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H242 - Civil and Structural Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H242
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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This professionally accredited MEng Honours degree includes an additional year of master's-level study, which deepens your knowledge and provides the basis for registering as a Chartered Engineer.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This accredited course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to become a chartered engineer with a strong understanding of the design of structures such as bridges and buildings.

During this degree you'll have the opportunity to take part in site visits and placements, providing a practical focus. You'll also carry out hands-on work in our specialist labs and facilities.

You'll develop your research skills in your final year through an investigative research project. You'll also study advanced topics in structural engineering, such as:

  • seismic-resistant design
  • unique and unusual structures
  • structural reliability and analysis

You'll graduate as a well-rounded engineer with an in-depth understanding of key civil and structural engineering topics, including seismic-resistant design, unique and unusual structures, and structural reliability and analysis.

BEng or MEng?

Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.

Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.

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COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

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Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Additional information

This degree allows you to explore several engineering disciplines in year one. This flexible route is taught across Civil, Electrical & Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.

You'll gain an understanding of engineering in a multidisciplinary context. You'll develop diverse skills relevant to the needs of industry and today’s global challenges.

After successfully completing Stage 1, you'll have the option of transferring on to one of the accredited Civil, Electrical & Electronic or Mechanical Engineering degrees. This is subject to the degree programme regulations and capacity of the degree you are transferring to.

Quality and ranking

  • 2nd in the UK for research power (Research Fortnight)
  • top 150 – Civil and Structural Engineering category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is made up of the following four professional bodies:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Institute of Highway Engineers

The JBM works with universities to ensure their degree programmes develop professional engineers who will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Stage 1 will provide a broad introduction to the principles of engineering. You will gain an understanding of design processes in a multi-disciplinary context.
 
This will develop your professional skills. You will also focus on engineering materials, mechanics , and electrical and electronic engineering.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Engineering Mathematics I 20
Sustainable Design, Creativity, and Professionalism 30
Electrical and Magnetic Systems 15
Electronics and Sensors 10
Thermofluid Mechanics 15
Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials 15
Mechanics I 15

In Stage 2 you will delve further into key topics, with modules such as design of sustainable engineering systems, structural analysis, land traffic and highways, and hydraulics. 

You'll also take part in a site visit to Edinburgh. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2 30
Statistics and Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers 10
Treatment of Water and Wastewater 10
Geotechnics 10
Structural Analysis 10
Steel and Concrete Structures 10
Construction Materials 10
Land Traffic and Highways 10
Hydraulics 10
Engineering Surveying II 10

In Stage 3, you'll start to focus specialist areas of structural engineering, with modules such as Introduction to Architecture, Design of Building Systems, and Structural Analysis. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Architecture 10
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3 20
Construction Management 10
Engineering Ethics and Sustainability 10
Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project 20
Foundation Design 10
Design of Building Systems 10
Structural Analysis 2 10
Computational Engineering Analysis 20

In Stage 4, you'll develop your skills further through an investigative research project. 

You'll also have the opportunity to choose from modules such as Global Engineering, Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering, and Career Development. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Construction Project Management 20
Public Policy: Infrastructure and Climate Change 10
Investigative Research Project 30
Structural Reliability 10
Engineering Mechanics of Composites 10
Structural Collapse Dynamics and Multiscale Modelling 10
Seismic Resistant Design 10
Optional Modules Credits
Professional Skills and Career Development for Engineers 20
Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

During this degree you will typically learn through:

  • lectures
  • practical work
  • site visits
  • individual study
  • group work

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Throughout your studies, you'll carry out practical work in our specialist labs, including testing your design decisions, learning how different materials behave, and carrying out experimental work in the structures labs.

You'll also have access to our new multidisciplinary environmental lab, as well as full-scale facilities off campus, including flood defence schemes, electric vehicles, and an engineering embankment.

Business skills

Real business skills are embedded throughout the course, through design-focused modules. 

In your final year, you'll also have the option to study Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering. You'll learn how to set up and operate a business in the construction sector, or Career Development including a work placement. 

Research skills

Throughout the programme, you'll be exposed to cutting-edge research and be taught by some of the leading researchers in the field.

You'll also undertake independent projects based around the latest industry developments, conducting your own research.

Chat to a student

Newcastle is a great university to study at. Everyone is friendly and helpful and you feel welcomed from the beginning. It’s in a great city, full of life at any time of the day and night.

Lorena, Civil Engineering student

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

This civil and structural engineering degree is also available with a year's work placement, as a five-year programme.

You'll apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

Our Civil Engineering courses are taught at our city-centre campus, within the School of Engineering and are based in the Cassie Building.

You'll benefit from world-class facilities and living labs, ranging from microbiology laboratories through to at-scale engineering equipment.

Each engineering discipline has its own specialist facilities, including:

  • the Millennium Laboratory – home to a wide range of facilities and experimental rigs
  • Merz Court Pilot Plant Laboratory – a pilot plant with 28 experimental rigs
  • BE:WISE – Europe's largest wastewater treatment research facility
  • the Urban Observatory – with sensors gathering over 50 types of data across the city
  • Electronics Teaching Lab – home to state-of-the-art Agilent/Keysight digital test equipment
  • Clean-Room Microfabrication Lab – home to two class 100-10000 clean rooms

Support

You'll receive comprehensive support from the moment you arrive at the University. You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, and degree tutors. You'll also benefit from the School's student buddies scheme.

Your future

Civil and Structural Engineering graduates are highly employable with a diverse and transferable skill set, alongside the very specialist skills needed to succeed as a civil or structural engineer.

Our MEng graduates are sought after by leading employers from around the world. 92% of our graduates went into employment or further study within six months, with 92% of those in employment in professional or managerial jobs*.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in roles such as:

  • graduate civil engineer
  • graduate structural engineer
  • consultant to architect
  • design-build contractor

They've taken on these roles with companies such as:

  • Atkins
  • Arup
  • eCOM
  • EH2M Hill
  • Transport for London
  • Balfour Beatty

Others have secured roles within the mining, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries. 

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation. 

Find out more about the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAB

International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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