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Course summary

Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problem by developing the physical infrastructure needed for society to exist – from bridges to houses, and from roads to hospitals and train stations. This course will develop your understanding of engineering principles, together with the ability to apply them to solve real-world practical problems. You'll develop high-quality technical abilities alongside key people management skills. Through hands-on study you'll develop an advanced mathematical understanding, which combined with theory, practical projects and work placement opportunities, will develop your skill set and professional networks. You'll gain an understanding of design, sustainability, health and safety and be ready to take on all of the challenges you'll face as a professional Civil Engineer. Key Features Industry-Standard Facilities | Experience hands-on learning in our specialist facilities and workshops, including dedicated concrete, materials, hydraulics, geotechnical labs and structural testing equipment. Applied Projects | Engage with our industry network through applied briefs set by major organisations. Students have previously worked with nmcn, Severn Trent Water and Nottingham City Council on project work. Professional Progression | Take the first step in gaining Incorporated or Chartered status – this course 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, such as our MSc or MEng Civil Engineering courses will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. The JBM website provides further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng status.


Year One

  • Civil Engineering Design Projects (40 credits)
  • Engineering Materials (20 credits)
  • Engineering Surveying (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Structural Analysis and Design (20 credits)
  • Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics (20 credits)
Year Two
  • Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing (40 credits)
  • Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits)
  • Integration of Engineering Applications (20 credits)
  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics (20 credits)
  • Ground Engineering (20 credits)
Final Year
  • Individual with Group Project (40 credits)
  • Infrastructure Engineering (20 credits)
  • Further Structural Design (20 credits)
  • Further Geotechnical Engineering and Design (20 credits)
- Professional Responsibilities and Development in Civil Engineering (20 credits)

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.

Professional bodies

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

  • Civil Engineers, Institution of
  • Highway Engineers, Institute of (IHE)
  • The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
  • Civil Engineering Surveyors, Institution of
  • Structural Engineers, Institution of
  • The Joint Board of Moderators

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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