Civil engineers are responsible for virtually all the great structures around us. The work they do makes our lives easier – from roads and airports to access to clean water and electricity. Our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering is an excellent route into this diverse and well-rewarded profession.
- Develop the knowledge and skills employers are looking for in areas such as structures, fluids, geology, soil mechanics, surveying and materials
- Put theory into practice through real life projects, case studies, site visits and field trips
- Choose a course accredited by leading professional institutions on behalf of the Engineering Council, which means you can fully meet the academic requirement to register as an Incorporated Engineer
- Learn from experienced civil engineering practitioners who are highly skilled in the field
- Study in our fantastic facilities at the Markeaton Street site, where we have a superb new STEM Centre
- Boost your employability: 100% of full-time students went on to work or further study within six months of completing this degree (DLHE 15/16)
This course will develop your understanding of the process of civil engineering technical design and management.
The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering features a compelling mix of lectures, real-life projects and site visits so you can develop all the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. We will introduce you to key skills relating to structures, fluids, geology, soil mechanics, surveying and materials.
If you already have a relevant HND or equivalent qualifications, direct entry to later stages of the course may be available.
Strong professional credentials
This degree fully satisfies the educational base for you to gain Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Following a period of relevant experience and a professional review, the course leads to membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (MCIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (MIHE). Find out more.
The course has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors too.
Civil Engineering students on a recent trip to scan a tunnel on the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire. Photographs provided by Luke Brammer.
You will study a total of 120 credits per year. This will be made up of single or double modules.
You will study modules such as:
- Applied Mathematics 1
- Civil Engineering Construction
- Construction CAD and Personal Development
- Construction Materials Technology
- Site Surveying 1
- Structures 1
You will study modules such as:
- Applied Mathematics 2
- Fluids and Drainage Engineering
- Geology and Soil Mechanics
- Quantity Surveying Practice and Personal Development
- Structural Design 2
- Project Management
- Surveying 2
You will study modules such as:
- Civil Engineering Management
- Independent Study and Personal Development (Civil Engineering)
- Structural Design Project
- Surveying 3
- Geotechnics 3
- Fluid Mechanics 3
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, plus visits to companies.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through 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||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C in either Maths, Physics, Science or another related subject at A-level (or equivalent qualification)
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
As a BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering graduate, you will have not only the knowledge and skills to embark on your career but also the academic base for Incorporated Engineer status.
An Incorporated Civil Engineer is a person with an accredited bachelor degree and professional experience who can maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation. The qualification is essential to become a practising engineer and to lead a team in a professional organisation.
You can also choose to continue your professional development and further study in the discipline of civil engineering by taking 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
Part time: 5 years minimum. Direct entry into later stages of the course is available if you have relevant qualifications. Day release: 2 years part-time day release. (Part-time mode only available for final year of the degree).
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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.