Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)


January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: BEng (without honours), CertHE, DipHE

Part-time teaching times: Semester 1: Monday 9am-7pm; Semester 2: Tuesday 9am-7pm

Class allocations will depend on the number of students enrolling; precise times (within the stated ranges) will be confirmed on individual timetables once registered.


Learn to solve some of society’s most complex problems by applying civil engineering techniques and technologies. Get hands-on experience on site and in our labs, and gain the practical skills employers want. You could even do a work placement year. Our accredited course leads to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and Chartered Engineer (CEng) when accompanied with additional further learning.

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Civil engineers can specialise in two areas – design and production. Our course prepares you for both.

  • Design civil engineers work mainly in offices, looking at the need for projects and how a particular project can be achieved.
  • Production civil engineers work and plan on-site, check the quality of work, and oversee schedules and budgets.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you would like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Civil Engineering.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • IT, Comms and Research Skills
    You'll develop the fundamental skills required by Civil Engineering professionals in these major areas - CAD, Information & Communication Technology and Research. The use of commercial software packages allows you both to develop your own and to gain an appreciation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for research, information management and presentation purposes. It encourages you to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for their university coursework requirements and in a commercial environment. You'll be introduced to workstation based 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. You'll also be introduced to the use of Autodesk's AutoCAD software series which is currently in the forefront of commercially available drafting software. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You'll undertake two pieces of coursework, one is a reflective report which introduces research skills learnt in the module, the other is a CAD drawing.
  • Civil Engineering Construction
    This module covers earthworks and groundwork techniques. You'll learn the principles and practice of earth-moving plant selection, safety, cycles and economics. We'll include soil stabilisation techniques of dynamic consolidation, vibratory systems and grouting, as well as their suitable foundations. We'll discuss temporary and permanent support techniques, such as cofferdams; contiguous piling and diaphragm walls, as well as long-span low-rise and medium rise structures, their material selection, construction methods, foundation types and form and processes used in their construction. We'll assess your learning through group work, investigating a civil engineering related problem. You'll present your solution through a report and 20 minute presentation.
  • Geotechnics and Engineering Geology
    You’ll be introduced to the broad area of Geotechnical Engineering and basic Geological concepts, modern methods of treating soils and rocks in order to improve your engineering properties and the underlying principles of different methods of ground treatment. You’ll be provided with the fundamental understanding of the classification, properties, behaviour and mechanics of soils that will allow you to proceed at a later stage to geotechnical design. Additionally you’ll be introduced to soils laboratory practice and given the opportunity to relate the results of soil laboratory tests to theoretical concepts and the practical needs of civil engineering construction. This module will provide a medium for development of skills in algebraic manipulations which are applied to the relationships between basic soil properties.
  • Engineering and Building Mechanics
    You’ll be introduced to the basic concepts underpinning both solid and fluid mechanics and material technology. These principles form the foundation for future study in many of the core subject areas encountered later in the course. You’ll gain a sound grasp of Newtonian mechanics and its application within civil engineering and your understanding of the topics will be enhanced and developed through a carefully arranged sequence of laboratory work to compliment lecture material. You’ll be provided with an insight into the behaviour and properties for a variety of materials commonly used in the construction of buildings and civil engineering projects. The behavioural properties and performance of these materials are explored using basic scientific principles in order to develop your ability to make informed choices. You’ll be assessed through a piece of practical coursework which includes laboratory experiments together with an end of module examination.
  • Site Management and Safety
    Examine health and safety issues within the construction industry and their integration throughout the processes of design, tender award and construction. You’ll explore the roles of all parties involved, from both moral and legal viewpoints, as well as past and current attitudes. You’ll consider the safety record within the construction industry and identify health and safety legislation aimed at reducing accident rates. You’ll also focus on the process of hazard identification and risk assessment and learn to produce method statements following on from risk assessments. Finally, you’ll identify safe systems of work and relate theory to practice.
  • Land Surveying
    Through the use of a range of traditional and contemporary instruments and methodology the module will enable you to gain experience in applying the elementary surveying techniques of levelling and linear measurement, both for detail acquisition and setting out. The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. Final survey drawings will be produced and annotated.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers 1
    You'll gain the underpinning knowledge and skills in mathematics for use in subsequent modules in civil engineering such as structural analysis, structural design, hydraulics and geotechnics together with application of mathematical techniques to surveying and management. About half the module will cover the theory and applications of calculus to engineering problems. You'll also deal with a range of mathematical theories and techniques but in particular will develop practical applications such as the position and second moment of area for a given shape. The equations of curves from observed or measured data, the calculation of irregular areas and volumes and problems of geometry will also be explored. You'll also study basic statistical techniques applied, where possible to engineering applications such as concrete mixes.

Level 5 modules

  • Concrete Technology
    This module will give you a thorough grounding in the principles and manufacture of concrete as a construction material. We'll provide you with a practical understanding of the factors, which influence the properties and durability from the design requirements to the finished product. You'll become conversant with various types of concrete in use and assess the importance of good quality control, compacting, placing and curing. We'll explain the nature and importance of a variety of additives and cement replacement materials used in modern concrete, and their effects on the fresh and hardened properties of concrete, to develop your ability to make or identify good quality concrete made with normal and recycled aggregates. Laboratory work will give you the practical experience of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.
  • Site and Engineering Surveying
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You’ll gain experience in the theory and practice of traditional traversing and curve ranging techniques alongside contemporary practices. You’ll also gain hands on experience in advanced contemporary surveying equipment, such as theodolites and total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You’ll also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid. Finally, you’ll learn how to acquire data and sorted and processed it both manually and electronically to convert it into a format suitable for CAD output. You’ll produce and annotate your final survey drawings using AutoCAD 2006 and present them in a style appropriate to industry.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers 2
    You'll be introduced to techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The methods tend to be hidden within software and the module will provide an insight into the techniques, their application and their limitations so that you can make informed judgements on reliability of software solutions. You'll learn to undertake appropriate analysis in areas such as hydraulics, geotechnics, structural analysis and design. This will provide a basis for you to understand the techniques used in software packages that you may subsequently meet during your employment.
  • Structural Mechanics and Dynamics
    Test structural behaviour under static and dynamic actions, forces and moment. You’ll understand how structures resist external static loads by internal actions; the distribution of internal actions within structures and the fundamental relationship between loads, shear force, bending moment, as well as the effect of combined shear and direct/bending stresses. You’ll focus on structures and the principles of static indeterminacy and the methods of analysis of simple indeterminate forms. The structural dynamics part of the module will develop your understanding of effects of dynamic actions (loads) and its applications to predict the dynamic response of civil engineering structures. You’ll spend much of your time in laboratory sessions and take part in group-based problem solving tutorial classes.
  • Design of Structures 1
    You’ll cover the design of structures in general and the elemental design in three materials. You’ll be introduced to basic design philosophy, principles and procedures used in the design of structural elements in buildings and structures; you’ll link knowledge of structural forms, loading, structural analysis and materials behaviour; you’ll appreciate the importance of producing structural drawings of elements in sufficient details for construction and/manufacture. This module is specifically designed to cover the fundamentals of structural design for simple elements in bending in simple frames. It'll also cover strut or column design with axial, eccentric and biaxial loading for timber, concrete and steel. You’ll be expected to learn mainly through application of the design theory covered in class and by completing the design coursework and tutorial exercises and through independent study. It's envisaged that undergoing this course will gain you an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process.
  • Fluid Mechanics
    You’ll be introduced to the principles of fluid mechanics and establish its relevance in civil engineering, develop the fundamental principles and mathematical concepts required to model flow of liquids and gasses, demonstrate how these are used for the design of simple hydraulic components. You’ll cover the principles of hydrostatics and fluids in motion in pipes and open channels. They'll derive and apply equations for calculation of pressures and forces on submerged and partially submerged objects. Continuity, energy and momentum equations are used to analyse uniform flow in pipes and open channels. You’ll look at the principle of flow in networks for water supply and surface water drainage using simple models, whilst gaining awareness of the availability of commercial computer models for more complex analysis. Laboratory sessions are used to give you the opportunity to explore the limitations of the mathematical models of fluid behaviour. You’ll be assessed through a group based lab report covering a series of fluid mechanics experiments and a written examination.
  • Group Design Project
    This module is designed to develop your ability to evaluate and resolve practical problems and work as part of a design team. The module will help you apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible, experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists. It’s designed to bring small groups together into teams so you co-ordinate your individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the brief.

Level 6 modules

  • Civil Engineering Contract Administration
    Consider the selection of partners for achieving successful design and construction of a civil engineering contract. You’ll investigate the way in which traditional and more modern contracts handle situations that may arise on site. We’ll compare different approaches to contractual arrangements and payment so you’ll be able to advise on the most appropriate approach for a particular project. We’ll look at the documents forming the contract, and well as methods for selecting partners, and consider developments in the construction industry that are intended to foster a team approach. You’ll also cover external influences such as European and National legislation and standards.
  • Design of Structures 2
    You’ll enhance your understanding of the behaviour of low rise steel and concrete structures. This module has two parts: Analysis and Design. The analysis part aims to introduce you to the modelling and solutions of indeterminate frames and trusses. The design part of the module aims to introduce you to the design of low-rise structures and alternative forms of structural elements. You’ll enhance your confidence in applying the design theories for tackling structural analysis and design problems for simple steel and reinforced concrete structures; you’ll link knowledge of structural forms, loading, structural analysis and materials behavior; you’ll appreciate how connections can affect fabrication and erection of steel work; you’ll appreciate how the methods of construction are considered in modelling the structural behaviour, analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures. Your lectures are specifically designed to cover the fundamental principles of structural analysis and design theory. These are reinforced through group-based coursework assignments and problem solving tutorial classes. You’re expected to learn mainly through application of the design theory covered in class and by completing the design coursework and tutorial exercises and through independent study. You’ll undertake a piece of coursework on structural design to Eurocodes as well as an end examination.
  • Research Methods and Individual Project (Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
    Carry out an individual piece of research in civil or mechanical engineering. You’ll write a literature review of current knowledge in your chosen topic area, formulate a research question and collect data. You’ll get the support of our specialist academics via supervision, tutorials and classroom sessions. You’ll also spend time identifying your achievements and skills and create a plan for progression with the production of a cv and exit plan.
  • Environmental Management for Civil Engineers
    You’ll be introduced to the growth in environmental awareness, at all levels from local to international, over recent decades and this will be considered in the context of the construction industry. Legislation and other pressures for the protection of the environment are considered, including pollution control and environmental impact assessment. The advantages and disadvantages of formal and informal environmental management systems are examined. Design implications of concepts such as life cycle analysis are considered. By the end of the module you should look at environmental management, not as a burden, but as a fundamental part of the efficient management of the construction industry. This outlook will enable you to guide your present or future employers towards a sustainable future.
  • Geotechnical Engineering
    You’ll extend your knowledge of basic soil properties gained in the pre-requisite module. This will include: an appreciation of the nature of soil strength in the context of the principles of total and effective stress; an introduction to modern methods of treating soils in order to improve their engineering properties; an insight into the range of methods available for measuring soil parameters for design, and the rationale for selecting the most appropriate method for a given case; identification of when such treatment may be necessary, and what results can be expected in different soil types; Introduction to geotechnical design methods for foundations and modern design of earth-retaining systems; use of Codes of Practice and the philosophy of Factor of Safety within soils design. You’ll be assessed through a piece of coursework and end examination. For the coursework you’ll be expected to show an understanding of geotechnic engineering through a piece of design work.
  • Design Methods for Sustainable Buildings
    This module is one response to the concern of many about the effect that the built environment is having on the natural environment. It has been designed to give you an insight into the scientific basis of the environmental performance and construction of buildings and their services. You’ll focus on the introduction of modelling tools that can be used to simulate a building's performance and its affect on the environment. Understanding the principles by which a building interacts with the external environment through its fabric, is therefore key in understanding building performance. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building's thermal, visual and aural performance. You’ll explore a number of scientific methods and there'll be a limited amount of practical experiment-based work. A number of technical solutions will be explored for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building. You’ll also explore the passive design features of a building. This module identifies and evaluates different low-carbon energy strategies available, to be incorporated whilst designing low-carbon buildings. This module will introduce different standards and benchmarks for low-carbon buildings, and highlight strategies and approaches that could be deployed in heating and cooling of buildings. You’ll undertake an individual piece of coursework on environmental building design and services and have an end of module exam.

Level 6 optional modules

  • Flood Defence
    You’ll be introduced to administrative background to flood defence, including the roles of the bodies involved in executing and funding works. You’ll examine methods of flood prediction. You’ll then compare traditional hard engineering approaches with techniques such as managed re-alignment that are closer to 'working with nature'. You’ll learn about techniques of economic appraisal together with an indication of their limitations when assessing intangible effects of flooding. The content is placed in the context of climate change and planning policies.
  • Highways Design and Construction
    You’ll appreciate problems and techniques associated with highway design, construction and maintenance and learn how to formulate technical solutions. You’ll become conversant with pavement design, which will be discussed in the context of construction techniques. You’ll also acquire knowledge on the principles and practice of bridge construction, maintenance and design. The concept of sustainability in construction using recyclable materials will be discussed, project work is used to give you a practical feel of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. Besides exams, you’ll demonstrate your learning though a mix of assignments, group work, presentations, drawings, lab work and projects.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs for Constructionarium

You will be asked to make a contribution of between £250 and £300 towards the cost of food and accommodation. You will also be asked to provide your own safety shoes or boots and warm outdoor clothing. Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

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