University of Brighton

Civil Engineering

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 4 years

    Part-time: 8 years

    With placement year: 5 years

    UCAS code H200

    Professional accreditation

    This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a chartered engineer (CEng). See for further information.

    About the course

    This MEng degree enables graduates to work at the highest levels of the profession. By integrating civil engineering, business management and interdisciplinary engineering studies this course enables you to apply creativity and innovation to the challenges facing civil engineering.

    Perfectly positioned for both local industry and solid links with London, University of Brighton students have access to an open, engaging and diverse team of international staff, an unrivalled array of optional modules, and one of the best hydraulics labs in the country.

    The MEng route of this course fully satisfies the educational base of becoming a Chartered Engineer, and the University of Brighton is the only institution to offer an accredited civil engineering course in East Sussex.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    BBB. A/AS-level subjects must include mathematics and preferably physics or chemistry.

    DDM including a minimum M in further mathematics. Civil engineering diploma holders may be considered for direct entry to year 2.

    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points, minimum 5 in Higher level mathematics.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass in engineering and science (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 24 credits at merit or above with overall distinction profile. Must include distinction in maths.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2. HNC may also count towards direct entry.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    Teaching comprises lectures, tutorials, group practicals, design weeks, laboratory work, assignments, and field courses. As well as civil engineering skills, you will develop management, teamwork and leadership skills. There is an opportunity for an optional work placement year after year 2, and the final two years incorporate modules at masters level and a major project which involves investigating a civil engineering problem. The course is also part of the Excellence With Industry Programme, which provides paid employment with civil engineering companies.

    Areas of study

    Core subjects such as mathematics, structures, materials, geotechnics, hydraulics and surveying address the principles of engineering science. The course also embraces such topics as sustainability, management and leadership skills. Graduates are equipped to introduce innovative designs and techniques into the industry.


    Year 1
    - Introduction to Professional Practice
    - Construction Materials
    - Mathematics
    - Structural Form and Behaviour
    - Hydraulics
    - Surveying Practice
    - Computer-aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Practice
    - Structural and Stress Analysis
    - Mechanics of Materials
    - Geology for Civil Engineers

    Year 2
    - Construction Methods and Technology
    - Design of Structural Steel Members
    - Structural and Stress Analysis
    - Mathematics
    - Concrete Technology and Design
    - Design of Reinforced Concrete Members
    - Hydraulics
    - Soil Mechanics
    - Research Methodology

    Optional placement year

    Year 3
    - Geomechanics
    - Design Practice
    - Structural Analysis
    - Design of Structures
    - Applied Hydraulics
    - Geotechnical Design
    -Dynamics of Structure
    - Interdisciplinary Team Project
    - Risk Assessment and Management
    - Project Planning and Analysis
    - Environmental Hydraulics
    - Hydrology and Hydrogeology
    - Water and Health
    - Exploration Geology
    - Environmental Performance
    - Renewable Technologies and Design
    - Independent Research Investigation
    - Geology of Major Civil Engineering Projects
    - Environmental Impact Assessment

    Final year
    - Individual project
    - Dynamics of Structures with Earthquake Engineering
    - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
    - Water Resources Management
    - Random Vibration of Structures
    - Coastal Engineering and Wave Loading
    - Rock mechanics
    - Project Planning Analysis
    - Sustainable Construction
    - Water Treatment Technology

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    MEng Civil Engineering  [P2CA001]
    UK/EU 9,000 GBP
    Island Students 9,000 GBP
    International 13,220 GBP

    If you choose to take the professional placement (sandwich) year offered on this course you will pay a reduced fee during this year. Our fee for the professional placement year is currently £750 for Home and Island Students and £1,760 for International students. This fee may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    Graduates have gone on into a number of civil engineering fields, including contracting and consultancy in roads, railways, structures, geotechnics, hydraulics, hydrology and surveying, as well as into research, management and computing.

    Leading organisations which have employed our graduates include Costain, the Environment Agency, Halcrow, Hemsley Orrell Partnership, Ove Arup and Partners, South East Water, Southern Water, HR Wallingford, WS Atkins, Mott MacDonald, and Langley O'Rourke.

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