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From the world’s tallest buildings and most spectacular bridges, to airports, highways, hospitals, rail networks and flood defences, civil engineers provide the critical infrastructure that makes our world work. This course is designed to provide the educational base you need to become professionally recognised as a chartered engineer. You’ll learn to apply the principles of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, environmental engineering, materials, surveying and construction. You’ll also discover the latest techniques and developments, such as low- carbon materials and sustainability. For this degree we’ve partnered with the world-renowned BRE to give you access to specialist facilities, projects and lectures.

Why choose this course?

  • The School has over 50 years' experience of teaching engineering and has established an excellent international reputation
  •  This degree allows you to benefit from the use of laboratory facilities and staff expertise at BRE (formerly Building Research Establishment)
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
  • Recent Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Dyson, Ministry of Defence and JCB

What job can I get?

Employment prospects for civil engineers are strong, both in the UK and overseas. The UK government recently announced major infrastructure projects worth around £460bn, while global construction is expected to grow by some 75% by 2025. Graduates can go on to careers in multinational consultancies, as well as smaller design and project management companies, utility companies and the public sector.

Course details

Careers

Employment prospects for civil engineers are strong, both in the UK and overseas. The UK government recently announced major infrastructure projects worth around £460bn, while global construction is expected to grow by some 75% by 2025. Graduates can go on to careers in multinational consultancies, as well as smaller design and project management companies, utility companies and the public sector.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. Students will also benefit from use of laboratory facilities and staff expertise at BRE (formerly Building Research Establishment). You will also work with other students on an industry proposed design project.

In addition to the academic fees, students will be responsible for their costs of travel to BRE and for the costs of the residential field course at level 5.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Career Skills Development - 0 Credits
  • Civil Engineering Materials 1 - 15 Credits
  • Site Surveying and Setting Out - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Sustainable Design and Construction - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics - 15 Credits
  • Dynamic Earth - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Application of Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Structural Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning - 0 Credits
  • Mathematical Modelling and Simulation - 15 Credits
  • Soil Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Civil Engineering Materials 2 - 15 Credits
  • Civil Engineering Structural Design - 15 Credits
  • Hydrology and Open Channel Hydraulics - 15 Credits
  • Surveying and Highway Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Construction and Building Management - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Individual Major Project - 30 Credits
  • Geotechnical Design - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Design - 15 Credits
  • Sustainable Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Industry Group Design Project - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Semester Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Flood Management and River Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Civil Engineering Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Highway and Traffic Engineering - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

80 - 168 UCAS points from 3 A levels to include A level Maths.

Other A levels may come from a selection of either Engineering or Technology, Science, Design, Computing or Business related subjects. A level General Studies/Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Advanced Diploma or Access to HE Diploma are also not accepted. 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering MMP to include Merit in Further Maths.

IB - 80 points from 3 Higher Level subjects to include HL Maths and either Engineering, Technology or Environmental related HL subjects.

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: 

- GCSE English language grade 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. 

Find out more about International entry requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
24/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
24/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)