges and sustainability.

Develop vital professional skills in management, creative skills in design and practical skills in surveying, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD).

Apply what you've learned through projects based on real-world scenarios. Complete placements provided by our partner employers and get their advice on CV-writing and interview techniques.

Gain an inside track on the profession through site visits and professional briefings with leading organisations across the UK.

Where can it take me?

This degree is your first step on the path to becoming an Incorporated Engineer. By completing a programme of accredited further learning, you could also become a Chartered Engineer.

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.

Structure

Content

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Mathematics: Algebra & Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Plus one optional module from:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

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

Plus optional modules (the number will depend on your credit requirements) from:

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

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different. 

Learning and Teaching

Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores on the National Student Survey and provide a friendly environment for learning. They're active researchers or industrial consultants and stay aware of advances in the field.

Find out more about our department's approach to learning and teaching.

The structure of the course provides a balance between theory, practice and design.

Learn through a blend of lectures, seminars, small group work, laboratory classes, fieldwork and practical work such as IT and internet skills.

Gain skills and apply knowledge through problem-based and work-based learning in project modules. Get involved in national competitions to build your skills and experience.

Attend presentations from visiting professionals to learn about industry challenges and decide which area to go into. Develop key analytical, communication and business skills that will help you succeed in the workplace.

Receive mentoring from more advanced students through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme.

Showcase your work

Demonstrate your ideas at the annual degree show.

Network with industry

Attend careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate.

Take part in workshops with our partner employersand get advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

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

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
027%73%0%100%
129%71%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Study time

Study this course three years full-time, four years sandwich (with a placement year after your second year) or five years part-time by day release.

If you're a part-time student, you'll study the same core modules as full-time students, but they'll be spread over five years.

This is a popular route as it lets you earn while you learn and your work provides a practical context for your learning. Work-based learning routes are available for some modules.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a combination of exams and coursework. Exams take place at the middle and end of each year.

You'll complete most coursework individually but there are some group assignments. Coursework can essays, reports, presentations, teamwork exercises and progress tests.

We encourage you to do formative work, eg practice tests, to prepare for assessments. This doesn't count towards your marks but feedback will help you to improve your performance.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

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

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
037%58%5%100%
136%54%10%100%
236%58%6%100%
340%44%16%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

We are currently seeking accreditation from:

 

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region. Past students have worked for water companies, local authorities, regional and international consultancies.

Many of these employers have been so impressed with the calibre of our placement students that they employed them on graduation.

You can also volunteer to help develop the infrastructure in developing countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork helps you gain valuable practical experience and a number of modules include site visits.

Destinations include Dartmoor in your first year, Wessex Water sites in your second year and an opportunity to travel overseas in your final year.

Study facilities

Learn in a modern building with new studios, teaching rooms and well-equipped laboratories for concrete and environmental science, hydraulics, environmental physics, earth sciences and surveying technology.

Measure angles, distances and topography and carry out level surveys in our surveying lab.

Model and test hydrological and surface water drainage, map locations and design structures using industry-standard geographic information system (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.

Create and test structures in our concrete and physics labs and explore and test theories in our hydraulics labs.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Careers are varied, with opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Work in areas like 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. By completing a programme of accredited further learning, you could also become 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 secured research studentships to complete an Engineering Doctorate or PhD.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
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
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above 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.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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