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Civil and Coastal Engineering

Entry requirements


To include a minimum 2 A Levels to include Grade C at A Level Maths plus applicants must also be studying a second relevant subject: ICT, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Product Design, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Further Maths, Use of Maths, Statistics, Music Technology, Physics, Technology and Design. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Accepted in combination

Engineering related Access: Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 21 in Maths with Distinction and all other Engineering units with Merit or above Maths related Access: Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 33 at Merit/Distinction with at least 21 credits in Maths with Distinction and 15 in Physics with merit or above.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Accepted in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-30

to include 5 at Higher Level Maths and 5 at Higher Level in a second relevant subject. English Language considered within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Including Maths and a second relevant science/technology subject.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

Considered in combination

Considered in a related subject in combination with A/AS Level Maths

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

From 18 unit Extended Diploma: To include Distinction in Units: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians. OR From the new National Extended Diploma: To include Distinction in Units: Engineering Principles, Calculus to solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

108 to 120 points to include C at Advanced Highers Maths plus a second relevant science/technology subject at Advanced Highers

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-120

To include a minimum 2 A Levels to include Grade C at A Level Maths plus applicants must also be studying a second relevant subject: ICT, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Product Design, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Further Maths, Use of Maths, Statistics, Music Technology, Physics, Technology and Design. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination alongside A Level Maths and second relevant subject

accepted in combination

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Civil engineering

Marine engineering

Do you want to tackle major global issues like defence against coastal flooding during climate change? Do you want to design the offshore structures necessary to maintain security of energy supply? You will understand how these structures are protected from erosion and will apply engineering and design principles to create experimental systems such as marine renewable energy devices, that you will test in the coastal and ocean basins and wave flumes located in our £19 million Marine Building.

You will be supported and inspired by research-active academic staff, many of whom hold Chartered Engineer status. You will graduate as a civil engineer, enriched with the specialist coastal skills and experience highly sought by employers across the sector, ready to be the future of coastal safety and security on a changing planet.

* Distinguish yourself professionally with an accredited degree. Our BEng (Hons) is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You'll qualify for membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers.

* Benefit from our new £19 million Marine Building, where you’ll find facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering. You’ll be taught modules in coastal engineering and water management, preparing you to specialise in design or flood risk management and port engineering.

* Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a paid, one-year work placement. Gain the confidence, real-world know-how and vital industry experience employers are looking for.

* Learn a host of design skills from problem solving to sustainable development, as well as enhancing the critical thinking that plays a key role in the work of a civil engineer.

* Work with the latest industry-standard software, in our high specification laboratories. You’ll develop a strong understanding of fundamental principles, while honing your skills at the same time.

* Learn from professionally qualified experts with relevant experience from the civil engineering industry, and researchers with national and international reputations. 100 per cent of our students say our staff are good at explaining things [source: unistats].

* Increase your employability by taking an Health and Safety Executive (HSE), recognised diving qualification as part of your course, allowing you to work professionally in underwater technology.

* Progress onto MEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal Engineering at the end of the second year, subject to achieving the required level of academic performance on the BEng (Hons).

* Develop your professional skills including communication, self-management, team working and leadership so you’re ready to hit the ground running in your future career.

Modules

During your first year, you’ll be introduced to key areas that form the basis of knowledge for a professional engineer. You’ll study the mathematics of engineering and get to grips with AutoCAD, developing your IT and design skills. We’ll introduce you to geotechnics and the properties of engineering materials, as well as technical themes like hydraulics, structural analysis and surveying. You’ll gain transferable skills through a module on professional studies.

In year two explore the core disciplines of civil engineering, from structural analysis and design to hydraulic engineering and construction, through lectures, practical activities, site visits and a field course. We’ll also introduce you to coastal engineering and the basics of wave and tidal theory.

Between years two and three you’ll have the opportunity to spend a year in paid professional employment. We’ll support you in finding a suitable placement and visit you twice during the course of this year. As well as providing an invaluable real world experience, a year in industry can often lead to job offers from the placement company.

In your final year you’ll refine your theoretical, practical and design skills. You’ll learn about wave and coastal structure design, and the reliability and risks involved. Your studies will culminate in an industry-focused group design project. You’ll spend much of the year completing a research-based individual project – that focuses on laboratory experiments, computer-aided modelling, or field work linked to our staff’s research and professional interests.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

45% of assessment is by exam, 55% by coursework

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Civil engineering
88%
med
Marine engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

72%
Engineering professionals
6%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
4%
Science, engineering and production technicians

Do you want to be in demand? This might be the degree for you! We are officially short of civil engineers, and so around two thirds of civil engineering graduates start jobs specifically as civil engineers, and starting salaries are well over £25k last year. Demand for civil engineers and related jobs - we're short of all of them - means that good graduates have plenty of options directly related to their degree when they graduate. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees.

Civil engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Engineering professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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