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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • AMEY Consulting
  • Arup Consulting Engineers
  • Atkins Global
  • Graham Construction
  • RPS Group
  • Transport NI DRD
  • URS

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Civil Engineer
  • Graduate Civil Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport (NI)
  • Transport Engineer

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Innovate and engineer your environment.

Summary

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, powerstations related to the structures elements of the course.

The University has one of the most advanced and best equiped 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 during years 1 and 2 and will also be using it should you take a highways project in year 4.

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 of the course.

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About this course

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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.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Classes are timetabled over 5 days and you are expected to attend all timetabled activities. These include lectures, tutorials, flipped classrooms, debates, computer laboratories, course specific laboratories, presentations, site visits, field trips, seminars, guest and evening lectures.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

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.

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Year one

Engineering Mathematics 1A

Year: 1

This module covers mathematics topics which are suitable for a first year MEng / BEng courses in the engineering discipline. First semester course material starts with refresher topics, includes basic algebra, mathematical functions, polynomial equations, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometry and finishes with complex numbers.

Engineering Mathematics 1B

Year: 1

This module covers mathematics topics which are suitable for a first year MEng / BEng courses in the engineering discipline. These topics include differential and integration calculus, matrices and vectors, and series.

Traffic Engineering

Year: 1

This module provides an understanding of the fundamental principles of traffic engineering and the various types of solutions to the engineering and policy problems encountered. A knowledge base and understanding of the role, nature and application of traffic engineering is developed.

Materials science

Year: 1

This module investigates structure/behaviour correlations, bonding, states of aggregation, composites, imperfections, behaviour phenomena and property enhancement of metals, cement pastes and concrete, timber, organic binders, masonry and synthetic polymers. Basic properties and classification of soils are also investigated. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and laboratory assignments.

Construction studies 1

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. The module is examined both by continuous assessment and examination.

Design and Graphical Communications

Year: 1

This module introduces the design process. It uses an historical perspective and the observation of existing structures and infrastructure to develop an understanding of civil engineering systems. Creativity/innovation are encouraged in the solution of problems and the construction of physical models undertaken. Skills in the graphical communication of design ideas and details by sketching, manual draughting and CAD are developed.

IT and Communications (Sustainable Development)

Year: 1

This module introduces the topics of BIM and sustainability to the students in the broad context of the built environment. It covers sustainable development on a thematic basis and ensures that the students are aware of the key sustainability challenges facing engineers. Both written and oral communication skills are developed through lectures, BIM practicals and practical IT computer labs, to help embed the critical communication and referencing skills needed throughout their academic studies.

Structural Mechanics

Year: 1

Civil and Safety engineering design and construction activities require knowledge of the forces due to the statical behaviour of structures. This module introduces common analysis methods for simple structures comprising rigid bodies, beams, two member pin jointed structures and multi member determinate pin jointed plane trusses. Practical classes illustrate the use of these analysis methods at laboratory scale.

Fluid Mechanics

Year: 1

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

Surveying A

Year: 1

A fundamental understanding of survey principles and practices is essential to the civil engineering and construction sectors. Moreover it lays a solid basis for progression to higher levels of study. Control of the survey and construction processes invariably requires precision and accuracy. These are obtainable only through competent use of survey equipment. This module is designed to offer significant opportunity for learners to acquire these necessary practical and computational skills.

Formal lectures will provide opportunity for learners to understand fundamental survey principles. Understanding will be applied and reinforced through practical exercises

Surveying B

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, construction and GIS sectors. The requisite 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

Geotechnics 2

Year: 2

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.

Structures 2

Year: 2

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.

Water Resources 2

Year: 2

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.

Structural Engineering Design 2

Year: 2

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.

Environmental Engineering 2

Year: 2

This module seeks to introduce the student to the interface between environmental matters and construction practices and to develop an awareness of the role of the professional engineer in the assessment of the environmental impact of construction projects.

Safety: An International and Ethical Perspective

Year: 2

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.

Engineering Mathematics 2

Year: 2

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 civil, building services and energy engineering. Emphasis is placed on modelling in engineering contexts using numerical methods, linear algebra, differential equations and statistics as problem solving tools, rather than on a rigorous exposition of their theoretical basis.

Year three

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

Industrial placement is regarded as an important component of the programme of study. Such experience sets the context of final year studies and greatly enhances employment prospects. Students are provided with an introduction to entrepreneurship in its different forms and given a basis for new venture planning in practice. Placement opportunities are generally identified and approved by the Placement Tutor but students are encouraged to assist through personal contacts. Students are required to achieve a satisfactory performance in the 48-week period of Industrial Placement.

Year four

Water Resources Engineering 4

Year: 4

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: 4

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.

Soil Mechanics 4

Year: 4

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: 4

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: 4

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: 4

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.

Project

Year: 4

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.

Dissertation

Year: 4

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.

Highways and Transportation Engineering

Year: 4

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 five

Project Management

Year: 5

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: 5

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 and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach.

Structural Design for Infrastructure

Year: 5

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: 5

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: 5

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.

Advanced Structures and Geotechnics

Year: 5

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: 5

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: 5

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: 5

This module is optional

This module describes and develops a broad range of essential utilities and water engineering services covering legislation, construction, operation, management, and repair. 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 resilience, by addressing the necessity of meeting social needs and working within economic restraints.

Structural Fire Engineering

Year: 5

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: 5

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.

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.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include Mathematics and a technological/scientific subject (Physics, Design & Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Engineering). If no 'A' level Physics is offered GCSE Physics or Double Award Science at grade BB is required.

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.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile D,D,M with 9 Distinctions to include Further Mathematics and Structural Mechanics and Merit in Public Health Engineering if Construction Diploma. Must also have GCSE grade B or above in Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile with grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, to include Mathematics and two other technological/scientific subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include Mathematics and two other technological/scientific subjects: 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 Mathematics and two other technological/scientific subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum Minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course in Science and Technology with overall average mark of 70% for year 1 entry only.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Grade B in Maths and Grade C in English.

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

Applicants who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to the Year 1 modules are considered for direct entry into Year 2.

Teaching and learning assessment

In Years 1 and 2 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 first two 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 assessments it is 25% Coursework 75% examination. Several modules such as design and computer applications such as CAD are assessed as 100% coursework.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to the Year 1 modules are considered for direct entry into Year 2.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • AMEY Consulting
  • Arup Consulting Engineers
  • Atkins Global
  • Graham Construction
  • RPS Group
  • Transport NI DRD
  • URS

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Graduate Civil Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport (NI)
  • Transport 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

This industrial placement year is an integral part of your course. You spend this period in the design office of a consulting engineering practice, or in a government department specialising in public works, or on-site with a contractor.

The period of industrial training gives you an insight into current working practices, sets the context for your final year studies and places you in a very advantageous position when seeking full-time employment on graduation. Satisfactory completion leads to the subsidiary award of the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation, or Diploma in Professional Practice (International) if you have your placement abroad.

Professional recognition

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.

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.

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.

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.

Academic profile

The majority of the academics are Chartered Engineers. Research related to Fire and Highway Engineering. This has resulted in writing the Eurocodes for Fire Design of Castellated sections and also working on many of the major racetracks across the world in relation to skid resistance.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

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.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Robert Eadie

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8590

E: r.eadie@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk