Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

H202

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

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

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.  

What this and learn more about the Civil Engineering and Construction courses available at the University of Derby.

This course will develop your understanding of the process of civil engineering technical design and management.

Sought-after skills

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.

Civil Engineering students on a visit to the Monsall Trail
Civil Engineering student 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
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Code: 4HX500

Applied Mathematics 1

The primary aim of this module is to provide the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core units of a construction or engineering Foundation Degree. It is also intended as a base for the further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for progression to a Civil Engineering Degree Programme.

The module has been designed to enable you to use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, and statistics for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems likely to be involved at Foundation Degree level and in the workplace at technician level.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4HX504

Structures 1

The form, purpose and performance of a proposed structure or building strategically influence the materials and components selected to provide the structural skeleton that supports its fabric. Although designers and constructors require different levels of knowledge in terms of structural behaviour, material properties and design choices, an adequate understanding of these key areas is essential if you are to appreciate the role of structural theory in both the conception and execution of permanent and temporary works.

This module provides a framework for developing 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: 4BU501

Construction CAD and Personal Development (WBL)

Traditional design environments engage conventional drafting techniques to relay thoughts and ideas into reality, requiring competent personnel with considerable drafting experience. Any revisions have to be manually amended which impose constraints on resources (specifically time). The emergence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages has revolutionised the way designs are transformed into reality, significantly improving efficiency in term of editing and revising drawings.

This module invites you to prepare, modify and enhance designs using CAD software as the principal platform. You will be able to explore various features and functions of CAD software and apply them in the design process. It provides you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design in the built environment industry.

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20 Credits
optional
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Code: 4HX501

Civil Engineering Construction

The role of the Engineer in the safe management and control of technology on site is vital to the successful delivery of projects. The module aims to establish and develop a base of knowledge of the technology associated with civil engineering projects, including bridges, structures and infrastructure.

Designers’ concerns in choice and specification of components are considered along with assembly methods, against a background of regulatory controls and safety issues in the approaches and equipment deployed in civil engineering construction operations. Sustainability and environmental concerns are considered throughout the module wherever appropriate, by looking at the different methods, materials and/or better practices. An illustrative approach is used to support learning, supplemented by site visits.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HX503

Applied Mathematics 2

The primary aim of this module is to provide the analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully undertake the technical elements of a 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: 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: 5HX506

Geology And Soil Mechanics

The interaction between structures and the soils on which they are founded is crucial to the stability of buildings. You will gain an understanding of engineering geology and how to use geological maps. This module involves you in considering various aspects of that interaction.

Basic physical properties of different soils are investigated, and 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. The work and study will be further aligned to the practice of earthworks and foundation techniques applied to case study projects.

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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: 5HX511

Quantity Surveying Practice and Personal Development

This module will provide students with the traditional Quantity Surveying skills and knowledge, as applied in the civil engineering industry. It will also give you the skills to enable you to understand and have the knowledge of procurement and contracts, whilst developing your personal transferable qualities such as communication, analysis and applied IT skills.

You will apply Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement techniques, carry out estimating and cost planning.

This module also aims to develop skills which you need in order to communicate with others and develop yourself within the built environment sector. You will develop skills in time management, critical reflection, and self-evaluation. You will be able to appreciate the role of the engineer in industry and society and to plan your career progression. This should be linked with professional bodies (e.g. ICE or their equivalent) and you should aim to achieve registration with a recognised body.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HX512

Structural Design 2

A working knowledge of the design principles 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 develops and enhances the previously gained knowledge of the important principles, procedures and codes that form the basis of structural analysis and design. It will provide you with analytical skills and an appreciation of how this knowledge might be utilised for understanding the structural behaviour in a civil engineering and large building context. 

Designers’ concerns in choice and specification of components are considered along with construction methods, all against a background of regulatory controls and safety issues in the approaches and equipment deployed in civil engineering works. Sustainability and environmental concerns are considered throughout the module wherever appropriate, by looking at the different methods, materials and/or better practices.

Management of stocks of bridges structures and buildings are a key feature of civil engineering management in both the public and private sector. Structural assessment of these is a key skill. 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
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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
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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
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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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Coursework

Code: 6HX506

Structural Design Project

The module will integrate knowledge already gained from other modules. The aim is to allow you to work as part of a team, both individually and collectively, to carry out the design of a civil engineering structure. The types of structures could include bridges, retaining structures and tunnelling set within the context of a larger project. Design work will include calculations and drawings in sufficient detail to allow a tender to be obtained and construction work planned. The design and construction proposals will be presented to a client and the end of the module.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HX507

Surveying 3

The primary aim of this module is to enhance your knowledge, experience and application of advanced 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 site and design engineers to realise the limitations to various applications.

The site management of the surveying process including health and safety and time will be appraised including the preparation and interpretation of client briefs. Applied techniques including GPS and monitoring surveys within the field practice.

You will perform fieldwork to collect data that will be manipulated to allow for mathematical corrections demonstrating various corrections in practice. You will reflect upon the work in order to allow the future management of surveys to be enhanced.

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20 Credits
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Coursework

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: 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
optional
Exam
Coursework

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
optional
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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 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.

Civil Engineering students on a field trip at Mam Tor
Male Civil Engineering student working on equipment

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Dr Van Bac Nguyen

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (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 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

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.

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.

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Careers

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.

Civil Engineering student working in the fluids lab

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† 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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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

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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