Civil engineering has impact on almost every aspect of the environment we live in, from building structures to transportation and sanitation. It has applications all over the world, with key skills transferable into other industries.
This is a broad based civil engineering course covering the areas of structures, geotechnics, water engineering, water transportation, computer-aided design, highway engineering and railway engineering.
You'll be required to complete an individual project into a specific area of the programme. This will provide you with the opportunity to pursue independent study and undertake work of an investigative nature, contributing an experimental, analytical, computer-based or fieldwork input.
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Why Civil Engineering at LSBU?
Ranked 3rd for teaching quality in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Accredited by the Engineering Council. Highly-technical course makes gaining Chartership easier.
Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for Student Satisfaction in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Currently engaging in numerous research and development projects with industrial collaborators, providing industry-relevant dissertation topics.
Allows for specialism in particular aspects of Civil Engineering, e.g. structures, geotechnics, highways, rail, water transport.
The programme is designed primarily for engineers and other construction industry professionals who are seeking to enhance their understanding of advanced civil, structural and geotechnical engineering technology.
You will have an undergraduate Civil Engineering degree with a minimum of a BEng Civil Engineering - 2:2 (or above) or a BSc Civil Engineering - 2:1 (or above) or equivalent work experience.
For applicants whose first degree was not taught and examined in English, an independent IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.
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Teaching techniques include lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratories, field trips and IT based blended learning. Visiting lecturers from industry contribute in some modules.
Advanced structural design In this module, students are instructed in the application of the European structural design codes (Eurocodes) to design steel, concrete and composite steel-concrete elements. Design of specialised structural elements: plate girders, trusses, connections, foundations, prestressed concrete structures, including fire design of structures. Introduction to performance-based design using computer software. Discussion of the sustainability of construction materials.
Soil-structure engineering This module concerns the study of the interaction of two very different materials (structural and soil). A combination of a classic and modern approach based on numerical methods is delivered for the students to ensure the understanding of the topics.
Finite elements and stress analysis The module covers two main areas of study: firstly, the finite element modelling of thin walled structures using beam, plate and shell elements. A hand-on approach is used for the finite element modelling exercises using Abaqus finite element analysis software. Secondly, the structural and stress analysis of thin walled beams subjected to axial, bending, shear, torsion and torsion-bending loads.
Highway engineering and operation This module covers the highway planning and evaluation, geometric design, structural design and maintenance in addition to the highway system characteristics and operations.
Railway Engineering and Asset Management This module covers the geometric design, structural design, and maintenance of railways in addition to the railway system characteristics and operations. The module also covers design life extensions and asset management techniques for railway infrastructure.
Water engineering This unit covers fundamentals of surface water hydrology, open channel flow, basics of dam engineering and design of embankment dam, design of spillway and energy dissipater, groundwater hydrology, the principles of groundwater flow, well hydraulics, and contaminants transport in the groundwater.
Project This module is one third of the course and is an individually supervised piece of work that is typically either a research project or an innovative design exercise. The theme is related to topics covered on the course.
Methods of assessment by module
Advanced Structural Design
Finite Elements and Stress Analysis
Railway Engineering and Asset Management
Highway Engineering and Operations
Project (three modules value)
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:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
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.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Employment prospects for graduates of these courses are very good, especially in view of the upturn in new infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. Successful students enter into a variety of positions within the construction industry, working in a design office, with contractors and in local authorities.
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 meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.*
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.
*It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a nonaccredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.