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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.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


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


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

Fundamental Engineering Mathematics

Year: 1

The module covers topics that are fundamental to first year BSc Engineering students with no A-level maths qualifications.

Engineering Mathematics

Year: 1

The module enables knowledge and understanding of Mathematical methods and technics delivered in the context of course specific engineering problems. The module is aimed at first year BSc Engineering students with no A-level maths qualifications.

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.

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.

Structural Mechanics and Laboratories I

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to the theoretical principles, procedures and analytical techniques required for the investigation of the strength, stability and performance of statically determinate structures.

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

Production Management in Construction

Year: 2

The module brings together the three components of operations, site and personnel management to provide a range of skills which encompass the field of construction management. The student will develop a sound knowledge of the workings of an organisation and as a result be able to play their part in optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of a company.

Computer Applications

Year: 2

There is an increasing need for students to apply standard software packages to provide data and assist in solving design and GIS related problems. Learning is managed through the use of workbooks and exercises to develop competence in the applications. The module is examined through the production of portfolios of evidence and a report.

Geology and Soil Mechanics

Year: 2

This module develops 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.

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.

Structural Mechanics and Laboratories II

Year: 2

This module introduces the student to the theoretical principles, procedures and analytical techniques required for the investigation of the strength, stability and performance of statically determinate structures.

Public Health Engineering

Year: 2

The module builds upon previous knowledge of fluid mechanics to prepare students to participate in the appraisal and design of public health engineering projects, within the broad context of the delivery of sustainable development. Hydrological issues and concepts will be dealt with alongside climate change Experience is also given in experimental work and report writing.

Mathematics for Technology

Year: 2

The module covers topics that are suitable for a second year undergraduates in Civil Engineering. These include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability.

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

Construction Project Administration

Year: 4

This module brings together a number of themes which underpins and develops management skills. These include people management issues, industrial relations, Health and Safety and Maintenance Management. The module also details the use of modern communication systems used in the industry.

Engineering GIS

Year: 4

With the proliferation of multi-format digital data there is a clear requirement for civil engineering professionals to acquire skills in manipulation, processing, analysis and exchange of information. This module addresses that requirement by placing the management of engineering infrastructure within its proper context, an engineering GIS. Numerous opportunities are presented to facilitate acquisition of co-requisite knowledge and transferable skills. Powerful analytical tools allow the GIS to extend beyond a complex database to generate information crucial to the design and management of civil engineering infrastructure.

Foundation Engineering

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 Design and Performance

Year: 4

This module develops skills in the analysis, design and assessment of common structural elements and structural forms. This module also considers philosophy and concepts of key design codes of practice; design methodology and procedures for reinforced concrete, structural steel elements, use of proprietary design and detailing computer packages for reinforced concrete and structural steel.

Construction Cost Studies

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 and estimation process and people in the construction process. In particular, it draws together the processes of tendering and estimating for construction/design and construction operations, in the context of relevant contractual and financial arrangements and the people/organisations concerned in order to provide information for improved performance. Practical applications and case studies are employed to bring reality to the classroom.

Environmental Engineering 4

Year: 4

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 B

Year: 4

The module provides an opportunity for extensive student directed study of a specialised technical or operational aspect of civil engineering. It develops competence in time and resource management as well as written, graphical and oral communication skills.

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.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Graduate Membership.

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 an Incorporated 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 an Incorporated 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 an Incorporated 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 an Incorporated Engineer.


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)

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:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

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 (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.


Course Director: Mrs Sandra Orr

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6429


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521