Infrastructure supports our day-to-day living – just think about roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and access to water and shelter. Without infrastructure, the world we live in would be very different – which makes the role of the civil engineering professional all the more important.
A foundation year to set you up for success
If you lack the appropriate formal qualifications to embark directly on the honours degree – or if you want to build your knowledge, skills and confidence first – taking a foundation year is an ideal choice.
This route is aimed at anyone who has potential and ambition but who doesn’t feel quite ready to join the BEng (Hons) programme right now. It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career direction since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
The foundation year will cover general concepts in areas such as engineering science, structural analysis and dynamics. You will also gain essential scholarship skills for technologists to support your progress at honours degree level.
Build an exciting future
Our BEng (Hons) will enhance your skills in advanced areas of civil engineering theory, particularly relating to structures and infrastructure design.
You will develop a thorough understanding of the process of civil engineering technical design and management. In addition, we will introduce you to key design skills in structures, fluids, geology, soil mechanics, surveying and materials.
You can study this course with or without an industrial year.
Raise your professional profile
Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council.
This means that, on successfully completing your studies, you will fully satisfy the academic requirements to register as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meet the academic requirements to register as a Chartered Engineer. For further information, visit the Joint Board of Moderators website.
Valuable industry experience
You can choose to spend a year on industry placement to improve your employability. A significant number of employers – from large national and international companies to SMEs – are looking to recruit Civil Engineering placement students each year.
We provide wide-ranging support for students interested in placement and internship opportunities as well as helping them secure graduate roles. For more information, please contact our Careers and Employment Service.
You will study modules such as:
- Preliminary Mathematics
- Scholarship for Technologists
- Technology Project (double module)
- Engineering Science
- Introduction to Structural Analysis and Dynamics
- Engineering Mathematics 1
- Civil Engineering Construction and CAD
- Construction Materials Technology
- Structural Analysis Theory and Design 1
- Construction Organisation and Economics
- Site Surveying 1
- Infrastructure Surveying and Asset Management
- Structural Analysis Theory and Design 2
- Engineering Mathematics 2
- Fluids and Drainage Engineering
- Infrastructure Design and Materials
- Geotechnical Engineering 1
- Independent Study and Personal Development
- Geotechnical Engineering 2
- Civil Engineering Management
- Infrastructure Surveying and Design
- Advanced Structural Analysis and Design 3
- Hydraulic Engineering
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, on and off campus laboratory and site work, and visits to companies.
How you will be assessed
Assessment includes workshop laboratories, surveying field work, group work and individual assignments. Some traditional exams may be involved for design tests.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
When you graduate, you can look forward to wide-ranging career opportunities in civil engineering, including fields such as design, maintenance, asset management and construction.
You could, for example, go on to work for private companies which specialise in contracting or consulting, for local authorities and water companies, or for organisations such as Network Rail and the Highways Agency.
Alternatively you could choose to take your studies to the next level by embarking on a postgraduate course, such as our MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
5 years with Industrial Year
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Use of resources
- First year field trips
- Industry speakers
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Safety footwear/clothing, approx. £50
- Books, approx. £200
- Additional field trips, approx. £100
- Site visits, approx. £50
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.