What you study
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.
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 will be exposed to a variety of stimulating learning environments, such as:
- Civil Engineering placement in Year 3
- 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
How you learn
A variety of teaching methods are used 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 will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes, and, in addition, you will be required to spend at least an equal number of hours studying on your own. In year 4, the Honours Project is your opportunity to integrate your learning into an individual research programme and produce a professional standard project report.
How you are assessed
Assessment on this course is carried out 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. In the later years of the course, formal examinations are a feature of most modules.