BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

General

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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Civil Engineering (2+2, 4+0) BEng (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.

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Course overview

Civil engineering is concerned with the techniques and procedures by which dams and reservoirs, water supply and sewage disposal systems, power stations, ports, offshore works, transport systems, bridges, tall buildings and other structures are planned, designed, built, surveyed, tested, operated, maintained and decommissioned. The course includes a broad range of activities including field courses, individual projects, design work and laboratory work.

This course will:

  • introduce the principles and context of civil engineering in a range of subject areas to enable students to specialise;
  • develop students' understanding and critical judgement;
  • improve students' abilities in communication and other transferable skills.

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. 

Special features

We have developed excellent facilities with dedicated laboratories for structures, geotechnics and fluid mechanics as well as a large range of surveying equipment, which are used for both research and teaching purposes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With plans for a new strong floor facility for major structural testing, our research will cover a wide range of experimental investigations and predictive numerical modelling studies, supported by the latest in computing and laboratory facilities.

Course structure

For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

For international students, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

Preliminary year

Year one modules (preliminary year)

In the preliminary year, the focus is on a special programme and English for academic purposes. Designed by staff at the University’s Centre for English Language Education, this programme prepares students for their degree courses. Common modules of study across all degrees include:

  • Written and oral communication and study skills
  • Sciences such as physics and chemistry maths for engineering and computer science
  • Engineering communication and IT skills. This module will have a hands-on approach to ensure competency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Additionally, the module involves the use of software (for example MATLAB) to help solve engineering and mathematical problems, related concepts and methods studied during the year while introducing programming, technical material in drawing, schematic and graphical format.
  • Students work in small groups to develop their academic English language skills.

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

  • CELEN036 Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering (10 Credits)
  • The Scientific Method
  • CELEN039 Foundation Science A: Physics (10 Credits)
  • CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)
  • CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)
  • CELEN037 Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques (15 Credits)
  • CELEN040 Foundation Science B: Chemistry (10 Credits)
  • CELEN052 UG English in Specific Academic Contexts B (Engineering; Comp Sci; Env'mental Sci & Architecture) (20 Credits)
  • CELEN082 Communication Skills B (10 Credits)

Qualifying year

Conceptual design project:

This project concludes the communication module and involves groups of students working on the conceptual design of a stadium, station, airport or other structure.

Surveying field course:

You will work on group exercises in surveying, mapping and setting out. This is a six-day residential course during the spring semester.

Year two compulsory modules (qualifying year)

  • Hydraulics 1
  • Group Design Project
  • Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies
  • Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering
  • Structural Analysis 1
  • Geotechnics 1

Year 3

Steel design project:

You will be introduced to the civil engineering design process by a year-long project that follows the design of a civil engineering project from initial concepts through to detailed design. You will work individually and in groups to produce a design portfolio that includes outline solutions, project appraisal, loading calculations and engineering drawings. The project provides you with opportunities to facilitate your written and oral presentation skills.

Year three compulsory modules (Part 1)

  • Hydraulics 2
  • Fundamentals of Materials
  • Civil & Structural Steel Design Project
  • Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies 2
  • Structural Analysis 2
  • Geotechnics 2
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering

Year 4

Individual investigative project:

You can choose a project in your preferred discipline and plan a detailed investigation. Typically projects involve lab work, field investigations or computer modelling, and require data collection and analysis. Once the investigation is complete, a detailed report is prepared.

Year four compulsory modules (Part 2)

  • BEng Individual Investigative Project
  • Structural Concrete Design
  • Geotechnics 3
  • BEng Group Design Project
  • Hydraulic Design and Experiments

Restricted - Group 1(Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group)

  • Advanced Mathematical Techniques in ODEs for Engineers
  • Structural Deformation Monitoring
  • Railway Technology

Restricted - Group 2(Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group)

  • Computerised Mathematical Methods in Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering

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Accreditations

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and further study

The civil engineering industry continues to be one of the strongest industrial sectors and the majority of our graduates continue with careers in the industries. MSc Engineering Surveying and Geodesy offers a variety of career opportunities such as engineering surveying in private and government sectors and 100% of our MSc graduates are employed after graduation.

Among the 31 graduates from BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering in 2019, 28 chose to continue their studies. 46.4% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world. And 1 student was admitted by the University of Nottingham as Ph.D.

2020 QSWorld University Ranking University Number
 8 University College London  7
 9 Imperial College London  3
 47 University of Sydney  1
 42 The University of Queensland  1
 49 University of Bristol  1
 - Total  13

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email global@nottingham.edu.cn.  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less