Civil and Architectural Engineering MEng (Hons)

5 years with placement year, starting in September 2018

Integrate architectural and engineering design to construct buildings and infrastructure. Develop creative and sustainable solutions to engineer the future.

Our course is for engineers who want to contribute to a sustainable future by designing buildings that work well in every respect. You’ll learn how to do this by integrating the practices of architectural and engineering design. Using good design to minimise the energy needed to make buildings comfortable for their users will be a key focus of your study.

In your first two years, you’ll learn fundamental engineering skills in design and management. You’ll develop a detailed understanding of mechanics, geotechnical and structural engineering theory and analysis. Throughout your degree, you’ll use the creativity and communication skills that are essential in the challenging environment of civil engineering design. You’ll work with architecture students to mirror the professional and interdisciplinary team relationships you will experience in your future career. You are free to move between civil and civil and architectural engineering courses up to the end of your second year.

In your final years, you’ll explore building aspects that affect the internal environment and energy use, learning to integrate structural and environmental engineering with architectural design. Studying an MEng adds depth and breadth to your education with advanced taught units and substantial challenging design projects. It also meets the full educational requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer.

We have exchange agreements with two European universities through the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. Find out more about the scheme.

Course structure

This course lasts 5 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2023. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4
  • Year 5

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

Going on placement in your third year gives you the chance to apply the skills you’ve developed at university to the workplace. You’ll gain insight into the construction industry and develop your confidence and standing as an engineer. Having professional experience can benefit the rest of your degree and improve your career prospects. Our students have worked at small and large, internationally known companies including Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold and Laing O’Rourke.

You are free to move between full-time and placement option courses up until the end of your second year. Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed.

See how to apply for a placement and the support we offer.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 39% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 61% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
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“I would never have found such an exciting placement had it not been for the University.”
Junshi Wace

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with placement year (2017)

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Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. Your application is more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in civil engineering through relevant reading, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or work experience. We also favour applicants who show an ability to write and reflect analytically and thoughtfully.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications. Many applicants also study Physics but you do not need to have done so to study this degree.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

A*AA

A*AA including Mathematics.

Desirable A level subjects

A preference for applicants with physics and challenging arts or humanities subjects.

Alternative offer A level

AAA

AAA including Mathematics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction, including 12 credits from Mathematics units (including Calculus) achieved at Distinction.

BTEC

Typical offer:
Obtain D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Engineering (excluding Vehicle Repair and Technology), Applied Science, Building Services and Construction in combination with A level Mathematics.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. Units in Physics are recommended but not essential. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1
  • MST224: Mathematical Methods

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above: please contact us to discuss you profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 80% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A*A at A level including Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF).
  • A*A at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics.
  • A*A at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
  • A*A at A level including Mathematics and excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies.

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees with a student loan, or by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options.

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Plotting of drawings, model making and the creation and binding of reports

£100 per year, payable as each drawing, model or report is required.

Compulsory field course

£130 payable at the start of your second year of study.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Final award
    MEng (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    H203
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

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