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Civil Engineering MEng


This course runs in 2017/18.

Civil engineers change the world – literally. As a successful graduate of this course, you could help provide essential infrastructure for society and take a leading role in maintaining the quality of our environment.


Throughout the Civil Engineering course you will study subjects that can give you the necessary skills to analyse, design and manage solutions for innovative and complex engineering problems as a basis for future leadership in the civil engineering profession.

 If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • A course accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)* as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and of an Incorporated Engineer (IEng);
  • significant opportunities to apply for industrial placements at companies that have previously included: Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, Warwickshire County Council, Atkins and Morgan Sindall;
  • a committed group of experienced academics who are active in research and have recent industrial experience, bringing their practical experience into the
  • course to ensure it is current and relevant to the needs of industry;
  • studying alongside part-time students who are working in the industry, giving you first-hand experience of construction and providing a rich learning experience that reflects the complexities of the construction industry;
  • use of the unique Coventry University Construction Simulation Centre;
  • 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 four years of study you will cover the principles of civil engineering including: engineering analysis, structural analysis and design, highways and surveying, construction and project management, water and ground engineering.

In year four you will study subjects such as: bridge engineering, construction contracts, structural dynamics, project and system management and advanced structural analysis and design.


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 etc. 20%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 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 studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

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

Typical Offers

A-Levels: AAB-ABB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points to include Mathematics at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable qualifications here. 

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?

This course ensures that, upon successful completion, you meet the full educational requirement to become a Charted Engineer.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for engineering consultancies such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Buro Happold, Atkins, Severn Trent and Warwickshire County Council. In addition to the technical knowledge, the learning and teamwork skills you should develop on this course will add to personal attributes that some employers look for.

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. 

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.


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;

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;

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.


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 - Sabina Tayub 

I found that Coventry University had the facilities and the friendly staff for me to make the most out of my degree. The study environment is great and I enjoy lab work because I can put all my knowledge into practice.


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:
  • 4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152