Civil Engineering - BEng/MEng

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3/4 years), Sandwich (4/5 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Places on this course are available through Clearing

220 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.
See the 'Entry Requirements' tab for more detail.


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For those seeking a career as a chartered civil engineer, this new full-time degree course is designed to meet the specific requirements of professional bodies.

                                               What is an MEng?

You’ll experience a unique simulated workplace environment. This experience, and outstanding industry links, gives you a competitive edge, enabling you to progress to achieve your goals.

New for 2017/18

Civil Engineering

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

This course reflects the requirements of the civil engineering industry and covers the core aspects needed to achieve a future chartered engineer status. It offers the key skills for progression from engineering technician to professional designer.

You’ll benefit from practical opportunities to develop your core skills.

The course covers engineering mathematics, structural design, geotechnics, materials science and civil engineering technology, plus general construction subjects.

Design project tasks will develop your competence and your studies will be enhanced by construction site visits and field trips which put theory into context. Using industry-standard facilities, you’ll learn the latest skills such as Building Information Modelling.

Excellent relationships with employers allow you to apply what you learn in a practical context through work placement opportunities.

Our Civil Engineering degree has strong links with existing courses within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment and you’ll have the support of experienced, professional staff.

The course is designed for people seeking a career in civil engineering but it is also applicable to anyone involved with the design, production or management of buildings or infrastructure.

You be based in the prestigious £114 million Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.

Why Choose Us?

  • Specifically designed to meet the requirements of relevant professional bodies, enabling you progress in your career as a Civil Engineer.
  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £24,000 (DLHE 2012/13).
  • Offers an ideal gateway for progression from Engineering Technician to professional designer and beyond.
  • The programme will allow seamless progression from BEng to Master's-level awards, paving the way towards Chartered Engineer status.
  • Industry standard facilities and a simulated work environment fully prepare you for your future career.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2016

220 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Call our Clearing hotline 0121 331 6777.

Alternative options

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 3 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points overall (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points with Mathematics at Advanced Higher or equivalent. Grades BBC.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points with Mathematics at Advanced Higher or equivalent. Grades BBC.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. Plus an A Level in Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 30 points (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

300 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng Sep 2016 FT 3/4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4/5 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3/4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4/5 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng Sep 2016 FT 3/4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3/4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.


Places available to start in September 2016

If you would like to start this September, you can apply through Clearing.

0121 331 6777

International students can also apply to start this September through Clearing. More information for international students.

Want to start in September 2017?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2016.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Themes are introduced through modules and then applied to practical projects. You’ll cover visual communications, topographic surveying, civil engineering technology, professions in context, engineering mathematics, science of materials and structural mechanics.

Mathematics and Mechanics
Materials and Processes
Topographic Surveying
Civil Engineering Technology and Design
Professional Practice Project 1

Year two

Your second year gives you the chance to develop industry links when you undertake a professional practice project. You’ll be introduced to areas such as soil mechanics, site surveying and operational management. You’ll also gain deeper insight into some of the key areas introduced in your first year.

Civil Engineering Materials and Soil Mechanics
Structural Design and Analysis 1
Numerical Analysis
Operational Management
Hydraulics and Drainage
Professional Practice Project 2

Year three

An inter-professional project further develops your industry links and understanding, working on a live brief for a genuine client. An honours research project gives you the opportunity to choose an area for more in-depth analysis. You’ll look at hydraulics and drainage, civil engineering measurement and cost and contract practice.

An integrated master’s degree option gives you a fourth year of study which will be at postgraduate level. This enables you to stand out from the crowd on graduation with a master’s level qualification. You’ll study through a mix of small group seminars, workshops based on case studies, and action learning sets based on student centred research.

Structural Design and Analysis 2
Inter-professional Project
Contract Practice
Geotechnical Engineering
Civils Measurement and Costing
Advanced Materials
Undergraduate Project

Year four

An integrated master’s degree option gives you a fourth year of study which will be at postgraduate level.

This enables you to stand out from the crowd on graduation with a master’s level qualification. You’ll study through a mix of small group seminars, workshops based on case studies, and action learning sets based on student centred research.

Innovation in Construction (MEng)
Construction Law and Contract (MEng)
Building Information Theory (MEng)
Development Management and Systems (MEng)
Sustainable Construction (MEng)
Civil Engineering Project Management (MEng)
Group Design Project (MEng)

The course combines innovative teaching with a stimulating workplace environment. You’ll be assessed through a mix of coursework, examinations, portfolio and presentations.

Structure covers two key themes – competence in core civil engineering theories and a practical knowledge of construction techniques and management. Studies are enhanced through site visits, field trips, guest lectures and seminars.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

The course enables you to progress onto Master's-level awards, paving the way towards Chartered Engineer status.The University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Enhancing your employability skills

Studying in a simulated workplace gives you skills and experience which will be valuable for your future career. Our course covers everything you need to set you on the successful path to chartered engineer status and links with employers enable you to gain experience and make vital connections.

Opportunities for graduates include roles as graduate engineers where you may be able to progress to senior management. Some roles require Chartered status before further progression (usually within consulting engineering and local/central government).

Guaranteed placements for Engineering students joining BEng (Hons) / MEng Year 1 in 2016

We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and, as part of this commitment, we encourage you to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course. 

Placements provide the workplace experience that many employers look for and give you an invaluable opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path.

That’s why for 2016 entrants to our BEng (Hons)/MEng Engineering degree courses, we’re offering a guaranteed placement during your course which will take the form either of a summer internship or a  year-long sandwich placement.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and strong relationships with industry, you could join the ranks of our students who have gained exceptionally high-quality work experience at companies including both blue chip organisations and SMEs, from BMW to Westfield Sportscars.

According to the recent DLHE Survey (2012/13), 100% of the graduates from our Engineering sandwich degrees were either in full-time work or full-time study within six months of graduation.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies from Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, to London Midland, Marconi and Wilmott Dixon.


With the advantage of a construction site right on our doorstep as the University grows, students and graduates have benefited from placements and hands-on experience.

You will also benefit from the innovative Building Birmingham Scholarship programme. Launched by Birmingham City Council, it supports young people wishing to pursue a career in construction.

Willmott Dixon placements

The opportunities with companies such as Birmingham-based Willmott Dixon, a leading independent construction and property company, have increased confidence, ability and skills.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Nearly all our Built Environment graduates go straight into well paid jobs, taking on challenging roles. Latest statistics (DLHE 2012/13) showed 88.9 per cent of 2012/13 graduates were in full-time work, or primarily in work but also studying, within six months of graduation.

They have taken positions with small and large construction organisations with local, regional or national coverage.

Projects that graduate civil engineers work on can include hospitals, highways, airports, railways, tunnels and bridges.

Our graduates work for companies such as Balfour Beatty, Cancer Care, and in management services in roles such as construction managers or design engineers.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Layland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Antony Taft

Senior Lecturer

Antony is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and Course Director for HNC Construction.

During over 33 years in the construction industry Antony has worked for Local Authorities, Developers, Civil Engineering Consultants ultimately as the Associate Director of a multi-national consultants and finally in the education sector. A period was spent in Nigeria working on social development projects.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

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