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Civil Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Including Maths and one science. Entry to Year 2 at BBB including Maths and one science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

H1,H2,H2,H2

Including Maths and one science

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

Entry to Year 2 must include Maths and one science.

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry to Year 1 with HNC with C in the Graded Unit in: Construction; Engineering Practice; Engineering: Building Services; Engineering Systems; Built Environment. All must include a pass in SCQF L6 Maths or equivalent). Entry to Year 2 with HNC with B in the Graded Unit in: Civil Engineering that includes Maths at SCQF L7; or HND with C in the Graded Unit in: Civil Engineering including Maths at SCQF L8.

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry to Year 3 with HND with B in the Graded Unit: Civil Engineering (must have a pass in SCQF L8 Maths).

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

Including Maths and one science

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

114

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Engineering design

This programme will enable you to design, construct and organise civil engineering projects.

There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training, which are obtained competitively. You will also visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College as part of the programme. Industry experts will share their expertise through guest lectures.

You may gain employment with a major contracting or consulting engineering company. UWS graduates work with companies including Network Rail, Amey, Balfour Beatty, CH2M, and the Royal Air Force in roles such as Graduate Civil Engineer or Graduate Structural Engineer.

At time of print the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering programme is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and has been accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Institution of Structural Engineers; the Institute of Highway Engineers; and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. Conditions apply, for full details see our website.

From September 2017 year 1 entry we are intending to offer a BEng (Hons) CEng Civil Engineering programme, which will partially satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer, and we will be seeking accreditation for this programme from the JBM.

Course content
This programme covers broad-based civil engineering subjects to equip you with knowledge and skills to plan, design and implement civil engineering projects.

Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from Arup regularly speak to students about the role of structural engineers and students recently attended a talk from Graham Construction about the opportunities open to graduates with them.

Year 1
Studies include mathematics, structural mechanics and design, science, communication, drawing and computing skills and an introduction to the engineering industry.

Year 2
Studies include, sustainable construction the properties and uses of civil engineering materials, design of structural elements, mathematics, applied geology, hydraulics, surveying and construction studies.

Year 3
Structural engineering, ground and water engineering, construction technology and project management are covered. Team building skills are developed via a group design project.

Industrial training
Honours students can spend an 18-week period of paid employment in industry between Year 3 and Year 4.

Year 4 (Honours)
Studies include structural engineering and design, ground & highway engineering, construction and management, renewable energy and materials. An individual project allows you to investigate a subject area of your choice.

Career prospects
Graduate opportunities are available with excellent starting salaries. Major construction firms actively seek university graduates and you may gain employment with a major contracting or consulting engineering company. UWS graduates work with companies including Network Rail, Amey, Balfour Beatty, CH2M, and the Royal Air Force in roles such as Graduate Civil Engineer or Graduate Structural Engineer.

Placement/Work-based learning
There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training to develop your professional skills. Students are responsible for applying for civil engineering jobs and these are obtained competitively so they cannot be guaranteed, however we will assist you with this. You will visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College studying concrete construction, drainage, steel fixing and scaffolding.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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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.

60%
low
Engineering design

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.

Engineering (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

60%
Staff make the subject interesting
70%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

60%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
60%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
96%
Male students
4%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
32%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
B

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.

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.

£23,808
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
65%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Engineering professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians

Very few students study this subject, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at the stats above. Most graduates get jobs in engineering or management, but if you would like to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen course, it might be a good idea to go on an open day and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

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.

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

£32k

£32k

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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