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Civil and Structural Engineering (with placement year)

MEng
Entry requirements: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MEng
UCAS code: H291
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

This MEng programme equips you with the underlying knowledge and skills you need to become a creative Civil and Structural Engineer, capable of planning, designing and overseeing the construction of sustainable structures and transport infrastructure systems.

Civil and structural Engineering involves the design, construction and maintenance and repair infrastructure such as roads and bridges, buildings, and underground transport systems.

You’ll develop a broad knowledge of geotechnical, structural, environmental and management aspects of civil engineering, and gain the computing, mathematical, drawing and communication skills you need as an engineer.

This 5-year MEng programme includes four years of study and a placement year in industry. The placement enables you to build industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

On completion of the programme you’ll be able to enter range of graduate civil engineering roles. Our employability rate is 97% - one of the highest in the UK.

You’ll be joining a dynamic profession with a high demand for skilled graduates, and contribute to the prosperity of our society. 

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators which includes the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Institution of Highways and Transportation, and satisfies the educational base to becoming an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This course is also recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).

Why Bradford?

Our Civil and Structural Engineering programmes benefit from strong industrial links, resulting in outstanding work-based placements and unique learning opportunities.

The curriculum is informed by our Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board meaning you’ll be learning skills required by the sector, enhancing your employability.

Several members of our Advisory Board deliver lectures, provide site visits, and mentor and employ students.

You will be taught by research-active staff who are experts in their fields, and serve in numerous national and international committees. This ensures that you are taught the latest advances in the subject areas, and are given exciting opportunities to work on ongoing research projects.

We offer unique laboratory teaching and research facilities, including:

  • Structures Laboratory and Civil Engineering Research Laboratory 
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Laboratory
  • Multidisciplinary Engineering Laboratory

You’ll join a relatively small cohort of students in which everyone is valued and looked after by members of staff, who maintain an open-door policy with all our students and offer tailored advice and support.

We have a very active student-led Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc), which provides a non-academic platform for interaction between students and academics, industrialists and professional institutions. CivSoc organises several talks, site visits and tournaments every year.

Rankings

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

 

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must include a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must include a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Construction Materialscore
Engineering Mathematicscore
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Materials Technology & Structural Mechanicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM)core
Year 2
Civil Design Projectcore
Financial & Project Managementcore
Fluid Mechanics 2core
Further Engineering Mathematics and Statisticscore
Soil Mechanicscore
Steel & Concrete Designcore
Structural Mechanics & Analysiscore
Year 4
Feasibility Studycore
Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Designcore
Projectcore
Six Sigma for Business Excellencecore
Steel & Composite Designcore
Sustainability in the Built Environmentcore
Open Channel Hydraulicsoption
Transportation Studiesoption
Year 5
Advanced Geotechnicscore
Advanced Projectcore
Construction Managementcore
Structural Dynamics & Earthquake Engineeringcore
Sustainable Hydraulic Designcore
Computational Fluid Dynamicsoption
Design Optimisationoption
Engineering Computational Methodsoption
Risk Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

We deliver our modules using innovative teaching methods that combine theory with practice.

You’ll undertake a range of design exercises where you’ll address real industry problems/scenarios.

These projects enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge, while improving your communication skills.

Teaching methods include formal lectures, case studies, tutorial exercises, practical demonstrations, site visits, directed learning, group and individual work. Modules are assessed through formal written examinations, class tests, analytical and experimental coursework, presentations.

Placement

This 5-year programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers - working for them part-time, developing final year projects with them or going back to them into graduate positions.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with one or two semesters at an international partner institution.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

97% of our 2015 graduates in Civil and Structural Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Civil Engineers are amongst the most employable and highly paid of all graduates. After six to seven years of experience you can satisfy the requirements of the professional institutions and become a Chartered Engineer, allowing you to move into more specialised areas. Recent graduate destinations include:

  • AMEC
  • ARUP Consulting Engineers
  • Mowlem Civil Engineering
  • Nottingham City Council
  • W S Atkins Consulting Engineers

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for 2015 Civil Engineering MEng graduates was £23,346.

Research

Our research underpins every level of your programme of study. You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline. This enables us explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real world challenges. Your individual project gives you access to our research facilities and provides you with an opportunity to become involved in a much larger research project which is being carried out with our industrial partners.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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