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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

Study Civil Engineering at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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 International Academic Studies DIAS

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

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

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.

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)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

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 and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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