Civil Engineering (BEng)

Civil Engineering at Cardiff offers you a a wealth of exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments.

An Engineering student works on a model
Students are always working to industry standards.

Civil engineers play a key role in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment around us, including buildings and structures, flood defences and water supply programmes.

Our Civil and Environmental Engineering programme offers you a highly regarded degree course at one of the top universities in this field, preparing you for exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments.

You will develop a thorough understanding of civil and environmental engineering theory, which will be backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field trips and design classes.

All of our civil engineering related degrees are fully accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers. In your professional development as an engineer, the BEng degree satisfies the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially satisfies the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Note that if Chartered status is important to you, a four-year Cardiff MEng course may offer a quicker, more direct route than a BEng course.

Other Cardiff University Civil and Environmental Engineering courses available may include:

  • the opportunity to satisfy the full educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer if you choose a MEng course
  • the opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option
  • the opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option
  • the opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain.

Distinctive features

  • This course offers you the opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)
  • All of our courses are informed by industrial collaboration and accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry.

I’m in the Engineering Society, I play squash with other Engineering students, and I went to the Engineering ball, which was great. There’s a lot of stuff going on that’s fun but that can also boost your CV.

Cordelia Overland, Civil Engineering Student

Key facts

UCAS CodeH200
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsEngineering Council
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.
Typical A level offerAAA A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year full-time degree. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20 and a few, including the final-year project, are worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures and practical laboratory sessions, providing you with a solid base for the next two years of your degree programme.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Computing 1EN109210 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN109120 credits
Environmental Fluid and GeomechanicsEN191120 credits
Structures and DesignEN191330 credits
Materials & ConstructionEN191220 credits
Professional StudiesEN191420 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in the spring semester, as part of the Field Studies of the Natural and Built Environment module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
HYDRAULICS AND SOIL MECHANICSEN231420 credits
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGNEN240040 credits
Computing 2EN220810 credits
ENGINEERING ANALYSISEN202620 credits
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND CONSTRUCTIONEN231520 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
History of Western ArchitectureEN220710 credits
Environmental EngineeringEN231310 credits

Year three

Year three includes a major project, with a value of a quarter of the overall year.  For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member. 

There are other core modules but also a choice of optional modules, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Structural AnalysisEN330210 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Structural Design StudiesEN330710 credits
Water EngineeringEN330310 credits
Business ManagementEN300410 credits
Geotechnical EngineeringEN330410 credits
Civil Engineering DesignEN330910 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical lab sessions and project-based work.

The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are available in year three. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff.

There are opportunities for interaction with potential employers through careers fairs and guest lectures. Speakers from industry give regular lectures on their areas of expertise. These offer you the opportunity to hear experts speak on topics that are relevant to your degree and give you an insight into working in industry.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 30-credit project in year three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant area of research specialism and meet regularly.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School and a Careers Consultant is also available.  

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in Years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments.  Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages throughout each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is mainly project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout years one and two, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning the core competencies of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems encountered in the engineering profession.

You will also:

  • Develop your understanding of the application of a range of fundamental science and engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the civil engineering profession
  • Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a civil engineering context.

Our graduates are mainly employed in the civil engineering industry with major consultancy and contracting firms, such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Ramboll, Arup and Mott McDonald. Typical roles include graduate civil engineer, site engineer or design engineer, and they are based throughout the UK as well as further afield.

A number of graduates have opted for further study, either at MSc or PhD level, at Cardiff as well as institutions across the UK and beyond.

Others have chosen to work for national and multinational companies. Recent examples include companies in the financial, media and petrochemical sectors with destinations including Deloitte, PwC, Virgin and Shell.

Jobs

  • Civil Engineer
  • Technology Analyst
  • Design Engineer

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£18,250None

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and any required learning resources (both electronic and in hard copies).

There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in year two, as part of the Field Studies of the Natural and Built Environment core module.


Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.