BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering

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Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Geography and Environmental Management
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; five years part-time day release.
Full-time, sandwich, part-time day release.
Programme leader
Dr Ghassan Nounu

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Page last updated 6 July 2020


Get industry ready on this accredited degree, which has high graduate employment rates and provides learning opportunities in the class room, laboratory and in the field

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study civil 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 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 guest lecturers.

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.

See Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

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

Year one

You will study:

  • Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Principles for Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Field Study
  • Construction and Environmental Materials
  • Civil Engineering Technology and Design
  • Engineering Graphics and Communications.

Year two

You will study:

  • Structural Analysis
  • Design of structural elements
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Hydraulics and Engineering Applications
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Application of Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Engineering Geology  Design Project
  • Transport Engineering Design
  • Hydrology and Flood Risk Estimation.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information

Final year

You will study:

  • Individual Civil Engineering Project
  • Geotechnics
  • Infrastructure Design and Implementation Project
  • Advanced Structural Analysis.

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

  • Optional Placement
  • Strategic Issues in Engineering
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Hydraulic Modelling for Flood Risk Management
  • Traffic Management and Safety.

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

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

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.

Present your final year project work at the annual degree show.

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.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

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 employers and get advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

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.


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 you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See JBM for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.


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

Destinations include Dartmoor in Year one, Wessex Water sites in Year twoand an opportunity to travel overseas in 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 / 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.

See JBM for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

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.


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 four year course and then transfer to the three 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.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2020. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: Grade C in Mathematics. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A Merit in one of the following: Further Engineering Mathematics, or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Direct Entry

If you have HND or FdSc qualifications in closely related subjects, you may be able to join the course in Year two. If you have an HNC or other cognate qualifications, you may be credited with individual modules, which will shorten the course for you.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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