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BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time; Day release


The engineers that made the world

From the rebuilding of inner cities to remarkable constructions like the Channel tunnel, the world is full of building and infrastructure projects that couldn’t happen without civil engineers. This BSc course has been developed with input from our Industrial Advisory Panel to give a practical design-orientated course which will equip you with the skills and qualifications you need to join the construction industry.

What's the difference between the BSc and a BEng in Civil Engineering? The BSc is more practical and design-orientated. The BEng is more theoretical and mathematical.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Civil Engineering at LSBU?

Ranked 3rd for teaching quality in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Professionally accreditation by the Engineering Council for Incorporated Engineer status.
We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London.
Ranked 2nd for overall satisfaction in Civil Engineering (National Student Survey 2019).
Employability: complete your third year in a paid professional work placement to boost your career prospects.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
Part-time (with an approved HNC or equivalent)
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


This degree course prepares you for a career as a civil or structural engineer. As well as developing your know-how in structural, geotechnical, environmental and transportation engineering, it allows you to acquire management and business skills.

You’ll leave with understanding and working knowledge of the whole design process. This includes: using codes of practice, civil engineering procedures, project management, quality issues, finance, the importance of sustainability, ethical conduct, and health and safety.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 45% coursework.

Year 1

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics B
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the Civil engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 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 Civil engineering degrees. The module is delivered over two semesters. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering mechanics B
    This module provides an introduction to the fundamental engineering principles relevant to civil engineers, develops the fundamental principles of engineering mathematics and fluid mechanics, and applies them to practical applications of analysis and design. This module will teach you engineering mathematics and will help you 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.
  • Structures and construction technology B
    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.

Year 2

  • 3D CAD and BIM
    This module introduces the concepts of Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the development of architectural 3D models on industry standard parametric CAD systems. The module covers the practical competence of architectural modelling and provides exposure on co-ordinating building information models. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Forensic engineering
    This module uses mainly case studies to develop the principles introduced in first year design and mechanics by looking at the influence of failures on the evolution of professional practice. It will give you an understanding of holistic design applications, conservation, and the role of regulations, and it will develop your observational, deductive, creative and communication skills. A measured asset survey exercise will give you the opportunity to simulate professional practice. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Sustainable construction
    To provide students with a good working knowledge of the current systems and procedures that is in place with relation to sustainable construction. The students will gain understanding of legislation and practices that are currently in place in order to assess the sustainability of the built environment and the implication within the society. They will gain a good all round knowledge of techniques and procedures that are currently available to the industry to improve the sustainability of a project.
  • Design of elements B
    In this module you'll learn to design steel and concrete structural elements and steel connections according to the Eurocodes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Geotechnics
    This module will introduce you to several simple concepts and models that are used to describe soil and its mechanical behaviour. The emphasis will be on understanding the theory based on standard laboratory tests carried out, and on the soil properties derived from the testing results. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Structures and construction management B
    This module will further develop the analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams and frames started at Level 4. You'll study stress analysis including complex stress. You'll be introduced to structural analysis and design software. You'll use simple 3D models of buildings to learn load take-down. You'll also learn about CDM and Project Management aspects. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Structures and design 
    This module is delivered in two parts. The first part will develop Structural Analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams and frames, building on the principles developed in the Structures and Construction Management Modules at Levels 4 and 5. The unit load and moment distribution methods of analyses will be introduced and developed, and the plastic theory of analysis for beams will be covered. You'll be introduced to calculations for column instability and to the usage of computer aided analysis using a commercial software. The second part of the module will extend your knowledge of steel and concrete material use, analysis of structural form, and ability in design in both qualitative and quantitative directions. Problems from the AMIStructE papers will be selected so that you can develop your analytical confidence to choose appropriate solutions, and presentations will be given on a wider range of subjects and discussed in critical peer review. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Environmental engineering
    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 consider sustainability issues. You'll develop an understanding of the hydrological cycle and 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. The module will also introduce air pollution and noise pollution. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Geotechnical design
    This module is intended to provide an understanding to the application of theory to the analysis and design of geotechnical structures. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Research project
    This module will prepare you to carry out independent research using appropriate methods with the help of your supervisor. You'll choose a topic, prepare a project plan, review literature, carry out research and write a dissertation. Your progress will be monitored through timetabled supervision sessions to monitor progress and methodology and the log-book. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Highway engineering B
    This module covers the classification and traffic capacities of highways and junctions, footway and cycleway design and maintenance. 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.
  • Group design projects and PD
    This module aims to involve you in the process of engineering project development from planning to detailed design working with a project team. You'll also gain knowledge and understanding of professional development attributes and requirements. Assessment method: 100% coursework.


The course prepares you to become an Incorporated Engineer, allowing you to work in a range of technical and management roles. Our graduates work in senior positions across the world. You could work for consultants, contractors and government authorities across the structural, water, public health, transport and geotechnical branches of the civil engineering and building industry.

Take a look at some potential careers, including civil / structural engineer, on Prospects.

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through our applied approach to teaching and learning – and you’ll have lots of opportunities to build your work experience and professional network through an optional placement year working in industry.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

You can expect to hear visiting lecturers from leading civil engineering companies talk about their projects, working life and getting into the industry.

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.

It’s during your work placement that you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is a valuable opportunity to understand the way industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities of the commercial environment.

Civil engineers have shaped the world. That’s why we want to offer you the international perspective too. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom. On these optional modules students are required to make a contribution towards the cost. You can find more information in Fees and Funding.

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

In-sync with industry

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council, who represent the engineering profession. This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IHE), the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Institute of Civil Engineers Logo

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.

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation logo

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation is concerned specifically with planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of land-based transport systems and infrastructure. It has 12,000 members.

Institute of Structural Engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering.

Institute of Highway Engineers logo

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.

Teaching and learning

We take an applied approach to learning. The extensive final year project, which is supervised by industry-experienced design lecturers, will prepare you for work in a design office. In recent years, our lecturers have led student teams to win some major national design competitions. During your study you will carry out several experiments in our well equipped laboratories. You'll learn to use computer aided design, finite element analysis and other software.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study
Year 1 33% 67%
Year 2 26% 74%
Year 3 26% 74%

Personal Tutoring

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.


Entry requirements

  • A Level CCD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Merits 6 Passes  or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 96 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physical Science
  • 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 entry

The part-time course requires an HNC qualification to a high standard.

Direct entry into Year 2 with a HNC/D

Depending on the modules covered within your HNC/HND, part-time students could be eligible for advanced entry.

The part time degree starts at Year 2 full-time level and completes the degree over 3 years on a day release basis.

How to apply

International students

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

2019 entry

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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4 years
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3 years
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Part-time (with an approved HNC or equivalent)
3 years
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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.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


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.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 2311Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £41340
International (including any optional years) £41340

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

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Field Days

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. The contribution for a field trip outside the United Kingdom can be substantial. Students will be informed of this before they enrol on the module and also advised of any visa and passport requirements.

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