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Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Overview

Civil Engineering is all about designing, building and maintaining things that can change the world. Roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings have all played an integral role in how the human race has developed.

7 reasons to study here

No.1: London modern university for Civil Engineering, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
Professional accreditation: Decades of accreditation by the Engineering Council, carried out by the Joint Board of Moderators, as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning) will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See jbm.org.uk for further information.
Industry relevant: The teaching team is active in research or consultancy work, and there are frequent industrial expert visits.
Overall excellence: No. 2 University in London for teaching and No.3 for Academic support and student voice in Civil Engineering (National Student Survey 2017).
Flexible study: Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Site visits: Some modules include field work and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days.
Work experience: Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.

This course covers...

You'll study theory and practice relating to the many diverse areas of civil engineering. The course covers:

  • mathematics
  • communication skills
  • engineering surveying
  • materials and geology
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) and design
  • soil structures
  • hydraulics
  • environmental engineering.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time (2 years HNC, 4 years BEng)
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (direct entry to level 5)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework

Year 1

  • Mathematics A
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of first year students to reach an equivalent A-level maths and then extending it by introducing the main mathematical techniques that are required in the early stages of engineering degrees. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering mechanics A
    This module teaches fundamental principles of engineering mechanics and fluid mechanics, and applies them to practical applications of analysis and design. It also introduces programming principles to aid solving engineering problems. Upon completion of this module, you'll be able to understand the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics related to hydrostatic forces, measure the pressure at point in a fluid, and establish the stability of floating bodies, flow in simple pipe systems and open channels. You'll perform simple fluid flow laboratory tests and prepare a formal report. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction practice
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Structures and construction technology A
    This module will teach you the fundamentals of structural mechanics and strength of material, and you'll use numerous worked examples to complement your understanding. You'll be introduced to a computer aided analysis package. You'll reinforce your understanding of structural concepts by studying some well known historical failures. Finally, you'll develop introductory principles of structural engineering design though open-ended exercises and case studies. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering surveying
    This module will introduce you to the basic theory and practice of land surveying, particularly as it applies to civil engineering. You'll learn or revise the main concepts of three-dimensional geometry and relate them to practical surveying exercises. You'll be taught to use various pieces of surveying equipment, including tape, level, theodolite and total station. You'll learn how measurements are taken and booked, and how to carry out various relevant computations, including the assessment of error and the calculation of reduced level, coordinates and bearings. You'll use the knowledge you've acquired to carry out a field project. This project will involve tape and offset survey, levelling, traversing and calculation of volume. In addition you'll learn to carry out simple setting out procedures, including the analysis and setting out of curves, and you'll be introduced to the concepts of GPS and its associated technology. You'll learn the associated surveying calculations, adjustment and analysis of survey observations. Finally, you'll gain an appreciation of the need for a quality management process/system in undertaking practical work. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Materials and Geology
    This module will introduce you to the properties and applications of a variety of engineering materials, including some innovative materials. In addition, it will introduce you to engineering geology and geomaterials (rock and soils). Whilst traditional lectures and laboratories will be used as a means of delivering the course content, there will also be emphasis on the teaching in the field through site visits and field trips. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 2

  • BIM and Design
    In this module, you'll be introduced to the principles of collaborative work through Building Information Modelling (BIM). The module will build up on AutoCAD and construction technology knowledge, and will teach you 3D modelling of buildings in Autodesk Revit. You'll model typical multi-storey framed steel and concrete buildings and the appropriate variable actions applied on their floors. You'll learn about load take-down methods to transfer the load from the floors onto the primary and secondary beams and columns. These beams and columns will be designed in Robot Structural Analysis program and the results compared to hand calculations taught in the Design of Elements A module. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design of elements A
    In this module you'll learn to design steel and concrete structural elements and steel connections according to the Eurocodes. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Advanced mathematics
    This module covers intermediate undergraduate engineering mathematics, providing an introduction to the numerical and statistical methods underlying many tools, including Finite Element and Finite Difference Methods, as well as linear regression and probability distributions. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Hydraulics
    This module develops the fundamental principles introduced in the Level 4 module Engineering Mechanics A and applies them to practical applications of analysis and design in open channels and pipe flow. You'll develop a greater understanding of the flow of ideal and real fluids and will apply these principles to the analysis and design of open channels and pipes. You'll perform open channel flow laboratory tests and prepare a formal report. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Structures and construction management A
    This module will further develop the analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams and frames that was introduced at Level 4. It will also introduce the preliminary design and construction of framed buildings and civil engineering structures, including Construction Design and Management and Project Management aspects. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Soil mechanics
    This module will introduce the theory related to soil properties and their measurement, and will presents a number of simple models that are used to describe soil and its mechanical behaviour. Standard laboratory tests will be carried out, and the results will be analysed to determine the soil properties. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Individual research project A
    The Individual Research Project involves the individual investigation of a specific area of civil engineering or a closely related discipline. The project should be of a research and investigative nature. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Structures and design A
    This module builds on the previous studies of structures and design. It will cover various analytical and design methods for beams, frames, connections and slabs. Also included will be an introduction to finite element modelling. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Transport planning and highway engineering
    This module covers highways and junctions classification, principles of traffic flow, traffic analysis, transport modelling and planning, transport safety, and junction design and analysis. Also covered are the highway geometrical design and the highway structural design, including design traffic loading and materials in addition to related environmental and sustainability issues. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Geotechnical engineering
    This module shows how the soil mechanics theories introduced in Soil Mechanics are applied to the solution of a number of geotechnical analysis and design problems. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Environmental engineering and professional development
    This module takes the principles of environmental engineering and applies them to practical applications of analysis and design. You'll be introduced to the principles of water quality, and basic water and wastewater treatment processes, and you'll consider sustainability issues. You'll develop an understanding of the surface hydrology, and apply these principles to the calculation of precipitation and unit hydrograph. You'll also learn basics of groundwater flow, and the problem of contamination in groundwater, air pollution and noise pollution. This module will provide you with the professional development, attributes and other requirements needed for a position of responsibility that will be achieved during the "Initial Professional Development" at the workplace. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Group design project A
    This module is designed to involve you in the process of engineering project development, from planning to detailed design, working with a project team. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Employability

Civil Engineers deliver a vital service in ensuring the safe, timely, well-resourced construction of a huge range of projects in the built and natural environment, from transport networks to Olympic stadia.

The careers opportunities available to graduates of civil engineering are very diverse, from working as an engineering technician, surveyor or inspector of construction, to working as a drafter creating visual guidelines for construction teams.

Diversification into management, engineering research or professions that value a numerical degree such as accountancy or banking has also historically been a possibility. Wherever an economy is strong there is an increase in demand for professionally qualified civil engineers, so overseas travel is also a possibility.

Because Civil Engineering is such a broad area, there are lots of different specialisms to consider after graduating. Our degree gives you a solid foundation for entering any of them.

What to expect from your career

Regardless of what is being built, Civil Engineers typically undertake site surveys and feasibility studies, analysing the risks of a project and coming up with designs to meet the challenges. They work with engineers and scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, assembling the right team of contractors for the job and overseeing their work as the build begins. Additionally, they manage budgets and ensure that all relevant legal requirements of the new construction are met.

They provide progress reports to their clients and play a crucial central role throughout the project until the building is finished. At that point, a Civil Engineer often draws up and hands over protocols for the maintenance and servicing of the construction.

Typical salaries

Civil Engineers typically earn around £31,000 with a few years' experience, but Chartered Engineers will find average earnings to be nearer £47,000.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in structural, water, public health, transportation and geotechnical branches of the civil engineering and building industry, working for consultants, contractors and government authorities.

Continuing to postgraduate studies

If you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Civil Engineering or MSc Structural Engineering.

Graduates from this course are also accepted for a wide range of MSc research degrees in engineering and also for MBA programmes. The course is accredited and you can gain Chartered Engineer status through further accredited learning as postgraduate level.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Benefits of a year in industry

You are encouraged to break your academic studies and take an industrial placement in your third year (sandwich course). During this placement you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is an opportunity to understand the way industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities of the commercial environment.

Field trips

Some modules include field work and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to make a contribution towards the cost. A field trip may be outside the United Kingdom in which case the contribution required from the student can be substantial. Students will be informed of this before they enrol on the module and also advised of any visa and passport requirements. 

One day visits to construction sites and other installations are arranged on a regular basis.

Staff

Prof. Yuqing Bao

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Professor of Materials Engineering

Yuqing is Professor of Materials Engineering and her research activities include precursors and processes for surface coatings, polymers, ceramics and glass-based composites.


Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Dr Mahmood Datoo

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Head of Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr Datoo is Head of Civil and Building Services Engineering. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching Structural Analysis, Stress Analysis and Finite Element Modelling. He has authored a book on “Mechanics of Fibrous Composites”.


Dr Timothy Hong

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader

Timothy joined London South Bank University in September 2009 and has more than 25 years' experience as both an academic researcher and practical engineer.


Robin Jones

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Acting Head of Mechanical Engineering and Design

Robin's interest is focused on the emergent multi-disciplinary practices in product design, centred on the user-centric design and the factors appertaining to product success.


Dr Ivana Kraincanic

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in CD-BSc Civil Engineering

Ivana has extensive knowledge of flexible offshore pipelines, oil platforms, offshore wind turbines, concrete structures, steel fibre reinforced concrete, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.


Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti López

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics/Fluids

Dr Levatti is a specialist in hydromechanical coupled problems in soils as well as in stress analysis for non-conventional structures combining structural optimisation and Additive Manufacturing.


Stephen Vary

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for HNC Civil Engineering

Steven joined LSBU in 2007 and teaches Structural Design on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

No. 2 London Modern Uni for Learning Resources - Civil Engineering

National Student Survey 2015

Five years of winning prizes in national structural design competitions against other universities is further testimony to the strength of the teaching team. Everyone in that teaching team is also active in research or consultancy work, which together with input from visiting industrial experts keeps the course fresh and interesting.

BEng programme

As a BEng programme, this course encourages you to acquire a deeper understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of civil engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics. Many recruiters will look favourably on BEng graduates for this reason.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study
Year 1 33% 67%
Year 2 37% 63%
Year 3 28% 72%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to Engineering qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits including Maths and Physical Science credit or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics 
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Part-time

Students entering the part-time mode, which begins in Year 2, must have a HNC in Civil Engineering.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time (2 years HNC, 4 years BEng)
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
192
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
H200
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
H200
Application method
Mode
Part-time (direct entry to level 5)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
192
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 191Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 192Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £18500
International £25000

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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