Civil Engineering - BEng (Hons) / MEng

UCAS Code:
H200, H201
Attendance:
BEng (Hons) - Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
MEng - Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Places on this course are available through Clearing

72 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing.
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This course, designed to meet the requirements of relevant professional bodies, will give you the best start to your career in civil engineering.

What is an MEng?
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You will study in a unique simulated workplace environment. This experience, and our outstanding industry links, will give you a competitive edge, enabling you to progress to a successful career when you graduate.

What's covered in the course?

Prepare for an exciting and challenging career in the construction industry with our Civil Engineering course. We’ll provide you with knowledge of the technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering, so that you will be able to apply yourself to both the management and design of civil engineering projects.

You will also develop the key transferable skills that modern employers require, such as problem solving, project planning, presentation and communication. Our strong links to industry enable you to apply your learning to problem-based scenarios, ensuring your intellectual and practical competencies are fully developed.

Civil engineers build power stations, bridges and motorways; our course will prepare you to work on these projects. You will focus on hydraulics, examining how water flows and drives turbines, and your studies will be enhanced through site visits, field trips and guest lectures.

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Why Choose Us?

  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £23,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • In 2017, we are spending £8.7 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
  • The course will develop your understanding of many construction professions within the field of civil engineering.
  • You can enhance your skills and gain valuable work experience with a placement with one of our key industry partners.
  • Our graduates work for companies such as Balfour Beatty, Cancer Care, in management roles such as construction managers or design engineers.
  • The course meets the specific requirements of professional bodies, enabling you to progress to becoming a chartered civil engineer.
  • You can also opt for seamless progression from BEng to MEng, which will help you to stand out from the crowd on graduating.
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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2017

72 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for BEng and 96 points for MEng in Clearing. Please call us to see if we can make you an offer.

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Alternative options

BEng

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 3 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Overall 30 points with at least 15 points Higher level from 3 subjects.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher

BC (2 Advanced) and A (1 Higher)/BBC. 2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Plus an A level Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.

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Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

Overall 30 points with at least 15 points Higher level from 3 subjects.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Information

This course is also available as a four-year degree with foundation entry.

MEng

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

128 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level ABB at A Level or 128 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 15 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 6 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DDM - 128 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Overall 32 points with at least 16 points - minimum grade 5 in Mathematics Higher level.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 128 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher

128 UCAS points. A combination of highers and advanced highers but must include advanced higher in grade C in Mathematics.

ABB. 2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. Plus an A level Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.

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Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

Overall 32 points with at least 16 points - minimum grade 5 in Mathematics Higher level.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

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Advice about Clearing 2017

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, including at least a grade C in A Level Maths

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Call Clearing hotline
MEng Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Call Clearing hotline

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Call Clearing hotline
MEng Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year Call Clearing hotline

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Places available to start in September 2017

If you’d like to start this course full time this September, you can apply through Clearing.

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International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2018?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2017.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to progress to the next Engineering Principles module, and then onto the second year.

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Mathematics and Design
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and engineering graduates’ ability to communicate the ideas of engineering.

This module aims to make you proficient in developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets includes their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language. 

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

Building on the Engineering Principles modules in semester one, this module aims to provide the knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the second year of your degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Practice
20 credits

This module concentrates on practical skills to complement the theory and mathematics you learn in other elements of the course, allowing you to progress to later modules and onto the second year.

You will develop practical, professional engineering skills, including skills required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.

Maths and Professional Skills
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering which is expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to make you proficient in developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion.

It will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress on to the second year of an engineering degree.  As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Integrated Engineering Project will concentrate on developing your practical skills by applying them to a particular project.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three three-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutors in groups of 5–10 students.  

Year two

Structures I
20 credits

This module has been designed to enable you to use problem-based learning to understand structural theory relating to buildings and other structures and the application of Eurocode methods, building on methods learned in Level 4 modules.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials and problem based scenarios, backed up by visits to construction sites and exhibitions when appropriate. Learning is practice-based, knowledge applied and work-related, and includes project-based activities. 

Activities incorporate formative assessment including problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. Practical work within this module includes use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group work. 

Soil Mechanics
20 credits

Using problem-based learning, you will gain an understanding of the effects of soil mechanics on Civil Engineering and relate it to information about the geotechnical tests and reports. It includes opportunities to complete laboratory tests to define certain properties of soils.

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering. You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience and problem-based scenarios. Activities incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminars and laboratory work.

Practical work within this module includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool and group project work.

Civil Engineering Materials and Surveys
20 credits

This module will help you understand the properties and uses of materials in Civil Engineering. 

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering. The learning and teaching philosophy incorporates formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, and visits to construction sites, manufacturers and exhibitions when appropriate. 

Learning is practice-based, including project activities and considering the international dimension. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work. Practical work within this module includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory, problem-based scenarios and group project work. 

Civil Engineering Applications
20 credits

Using problem-based learning to understand the technology of civil engineering, this module investigates a project from inception to construction and identifies the methods and techniques used in putting together a range of structures and infrastructure.

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering. The learning and teaching philosophy incorporates formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, and visits to construction sites, manufacturers and exhibitions when appropriate. 

Learning is practice-based, including project activities and considering the international dimension. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work. 

 
Civil Engineering Materials and Surveys
20 credits
Integrated Digital Design for Complex Structures
20 credits

This module encourages you to explore the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM).  Through developing a project, you will explore the potential of multiple BIM data developments.

The module incorporates learning through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios, backed up by guest speakers and visits to construction sites when appropriate.

Learning activities incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. Practical work includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group project work. 

Numerical Analysis
20 credits

The module introduces the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to solve systems of first and second order differential equations underpinning the engineering disciplines undertaken within the Faculty. 

This provides you with the capability of modelling systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. In particular, you will be able to model linear systems in continuous and discrete time, as well as by frequency response methods. 

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only traditional lectures and tutorials but also provide training in industry standard software for problem solving within coursework assessment. 

Year three

Hydraulics and Drainage
20 credits

This module uses problem-based learning to understand the theories and applications of hydraulics in civil engineering, including flow of fluids and theories relating to pumps, many demonstrated through laboratory experiments. Theories are then practically applied to drainage system design.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work and learning sets.

Practical work includes demonstrations, seminars, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool and problem-based scenarios.

Geotechnical Engineering
20 credits

This module explores theories of geotechnics and their application to design and construction of civil engineering projects. It will enhance your knowledge and ability to work in and lead teams, including the aptitude to work independently and understand the importance of being a reflective and innovative professional.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem-based scenarios, backed up by visits to exhibitions when appropriate. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work.

Practical work includes practical demonstrations, seminars, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group projects. 

Structures II
20 credits

This module enables you to understand Structural Design and relate it to information learned in previous modules.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials and problem-based scenarios, backed up by visits to construction sites when appropriate. Learning is practice-based and knowledge applied, and incorporates project-based activities. International design methods are utilised and theories applied to such locations. 

Learning activities will incorporate problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work and learning sets. Practical work within this module includes use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group work. 

Advanced Analysis and Design Methods
20 credits

This module has been designed to enable you to use problem-based learning to understand the materials now being used in Civil Engineering and the innovative ways they are being applied. It helps you to understand how test results can help to assess materials and to improve the sustainability of civil engineering projects.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios, backed up by guest speakers when appropriate. Learning activities incorporate formative assessment including work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work and learning sets.

Practical work within this module includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group work. 

Individual Honours Project (BEng only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

Integrated Master’s Group Project (MEng only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed group project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, your group will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your group’s topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will receive additional support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your group’s chosen topic area. Support may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

Year four

Our MEng Civil Engineering course enables you to combine three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year at postgraduate level, enabling you to stand out from the crowd upon graduating.

Infrastructure Design Project (MEng)
20 credits

The Structural Design Project is a major piece of group work which allows you to build your level of understanding and expertise. It involves the use of appropriate design approaches and skills, challenges your abilities to conceptualise, and encourages you to make connections between theory and practice whilst solving the design problem.

The module incorporates learning through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience and problem based scenarios, backed up by guest speakers when appropriate. Learning is practice-based, knowledge applied and work related, and is largely a project-based activity with an international flavour. 

Learning activities will incorporate formative assessment including work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. 

Advanced Structural Engineering (MEng)
20 credits

This module is designed to support your skills as a civil engineer by extending the application of structural analysis to a range of different types of structure. There is an emphasis on the practical issues experienced with the design and construction of such projects, and the role of technology in supporting the planning and visualisation of these processes. This will include looking at the latest advances in information technology.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials and problem-based scenarios, backed up by visits to construction sites when appropriate. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work.

Practical work within this module includes seminars, problem-based scenarios and group project work.

Civil Engineering Project Management (MEng)
20 credits

This module is designed to support your management skills, allowing you to use technical knowledge within a management context in the civil engineering industry. An overview of project management tools and techniques will be covered to form a good knowledge base including work breakdown structure (WBS), critical path method (CPM) and programme evaluation review technique (PERT).

There will be an emphasis on the challenges of working with multi-disciplinary team, including possible contradictions when managing information in a construction project. No construction project is risk free, and thus assessing risks poses a significant impact on the success and quality of a construction project.

This module will also look at the role of technology in supporting the planning and visualisation of many construction processes. 

Sustainable Construction (MEng)
20 credits

This module discusses the reality of construction activities which have a long-lasting effect on the environment, meaning that sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices are needed. 

The programme aims to help you enhance your career opportunities within a global construction industry. You will develop a critical awareness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the management of construction projects and improve your awareness and appreciation of the conflicting interests within construction projects.

This will be achieved in this module through understanding the construction industry’s response to climate change and sustainability, evaluating various responses to these issues, critically reflecting on what constitutes good practice and developing creative solutions to challenges faced. 

MEng Individual Master’s Project Code
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials.

Want to start in Year two or Year three?

If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying. 

Download the 2016/17 programme

The course combines innovative teaching with a stimulating workplace environment. You’ll be assessed through a mix of coursework, examinations, portfolio and presentations.

The way you are assessed is split into 50 per cent exams and 50 per cent coursework.

We will enhance your knowledge and understanding through formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience and problem-based scenarios. Guest speakers, as well as visits to construction sites, manufacturers and exhibitions, will give you valuable insight and experience of the industry.

You will be assessed through work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets, while summative assessment is provided in projects, presentations, time-controlled assignments and end examinations.

In your final year, you will conduct an individual project, where you will hone and enhance your organisational, research and time management skills.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12-15 hours per week of contact time over four days, plus additional time for self study.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

The course enables you to progress onto Master's-level awards, paving the way towards Chartered Engineer status.The University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Enhancing your employability skills

We will develop the skills, understandings and personal attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing employment.

We will ensure you are professional, work-ready and enterprising, with a global outlook and the ability to solve problems creatively.

We will ensure you are professional, work-ready and enterprising, with a global outlook and the ability to solve problems creatively.

This course has been mapped against the UKSpec subject benchmarks for engineering, and we will support you to work towards a range of competencies linked to these benchmarks. We will also support your readiness for work by offering placements, where you can gain vital work experience in a real-life business.

Birmingham City University also has the Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which has been designed to hone the subject-based skills you develop throughout the programme alongside broader employability skills. You’ll develop skills in CV writing, presentations, a portfolio and more.

You could also gain work with OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus, which ensures our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

Placements

With the advantage of a construction site right on our doorstep as the University grows, students and graduates have benefited from placements and hands-on experience.

You will also benefit from the innovative Building Birmingham Scholarship programme. Launched by Birmingham City Council, it supports young people wishing to pursue a career in construction.

The Faculty has committed to ensuring that all students who would like to take out a third year in industry will be provided with that opportunity. This is not compulsory, but certainly is recommended since this can have positive implications for your future employability and sometimes even provides sponsorship. 

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Nearly all our Built Environment graduates go straight into well paid jobs, taking on challenging roles. Latest statistics (DLHE 2012/13) showed 88.9 per cent of 2012/13 graduates were in full-time work, or primarily in work but also studying, within six months of graduation.

They have taken positions with small and large construction organisations with local, regional or national coverage.

Projects that graduate civil engineers work on can include hospitals, highways, airports, railways, tunnels and bridges.

Our graduates work for companies such as Balfour Beatty, Cancer Care, and in management services in roles such as construction managers or design engineers.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Antony Taft

Senior Lecturer

Antony is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and Course Director for HNC Construction.

During over 33 years in the construction industry Antony has worked for Local Authorities, Developers, Civil Engineering Consultants ultimately as the Associate Director of a multi-national consultants and finally in the education sector. A period was spent in Nigeria working on social development projects.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295