BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering UWE Bristol
Get industry ready on this accredited degree, which has high graduate employment rates and provides learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory and in field.
Why study civil engineering?
Civil engineers are creative problem solvers who tackle some of the world's biggest challenges.
From the world's tallest buildings to resilient water supplies in developing countries, civil engineers work on the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure.
This puts them in a prime position to shape the world around us, and protect and enhance our environment through the sustainable use of resources.
Why UWE Bristol?
BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering introduces you to the broad spectrum of civil and environmental engineering.
Learn about structures and materials, soil mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology and risk management. Get involved with department research in transport, flooding, bridges and sustainability.
Develop vital professional skills in management, creative skills in design and practical skills in surveying, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD).
Apply what you've learned through projects based on real-world scenarios. Complete placements provided by our partner employers and get their advice on CV writing and interview techniques.
Gain an inside track on the profession through site visits and guest lecturers.
Where can it take me?
This degree is your first step on the path to becoming an Incorporated Engineer. By completing a programme of accredited further learning, you could also become a Chartered Engineer.
Careers will be varied, with opportunities in the UK and overseas in areas such as structural design, water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering, business planning and cost forecasting.
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See JBM for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought-after graduate.
If you choose the four-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region. Past students have worked for water companies, local authorities, and regional and international consultancies.
Many of these employers have been so impressed with the calibre of our placement students that they employed them on graduation.
You can also volunteer to help develop the infrastructure in developing countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.
Fieldwork helps you gain valuable practical experience and a number of modules include site visits.
Destinations include Dartmoor in year one, Wessex Water sites in year two and an opportunity to travel overseas in your final year.
Careers are varied, with opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Work in areas like structural design, water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering, business planning and cost forecasting.
With the relevant work experience, you could become an Incorporated Engineer. By completing a programme of accredited further learning, you could also become a Chartered Engineer.
Many graduates continue studying MSc courses, either full-time or part-time alongside their Initial Professional Development.
Several recent graduates have secured research studentships to complete an Engineering Doctorate or PhD.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Engineering Principles for Civil Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering Field Study
- Construction and Environmental Materials
- Civil Engineering Technology and Design
- Engineering Graphics and Communication.
You will study:
- Structural Analysis
- Design of Structural Elements
- Soil Mechanics
- Hydraulics and Engineering Applications
- Applications of Mathematics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Project and Risk Management.
Plus one optional module from:
- Engineering Geology Design Project
- Hydrology and Flood Risk Estimation
- Transport Engineering Design.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.
Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or a learning and development module.
You will study:
- Individual Civil Engineering Project
- Infrastructure Design and Implementation Project
- Advanced Structural Analysis
- Computational Civil Engineering
Plus one optional module from:
- Traffic Management and Safety
- Hydraulic Modelling for Flood Risk Management
- Environmental Assessment.
- Strategic Issues in Engineering.*
*You will not study this module if you complete the placement year.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Scholarships and Funding
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four-year course and then transfer to the three-year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.