BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

The University of South Wales’s BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree will give you the right practical and academic training for a career in civil engineering, including structural design, geotechnical design, project management, highway and transport engineering, and sustainable design and development.

You’ll gain knowledge of fundamental engineering principles, as well as IT skills. Using industry-standard software, you’ll learn how to apply these skills to engineering problems through design and project work. There are practical field courses in the UK, and you’ll be encouraged to complete a work placement as part of your studies. During the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree, we actively encourage you to gain work experience to make you more employable. Completing a sandwich work placement option between years two and three will give you valuable experience that will look impressive on your CV and could improve your grades in the final year.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 6 Years September Pontypridd
Sandwich 4 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 6 Years September Pontypridd
Sandwich 4 Years September Pontypridd

Year One

  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design
  • Engineering Maths 1
  • Structural Analysis and Design 1
  • Site Practice, Planning and Measurement 1*
  • Surveying*
  • Construction Materials 1*
  • Construction Materials 2*
  • Fluid Mechanics*
  • Thermodynamics 1*

Year Two

  • Analytical Methods*
  • Civil Engineering Practice
  • Structural Analysis and Design 2
  • Geotechnics*
  • Engineering Surveying and Highway Design
  • Water Engineering
  • Sustainable Design Project

Year Three

  • Individual Dissertation
  • Integrated Project
  • Environmental Engineering and Management
  • Civil Engineering Management

Optional

  • Civil Engineering Design and Applications
  • Structural Analysis and Design 3
  • Geotechnical Engineering*
  • Transportation*

*10 credit module

Teaching

The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree offers a combination of theory and practice, so there is a balance of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Many modules require coursework only, while others are a mixture of coursework and exams.

Project modules are based on ‘live’ schemes, supported by guest lectures from professional engineers and, where appropriate, field courses are included to consolidate the knowledge gained in class and help you apply it in real-life situations.

Part-time Civil Engineering students can follow an embedded professional qualification route, which gives them the opportunity to achieve a professional qualification while studying and working.

 

Assessment

Assessment methods include assignments, coursework, class tests and presentations. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.

UCAS Code
HF00
H201
Institution Code
W01

Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Facilities

The University of South Wales has excellent facilities, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities.

The University has also announced a further investment of £28m to ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard. We continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Civil and Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include Mathematics or a numerate subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to include Mathematics or a numerate subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes to include Maths modules

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

This course is designed to ensure you are highly employable and a valuable addition to the industry. The areas you will study include all the subjects necessary to meet the expectations of employers, preparing you for a career in this challenging and rewarding field.

Employment opportunities for our graduates are excellent. We also have excellent links with industry that can help you get a head start in your career. Our graduates readily secure work with consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and local authorities, and with a range of companies that include Capita Symonds, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Hyder, Alan Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Morgan Est, Carillion PLC, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Network Rail, United Utilities and various international companies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.