Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons)

2023/24 Part-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Master of Engineering with Honours

Faculty:

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

School:

Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Campus:

Belfast campus

Start date:

September 2023

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We are passionate about sharing with our students the vital role they each have now and as future professionals in promoting a sustainable future for all. We believe that sustainability is not the domain of one discipline or profession. It is the responsibility of all disciplines, professions, organisations and individuals.

That is why on each of our courses within the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment you will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the contribution you can make now, and as a graduate in the Built Environment.

Read the course details below to find out more.

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)

Overview

Innovate and engineer your environment.

Summary

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

About

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.

Attendance

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 2023

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.

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 (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

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) by Advanced HE - 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.

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 2021-2022.

Belfast campus

Accommodation

High quality apartment living in Belfast city centre adjacent to the university campus.

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Belfast Campus Location

The Belfast campus is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter.

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Campus Address

Ulster University,
2-24 York Street,
Belfast
BT15 1AP

T: 02870 123 456

Modules

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.

Digital Construction 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.

Surveying

Year: 1

Proper design, location, positioning and delineation of infrastructure assests 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 and digital methods.

Year two

Materials

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 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

Safety in Design

Year: 4

An understanding of health and safety in civil engineering is essential to prepare students for both a design office or construction site environment. This module will develop strategies for risk identification and management and emphasise the responsibility on individuals for health, safety and environment issues for their design and workplace.

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.

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

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 teams in 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 procurement practice and risk. Practical applications and case studies are employed to bring reality to the classroom.

Project Empirical Data collection and Analysis

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module requires students to undertake the data gathering, analysis and conclusions for an independent, in-depth study articulated in CIV530. The need to demonstrate rigour in relation to this project and demonstrate effective research, analytical, evaluation and appraisal skills in the gathered data. Students are
expected to demonstrate an applied understanding of the theories and practices behind the analysed data and link their conclusions back to identify how this filled the previously identified knowledge gaps.

Project Literature Review and Methodology

Year: 5

This module is optional

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

Dissertation Literature Review and Methodology

Year: 5

This module is optional

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

Dissertation Empirical Data collection and Analysis

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module requires students to undertake the data gathering, analysis and conclusions for an independent, in-depth study articulated in CIV701. The need to demonstrate rigour in relation to this project and demonstrate effective research, analytical, evaluation and appraisal skills in the gathered data. Students are
expected to demonstrate an applied understanding of the theories and practices behind the analysed data and link their conclusions back to identify how this filled the previously identified knowledge gaps.

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 the structural design of a whole project and to introduce them to the stages involved with producing a structural design. Design is presented as following a rational methodology. The module stresses the benefits of the use of sketches in structural analysis and design and further investigates applications of equilibrium, compatibility, and material response relationships.

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, environmental conservation and climate change.

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 and development of concept design.

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.

Sustainable Development

Year: 7

This module strengthens student awareness and knowledge of sustainable development and how it can be delivered and measured. It explores a range of economic, environmental and social challenges to determine how the built environment can best respond. It provides an appreciation of the policy and actions needed to deliver a smarter and more resilient built environment.

Year eight

Infrastructure Design Studies

Year: 8

The module builds upon previous conceptual design experiences, and on the themes offered in the Masters technical modules, and requires a detailed design folio to cover infrastructural aspects of a large project. The connections between the themes will be captured through appraisal of health and safety, investigation of costs and specification, leading to design and detailing of the project. 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.

Advanced Materials, Structures and Geotechnics

Year: 8

This module is optional

Knowledge of structural analysis and design is extended and soil structure interaction explored within a challenging case study. Complex geotechnical issues are investigated. Advanced materials are presented to inform and assist the design process.

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.

Utilities and Water Engineering

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module describes and develops a broad range of water engineering and utilities services covering legislation, construction, remediation and decommissioning. Hydraulic analysis and performance of key elements of water supply and distribution systems will be given detailed attention; this will all be set in the context of water supply resilience.

Structural Fire Engineering

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module considers durability, building code requirements, structural fire testing, material properties at elevated temperatures, thermally induced structural behaviour, in the context of structural design against fire.

Highway Asset Management

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module introduces the professional skills necessary to design, appraise and maintain a safe sustainable highway, applying a range of technical and managerial systems.

Standard 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

BBB including

A-Level Essential:
Mathematics
and one subject from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Geography, Applied Science or DA Science, Life and Health Science (single or double award), Technology (including Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Environmental Technology, Environmental Science and Digital Technology).

As long as the two-subject requirement is met, 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.

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

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering.Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Award profile of DDM to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and a Distinction in Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems anda Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics or Distinction in Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering.
Award profile of DDM to include a Distinction in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems anda Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics or Distinction in Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB one of which must be Mathematics.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB one of which must be Mathematics.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB oneof which must be Mathematics.

The subject requirement must be met.

Please note that OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications do not satisfy the subject requirements for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels and BTEC qualifications in the required subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English at H6 if studied at Higher Level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level. This course also requires you to achieve H3 in Mathematics and one other science/technological subject from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Technical Drawing/Graphics, Construction, Engineering or Geography.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

Grades BBBCC to include grade B in Mathematics and grade B in one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades CCC to include Mathematics and one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical Drawing/Graphics.

International Baccalaureate

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

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access Course (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course) in a Science, Technology or Engineering subject area with an overall mark of 65% to include 65% in each of the level 3 modules and to include 65% in NICATS level 2 Maths module for Year 1 entry.

Overall profile of 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course).

GCSE

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, Chemistry or Further Maths grade B, C*, 5 is required.

GCSE English Language at grade C or 4.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

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
Pass QCF HNC in Civil Engineering/Construction with overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction to include Analytical Methods and Strutural Analysis and Design.

Pass RQF HNC in Civil Engineering/Construction with overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction to include Mathematics in Construction and Principles of Sturctural Design.

HND Year 1
Pass HND (120 credits in level 5 moudles) in Civil Engineering. GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or an alternative Mathematics qualification acceptable to the University is also required.

HND Year 2
Pass HND in Civil Engineering with overall Merit to include 60 L5 credits at Distinction and a Merit in Engineering Maths and Merit in either Structural Analysis, Hydraulics/Hydrology and Soil Mechanics.

Ulster Foundation Degree Year 1
Pass in Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering/Construction to include 55% in the 20 credit Maths moudle. GCSE Maths grade C.

Ulster Foundation Degree Year 2
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 the 20 credit Maths module. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.

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

Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering. This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Candidates must hold a masters or doctorate accredited as further learning for CEng to hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering. This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

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Start dates

  • September 2023

Fees and funding

Module Pricing

The price of your overall programme will be determined by the number of credit points that you initiate in the relevant academic year.

For modules commenced in the academic year 2023/24, the following fees apply:

Module Pricing
Credit Points NI/ROI Cost GB Cost International Cost*
120 £4,710 £9,249.60 £15,840
60  £2,355 £4,624.80 £7,920
30 £1,177.50 £2,312.40 £3,960
20  £785 £1,541.60£2,640

NB: A standard full-time undergraduate degree is equivalent to 120 credit points per year.

*Please note our on campus part-time postgraduate courses are not open to international (non-EU) students.

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

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. 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 Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

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

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Contact

We’d love to hear from you!

We know that choosing to study at university is a big decision, and you may not always be able to find the information you need online.

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