An integral role
Civil engineering is all about designing, building and maintaining things that can change the world. Roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings have all played an integral role in how the human race has developed.
Accredited by the Engineering Council, this course is the first step to becoming a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer. It’s offered on a full-time, sandwich, and part-time basis.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.
Why study Civil Engineering at LSBU?
- No.1: London modern university for Civil Engineering, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
- Decades of accreditation by the Engineering Council, carried out by the Joint Board of Moderators, as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
- The teaching team is active in research or consultancy work, and there are frequent industrial expert visits.
- No. 2 university in London for teaching and No.3 for academic support and student voice in Civil Engineering (National Student Survey 2017).
- Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
- Some modules include fieldwork and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days.
- Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
Key course information - ordered by mode
|Part-time (with an approved HNC or equivalent)
You'll study theory and practice relating to the many diverse areas of civil engineering. The course covers:
- Fluid Mechanics
- Construction Practice
- Engineering Surveying
- Materials and Geology
- Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Design
- Soil Mechanics
- Environmental Engineering
- Mathematics A
- Engineering mechanics A
- Construction practice C
- Structures and construction technology A
- Engineering surveying
- Materials and Geology
- BIM and Design
- Design of elements A
- Advanced mathematics
- Structures and construction management A
- Soil mechanics
- Individual research project A
- Structures and design A
- Highways engineering A
- Geotechnical engineering
- Environmental engineering and professional development
- Group design project A
Civil engineers deliver a vital service in ensuring the safe, well-resourced construction of a huge range of projects in the built and natural environment, from transport networks to Olympic stadia.
The careers opportunities available to graduates of civil engineering are very diverse, from working as an engineering technician, surveyor or inspector of construction, to employment as a drafter creating visual guidelines for construction teams.
Diversification into management, engineering research or professions that value a numerical degree such as accountancy or banking has also historically been a possibility. Wherever an economy is strong there is an increase in demand for professionally qualified civil engineers, so overseas travel is also a possibility.
Because civil engineering is such a broad area, there are lots of different specialisms to consider after graduating. Our degree gives you a solid foundation for entering any of them.
What to expect from your career
Regardless of what is being built, civil engineers typically undertake site surveys and feasibility studies, analyzing the risks of a project and coming up with designs to meet the challenges. They work with engineers and scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, assembling the right team of contractors for the job and overseeing their work as the build begins. Additionally, they manage budgets and ensure that all relevant legal requirements of the new construction are met.
They provide progress reports to their clients and play a crucial central role throughout the project until the building is finished. At that point, a civil engineer often draws up and hands over protocols for the maintenance and servicing of the construction.
Graduate success stories
Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in structural, water, public health, transportation and geotechnical branches of the civil engineering and building industry, working for consultants, contractors, and government authorities.
Continuing to postgraduate studies
If you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Civil Engineering or MSc Structural Engineering.
Graduates from this course are also accepted for a wide range of MSc research degrees in engineering and also for MBA programmes. The course is accredited and you can gain Chartered Engineer status through further accredited learning at postgraduate level.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
Five years of winning prizes in national structural design competitions against other universities are further testimony to the strength of the teaching team. Everyone teaching is also active in research or consultancy work, which together with input from visiting industrial experts keeps the course fresh and interesting.
As a BEng programme, this course encourages you to acquire a deeper understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories, and principles of civil engineering and the science and mathematics which underpin it. Many recruiters will look favourably on BEng graduates for this reason.
As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have meetings with your year tutor in small groups every week throughout your course. One-on-one meetings can be arranged on request. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person
- A Level BBC or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
- Access to Engineering qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits including Maths and Physical Science credit or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
- Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.