BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

This Civil Engineering degree will give you the appropriate 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 and more advanced engineering principles, as well as key industryrelevant 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 have the opportunity to complete a work placement as part of your studies. Our accreditation from professional bodies ensures that what you learn on the Civil Engineering degree relates directly to current industry standards. Our Civil Engineering degree also forms a full educational base for professional development to become an Incorporated Engineer. 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H201 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
HF00 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H201 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
HF00 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One: Civil Engineering degree

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

Year Two: Civil Engineering degree

  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Sustainability in Civil Engineering Design
  • Computer Modelling and Visualization
  • Geotechnics
  • Analytical Methods
  • Research Elective
  • Civil Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Surveying and Highway Design
  • Structural Analysis and Design 2
  • Water Engineering
  • Sustainable Design Project

Year Three: Civil Engineering degree

  • Transportation - optional
  • Geotechnical Engineering - optional
  • Transportation Engineering - optional
  • Civil Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering and Management
  • Structural Analysis and Design 3 - optional
  • Group Project -Design and Sustainability
  • Individual Project  - optional
  • Civil Engineering Design and Applications - optional
  • Individual Dissertation
  • Integrated Project
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE)

 

Teaching

Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world. An open-door policy ensures that support and advice from academic staff is always available during your studies.

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

The Civil Engineering degree is assessed by 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.

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.

Placements

Our strong links with the civil engineering profession means you’ll have opportunities for site visits, industrial placements and, for students on sandwich courses, practitioner mentoring. 

Facilities

Our civil engineering labs are equipped with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.

 

Lecturers

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include Mathematics or a numerate subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics or a numerate subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £620  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 
  • Part-time UK and EU: 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 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 one 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. 

Admissions statement

The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree 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.