Civil Engineering
BEng (Hons)/MEng (Hons)

2020/21 Part-time Undergraduate course


Bachelor of Engineering with Honours/Master of Engineering with Honours


Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment


Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment


Jordanstown campus

Start date:

September 2020

Academic Year 2020/21

Our first term will commence as planned on 21 September and we will be prepared to deliver lectures and other teaching online for Semester One

Some on-campus activities will still take place, based on a robust local risk assessment, and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.

The University’s primary concern remains the physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, their families and the wider community. Nothing is more important to us.

On our COVID-19 webpages you will find further information for applicants and students, along with answers to some of the questions you may have.

With this degree you could become:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Assistant
  • Engineer
  • Graduate Civil Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • SPTO Civil Engineer
  • Site Engineer

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Amey Consulting
  • Atkins Global
  • F P McCann
  • P Clarke Ltd
  • Rivers Agency
  • Transport NI (DRD)


Innovate and engineer your environment.


The course can be taken as a stand-alone part-time degree or as part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship. The course in Civil Engineering is designed to allow graduates to work in both consultancy or contracting within industry. It incorporates elements of Structural design, Highway design and Water and Wastewater design.

You will be involved in all aspects of planning and design, construction and operation and maintenance of the various types of Civil Engineering projects such as reservoirs, pipelines, and water/wastewater treatment plants related to the water and wastewater element of the course; roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, ports and airports related to the highways elements of the course and large multi-storey structures, sports stadia, commercial and industrial buildings, power stations related to the structures elements of the course.

The University has one of the most advanced and best equipped highways laboratories in Ireland which is working with clients such as Red Bull Racing and the Highways Agency on Skid Resistance. You will be in this laboratory for testing and will also be using it should you take a highways project.

On the Jordanstown campus the University has the second biggest fire lab in the UK and the biggest in a University setting. Research from this laboratory has formulated the Eurocodes for castellated beams. Lecturers from this laboratory take you for some of the structures elements. Both options combine work with study. In the Higher Level Apprenticeship you will train with your employer 4 days per week and attend University one day per week.

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About this course


The course is designed and structured to provide you with the opportunity to study the scientific, technical and managerial aspects of civil engineering to an appropriate level. It contains all the elements required for employment in any of the strands of Civil Engineering: Structures, Highways or Water and Wastewater. The skills of self-motivation, original thought, problem solving and decision making, which are so essential to the professional engineer, are encouraged and developed by a programme of project work and design which is undertaken either individually or in small groups.

Both the part-time option and the Higher Level Apprenticeship are taught normally one day per week at University. There are two block study weeks over the period of the course where you must attend on 5 consecutive days.


Part-time attendance is normally one day per week for the duration of the course. However, there are two times when a single week (block release) is required.

Attendance is compulsory on the Higher Level Apprenticeship course and any absence may be reported to your employer and the Department for the Economy who pay the fees for apprentices.

Start dates

  • September 2020

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

In Years 1 to 4 the emphasis is based upon knowledge acquisition and understanding using formal lectures, tutorials, laboratories and coursework. These will provide all the necessary background to function as a Civil Engineer. As you progress through these years, a more student centred teaching strategy is employed to encourage you to focus on self learning through individual reading, research, laboratory experimentation and design. There are a mixture of individual and groupwork so that personal and inter-personal skills are developed.

The class contact time allocated to each module of study is indicated on each Module Booklet. The class contact time is divided between lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work and practical work according to the specific module and module assessment method.

Assessment is designed to incorporate diagnostic, formative and summative approaches. A wide range of assessment methods are used at different levels of the course linking teaching and learning strategies. The assessment methods include examination, coursework, essay, individual project and group project, case studies, site visit, seminar presentations, engineering laboratory report, computer simulation exercise, portfolio, problem solving, poster, class test, peer assessment, oral test, multiple choice questions, literature reviews, design and dissertation

All University courses are designed on the assumption that you will study an average of 10 hours for each credit point. The independent study time should be time you spend in reading round the subject, carrying out preparatory work, preparing assignments, and preparing for examinations.

There is a split between coursework and examinations. For most module assessment it is 25% Coursework 75% examination. Several modules such as design and computer applications such as CAD are assessed as 100% coursework.

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    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    • the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
    • the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
    • the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.


    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Sustainable Construction and Traffic Engineering

Year: 1

This module introduces the construction profession and the construction process in its widest form, examining the interaction between design, construction methods/materials, the programming of work and health and safety issues.

Learning will be supplemented by the use of site visits, in order to examine real situations, and MSProject, a computer software package widely used in industry.

Practical sessions will allow students to be introduced to traffic engineering and carry out assessment of junctions and a carpark.

The module is examined both by continuous assessment and examination.

Project and Communication

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate effectively utilising electronic tools with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.


Year: 1

Proper design, location, positioning and delineation of infrastructure are essential to the built
environment. This module is designed to facilitate learners in developing a working
knowledge of the spatial principles and practices that are essential to the civil engineering,
and construction sectors. Necessary skills are obtainable only through practice in
application of precise measuring and observation equipment. This module offers significant
opportunity to acquire and develop such skills and associated computational methods.

Year two


Year: 2

An understanding of fundamental behaviour of materials used in civil engineering is essential for their correct specification, design and construction. This module introduces structure and properties of commonly used construction materials and examines their uses and limitations. It also investigates the basic properties and classification of soils. Practical classes help to underpin main principles covered in lectures.

Mathematics - BEng

Year: 2

This module covers those mathematics topics which graduates in the engineering discipline will require for professional practice. For certain engineering courses this module also provides a platform for the further study of mathematics.

The module starts with refresher topics, includes basic algebra, mathematical functions, polynomial equations, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometry, complex numbers, matrices and determinants, vectors, differentiation and integration, and finishes with subject of sequences and series.

Engineering Mechanics

Year: 2

Civil, Safety, and Energy engineering design and construction activities require knowledge of the forces due to the statical and dynamical behaviour of water and the statical behaviour of structures. Methods of determining forces arising from analyses using simple hydrostatics and hydrodynamics are given and applied to practical hydraulics problems. Common analysis methods for simple structures are introduced. Practical classes illustrate the use of these analysis methods at laboratory scale.

Year three

Mathematics for Engineers

Year: 3

This level 5 mathematics module is for engineering students on Built Environment programmes. It covers a variety of mathematical methods appropriate for the solution of problems in safety, civil, and architectural engineering. Emphasis is placed on applications in engineering contexts and problem solving tools, rather than on a rigorous exposition of their theoretical basis.

Structures 2

Year: 3

This module develops an understanding of the principles of structural analysis and stress/strain analysis. Deformation analysis and the analysis of statically indeterminate structures by flexibility, stiffness and plastic methods are included. Two and three dimensional stress and strain transformations and interactions are examined and elastic failure theories introduced. Axial buckling is investigated and torsional buckling introduced.

Structural Engineering Design 2

Year: 3

This module considers durability, deformation characteristics, design and quality control of structural materials; philosophy and concepts of key design codes of practice; design methodology and procedures for reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and brickwork elements, use of proprietary design and detailing computer packages for reinforced concrete and structural steel.

Year four

Geotechnics 2

Year: 4

This module seeks an appreciation of the origin and form of the landscape and its influence on construction, knowledge of raw materials used in construction and an awareness of the geological and environmental considerations influencing engineering practice. The basic concepts of ground engineering are introduced. The fundamental behaviour of soils and the measurement of soil properties are studied together with the techniques and limitations of sub-soil behaviour.

Water Resources 2

Year: 4

The module builds upon previous knowledge of fluid mechanics to prepare students to participate in the design of hydraulic and public engineering projects. Experience is also given in experimental work and report writing.

Safety: An International and Ethical Perspective

Year: 4

Examining health and safety from a global and an ethics reasoning perspective, this module addresses the various international protocols, demonstrating how they impact upon local regulation and professional practice. In the process students develop an understanding of the concept that designs must be such that they can be built, used, maintained and eventually demolished in a safe and healthy manner and through problem-based learning put the concept into practice.

Year five

Water Resources Engineering 4

Year: 5

The module builds upon previous knowledge of hydraulics, river and water engineering to prepare students to participate in the design of hydraulic, river, hydrological and water engineering projects. Experience is also given in the development of computer methods in and report writing.

Construction Management A

Year: 5

The construction industry, including the organisations and the people they employ, is always under pressure to improve its performance with respect to cost, time and quality. The module is a response to these demands, in that it examines current practice and possible areas for change in the management of process and people in design and construction. The module draws together the processes of tendering for construction and decision making within construction/design operations, in the context of relevant contractual arrangements and the people/organisations concerned. The management simulation provides an opportunity for teams to choose suitable strategies for improved performance relating to sustainable development. Practical applications and case studies are employed to bring reality to the classroom.


Year: 5

This module is optional

The module provides opportunity for intensive student directed study of a specialised aspect of civil engineering. It also develops competence in self management as well as written and oral communication skills.


Year: 5

This module is optional

The module provides opportunity for intensive student directed study of a specialised aspect of civil engineering. It also develops competence in self management as well as written and oral communication skills.

Year six

Soil Mechanics 4

Year: 6

Ground engineering and the installation and construction of foundations and earth retaining structures, is imperative for all civil and structural engineers. This module is the basis for the development of such expertise.

Structural analysis and design 4

Year: 6

This module seeks to prepare students for participation in structural design and to introduce them to the basis for the use of structural design tools. The module stresses the benefits of the use of sketches in structural analysis and design and the appropriate applications of equilibrium, compatibility, material response relationships. Design is presented as following a rational methodology. Students participate in a design exercise which follows the major activities involved in producing a structural design.

Civil Engineering Design

Year: 6

This module is optional

The module builds upon previous knowledge of water, highway and infrastructure engineering to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of civil engineering projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systems approach.

Environmental Engineering 4

Year: 6

This module is optional

The module builds upon previous knowledge of environmental and civil engineering studies and prepares students to participate in the design of a broad range of engineering projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles, appreciation and application of Sustainable Development and requires the student to seek optimum solutions in several environmental challenges, across the themes of waste management, water and wastewater engineering, urban planning ands sustainability appraisal.

Highways and Transportation Engineering

Year: 6

This module is optional

This module sets out the procedures and techniques required for the design, implementation and management of transport systems. The student will assimilate knowledge of the policies, regulations and environmental aspects of transportation.

Year seven

Project Management

Year: 7

The module is designed to provide a postgraduate multi disciplinary learning experience on the subject of Project Management. It introduces the concepts of Project Management, examines the recognised practices and accepted principles involved in the project management function, and combines these with an understanding of the increasingly demanding multi-dimensional aspects of the discipline. It provides an overall project orientated management framework (theoretical tempered with world best practice) with local, national and international dimensions within which you can develop your knowledge / understanding and key professional competencies.

Integrated Design Studies A

Year: 7

The module builds upon previous knowledge of civil and infrastructure engineering, building services engineering and broader transport and energy issues to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of built environment projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles engineering understanding and detailed problem solving tasks. There will also be some application of sustainable development within the modules. The modules is designed to allow students to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach to this problem solving module.

Structural Design for Infrastructure

Year: 7

This module provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge, understanding and appraisal of the specialist nature of civil engineering structures with a particular emphasis on infrastructure projects. Several techniques are used in design studies of bridge and culvert structures, earth retaining, water retaining and other geotechnical solutions. Specialist geotechnical design methods are introduced for the solution of a range of geotechnical problems.

Infrastructure Design Studies

Year: 7

The module builds upon previous conceptual design experiences, builds on the themes offered in the Master technical modules, and requires a detailed design folio to cover several infrastructural aspects of a large project. The connections between the themes will be captured through procurement, environmental audits, appraisal of health and safety matters and a whole life costing approach. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach.

Sustainable Development

Year: 7

This module consolidates and develops knowledge and understanding of Sustainable Development concepts, practice and context. Sustainability-related legislative frameworks and auditing and measurement methods ensure a deep appreciation of SD and its position within the Built Environment disciplines, while seeking greater integration across disciplines and within the pillars of Economy, Environment and Society.

Year eight

Advanced Structures and Geotechnics

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module introduces advanced structural analysis techniques such as frequency determination, stress evaluation in thin plates and concrete strain calculation. These techniques are used in design studies of framed structures, structures comprising plactes and water retaining structures. Advanced geotechnical design methods are introduced for the solution of a range of geotechnial problems. Parametric studies are undertaken to identify critical technoeconomic features of designs.

Numerical Modelling

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module addresses the fundamental principles of the finite element method and sets out techniques of the applications for engineering structures.

Waste Systems

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module addresses prudent resource management and low energy usage wastewater treatment systems. The waste issues cover the fields of municipal, hazardous, commercial, construction and industrial sectors, including yields, collection, treatment and disposal of by-products. Wastewater treatment impact on the environment requires energy efficient and appropriate treatment, and is dealt with through secondary and tertiary processes, as well as their effective management due to potential pollution from sewage discharges.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB, to include Maths and one from - Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Geography, Applied Science or Double Award Science, Technology (including Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Environmental Technololy or Digital Technology). If 'A' level Physics is not offered GCSE Physics or Double Award Science at grade BB, C*C* or 55 is required, see GCSE requirements.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept a range of alternative combinations of qualifications such as:

BTEC Extended Awards
BTEC Level 3 QCF Extended Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering with overall award profile DDD.


BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering or Engineering with overall award profile DDM.

Specific modules are required and depending on the BTEC subject the required modules within the BTEC qualifications are:
QCF – Distinction in Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment, Structural Mechanics, Public Health Engineering, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.

RQF – Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction, Principles and Applications of Structural Mechanics, Public Health Engineering, Further Engineering Mathematics, Static Mechanical Principles, Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics.

A levels with
BTEC Level 3 QCF Subsidiary Diploma;
BTEC RQF National Extended Certificate;
BTEC Level 3 QCF 90-credit Diploma
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Foundation Diploma;
BTEC Level 3 QCF Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Diploma.

The A level(s) and/or the BTEC qualification(s) must be in the specified subject(s).

OCR Nationals and Cambridge Technical Combinations do not satisfy the subject entry requirement for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels in the relevant subject(s).

For further information on the requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS Tariff Points to include a minimum of 4 subjects at Higher Level and 1 subject at Ordinary Level. Higher Level subjects must include grade H3 Mathematics and one other grade 3 Higher Level subject from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Technical Drawing/Graphics, Construction, Engineering or Geography. The overall profile must also include English at Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade O4 or above (OL).

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include grade B in Maths and one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include Maths and one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in HL Maths and another HL science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Engineering, Science or Technology Access subject with an overall mark of 65% for year 1 entry.


GCSE Mathematics Grade B, C* 5 (or equivalent)
If A Level Physics is not being offered then Double Award Science at grades BB, C*C*, 55 or GCSE Physics or Chemistry grade B, C*, 5 is required.

GCSE English Language at grade C or 4.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HNC requirement in Civil Engineering is overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction for year one entry.

HND requirement in Civil Engineering is overall Merit to include 60 L5 credits at Distinction and a Merit in Engineering Maths, Structural Analysis, Hydraulics/Hydrology and Soil Mechanics for year 2 entry.

Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules and 55% in Level 4 Maths module. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.

For further information on the requirements for this course please contact
the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.

Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at

The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C or 4 (or equivalent). Please check the following link

Exemptions and transferability

Depending on experience in industry or previous qualifications - exemptions to some or all year 1 and year 2 modules may be permitted.

Progress to the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is permitted on achieving an average of 60% or above in the equivalent of the second year of the full-time BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course.

Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Amey Consulting
  • Atkins Global
  • F P McCann
  • P Clarke Ltd
  • Rivers Agency
  • Transport NI (DRD)

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Assistant
  • Engineer
  • Graduate Civil Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • SPTO Civil Engineer
  • Site Engineer

Career options

On graduation you will be well equipped to embark on a career in any branch of the civil engineering profession or, subject to performance, to undertake postgraduate studies or research in related areas.

Work placement / study abroad

It is assumed that you will be working in industry when you are studying part-time. There is therefore no work placement in this mode of study.

It is expected that you will already be in employment when undertaking either the Part-time route or the Higher Level Apprentice option.

Those who choose the Apprenticeship route must be employed as an apprentice by a Civil Engineering / Construction organisation who are willing to sign a tripartite agreement. The advertisements through the Work+ scheme are via the Institution of Civil Engineers Website and are normally publicised in February. Higher Level Apprenticeships are only available to those from Northern Ireland.

Professional recognition

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)

Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)

Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.


Start dates

  • September 2020

Fees and funding

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Concrete Society (NI Region) Prize - 3rd year students - Achievement (selection by interview) Top 3 in the following subjects go forward for interview: CIV104, CIV319, and CIV307. Panel comprising representatives of the Board of Examiners and the Society - £200

Construction Employers' Federation Ltd. Prizes (2 awards) - 3rd year students - Best performance during industrial placement assessed from written submissions and oral examination - Board of Examiners - (Awarded in August) - 1st £100, 2nd £50

Institution of Civil Engineers’ Prize - Final Year Students - Overall performance in final and penultimate years of course. Based on Classification mark - Board of Examiners - £100 plus Certificate

Institution of Structural Engineers NI Prize- Final-year students - Best performance in Structural subjects - Based on top marks in CIV524 and a structural project - Board of Examiners - £100

Lagan Holdings - Second-year students excluding direct entrants - Most improved student performance. Greatest increase in average mark from first year to second year - Board of Examiners - £250

May Rae Memorial Prize - All final year students - Best presentation of final-year project in Civil Engineering - Top 2 Roads Related Project Marks - Board of Examiners - Trophy + gift (£50)

The Northern Ireland Geotechnical Society - Final Year students - Best result in Soil Mechanics 4 module CIV523 - Board of Examiners - £50

The Quigg Golden Prize - Final Year students - Best result in Construction Management A module CIV513 - Board of Examiners.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Admissions contact for entry requirements:
Dorothy McCrory
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6231

Centralised Admissions staff:
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6309

For course specific enquiries:
Dr Robert Eadie
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8590

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Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment


  1. The University endeavours to deliver courses and programmes of study in accordance with the description set out in this prospectus. The University’s prospectus is produced at the earliest possible date in order to provide maximum assistance to individuals considering applying for a course of study offered by the University. The University makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in the prospectus is accurate but it is possible that some changes will occur between the date of printing and the start of the academic year to which it relates. Please note that the University’s website is the most up-to-date source of information regarding courses and facilities and we strongly recommend that you always visit the website before making any commitments.
  2. Although reasonable steps are taken to provide the programmes and services described, the University cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility and the University may make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of courses, discontinue, merge or combine courses and introduce new courses if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key staff, changes in legislation or government policy including changes, if any, resulting from the UK departing the European Union, withdrawal or reduction of funding or other circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control.
  3. If the University discontinues any courses, it will use its best endeavours to provide a suitable alternative course. In addition, courses may change during the course of study and in such circumstances the University will normally undertake a consultation process prior to any such changes being introduced and seek to ensure that no student is unreasonably prejudiced as a consequence of any such change.
  4. The University does not accept responsibility (other than through the negligence of the University, its staff or agents), for the consequences of any modification or cancellation of any course, or part of a course, offered by the University but will take into consideration the effects on individual students and seek to minimise the impact of such effects where reasonably practicable.
  5. The University cannot accept any liability for disruption to its provision of educational or other services caused by circumstances beyond its control, but the University will take all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to such services.