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Civil Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 120-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with Mathematics at grade B.

122-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics, Science or Technology based), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Mathematics at Distinction.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 50-56 to include M2 in Mathematics.

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

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics.

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

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


To include Higher Level Mathematics at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

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)

DDD-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

120-136 Tariff points to include 40 points from Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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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

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Civil engineering

**Overview**

Want to follow in the footsteps of famous civil engineers, such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, studying in the city he was born in?

On this MEng Civil Engineering integrated Master's degree course, you’ll get to grips with the theory and practice needed for a career in civil engineering and graduate with a postgraduate 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 registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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

**What you'll experience**

On this integrated Master's 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

- 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 WSP

- Satisfy the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and meet the initial requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) after the course

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

**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 Enginering 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 on 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 building organisations such as: Fluor, Kier, Portsmouth Water, WSP, AECOM, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll. 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 4
Core modules in this year include:
- Design of Structures
- MEng Individual Research Project
- Professional Development 3
- Soils and Materials 3
- Transportation Engineering
- Water Infrastructure

Year 5
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Engineering Science
- Environmental Management
- Integrated Design Project
- Tools, Techniques and Processes of Project Management

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: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
Year 4 students: 13% by written exams, 43% by practical exams and 44% 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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