Civil and Environmental Engineering with Year in Europe (France) (MEng)

Entry year

2018/19 2019/20

Spending part of your degree overseas in a Higher Education Institution in France is a great way to enhance your skills and career prospects.

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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.

The added advantage of this MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering course with a year in France is that you study the French language as part of the first three years and spend year four studying engineering at a partner university abroad before returning to Cardiff for the fifth year.

Choosing the MEng degree offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the shorter BEng.

The MEng allows you to use years three and five to expand and strengthen your knowledge in civil and environmental engineering. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.

Other Cardiff University Civil and Environmental Engineering may include:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of civil engineering if you choose a BEng 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.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer status.
  • The opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK for our research, and the impact of our research (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework).
  • The facilities that come with such a successful research unit.
  • 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.
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff.
  • A year spent studying at a French university.

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 CodeH225
Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration5 years
ModeFull time with year abroad
AccreditationsChartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.
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Entry requirements

Typical A level offerAAA - ABB including Mathematics. If you are studying a science A level, a pass in the practical element (where applicable) will be required. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted. 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer36-32 points including 5 or above in Higer Level Mathematics, or 666-665 in 3 Higher Level subjects to include Mathematics.
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsYou will require GCSE French at grade C or grade 4 (or an equivalent qualification) and GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

This is a five-year full-time degree with the fourth year spent studying in France at the designated partner university. 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 year three and year five projects, are each worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018. You are advised to check the final module descriptions when they are available to ensure that the programme meets your needs.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions. The core modules include two language modules for French.

Module titleModule codeCredits
French for Year in EuropeEN101610 credits
French for Year in EuropeEN102110 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN109120 credits
Computing 1EN109210 credits
Environmental Fluid and GeomechanicsEN191120 credits
Materials and ConstructionEN191220 credits
Structures and DesignEN191330 credits
Professional StudiesEN191420 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions. The core modules include two language modules for French.

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
French for Year in EuropeEN201610 credits
French for Year in EuropeEN201910 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN202620 credits
Computing 2EN220810 credits
Environmental EngineeringEN231310 credits
Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsEN231420 credits
Professional Studies and ConstructionEN231520 credits
Structural Analysis and DesignEN240040 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. 

The core modules include two language modules for French.

Module titleModule codeCredits
French for Year in EuropeEN301810 credits
French for Year in EuropeEN302110 credits
Construction and Construction ManagementEN310410 credits
Environmental Policy and RegulationEN322010 credits
ProjectEN330030 credits
Water EngineeringEN330310 credits
Geotechnical EngineeringEN330410 credits
Structural Design StudiesEN330710 credits
Civil Engineering DesignEN330910 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Continuum Solid MechanicsEN330810 credits
Environmental GeotechnicsEN331410 credits
Environmental HydraulicsEN331710 credits
Waste Management and RecyclingEN340110 credits

Year four: Sandwich year

Year four is spent studying at the designated partner university in France, through the medium of French.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Year in EuropeEN3089120 credits

Year five

Year five includes a group project, which makes up a quarter of the overall assessment.

There are also several core and optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Soil and Groundwater ChemistryEN421110 credits
Industrial PracticeEN421210 credits
Professional Engineering StudiesEN432110 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?

Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years three and five. 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 interactions with potential employers.

The year abroad will be taught through the medium of French, using the delivery methods of the overseas institution, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned 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 when you need some guidance. 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 broad 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.

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 through 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 composed mainly of 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. 

You will develop a number of practical skills during the laboratory-based sessions, while there is a consistent core of management skills and personal development. 

You will develop your French language skills and gain an understanding of the academic culture of Higher Education and professional practice in France.

You will also:

  • Develop your understanding of the application of architecture, building conceptual design and building services within the context of engineering and construction
  • Develop your understanding of environmental problems arising from activities and the consequences of construction –  and how to mitigate or remedy them
  • 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

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

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

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
  • Site Engineer
  • Design Engineer

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding 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 (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£19,950None

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 and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

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 a variety of additional learning resources.

Accomodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

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