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Civil Engineering
BSc (Hons)

This degree gives you the tools you need to provide sustainable solutions for designing and building the world we live in.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

H202

Civil Engineering

Study Civil Engineering?The modern civil engineer requires the skills to produce solutions to expensive problems in a safe and environmentally appropriate way. This degree gives you the tools you need to provide sustainable solutions for designing and building the world we live in.

Please note: This course commences from Year 4 for holders of a Higher National Diploma (or equivalent level qualification). If you wish to study Civil Engineering with us from Year 1, please visit our MEng/BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering degree.

The 21st Century engineer is a key player in the sustainable development of the modern world. Whether it be involvement in the design and building of wind turbines, the reuse of construction materials to develop new roads, or the drive for sustainable construction and low energy buildings, the modern day civil engineer plays a key role.

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).  See the JBM website for further information. It focuses on the development of key transferable employment skills, including digital modelling, problem solving, team working and management skills.

Your Journey Starts Here

Today’s civil engineer requires the knowledge and ability to produce solutions to expensive and diverse problems in a safe and environmentally appropriate way. To achieve this, a whole host of interesting and valuable skills are required. Ready to get started?

Entry Requirements

Please note: This course is only available from Year 4 entry. If you’re interested in starting your studies at Year 1, please see our MEng/BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering degree.

QualificationGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Key Modules (2017/18)

Structural Design and Geotechnical Engineering (EEM495)

The interaction between geotechnics and structural analysis in the design of civil engineering struc

Honours Project/Dissertation (EEM496)

Undertake an individual in-depth study of a relevant specialised aspect of civil engineering, provid

Safety and Construction Management (EEM497)

Advanced construction management principles and their application. Evaluation of the practical issue

Integrating Group Project (EEM498)

Integrating design project providing a means to apply knowledge across several modules to solving a

Water Engineering (EEM499)

This Module covers the application of civil engineering hydraulics and environmental engineering.

How the Course Works

The philosophy of the course is to integrate aspects of civil engineering theory and practice with supporting topics. It provides a distinctive and stimulating undergraduate study programme aimed at students who aspire to manage the design, construction and maintenance processes for enhancing the built and natural environment.

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Learning and Assessment

There are three inter-related themes within the course:

  • Structural Engineering, Materials and Geotechnics
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering
  • Supporting Topics including Land Surveying, Mathematics, Graphics & Digital Modelling, Construction Studies, Health & Safety, Project Management and Law

You’ll be exposed to a variety of stimulating learning environments, such as:

  • Computer drawing and related software packages
  • Analytical work on calculations relating to structures
  • Laboratory experimental work on materials testing or fluid flow
  • Field courses on geology or land surveying
  • Design projects

We use a variety of teaching methods to develop your knowledge and skills.

Teaching is focused around a lecture programme supported by tutorials, case studies and seminars, the use of practical laboratory exercises and fieldwork projects. External input from local and national practitioners is provided where possible.

You’ll spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and, in addition, you’ll be required to spend at least an equal number of hours studying on your own.

The year 4 Honours Project is your opportunity to integrate your learning into an individual research programme and produce a professional standard project report.

Assessment is via a combination of coursework assignments, class tests and closed-book examinations. A range of methods are used, including short-answer tests, problem solving exercises, formal reports - oral, written or posters - and laboratory assignments.

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

5.7m

Employees work in registered engineering enterprises in the UK

£26k

Engineering graduate salaries are well above the all-subject average of £22k

20000

The annual shortfall of engineering graduates in the UK

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us.

Sir Robert McAlpine

A £3,400, two-year scholarship, including paid summer work placement prior to beginning Year 3 and Year 4.

The Bill Taylor Scholarship (BEAR)

A £3,400 award paid in two installments for students studying civil engineering at undergraduate level.

Norman Fraser Design Trust

One Scholarship of £2,500 to a student studying a full time undergrad degree in either Civil & Environmental Engineering or Computer Games Technology.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students have to provide their own safety boots.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students have to provide their own safety boots.

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students have to provide their own safety boots.

Careers

Exciting opportunities exist for graduates from our course. There are employment prospects with professional consulting engineers, major civil engineering contractors, specialist project management organisations, local authorities, public and private utilities and transportation groups.

A wide range of organisations seek well educated, innovative employees for their future prosperity, and look towards civil engineers as graduates who combine crucial, high level analytical skills with a practical approach to problem solving.

In particular, the experiences gained in your work placement should better equip you for entering the employment sector, and may be seen by prospective employers as an advantage.

Programme Leader - Civil Engineering

Dr Cornelia Doerich-Stavridis

Dr Cornelia Doerich-Stavridis

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Senior Lecturer

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