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Civil Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels including an A level in a numerical subject.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics, Science or Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-54 to include a Principal subject in numerical subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, including a Higher Level in a numerical subject.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level in a numerical subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject.

112-128 points to include an Advanced Level numerical subject.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

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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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Civil engineering

**Overview**

Imagine looking up at skyscrapers you’ve designed, driving on roads you’ve engineered and leading large-scale projects reinventing the world around you. It’s all possible when you’re a Civil Engineer.

Study this accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree in the city that gave the world Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You’ll learn to design, construct, operate and maintain infrastructure, which supports everything from buildings, transportation, and flood defences to providing safe drinking water and sanitation.

We’ve designed this course with your career in mind. You can get invaluable work experience on a one-year placement at leading organisations like Dyer & Butler and Fluor. And you'll be eligible to start training towards becoming an Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer.

You’ll get to grips with civil engineering theory and methods, develop the skills you need for success as a Civil Engineer, and immerse yourself in the industry on field trips and construction site visits.

You’ll explore areas including soils and materials, and design of structural elements. And because of our unique coastal location, you can also study underwater engineering and infrastructure, and complete a recognised PADI diving qualification.

**Accredited by**

This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers – meeting in full the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and in part the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Create your own designs and models

- Carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and soil investigation

- Use our environmental laboratory located at a sewage treatment works

- Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnerships with local and global organisations

- Boost your future career opportunities with the option to study practical diving and underwater engineering, and gain a recognised diving qualification

- Get out of the classroom with visits to the Isle of Wight and construction sites around the city, plus a field trip to the National Construction College in Norfolk

- Enjoy insights from industry specialists – recent guest speakers include practitioners from ICE, Atkins, MWH, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, Portsmouth City Council, Colas and Parsons Brinckerhoff

- Fully meets the educational base to become an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the educational base to become a Chartered Engineer

**Careers and opportunities**

What can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

The skills you develop on this course are highly sought-after by employers in fields such as:

- civil and structural engineering

- civil engineering contracting

- construction engineering

What jobs can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- civil and structural consultancy engineer

- civil engineering contractor

- graduate structural engineer

- construction engineer

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"The placement furthered my skills in problem-solving, communication, time management, teamwork and individual initiatives." Thomas Glenn, Civil Engineering Student

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Construction Management and Practice
- Engineering Analysis
- Professional Development 1
- Soils and Materials 1
- Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
- Water and Environmental Engineering

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Behaviour of Structures
- Design of Structural Elements
- Numerical Skills and Economics
- Professional Development 2
- Soils and Materials 2

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Diving and Underwater Engineering A
- Diving and Underwater Engineering B
- Energy Resources and Infrastructure
- Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
- Heritage Property
- Institution-wide Language Program
- Introduction to Project Management Principles

Placement year (optional)
After your second year, you can take a salaried placement year working in the industry, gaining valuable experience, and putting your studies to the test.
Previous students have taken placements at large-scale civil engineering organisations such as: Dyer & Butler, Fluor, Kier, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, WSP.
We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Individual Project
- Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project
- Professional Development 3
- Soils and Materials 3
- Transportation Engineering
- Water Infrastructure

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written exams
web assessments
essays and reports
project presentations
a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 68% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
Year 2 students: 63% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 33% by coursework
Year 3 students: 20% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 68% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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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

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
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
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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
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Engineering professionals
9%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
6%
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.

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

£33k

£33k

£37k

£37k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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