Available for January start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

120 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

H291

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

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Infrastructure supports our day-to-day living – roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and access to water and shelter. Without infrastructure, the world we live in would be very different.

This course will enhance your skills in advanced areas of civil engineering theory, particularly structures and infrastructure design. You'll develop a thorough understanding of the process of civil engineering technical design and management. You'll also be introduced to key design skills in structures, fluids, geology, soil mechanics, surveying and materials.

The year out placement will take place between the second and final year of your degree and there are a large number of SMEs, large, national and international companies who are looking for placement students each year. There is a plethora of support available for students who are looking to enhance their employability whilst studying including internships, placements and graduate roles. For more information, please get in touch with the Careers and Employment Service. 

Civil Engineering students on a recent trip to scan a tunnel on the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire. Photographs provided by Luke Brammer.

Civil Engineering students on a visit to the Monsall Trail
Civil Engineering students on a visit to the Monsall Trail
Civil Engineering students on a visit to the Monsall Trail

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 4BU502

Construction Materials Technology

Practitioners within the construction industry must be able to choose the most effective material for design and build applications with due regard to the material properties, function, method of manufacture and cost.

This module introduces students to fundamental materials concepts that will enable them to understand and choose materials for practical applications within the construction industry. Use will be made of materials selection software and the module will have a practical applications-based slant. The environmental aspects of materials are also considered including sustainability, and the health and safety aspects related to the handling and use of construction materials.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4BU503

Construction Organisation and Economics

The initiation of a building project is a multifaceted process involving numerous industrial players. This module examines the framework that is the UK Construction Industry from the initial economic principles that underline the demand for built assets, through the design process to the construction process and ultimate satisfaction of the client body that initiated the project.

For access to large construction sites employees and construction professionals have to apply for and obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, to apply for this everyone working on a construction site have to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4BU505

Site Surveying (WBL)

Surveying techniques are of concern to many built environment practitioners – either for recording existing topographical and built features or for setting out new work.

This module offers you a combination of theory based and practical fieldwork to develop a sound knowledge of the essential surveying procedures and recording protocols, linking traditional manual techniques to applications, so that you can feel confident in the modern workplace. The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. Final survey drawings will be produced and annotated and you will carry out simple setting out activities using industry best practice.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 4HX502

Engineering Mathematics

The primary aim of this module is to provide the analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully undertake the technical elements of a BEng Civil Engineering Degree. You will cover aspects of engineering mathematics used in the design and analysis of structures and infrastructure, geotechnics, hydraulics, and land surveying.

The module has been designed to enable you to apply algebra, trigonometry, matrices, vectors, calculus, and statistics and probability, to the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems found at degree level and in the professional workplace.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4HX503

Structural Analysis Theory and Design 1

In order to produce safe and economic structures, Civil Engineers are required to have a thorough understanding of the physical behaviour of structures, including the fundamentals of structural analysis, materials and design.

This module provides a sound knowledge of the important theories, principles, procedures and codes that form the basis of structural analysis and design. It provides you with analytical skills and an appreciation of how this knowledge might be applied in practice.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HX500

Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2

The aim of this module is to provide the advanced analytical knowledge and techniques needed to support the technical elements of BEng Civil Engineering Degree studies in fluid mechanics, structural mechanics and soil mechanics.

You will cover aspects of engineering mathematics used in the design and analysis of hydraulics, structures and infrastructure, and geotechnics, including computer modelling and the analysis of experimental data. The module has been designed to enable you to apply algebra, matrices, vectors, calculus, and dimensional analysis to the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems found at degree level and in the professional workplace.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HX505

Fluids And Drainage Engineering

You will be introduced to the basic principles of fluid engineering including specific hydraulic theories related to pressure measurement in fluids, behaviour of flow in pipes, and the characteristics of open channel flow. The module will integrate hydrostatic and hydrodynamic theory with the practice of drainage design and water conveyance.
20 Credits
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Code: 5HX507

Infrastructure Design and Materials

The built environment depends upon the efficient working of its infrastructure systems. This module provides you with an opportunity to be involved in designing infrastructure systems, after they have studied the guiding Standards and performance Codes and regulations.

This approach utilises workplace opportunities and case studies as operational sites. The importance of awareness of health and safety implications for constructors, repairers and users will be stressed as aspects of the content are studied. The environmental issues arising out of material specification choice will also be considered.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HX508

Infrastructure Surveying And Asset Management 2

This module builds on your knowledge of land surveying practice and techniques from Surveying 1 and basic structural theory in Structures 1 and extends this to consider asset management in an infrastructure context.

You will gain a working knowledge of modern survey equipment and its care in the field. The module will cover modern techniques of data capture, manipulation, error correction and presentation using computer software and hardware, and GPS technology. The module will relate surveying to the collection of field data and its manipulation for GIS based asset record systems. Management of the stock of bridges structures and building assets are a key feature of civil engineering management in both the public and private sector. Inspection, monitoring and assessment and prioritisation of repairs are key skills. 

There is a growing need to re-use existing structures and buildings and to maximize their useful life through adaptation and strengthening. The module will provide you with analysis skills coupled with practical solutions and an understanding of the deterioration profiles of common materials.

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20 Credits
core
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Code: 5HX513

Structural Analysis Theory and Design 2

This module builds on the structural theory developed in stage 1 and enhances further the understanding of the combination of forces, stresses and their interaction in complex civil engineering works and large buildings.

You will learn about the important theories, principles and procedures that form the basis of structural analysis. You will be able to develop analytical skills and an appreciation of how this knowledge might be applied in practice to analyse simple and complex structures.

This module develops your understanding and knowledge of reinforced concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures; and your ability to design these structures to the Eurocodes. It provides you with the knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate National and European Standards and introduces the concept of global stability. Case study examples will support your development of the skills and understanding required to produce safe, effective, economic and sustainable designs conforming to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 for structural designs.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HX514

Geotechnical Engineering 1

Civil engineering projects are built on or in ground and therefore the design of a structure depends upon an adequate understanding of the nature of the ground. This is an introductory module on ground engineering aiming at to develop understanding the basic physical properties of different soils.

The current methods of testing for soil performance are considered with laboratory-based work to support learning. The module strengthens students’ ability to contribute to the safe design of buildings and structures, and to their recognition of potential challenges to safe earthworks operations in the field.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ME886

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting.

The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives you the opportunity to relate your academic knowledge to the work environment.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME887

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HX502

Structural Analysis Theory and Design 3

A working knowledge of complex structural behaviour is essential for the civil engineer if students are to appreciate the role of structural theory in both the conception and execution of permanent and temporary works.

This module extends the understanding and application of Structural Analysis and Design previously gained. Analysis is extended to include indeterminate structures and computer methods and design is broadened to include double reinforcement and continuous beam design.

The module provides you with conceptual, analytical and applicable knowledge necessary for the successful solution of structural engineering problems encountered in a civil engineering and large building context.

Module Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  1. Select appropriate structural forms and materials to achieve structural stability in a variety of civil engineering applications.
  2. Apply design principles and evaluate structural solutions for a variety of structures including bridges, retaining structures, portal frames and multi storey buildings.
  3. Use a range of further analytical techniques to quantify the effect of a variety of actions upon determinate and indeterminate structural forms in common use.

Module Content

The Behaviour of a variety of structural forms: Choice of structural form, appropriate materials and typical types of stresses developed in structural elements.

Analysis of Beams: Continuous beams, bending moment envelopes, influence lines, deflection, non prismatic beams, principles of virtual work.

Analysis of Frames, Cables, Arches and Slabs: Plastic and elastic analysis of Indeterminate frames, multi-bay frames, point and uniformly loaded cables, arch geometries, one way and two way spanning slabs, yield line analysis.

Analysis of 3 dimensional forms: Typical stresses in plates, shells and space frames. Principles of finite element analysis.

Design principles in a variety of materials: Use of concrete, steel, timber and masonry in homogenous and composite forms

Design of Structural Elements and forms: Application of analytic and design principles to a variety of structural forms encountered in civil and infrastructure engineering

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HX503

Civil Engineering and Construction Management

The objective of the module is to gain an understanding of the key principles of the management of civil engineering works, projects and operations. The ability to manage across a number of disciplines and functions within a civil engineering context is an essential skill for the civil engineer in a management role.

The working knowledge of all essential relevant legislation involving health and safety, sustainability, environmental, commercial and employment issues will be explored in detail. Practical business management techniques are also covered with the emphasis on understanding and applying the areas of technical compliance and financial control. A key element of the module will be the adoption of established techniques such as quality management, continuous improvement and innovation.

The module will introduce the concept of professional ethics, and the link to sustainability in construction and the investigation of existing and newly developing technologies designed to address energy demand through alternative sources.

Management of multi-disciplinary teams and organisational design will be a key feature and the module explores these issues and attempts to supply the student with the practical tools of effective organisational management and the critical evaluation techniques needed to apply them successfully.

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module you should be able to:

  1. Identify and create the safety, quality and other essential components involved in the establishment of a civil engineering management system. Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate management structures, techniques and procedures to a range of engineering, construction and operational situations.
  2. Apply the principles of total quality management within the concept of the latest health and safety and sustainability legislation. Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to maintain a high level of professional and ethical conduct in civil engineering.

Module Content

Health & Safety Management:

Knowledge of basic legislation applicable to projects and operations Safety management systems and Audits Accident prevention and motivation theory

Environmental Legislation and Issues:

Current legislation and how it affects the industry and the markets they operate in plus the underlying issues and how they can be tackled.

Total Quality Management:

Quality assurance development and gurus ISO9001 and accreditation processes Continuous improvement & auditing

Technical Management:

British standards, legislative regulations, Eurocodes Auditing principles and practice

Project Management:

Advanced solutions to complex projects Network analysis, planning and critical path, Control systems Multi – disciplinary teams

Financial and Commercial Systems:

Business management systems Target setting Key Performance Indicators , Cost Value Reconciliation principles Types of contracts, NEC, subcontractor monitoring

Human Resources Management:

Employment law and transfer rights, Equality and diversity Motivation, Teamwork and Leadership theory and practice Organisational design

Professional Ethical Questions and Constraints:

How ethics affects the decision making process of both the organisation and the individual, within the local, national and global market places. ICE Code of Conduct

Sustainability Principles:

Sustainable construction principles. The world’s changing energy scene; climate change and demand for alternative energy technology schemes. Global, EC, and UK policy, legislation and the implications, benefits and liabilities for stakeholders.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HX505

Geotechnics 3

The primary aim of this module is to provide the fundamental review of the role of a fundamental understanding of the ground has in the competent design of projects. It will include work on the flow of water, consolidation, slope stability and the potential of contaminants in the soil. In light increased pressure to redevelop brownfield sites you will study the processes and techniques available to decontaminate sites and control further contamination.
20 Credits
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Code: 6HX998

Independent Study and Personal Development (Civil Engineering)

The individual project is regarded as an important element of the specialist degree. It provides students in their final year with a challenge to identify and undertake an original and detailed study and present a major piece of relevant work to a critical and informed audience. It aims to develop your power to work independently, researching in depth a topic of their choice, using relevant concepts and techniques.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HX501

Infrastructure Surveying and Design

The primary aim of this module is to enhance the student’s knowledge and experience of contemporary surveying processes. The use of computers and mathematical processes for surveying procedures and error correction will be critically assessed and the need for the practising professional to realise the limitations to various applications.

The management of the surveying process including Health and Safety and time will be appraised including the preparation and interpretation of client briefs. Applied application techniques including GPS and monitoring surveys.

To provide you with design skills in railways and highways and ancillary works in accordance with the Design Manual for Road and Bridge Works. The engineer should be accomplished in the design of features including junctions such roundabouts and grade separation. The need to include safety work, environmental work and legal compliance are vital to the success of robust designs.

A working knowledge of design principles is essential for the railway civil engineer if you are to appreciate the role of alignment and structural theory in both the conception and execution of permanent and temporary works. You will also develop skills in switch and crossing design.

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module you should be able to:

  1. Critically appraise various survey methods and identify solutions to engineering problems.
  2. Critically execute mathematical techniques to enable surveys to be checked and corrected within industry tolerances.
  3. Evaluate and synthesis data from the use and operation of survey software and instrumentation, including GPS.
  4. Apply national standards to produce robust designs in three dimensions. Critically appraise the requirements of road, rail and water systems safety and environmental management.

Module Content

GPS and GIS:

The application of the systems for data collection, control of data and the management and reproduction of data. Latest technology and the role of the commercial and military systems. Limitations and correction for field and post correction. Setting out application and machine control.

Imaging Surveying:

The application of laser data capture and the manipulation of field measurements to produce 3D models. Visualising and the role that software can play to develop virtual space models for client.

Contemporary Technology Surveying:

Laser methodologies, robotics and one man system technology. The use of real time data transfer and field editing, this will include levelling, Digital Terrain Models, setting out and remote techniques.

Software Applications:

The use and evaluation of software for data transfer and manipulation for modelling and design. The setting process and limitation and applications for engineering works.

Mathematical Correction Processes:

Intersection and Resection adjustments, statistical processes, propagation of variance and standard errors, least squares adjustment and the role of standard specifications to monitor and control surveys. Apply corrections for instrument errors and atmospheric conditions.

Remote Surveying Practice:

Applications including Photogrammetry and RADAR based systems. Control and monitoring of such systems, including limitations and financial implications.

Survey Management:

Cost control, resource management, site restrictions and Health and Safety applied to Case studies with field control and flexibility.

Highway Link Design:

Visibility constraints, carriageway types, capacity and speed related design. Layout options and maintenance related issues. Accident prevention measures and land take issues.

Junction Design:

Design layouts in both horizontal and vertical alignments; predict capacity and vehicle movements, for major/minor junctions, roundabouts and traffic signals. The design and Buildability of grade separated junction, compliance with Highways Act to lead to adoption.

Railway Construction & Components:

Structure of track plain line, S&C Sources of guidance and codes of practice

Railway Design Principles:

Curving rules, Structural gauges, End and centre throw

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HX504

Fluid Mechanics 3

You will cover aspects of fluid engineering including the design of pipes, channels, culverts, and weirs. The conveyance of potable water and sewage will be placed into an engineering context using calculations, design charts, and hydraulic modelling tools. The use of pumps will also be considered including the selection of appropriate types for use in varying civil engineering related situations.
20 Credits
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Coursework

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.

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How you will learn

You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, on and off site laboratory and site work, and visits to companies.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through workshop laboratories, surveying field work, group work and individual assignments. Some traditional exams maybe involved for design tests.

Civil Engineering student working in the fluids lab
Male Civil Engineering student working on equipment

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

When you graduate, you'll have lots of career opportunities in civil engineering in fields such as design, maintenance, asset management and construction. You could work in private companies which specialise in contracting or consulting, for local authorities, water companies, Network Rail or the Highways Agency, for example. Or you may choose to continue your studies by taking a postgraduate course, such as our MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management degree.

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Teaching hours

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, excellent 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.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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