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Civil Engineering BSc (Hons)


This course runs from 2017/18

Civil engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. This course supports a career in the design or construction of civil and structural engineering projects.


The emphasis of this course is the application of theory to engineering practice and management, giving you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to go straight into the industry. 

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • a course that is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)* as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • opportunity to transfer onto the BEng or MEng in Civil Engineering subject to academic performance;
  • significant opportunities to apply for industrial placements at companies that have previously included: Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, Atkins and Morgan Sindall;
  • a teaching team who are active in research and have industrial experience, who bring their expertise into their teaching to ensure it is relevant to the needs of industry;
  • relevant field trips and site visits to see how real construction projects are undertaken;
  • a course that achieved an overall satisfaction of 96% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014.



Institution of Civil Engineers       Institution of Structural Engineers

The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


There are three core course themes, which are carefully balanced across all years of the course: specific technical knowledge, construction practice and skill development through group project work.

Throughout the three years of study you will cover the principles of civil engineering including: engineering analysis, structural analysis and design, highways and surveying, ground and water engineering construction and project management.

In your final year you will get the chance to specialise in two of the following subjects: construction management, transport infrastructure, timber and masonry structures, steel and concrete structures, and advanced surveying.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated tutorials, workshops and studio sessions. In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked 10th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: formal examinations 40%; coursework, tests, essays 10%; practical or project work 20%; group work 20%; presentations, posters 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of practical work (laboratory or field work) and 2 hours of tutorials (individual or group projects) each week.

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials each week.

Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time – including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: BCC – CCC to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM-MMM Engineering or Construction to include a Merit in Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points to include Maths at Higher level.

For details of other acceptable qualifications please visit

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0.

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

As a successful graduate of this course you will meet the full educational requirements to be able to work as an Incorporated Engineer in the construction industry, usually for a contractor, design consultant or local authority. Graduates from this course have gone on to work for engineering companies such as Jacobs, Atkins, Interserve Projects Ltd, or other employers such as Warwickshire County Council.

However, if you aspire to become a Chartered Engineer you will need some additional study after this degree course such as studying our MSc in Civil Engineering.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Initial set of safety boots and hard hat;
  • Drawing equipment

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Warm waterproof clothing for site visits: £150

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


Civil engineering is a global industry and the course attracts students from around the world including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East. The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which civil engineering takes place. You will join students from many different nationalities and cultures, which will give an international perspective to your studies and future career as an engineer.

We currently have links with universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union. These provide opportunities for student exchanges and joint student projects.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say - Hamza Mahmood

I enjoy Civil Engineering because it helps me build technical and communicational skills, which shall help me in the future.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich, or study abroad, 5 years part-time

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152