The engineers that made the world

From the rebuilding of inner cities to remarkable constructions like the Channel tunnel, the world is full of building and infrastructure projects that couldn’t happen without civil engineers. This BSc course has been developed with input from our Industrial Advisory Panel to give a practical design-orientated course which will equip you with the skills and qualifications you need to join the construction industry.

What's the difference between the BSc and a BEng in Civil Engineering? The BSc is more practical and design-orientated. The BEng is more theoretical and mathematical.

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?

  • Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction and research intensity in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • Professionally accreditation by the Engineering Council for Incorporated Engineer status.
  • We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London.
  • Start in year 2 on the part-time route if you hold a HNC.
  • Employability: complete your third year in a paid professional work placement to boost your career prospects.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time (with an approved HNC or equivalent) 3 years September Southwark Campus


This degree course prepares you for a career as a civil or structural engineer. As well as developing your know-how in structural, geotechnical, environmental and transportation engineering, it allows you to acquire management and business skills.

You’ll leave with an understanding and working knowledge of the whole design process. This includes: using codes of practice, civil engineering procedures, project management, quality issues, finance, the importance of sustainability, ethical conduct, and health and safety.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 45% coursework.

Year 1

  • Construction practice
  • Materials and geology
  • Engineering surveying
  • Mathematics B
  • Engineering mechanics B
  • Structures and construction technology B

Year 2

  • 3D CAD and BIM
  • Forensic engineering
  • Traffic and highway engineering
  • Design of elements B
  • Geotechnics
  • Structures and construction management B

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Structures and design
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical design
  • Research project
  • Architectural practice management
  • Group design projects and PD


The course prepares you to become an Incorporated Engineer, allowing you to work in a range of technical and management roles. Our graduates work in senior positions across the world. You could work for consultants, contractors and government authorities across the structural, water, public health, transport and geotechnical branches of the civil engineering and building industry.

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through our applied approach to teaching and learning – and you’ll have lots of opportunities to build your work experience and professional network through an optional placement year working in the industry.

Employability Service

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

We take an applied approach to learning. The extensive final year project, which is supervised by industry-experienced design lecturers, will prepare you for work in a design office. In recent years, our lecturers have led student teams to win some major national design competitions. During your study, you will carry out several experiments in our well-equipped laboratories. You'll learn to use computer-aided design, finite element analysis, and other software.

Year Tutoring

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

Entry requirements

  • A Level CCD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Merits 6 Passes or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 96 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physical Science
  • 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.

Part-time entry

The part-time course requires an HNC qualification to a high standard.

Direct entry into Year 2 with a HNC/D

Depending on the modules covered within your HNC/HND, part-time students could be eligible for advanced entry.

The part time degree starts at Year 2 full-time level and completes the degree over 3 years on a day release basis.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 4 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125.
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
Jan 24, 2022
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Sep 23, 2019

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