Undergraduate degree course/programme Civil Engineering BEng H200:
Civil Engineers play a pivotal role in shaping our future and are fundamental to all aspects of the built environment from the design and construction of iconic structures to the provision of underground services.
At Birmingham, our staff and students are working on a diverse range of projects. In fluid mechanics, we investigate topics ranging from the aerodynamics of cyclists/trains, to the flooding of rivers; current geotechnical engineering projects range from developing 'intelligent' tunnels to cleaning up contaminated land; and in structural engineering our students are designing a variety of structures to withstand extreme winds as well as investigating and implementing the sustainable construction technologies of tomorrow.
We have a strong design theme running through all of our degree courses which not only enables your creative abilities to grow but is highly prized by employers. Our unique facilities and excellent staff combine to ensure that you will be excellently placed to fulfil your ambitions.
If you have a good grasp of maths and design and love to solve problems creatively, then this civil engineering degree will be an excellent choice for you. During this degree, you will be actively involved in developing the specific design and professional skills required by civil engineers and will tackle numerous design problems to develop your analytical, technical and decision-making abilities. You will study all the major areas of civil engineering, such as structural design and applications, fluid mechanics and water engineering, geotechnical engineering and construction project management. Mathematics is embedded into all our engineering subjects which enables the relevance of sometimes obscure mathematical concepts to be appreciated.
This degree is ideally suited to international or UK students who want to complete their studies in 3 years. It is a flexible option that offers a quicker route to the industry than a 4 year MEng and can be topped up with 1-year postgraduate masters at a later date, to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.
As one of our Civil Engineering students, the range of career opportunities open to you when you graduate is enormous. The civil engineering and construction industries offer a wealth of jobs (from engineering consultants to contractors), with work in such fields as structures, geotechnics, water, environmental, highways, and railways. Engineering management jobs could also come from the environmental protection and local government sectors, or your problem-solving skills could, equally, be directed towards a career in finance, law, teaching and/or research.
Superb opportunities exist for you to gain industrial experience before you graduate:
You could add a year to your programme and spend this time in paid employment; usually between your second and third study years. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in practical projects which ask challenging questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job.
Spending at least two summers in industries will enable you to obtain a 'with industrial experience' degree.
Many top construction companies offer sponsorship to students through the RESPECT scheme.
A rich vein of experience will be available for you to tap into, not only through the University's dedicated Careers Network but from the School's own industrial liaison officer. From these careers professionals, you will gain the skills to help you secure a range of placements from vacation jobs to, eventually, your graduate job.
At School-level, you can opt to add a year to your programme, whatever the course you are studying, and spend this time on placement in industry. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in serious projects which ask searching questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job. On successful completion of a placement in industry organised by the School, and success in your studies, you will be awarded the Certificate in Industrial Studies to add to your degree and improve your employability prospects.
At University-level, our unique careers guidance service is tailored to academic subject areas, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team sources exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at the university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Whichever of the above forms of careers guidance, or combination of such, you select you will find your prospects for employment after graduation considerably enhanced. If you make the most of the wide range of careers advice we can offer, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Career destinations of previous graduates include:
- Balfour Beatty Ltd
- Bam Nuttall Ltd
- Birmingham City Council
- Bombardier Transportation
- Costain Group PLC
- Edmund Nuttall Ltd
- Galliford Try
- Laing O'Rourke,
- Met Office
- Metronet Rail BCV
- Mott MacDonald Group Limited
- Nottinghamshire County Council
- Royal Haskoning
- Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
- Wardeil - Armstrong
Cost & Fees
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17 are as follows:
- £9,000 (Home/EU students)
- £19,020 (International Students)
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