Civil Engineering BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)

Chelmsford

January 2019, September 2018

Teaching times

One day a week (term-time only)

Overview

Become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) on our Joint Board of Moderators-accredited course. Mix vital theory with hands-on learning as you prepare for a successful career in civil engineering.

Full description

Careers

Civil engineers tend to specialise in two areas – design and production. This course will prepare 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 and develop further skills with us, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Civil Engineering and MSc Construction Project Management.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Elementary Surveying Skills
    This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for students entering the construction industry. Students will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.
  • IT and Communications
    Students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. 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 and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.
  • Science and Materials
    In this module you will become familiar with the material properties relevant to engineering performance and how these properties are defined. You will explore the relationship between displacement, velocity and acceleration and apply this in the context of Newton’s 2nd Law and the application of forces.
  • Safe Civil Engineering Works
    This module addresses key elements of civil engineering construction, placing them firmly alongside the management responsibility to ensure the prioritisation of health and safety within the work environment at all times. As the technical aspects of engineering are addressed, specific considerations of harm, hazard and risk are explored, ensuring the relevance of health and safety management within the civil engineering construction context. We will assess your learning through group work, investigating a civil engineering related problem. You will present your solution through a report and 20-minute presentation.
  • Geotechnics 1
    You will be introduced to Geotechnics, after the basic geological concepts, this module will provide you with an appreciation of the ground investigation element of site investigation. You will be introduced to soil 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers 1
    You will 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 will 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 will also study basic statistical techniques applied, where possible to engineering applications such as concrete mixes.

Level 5 core modules

  • Structural Method and Design
    This module aims to develop students’ understanding on the principles and methods of structural design to the Codes of Practices. It develops students' ability to design structural members in accordance with current Codes of Practices (Eurocodes) and by looking at past failures. This, in turn, would reinforce students’ understanding of the effect of design assumptions on the safety of a structure and economy of its construction.
  • Structural Analysis
    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles and methods of structural mechanics with particular reference to the understanding of the responses and performance of different structures under different actions. It addresses the series of the mechanics principles, the relationship between the external actions and direct stress, shear stress and bending stress as well as the combined stress and principal stresses. Students will be able to carry out the analysis of different structures under different actions using manual calculation and computer modelling.
  • Applied Mathematics for Civil Engineers
    The module will introduce techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The methods tend to be hidden within software, and through this module we’ll provide you with an insight into the techniques, their application and their limitations so that you can make informed judgments on the reliability of software solutions. Your learning in this module will enable you to undertake appropriate analysis in structural analysis, as well as giving you an understanding of the techniques used in software packages that you’ll find in the workplace, their suitability and limitations. We’ll assess your learning through in-class tests.
  • 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'll be introduced to the more common construction materials such as steel, concrete and timber as well as polymers and bituminous materials. A well-structured laboratory work programme is used to give you practical experience of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.
  • Site Surveying for Engineers
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You will also gain hands on experience using total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You will 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 will learn how to process survey data to produce and your final survey drawings using AutoCAD and present them in a style appropriate to industry.
  • Hydraulics and Drainage
    You will be introduced to the principles of fluid mechanics and establish its relevance in civil engineering in the design of pipes and channels. You will cover the principles of hydrostatics and derive and apply equations for calculation of pressures and forces on submerged and partially submerged objects. The principle of flow in networks for water supply and surface water drainage is examined using simple models. Laboratory sessions are used to give you the opportunity to explore the limitations of the mathematical models of fluid behaviour. You will be assessed through a group based lab report covering a series of fluid mechanics experiments and a written examination.
  • CAD for Civil Engineers
    This module will give you an appreciation of the growing importance of three-dimensional CAD software. You will get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software complying with the latest British and European Standards. We will use intelligent object orientated design methods to create virtual models which can interact with digital terrain models. You will get an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of client visualisation and design flexibility and learn to produce a basic site animation.
  • Design Technology
    This module will provide you student with an understanding of the relationship between design and technology. It will introduce 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. You will explore technology strategically as well as to develop it in detailed solutions. The importance of economics in technical design will also be explored. You will also be introduced to the technology currently in use in design in the industry.

Level 6 core modules

  • Structures
    Enhance your understanding of the behaviour of steel and concrete in medium and low rise structures. Through analysis, you will be introduced to the modelling and solutions of indeterminate frames and trusses. You will focus on the design of low-rise structures in steel and reinforced concrete and alternative forms of structural elements. Finally, you will appreciate how the methods of construction are considered in modelling the structural behaviour, analysis and design.
  • Civil Engineering Contract Administration
    You will investigate the way in which traditional and more modern civil engineering contracts handle situations that may arise on site. We will compare different approaches to contractual arrangements and payment so you will be able to advise on the most appropriate approach for a particular project. You will also cover external influences such as European and National legislation and standards.
  • Group Project
    This module will 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 project that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists. It is designed to bring small groups together into teams so you coordinate 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 demonstration your 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. You’ll become conversant with the importance of good quality control, compacting, placing and curing will be assessed.
  • Environmental Management (for the Construction Industry)
    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.
  • Geotechnics 2
    You will extend your knowledge of basic soil properties to an understanding of soil strength in the context of the principles of effective stress. You will be introduced to geotechnical design methods for foundations and modern design of earth-retaining systems using Codes of Practice and the philosophy of the limit state. You will be assessed through a piece of coursework and end examination. For the coursework you will be expected to show an understanding of geotechnic engineering through a piece of design work using state of the art infinite element analysis software.
  • Major Project
    You'll carry out an individual piece of research in the civil engineering field and conduct a literature review of current knowledge in your chosen topic area, formulate a research question and the collection of primary data by case study, interview, questionnaire or experimentation. Advice and support is given to you by one of our civil engineering tutors when you choose your research topic in a briefing session.

Level 6 optional modules

  • Highway Design and Construction
    You will appreciate problems and techniques associated with highway design, construction and maintenance and learn how to formulate technical solutions. You will become conversant with pavement design, which will be discussed in the context of construction techniques. You will 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.
  • Flood Risk Management
    In this module you will develop your understanding of the flood risk management framework and the different approaches taken to flood defense. You will focus on topics such as hydrological principles of flooding and will be introduced to different flooding drivers, impacts and the required interventions/strategies (mitigation and adaptation) to cope with that. You will also focus on flood risk formulation and assessment and will be introduced to various methods for flood frequency analysis and computer modelling of flooding.

Assessment

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, we’ll assess you using 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.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Transferring to the BEng (Hons) course
If you want to transfer from this BSc course onto the BEng pathway, you’ll need to have scored at least 60% at Level 1 on your first attempt. You’ll also need to attend an interview, where we’ll explore your motivation and suitability for the other course.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£4,625

International students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time)

£6,250

Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Important fee notes

The part-time 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 

Safety footwear (steel toe and midsole) - £40

Additional costs for Constructionarium
You will be asked to make a contribution of £250 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.

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.

Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

Transferring to the BEng (Hons) course

If you want to transfer from this BSc course onto the BEng pathway, you’ll need to have scored at least 60% at Level 1 on your first attempt. You’ll also need to attend an interview, where we’ll explore your motivation and suitability for the other course.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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