Design, build and maintain things that can and do change the world as a civil engineer. Roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings have all played an integral role in how the human race has developed. Civil Engineering is a broad area with a number of exciting different specialisms, and you can prepare for any of them with our programme. Accredited by the Engineering Council, this course is the first step to becoming a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer. It’s offered on a full-time, sandwich, and part-time basis. Are you looking to study BEng Civil Engineering, but don’t have the traditional requirements? Our HNC Civil Engineering provides an excellent first step for those with a National Certificate or Level 3 in related topics. Passing this helps you progress onto BEng Civil Engineering.
Why Civil Engineering at LSBU?
Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for Student Satisfaction in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Ranked 3rd for Overall Satisfaction amongst London Competitors (National Student Survey 2020).
Decades of accreditation by the Engineering Council for the BEng course, 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)
The teaching team is active in research or consultancy work, and there are frequent industrial expert visits.
If you are a home student, you have the option to look for a work placement in civil engineering with our approval and take a sandwich year in year 3 (FT) to acquire work experience.
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
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You'll study theory and practice relating to the many diverse areas of civil engineering.
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.
Fluid mechanics A This module teaches fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, and their practical applications. The student will be able to understand the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics relating to hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces, sediment transport, measurement of pressure, the stability of floating bodies, coastal and flood engineering, air flow around structures and flow in simple pipes and open channels. The student will perform fluid flow laboratory tests, workshops and prepare reports and presentations. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
Construction practice C 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. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
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. You will be able to design and/or analyse the structural performance of roof elements, beams, columns, etc, using concrete or steel. 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.
Optional placement year
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 In the first semester of this module, students enhance their proficiency in the methods and approaches required to design structures to a professional engineering standard, with due consideration given to design requirements, practicality, sustainability, and economy. In the second semester, students develop a deeper understanding of structural behaviour and responses to static and dynamics loads via a range of classical calculation methods that are founded upon the fundamentals of structural mechanics; students are introduced to advanced finite element analysis via comparisons with these classical methods. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
Highways engineering A 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 several geotechnical analysis and design problems in combination with the knowledge and skill developed in Structural modules. You will be able to analyse and design slops, walls, foundations, dams, and other geotechnical structures. Moreover, you will be able to analyse the distribution of stresses in the soil mass and the consolidation process in clayey soils. 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.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Civil engineers deliver a vital service in ensuring the safe, 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 employment 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.
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.
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 at postgraduate level.
Civil engineering courses have been taught at LSBU for several decades and our alumni occupy senior positions throughout the world. Their feedback, combined with our Industrial Advisory Panel, keep our courses up-to-date with the needs of international employers. The course is particularly strong in its structural and geotechnical engineering content and recently students have won national competitions for their structural design work.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as:
fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
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 the JBM website for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.
The Institution of Civil Engineers is a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession.
The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering. It has 27,000 members in 105 countries.
The Institute of Highway Engineers (formerly the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers) is the professional institution for practitioners in highway and traffic engineering offering Engineering Council registration and professional development support.
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. You have to propose the company where you would like to work for a year and we have to approve your industrial placement to ensure this activity is adequate and profitable for you.
Some modules include field work and site visits. There may be field trips organised which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students may be required to contribute towards the cost. If outside the UK, students will be advised of any visa or passport requirements. We have learnt that these activities could be affected by restrictions due to pandemics like Covid-19, but we will do our best for you to have the experience.
One day visits to construction sites and other installations are arranged on a regular basis. See some of our recent site visits.
Teaching and Assessment
Five years of winning prizes in national structural design competitions against other universities is further testimony to the strength of the teaching team. Everyone teaching is also active in research or consultancy work, which together with input from visiting industrial experts keeps the course fresh and interesting.
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 the science and mathematics which underpin it. Many recruiters will look favourably on BEng graduates for this reason.
Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops
As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic support. Your personal tutor will be the same person throughout your course.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have meetings with your personal tutor periodically. One-on-one meetings can be arranged on request. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.