BEng (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering


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Program Description

This BEng programme equips you with the underlying knowledge and skills you need to become a creative Civil and Structural Engineer, capable of planning, designing and overseeing the construction of sustainable structures and transport infrastructure systems.

Civil and Structural Engineering involves the design, construction and maintenance and repair infrastructures such as roads and bridges, buildings, and underground transport systems.

You’ll develop a broad knowledge of geotechnical, structural, environmental and management aspects of civil engineering, and gain the computing, mathematical, drawing and communication skills you need as an engineer.

A placement year in industry, taken in year three of the programme, enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

On completion of the programme, you’ll be able to enter a range of graduate civil engineering roles. Our employability rate is 97% - one of the highest in the UK.

You’ll be joining a dynamic profession with a high demand for skilled graduates, and contribute to the prosperity of our society.

We also offer a 5-year MEng version of the programme. The additional academic year enables further study of the technical and managerial aspects of civil and structural engineering and provides the fastest route to Chartered Engineer status.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators which includes the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Institution of Highways and Transportation, and satisfies the educational base to becoming an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This course is also recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points.

A Levels: To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

  • DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Merit OR Construction and the Built Environment – to include Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment (Unit 19) at minimum Merit.
  • BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include ‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) and ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) at minimum Merit.

Applicants on Access Programmes: 112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must include a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

International Baccalaureate requirements:

  • 112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Maths at grade 5.


  • HL 3 or SL 4 in English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

CIFS entry requirement

  • If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies
  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to AS Level Grade C.
  • UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

  • Students study the four core modules plus:
    • Foundation Mathematics 2
  • And ONE additional module from the following:
    • Foundation in Human Biology
    • Foundation in Chemistry
    • Introduction to the Social Sciences
    • Global Business Environment

Progression requirements for degree programme: An overall average of at least 55% and at least 55% in Foundation Mathematics 2.

What you will study

The programme is intended to enable graduates to develop the engineering, design, management and personal skills required to become professional Civil and/or Structural Engineers and in doing so, also equip them for careers in other professions.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

First year


  • Design, Build and Test (ENG4006-B)
  • Mathematical Methods and Applications (ENM4004-B)
  • Electronics and Mechanics (ELE4013-B)
  • Engineering Materials (ENG4007-B)
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (ENB4002-B)
  • Thermofluids 1 (ENG4008-B)

Second year


  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (ENM5005-B)
  • Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (CSE5012-B)
  • Water Engineering (CSE5013-B)
  • Soil Mechanics (CSE5009-B)
  • Structural Mechanics and Analysis (CSE5011-B)
  • Structural Design Project (CSE5014-B)

Final year


  • Advanced Steel and Concrete Design (CSE6011-B)
  • Feasibility Study (CSE6003-B)
  • Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Design (CSE6009-B)
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment (CSE6010-B)
  • Individual Research Project Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE6012-B)


  • Transportation Studies (CSE6013-B)
  • Sustainable Energy (ENG6005-B)
  • Project Management and Six Sigma (ENB6010-B)

Sandwich year

This programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in the industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

During the second year, we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned with your career aspirations and personal interests.

These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers Service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements.

Once on placement, you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to studies. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers - working for them part-time, developing final year projects with them or going back to them into graduate positions.

Learning and assessment

We deliver our modules using innovative teaching methods that combine theory with practice.

You’ll undertake a range of design exercises where you’ll address real industry problems/scenarios.

These projects enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge while improving your communication skills.

Teaching methods include formal lectures, case studies, tutorial exercises, practical demonstrations, site visits, directed learning, group and individual work. Modules are assessed through formal written examinations, class tests, analytical and experimental coursework, presentations.


The School of Engineering has excellent facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

We have a number of specialist laboratories equipped to cover each engineering discipline within the School.

We have a number of computer clusters offering students access to high-spec computers running up-to-date software engineering applications.

We also have a dedicated technical support team who help to keep everything running smoothly.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
  • International: £19,160 (sandwich year: £1,916)


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2017 graduates in Civil and Structural Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for 2017 Civil and Structural Engineering BEng graduates was £26,429.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Career prospects

Civil Engineers are amongst the most employable and highly paid of all graduates. After six to seven years of experience, you can satisfy the requirements of the professional institutions and become a Chartered Engineer, allowing you to move into more specialised areas. Recent graduate destinations include:

  • AMEC
  • ARUP Consulting Engineers
  • Mowlem Civil Engineering
  • Nottingham City Council
  • W S Atkins Consulting Engineers

Study abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters at an international partner institution.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


Our research underpins every level of your programme of study.

You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline.

This enables us to explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real-world challenges.

Your individual project gives you access to our research facilities and provides you with an opportunity to become involved in a much larger research project which is being carried out with our industrial partners.

Last updated Mar 2020

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