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

  • Design Consultants
  • Building Contractors
  • Government

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Maritime Engineer
  • Site Engineer
  • Structural Engineer


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

Civil Engineering at Ulster - Design and Build your future and the world around you.


Study Civil Engineering (Geoinformatics) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Civil Engineering has a multi-level career structure comprising Chartered, Incorporated and Technician Engineers and Civil Engineering Surveyors. The BSc Honours programme satisfies the most appropriate training for the Incorporated Engineer and follows the guidelines of the Engineering Council for the education and placement training of Incorporated Engineers. It also satisfies the academic base for membership of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

The programme provides a high level of technical design proficiency and a sound knowledge of civil engineering and construction infrastructure.

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About this course

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The third year of the programme is a mandatory period of Industrial Placement. We strongly believe that this experience sets the context of final year studies and potentially enhances employment prospects. A Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete their placement.

The Geoinformatics used in the title of our course refers to the high level of surveying and engineering GIS (Geographic Information System). In addition to the usual modules studied in Civil Engineering, each year of the programme includes a Surveying or Engineering GIS module to develop a working knowledge of geospatial principles and practices. These skills are highly desirable in modern engineering practice.


Course duration, four years (including compulsory placement year).

You are expected to attend lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and seminars. These timetabled classes add up to around 18 to 24 hours per week. Independent study is essential to reinforce face to face sessions with tutors. It is recommended that this time should be greater than the hours spent in face to face sessions with tutors. Development of your independent study culminates with a project in final year and allows you to demonstrate the skills you have attained throughout your degree.

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 CCC, to include two from Physics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Engineering, ICT.

Grade B in GCSE Maths is also 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.


Overall BTEC award profile with successful completion in Construction/Civil Engineering with a M,M,M with 15 Merits to include Further Maths or Structural Mechanics and Public Health Engineering or Surveying. Must also have GCSE grade B or above in Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3, H4, H4, H4, H4 to include two from the following: Physics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Engineering, ICT, Construction or Technical Graphics.

Grade O3 Mathematics is also required.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is CCCCD to include two technological or scientific subjects from the following: Physics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Engineering, ICT.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is DDD to include two technological or scientific subjects from the following: Physics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Engineering, ICT.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points with 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall average of 60% in Science or Science and Technology for year 1 entry, including 60% in the maths module.


GCSE Profile to include Grade B in Maths and Grade C in English. If A level Physics is not offered, GCSE Physics or Double Award Science at grade BB is required.

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

The course has a modular structure with different subjects studied and assessed in each semester.

Modules Studied

Year 1: Materials Science, Construction Studies, Design & Graphical Communication, Surveying, Maths, Traffic Engineering, IT & Communications, Fluid Mechanics and Structural Mechanics.

Year 2: Geology & Soil Mechanics, Engineer and the Environment, Public Health Engineering, Computer Applications, Maths, Production Management in Construction, Health & Safety and Structural Mechanics.

Year 3: Diploma in Professional Practice.

Year 4: Engineering GIS, Foundation Engineering, Construction Cost Studies, Structural Design & Performance, Project, Construction Project Administration and Sustainability Engineering.

Teaching is mainly through lectures and tutorials but also involves laboratory sessions, site visits and case studies. The programme is designed to allow students to become independent learners and cultivate a professional attitude to their studies.

Assessment is by formal examinations and coursework. Coursework includes reports, essays, class tests, presentations appropriate to the module.

Exemptions and transferability

Prospective students studying Higher National Diplomas or Foundation Degrees in Civil Engineering or Construction may apply for entry into second year, subject to satisfactory performance. Criteria are outlined in Entry Conditions.

Year 1 students achieving an average of 70% or above may transfer to year 2 of the BEng Hons Civil Engineering programme. A further maths module must be passed in the summer semester.

Students graduating with at least a 2:2 classification may wish to consider application to postgraduate study.

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:

  • Design Consultants
  • Building Contractors
  • Government

Job roles

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

  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Maritime Engineer
  • Site Engineer
  • Structural Engineer

Career options

Graduates of the programme will typically take up opportunities with civil engineering contractors, consulting engineering practices, surveying practices and government departments. The additional accreditation by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors significantly broadens the career base.

Work placement / study abroad

Year 3 comprises a mandatory year in Industrial Placement. Opportunities for employment can be found either at home or abroad. It has been found that generally students who obtain placement and experience in the workplace are better equipped and perform better in the remainder of their studies. The Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) is awarded on graduation to students who have successfully completed the year of Industrial Placement.


Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Institution of Structural Engineers sponsor a course prize in final year for the best performing student in structural subjects.

Additional mandatory costs

Protective Footwear

During your time at Ulster, field trips and laboratory work must be completed and you are required to have a set of safety shoes (Steel toe capped boots or shoes). As part of the Ulster risk management strategy you are required to have this PPE for the above named activities, failure to have these items will result in exclusion from field trips and laboratory work.

Survey Camp

Other costs incurred include the 4 day residential Survey Camp in Tullymore Forest Park in Newcastle County Down. This survey camp is scheduled in semester 2, generally in week 12, the exact details will be confirmed by the Module Coordinator. You will be required to either travel to survey camp and will incur travel costs OR book local accommodation for three nights. As part of the survey camp it is expected you will appropriate footwear and wet weather clothing is required.

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.


Course Director: Mrs Sandra Orr

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6429


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521