Civil Engineering MEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (4 years)


September 2017


How would you improve urban resilience to earthquakes? Could you design and implement a clean water solution in a humanitarian crises? Become a Master of Engineering with this enhanced first degree and develop all the practical and academic skills required to address these challenges.

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The MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course prepares students for a design, technical or managerial role within civil engineering. Initially, this position is likely to be with either a multi-disciplinary consulting company, a civil engineering design practice, a large infrastructure organisation or a contracting organisation. After gaining some experience and completing professional qualifications graduates will be able to work as a self-employed consultant or start their own specialist consultancy practice.

Our Civil Engineering graduates work in a range of project and lead engineer roles in multi-national organisations including Skanska, Network Rail, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, SETRACO Nigeria, Environment Agency and Transport for London as well as in Local Authorities across the UK.

Employers, consultants and clients within the construction industry value professional qualifications and so the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering has been presented for accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators who represent several organisations including the Institution of Civil Engineers, one of the main professional bodies representing civil engineering employers and civil engineers. An accredited MEng provides all the academic learning required to become a Chartered Engineer.  Accredited courses are designed to deliver the skills required by employers which means that successful students are highly desirable to civil engineering organisations.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Elements of Engineering Design
    This module will introduce you to some of the basic analytical concepts and processes involved in the design of structures. You will develop the analytical skills required to carry out basic calculations and will be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software which will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawing. You will also be introduced to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and gain an appreciation of the role of the designer in civil engineering and develop an understanding of the design process.
  • Engineering Science and Materials
    For an engineer to make reasoned decisions about the materials to be used in a project an understanding of processing, structure and properties is necessary. By the end of this module you will be familiar with the material properties relevant to engineering performance and how these properties are defined. You will also be introduced to the basic building blocks of materials and how these affect their engineering properties and relevant properties of materials will be defined and discussed in the context of engineering solutions.
  • IT and Research
    This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes. You will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for your university coursework and the commercial environment. You will also develop skills in carrying out desk top research and self-directed study.
  • 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.
  • Design and Detailing in CAD for Civil Engineers
    This module provides you with an understanding of the relationship between design and technology. It introduces you to the concept that the realisation of design into built form requires building technology and also how that technology has a very real influence on the generation of the design. Technological tools used in current design practice will be studied and you will be encouraged to investigate the most recent innovations in design practice.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year two, core modules

  • 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 Engineers 2
    You'll be introduced to the techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The methods tend to be hidden within software, you'll gain an insight into the techniques, their application and their limitations so that you can make informed judgements on reliability of software solutions. Calculus is extended to partial differentiation and its applications and Laplace transforms and matrices are considered in depth. A statistics section is also included applied to the numerous areas of civil engineering which use these techniques. You'll be prepared to undertake appropriate analysis in areas such as hydraulics, geotechnics, structural analysis and design.
  • Material Technology for Engineers
    This module is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and manufacture of materials used in the construction industry. The aim is to provide you with a practical understanding of the factors, which influence the properties and durability from the design requirements to the finished product. You will be introduced to the more common construction materials such as steel, concrete and timber as well as polymers and bituminous materials. Materials will be analysed in terms of their molecular structure and constituent materials, engineering properties and behaviour, performance in service, quality control and sustainability. A well-structured laboratory work programme is used to give you practical experience of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year three, core modules

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Highway Design and Construction
    In this module you will become familiar with the common problems and techniques associated with highway design, construction and maintenance and will use this knowledge to formulate technical solutions. You will discuss pavement design and will gain an understanding of the principles and practice of bridge construction, maintenance and design.

Year four, core modules


There is a holistic approach to assessment that ensures the learning outcomes have been met. Assessment methods vary, depending on the nature of the module and the type of skill being evaluated. The details of the type, extent and duration of the assessments are provided in the Module Guide for each module. The range of assessment methods may be summarised as follows:

  • Group work and presentations
  • Design exercises and examples
  • Coursework
  • Timed assignments
  • Production of drawings
  • Projects
  • Practical and laboratory work
  • Unseen examinations
  • Dissertation/major project

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.

Where can I study?

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, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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Additional costs 

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