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Civil and Structural Engineering (with placement year)

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BEng (Hons)
UCAS code: H221
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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This BEng 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.

A placement year in industry, taken in year three of the programme, enables you to build contacts whilst 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.

We offer a 5-year MEng version of the programme. The additional academic year enables further study of the technical and managerial aspects of civil and structural engineering, and provides the fastest route to Chartered Engineer status. 

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).


"I've grown so much as a person during my time at Bradford, moving away from home and living on my own for the first time was a big step. 

During my course I did a couple of full-time summer placements. Completing this hands-on industry experience alongside my degree really helped me put into practice what I learnt, developing my practical skills and knowledge."

MEng Civil and Structural Engineering

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.


Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:


BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Distinction OR Construction and the Built Environment – to include Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment (Unit 19) at minimum Distinction.

BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include ‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) and ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 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).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Engineering with Foundation Year course or Engineering with International Foundation Year.

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The programme is intended to enable graduates to develop the engineering, design, management and personal skills required to become professional Civil and/or Structural Engineers and in doing so, also equip them for careers in other professions.

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits) - core
    To develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in fundamental topics of mathematics so that students can later build on these to describe, model, analyse and evaluate engineering problems using a range of mathematical techniques and appropriate software for calculations.
  • Computer Aided Engineering (20 credits) - core
    To provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Medical) and to provide experience of the use of industry standard CAE tools through design, modelling, simulation, analysis of structures, processes, systems or components.
  • Materials Technology & Structural Mechanics (20 credits) - core
    Provides an introduction to engineering materials and their properties, with particular reference to their manufacturing technology, selection and different industrial applications.
  • Skills for Engineering (20 credits) - core
    The module is designed to provide a project based hands on team based module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year.
  • Surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) (20 credits) - core
    To provide practical experience in the use of surveying instruments and basic surveying techniques.
  • Fluid Mechanics 1 (10 credits) - core
    To understand the basic concepts that describes the mechanical behaviour of fluids.
  • Construction Materials (10 credits) - core
    Introduce basic concepts and develop an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials including geotechnical materials (soils, rocks) and structural construction materials (concrete, timber and masonry etc).

At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 2

  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits) - core
    To establish an appreciation and working knowledge of the premise that analytical (deterministic) and statistical tools are components of a larger integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Steel and Concrete Design (20 credits) – core
    Using first principles and structural Eurocodes to design structural steelwork and concrete elements.
  • Structural Mechanics & Analysis (20 credits) – core
    To evaluate the concepts of a general three-dimensional stress and strain state and to relate these concepts to the behaviour of actual materials and structural elements.
  • Soil Mechanics (20 credits) – core
    To develop an understanding of the behaviour of soils, and the factors influencing their behaviour.
  • Financial & Project Management (20 credits) – core
    Enable students to acquire a sound understanding of the financial and accounting principles, and apply these principles for decision making and control purposes in a commercial business environment.
  • Fluid Mechanics 2 (10 credits) – core
    To examine the principles of fluid flow, with an emphasis on the analysis of flows that are common in engineering fields.
  • Civil Design Project (10 credits) – core

At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Project (30 credits) - core
  • Six Sigma for Business Excellence (10 credits) – core
    The students will be able to acquire a deep understanding of the theories and practices of six sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles, and directly apply them to a variety of product and service industries.
  • Transportation Studies (10 credits) – optional
    To critically evaluate the design of road junctions and links, policy formulation, with reference to needs, funding, forecasts and sustainability. To design and evaluate maintenance requirements of transport infrastructure.
  • Open Channel Hydraulics (10 credits) – optional
    To understand general hydraulic principles of free surface flows and solve practical engineering problems related to free surface flows.
  • Feasibility Study (20 credits) – core
    To develop solutions to civil engineering problems by a process of critical appraisal & review using information obtained from a reconnaissance survey and other sources.
  • Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Design (20 credits) – core
    To extend the application of the fundamental principles of soil behaviour introduced in Soil Mechanics, with particular emphasis on analysis and design of foundation and earth retaining structures.
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment (20 credits) – core
    To provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles and assessment techniques of sustainable development in the built environment.
  • Steel & Composite (10 credits) – core
    To introduce to students the concept of steel and composite design and their applications in engineering. To provide a basic means for design and analysis of steel and composite structures and to familiarise students with a range of typical processing techniques.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Ordinary Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 300 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

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.


This 4-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.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to studies. 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 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

100% of our 2016 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 2016 Civil Engineering BEng graduates was £23,275.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


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.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £17,800
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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