Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Civil Engineering

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Course summary

Placing an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within construction, Coventry University has a long-established reputation for the teaching of civil engineering and excellent links with employers, many of whom provide direct input into course development as members of our Civil Engineering Advisory Board. This course aims to develop the combination of technical, practical and managerial skills necessary to analyse, design and manage solutions for innovative and complex engineering problems as a basis for future leadership in the civil engineering profession. You will be taught by staff with academic and professional experience in the civil engineering and construction industries, having worked for companies such as Carillion, Hyder and Laing O’Rourke as principal, senior and management engineers. We also have a strong portfolio of industry-related research, ranging from applied technology, such instrumentation and measuring to pure innovative research, which ensures you stay abreast of new technologies and emerging issues. Teaching is highly practical; we draw on real-life case studies, such as Highways England’s TollBar Island underpass project in Coventry. You will also have the opportunity to use industry-standard software, such as MIDAS, Plaxis and ANSYS, which are widely used by design and consulting engineers. Our extensive industry links with companies including Hyder, Arup, MottMacDonald and Geotechnics Ltd provide significant opportunities to apply for professional placements (subject to application and availability). Past students have worked for Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, Warwickshire County Council, Atkins and Morgan Sindall. Key Course Benefits

  • Expert visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnics Ltd.
  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and of an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Access to the University’s Simulation Centre, which combines cutting-edge technology, the use of our Learning Curve interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Ryerson University Canada, Rennes University France and National University of Colombia, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad (additional costs may apply).

Course details


Our main study themes are:

  • Structural analysis and design: We will introduce you to the fundamental principles of structural mechanics, structural behavior of materials and mathematics for use in solving engineering problems, incorporating safety and sustainability considerations. As the course progresses, you will have the opportunity to cover more advanced theories of analysis for both statics and dynamics. The skill of using mathematics to develop engineering solutions to these advanced theories is essential and is embedded throughout.
  • Engineering analysis: This covers the principles of construction material behaviour, soil mechanics and fluid mechanics. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the various materials used in construction (such as concrete and cementitious materials, steel, other metals, timber, masonry components, polymers and emerging materials) and geomaterials (such as granular soils and clays), and their suitability for specific applications within the construction industry, while considering construction methods, safety and sustainability. You should also develop the necessary skills to interpret experimental data for use in solving engineering problems.
  • Highways and surveying: We will cover principles of traffic and transportation analysis, highway design and alignment and highway construction. You will also have the opportunity to cover the fundamentals of land surveying which culminates in a residential field course.
  • Group and project work: You should gain an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of civil engineering, and the importance of effective project management, teamwork, good communication and lateral thought. You will also have the opportunity to develop research skills throughout your course to enable you to establish creative solutions to bespoke problems.
For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Civil Engineers, Institution of
  • Structural Engineers, Institution of
  • Chartered institution of Highways & Transportation Civil Engineers, The Institution of

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Civil Engineering at Coventry University - UCAS