Program Overview

Civil engineers find creative ways to solve real-world problems, developing the physical infrastructure for society to exist: from bridges to houses, and from roads to hospitals and train stations. This course will develop your understanding of engineering principles, together with the ability to apply them to solve real-world practical problems.

You'll develop high-quality technical abilities alongside the key people management skills required to be a successful civil engineer. Through hands-on study you'll develop advanced mathematical understanding and combined with theory, practical projects and work placement opportunities, develop your skill set and professional networks. You'll gain an understanding of design, sustainability and health and safety essential for the industry, and be ready to take on the challenges of developing and maintaining the infrastructure required by the world at large.


NottinghamUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,600


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What you’ll study

The course is designed around the core themes of the professional accrediting bodies, relating your learning to applications in the real world. You will develop your general understanding of civil engineering, focusing on key core subject areas: geotechnics, materials, and structures.

You'll develop your knowledge and skills in building technology, computer-aided design, health and safety, the environment, hydraulics, ground engineering and structural engineering. You'll look at creativity and innovation within the field and gain a deeper understanding of engineering principles and practice.

Year One

Civil Engineering Design Projects (40 credits)

  • This module will form an introduction to the construction industry and the key roles played by civil engineering professionals.

  • You'll look at areas such health and safety, environmental and sustainability considerations, legislation, and the role of construction in the UK economy.

  • The module will also focus on building your professional communication skills, through presentations, an introduction to computer-aided design, and career planning.

Engineering Materials (20 credits)

  • This module is designed to introduce you to the materials encountered in civil engineering and general construction.

  • You'll look at areas such as geology, soil mechanics, steel, concrete, bricks and ceramics, and organic materials, developing an understanding of the materials' properties and applications.

Engineering Surveying (20 credits)

  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the basic principles and purposes of engineering surveying. You'll learn the theory in lectures and tutors, with hands-on seminar and laboratory sessions introducing the practical surveying field skills required by industry.

  • You'll learn how to use standard surveying instruments, how to set out and control construction works, and how to measure existing terrain and features.

Introduction to Structural Analysis and Design (20 credits)


  • The module aims to provide you with an initial qualitative and quantitative appreciation of the behaviour and design of skeletal structures.

  • You'll explore a range of areas including the types of pin-jointed frameworks and their structural idealisation, types of beam structures and loadings, section analysis for direct bending stresses based on elastic theory, combined axial and bending elastic stresses with application to short columns, foundations and pre-stressed concrete and introductory timber design.

Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics (20 credits)

  • This module will furnish you with a comprehensive range of mathematical techniques, providing you with the foundation for the study of more advanced mathematical techniques in Year Two.

  • You'll develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, enabling you to solve civil engineering problems.

Year Two

Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing (40 credits)


  • This module will act as an introduction to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork structures, looking in depth at their design and detailing.

  • You'll also be introduced to a range of new and emerging technologies within the construction industry.

Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits)


  • The aim of this module is to improve your knowledge of practice within the construction industry, introducing you to the roles and responsibilities that you may undertake during placement, after graduation, and as you progress in your career.

  • You'll look at key areas such as project organisation, procurement, planning, programming, management, and contract and commercial documentation and administration, and health and safety.

Integration of Engineering Applications (20 credits)

  • This module will introduce you to new and emerging technologies within the construction industry, in relation to engineering surveying, CAD, and BIM.

  • You will work in a project group with final year students to simulate a work situation where you will produce, present and defend a scheme design.

Further Engineering Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics (20 credits)

  • Building on the mathematical skills and knowledge developed in Year One, this module will provide you with the mathematical and fluid mechanics knowledge and techniques required as a civil engineer.

  • In this module you will look at probability, calculus, vectors and matrices. You'll also examine fluid mechanics, dimensional analysis, flow through pipes, and hydraulic machinery.

Ground Engineering (20 credits)

  • This module will develop your appreciation of fundamental soil and geological properties.

  • You'll measure and test different geological and geotechnical materials, allowing you to recognise and investigate ground-related problems and hazards.

Year Three

Sandwich placement year

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

Recent placement destinations include VolkerFitzpatrick, nmcn, BAM Nuttall, Aarsleff, Mott MacDonald Bentley and Plowman Craven. Our civil engineering placement roles have historically all come with a salary, with some students earning over £20,000 for their year.

Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

Study abroad

If you're studying on our sandwich route you can also opt to study abroad for a full academic year, or for a semester, during Year Three. This is an optional and additional period of study that complements your degree at NTU as an alternative to taking a work placement.

This is an exciting opportunity to experience a different national culture, teaching and learning styles and subjects in an international environment. The destination university must be a year abroad / exchange partner of NTU or member of a formally recognised scheme such as the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

Our NTU Global and student mobility team will support you in finding the right opportunity from one of the many international partners available around the world.

Successful completion of a period of international study will earn you a standalone award – an International Study Certificate (minimum six weeks) or the International Study Diploma (minimum 36 weeks).

Final Year

Individual with Group project (40 credits)


  • The majority of this module will be formed by a self-led research project or dissertation; a significant body of work allowing you to research in depth an agreed topic relating to the construction industry.

  • You'll also work on a group project over the course of the year, relating to a real-world engineering scheme. You'll work in a team environment, producing and presenting a design scheme.

Infrastructure Engineering (20 credits)


  • This module will broaden your understanding of the wider urban environment through the introduction of infrastructure topics such as transport, highways, rail, asset management and water. You'll develop an appreciation of the issues that influence decision-making, design, and implementation of major infrastructure schemes.

  • You'll study these topics within the context of sustainable developments, looking at key applications of environmental legislation.

Further Structural Design (20 credits)


  • This module will broaden your knowledge of the design of structural frameworks and how they withstand forces acting on them.

  • You'll be introduced to the most common methods of providing robustness to framed structures. You'll have the opportunity to design a structure from the initial stage to completion.

Further Geotechnical Engineering and Design (20 credits)

  • Building on the grasp of principles and theory you'll develop in Year Two, this module will provide a sound background to the decision making, design and implementation of geotechnical design.

  • You'll learn to analyse and design some typical engineering problems involved in the construction of geotechnical structures, and develop informed solutions in line with current design standards and industry approach.

  • You'll look at topics such as soil mechanics, foundations, slope stability, and the development of brownfield sites.

Professional Responsibilities and Development in Civil Engineering (20 credits)


  • This module is based around four themes: health, safety and welfare; the profession and wider society; clients, stakeholders, communities and government; and sustainability.

  • It's aim is to fully prepare you for graduate roles, with the knowledge, skills, awareness and professionalism expected by graduate employers.

Entry requirements


120 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?


  • A-levels – BBB, including Maths and excluding General Studies (A-level Maths grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM and A-Level Maths grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including merit grades in Maths for Technicians and Further Maths for Technicians units; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Maths; and excluding General Studies

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.


For this course, you will need one of the following:



  • A-levels – BBB, including Maths and excluding General Studies (A-level Maths grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM and A-Level Maths grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including merit grades in Maths for Technicians and Further Maths for Technicians units; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Maths; and excluding General Studies
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Where do Civil Engineering graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong civil engineering alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent BEng Civil Engineering graduate destinations include:

  • Jackson Civil Engineering
  • PCE Ltd.
  • J Reddington
  • APR Services
  • Arcadis
  • Mott MacDonald Bentley


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