Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Overview

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Degree

UCAS code: H200 112 UCAS points
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, home applicant, full time

    • This course is in Clearing

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • pro-rata full time fee
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 14580 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: HU1K 64 UCAS points
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, home applicant, full time

    • This course is in Clearing

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 14580 per year

What makes this course different

Ranked 1st

Ranked 1st over all London universities in Assessment & Feedback, Student Voice, and wellbeing – (NSS 2023).

Partnerships

In a formal academic partnership with Institution of Civil Engineers.

Engineers Without Borders

You will be able to compete at the national level (e.g. Engineers Without Borders). At Engineers Without Borders, our students operate in the most sustainable and globally responsible ways.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

With a degree in civil engineering from the University of East London, you'll gain a clear understanding of what a civil engineer does, positioning you for a successful career in the field. Our practical projects and industry collaboration mean you'll know what to expect when you graduate and start working as a civil engineer.
The rigorous curriculum and industry-relevant teaching we provide is recognised by employers. This means you will be a desirable candidate for a wide range of civil engineering positions. You'll be well-equipped to make a meaningful impact in your future career. 

Industry links

As well as completing numerous practical projects, you'll benefit from visits by top civil engineering professionals who'll offer you advice - and, often, work opportunities. 

Our Docklands campus is ideally situated for studying iconic projects in the capital such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension, the Canary Wharf Elizabeth Line station and the reconfiguration of the Olympic Stadium. Each term, we are visited by members of our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB). The board comprises around 15 industry professionals who update us on the ever-changing requirements for graduates and monitor the contents of the course. 

Current members of the IAB include Atkins, Waterman Group, Hardman Structural Engineers, Morrish Consulting Engineers, Siemens, Careys and the London Borough of Newham.

Graduate employers

Recent civil engineering graduates have gone on to work for Balfour Beatty, Transport for London, the Canary Wharf Group, Careys and Atkins. Others have chosen to work in other professional areas, such as finance, education, marketing and housing.

Job roles

You might decide to specialise as a hydraulic engineer, a structural engineer or a geotechnical engineer. Your decision may be prompted by how your career develops in your first job. You start on the process known as Initial Professional Development (IPD), which usually takes between three and five years.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

With a BEng degree and a period of IPD, you'll be able to apply to become an Incorporated Engineer. If you want to pursue Chartered Engineer status, then you would need to continue your studies to the master's level as well as complete your IPD.

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My time at UEL was pivotal in shaping my career. I work for TFL as a tunnel engineer. I play a vital part in not just keeping London moving, but keeping London moving safely."
Curtis George

Civil Engineering, BEng (Hons)

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading civil engineering organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

We encourage an educational experience that is active, social, collaborative, engaging and student-owned. You will have access to a variety of resources ensuring your learning experience goes beyond the classroom. Lab, rehearsal and practical on-campus sessions are scheduled in blocks with online options.

Our course offers you a mixture of academic and practical work (in the field, on-campus and off-campus), and access to a broad range of laboratories. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects are a key part of the course - just as they are in the profession.

Each term, we are visited by members of our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB). The board comprises around 15 industry professionals who update us on the ever-changing requirements for graduates and monitor the contents of the course.

Guided independent study

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

Academic support

Students are supported with any academic or subject-related queries by an Academic Adviser, module leaders, and former and current UEL students. 

Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Dedicated personal tutor

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential.  You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Workload

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module. 

The approximate percentages for this course are: 

  • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours
  • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours
  • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. 

Every year, our civil engineering and construction management students are given the option to attend the Constructionarium Course based in Norfolk. There you'll work as a team with a sponsoring contractor and design engineer, building scaled-down versions of famous bridges or buildings.

In your final year, you'll complete an Integrated Design Project. One recent topic was how to build a theme park - deciding where to site it by comparing ground conditions and environmental impact in three possible locations, how and where to put in transport links, and whether a bridge would be needed to cope with the extra traffic. 

You'll present your work to teams from Atkins and the IAB and answer their questions. It's challenging stuff, but it's also the chance for you to demonstrate your academic and professional excellence to future employers.

Class sizes

In Year 1, about 100 to 200 students. In Years 2 and 3, between 30 and 90.

How you'll be assessed

We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes individual laboratory and research reports, practical, design and project work, as well as group and tutorial presentations and a final-year project. 

Fifty per cent of the assessment in your first and second year is by coursework and we'll give you as much feedback as possible so that you can develop and improve your written assessment submissions.

In your final year, over half of your assessment will be based on design and research projects. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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What our students and staff say

The Civil Engineering Lab at the School of ACE at UEL
Studying at UEL was the best decision I've ever made. The subject can be challenging but the diverse nature of the University means that you can network successfully to find those with a similar level of knowledge and experience to yourself."

Adrian Pettigrew

Civil Engineering, BSc (Hons)

Docklands Campus accommodation by the water
I benefited a lot from the support I got at UEL. The staff challenged me and helped me think outside the box. I am still in contact and have received great help throughout my career."

Ohis Ilalokhoin

MSc Civil Engineering