Coventry University

Civil Engineering Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

  • High student satisfaction – 96% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 90% for the quality of teaching.

  • 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.

  • Strong track record of graduate employment – 93% of MEng graduates in work or continuing their studies within six months (DLHE 2014/15), 100% of those employed in professional level roles.

  • 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).

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (BEng award only)

  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

  • Institution of Structural Engineers

  • Institute of Highway Engineers

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.

How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB - ABB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD - DDM in an Engineering or Construction subject.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include Mathematics at Higher Level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status and/or their tuition fee charges. Coventry University Group will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time.

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