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Civil Engineering (Enterprise) (4 Years) [MEng]

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UCAS course code
H204
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
MEng
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

37 points, including Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Formal applications for entry to all undergraduate courses must be made through  UCAS

Course description

MEng Civil Engineering (Enterprise) gives you a broad, well-balanced preparation for professional careers in the built environment sector; including design, construction, local authority and specialist work, as well as other areas such as project management and finance.

We aim to instill not just an in-depth knowledge of engineering science, but also a solid base of practical skills, an understanding of design, an enhanced appreciation of the business world and a high level of competence in transferable skills; problem solving, team working, creativity, communications and IT.

Graduates can become world-class engineers who not only understand the fundamental principles that underpin the science of engineering, but also have the ability to apply that knowledge within modern business environments.

Click on the tabs above to find out more about this course, or learn more about Civil Engineering at Manchester

Open days

The next University general  Open Days will take place on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st June 2014. Booking essential via the main University web site in due course.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be n/a (no intake from 2014/15). Tuition fees for international students will be n/a (no intake from 2014/15). For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries on the School website.

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Contact details

Academic department
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9210
Email
Website
www.manchester.ac.uk/mace

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA which should include Mathematics and Physics plus one other subject. If Physics is not offered Maths must include substantive applied/mechanical elements (Modules M1 and M2). Two AS-levels of equivalent grade are acceptable in place of a third A-level. General Studies is not accepted.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

Key Skills qualification

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

37 points, including Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Higher grades AAAAB to include AAA in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

AAA / AAB in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and preferably Physics. Two Highers accepted in place of one Advanced Higher.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass and AA in Mathematics and Physics at A-level.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own, or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. We also have a long history of welcoming international students and seek to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world.

Details of country-specific entry requirements are available from the main University website

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A

Access to HE Diploma

Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.  QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 (10-hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2.  Mathematics A-level at grade A will also be required.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

We welcome applications from students who have achieved excellence in Progression and Advanced Diplomas. For all courses, we require diploma learners to have achieved a grade B overall in the Engineering Progression Diploma, plus a grade A at GCE A-level Mathematics.

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often, such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills - and they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

We recognise that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully, you will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language

Minimum grade C in English Language, or equivalent: IELTS 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5) or TOEFL 550/220 computer -based or 80 internet-based with a minimum of 20 in each component

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Formal applications for entry to all undergraduate courses must be made through  UCAS

Advice to applicants

Applicants who have submitted extenuating circumstances

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teacher during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college.  We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report.  We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School.  If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.  Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of the quality of the personal statement, the reference, and past and predicted academic achievements. We encourage you to give details of your motivation for studying this particular subject. UK-based applicants will be invited to attend a post-offer Visit Day which is an opportunity to visit our labs and talk to staff and students about academic life in the School.

Interview requirements

We do not hold interviews but UK-based applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Visit Day, which generally take place on Wednesday afternoons from November - March. This is an opportunity to visit the School and our facilities and includes a lab tour with current first year students.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applications from overseas students are welcome.  Generally, overseas students will be considered for an offer without having to visit our School in advance.

Deferrals

We welcome applications for deferred entry and feel a gap year benefits many students.

We do ask applicants to let us know as early as possible if they are intending to defer. This helps us to adjust the number of offers we make, in order to achieve the required number of students in a given year.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We will consider applications to transfer to Manchester from other universities and normally ask for a letter explaining why a transfer was needed, relevant transcripts, a copy of the applicant's UCAS form and a confidential reference from one of the applicant's current university tutors.

We will consider applications to transfer from other degrees within The University of Manchester. Please note that you are required to have the A-level grades (or other qualifications) needed for entry to the degree course you wish to transfer to.

Please note that both of the above are subject to our having enough places to accommodate such applicants. Enquiries should be made to the admissions administrator for the subject (see contact details).

Course description

MEng Civil Engineering (Enterprise) gives you a broad, well-balanced preparation for professional careers in the built environment sector; including design, construction, local authority and specialist work, as well as other areas such as project management and finance.

We aim to instill not just an in-depth knowledge of engineering science, but also a solid base of practical skills, an understanding of design, an enhanced appreciation of the business world and a high level of competence in transferable skills; problem solving, team working, creativity, communications and IT.

Graduates can become world-class engineers who not only understand the fundamental principles that underpin the science of engineering, but also have the ability to apply that knowledge within modern business environments.

Click on the tabs above to find out more about this course, or learn more about Civil Engineering at Manchester

Aims

This degree broadens the four-year Civil Engineering MEng course by providing you with valuable and transferable skills in project and business management and enterprise. 

Graduates can become world-class engineers who not only understand the fundamental principles that underpin the science of engineering, but can also apply that knowledge within modern business environments.

Special features

Teaching and learning

lectures and tutorial

Through the mix of learning - from transitional lectures to team work and problem-solving - you will obtain:

  • A thorough understanding of engineering science or construction through application of your knowledge
  • The ability to deal with the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • The self-motivated approach required for success in university education

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by a combination of examinations, presentations, course work and project work. The balance varies with each taught course unit, from 100% course work to 100% examination. Many course units have a balance of about 70% examination, 30% course work. The pass mark is 40%, however higher marks are required in some programmes, for example progression to Years 3 and 4 for MEng. Examples of Coursework and Assessment are available on individual Unit Specifications.

Course unit details

Enterprise and business-related course units replace some non-core engineering material in all years, to provide valuable and transferable skills in enterprise and management. 

Knowledge of business and management gives you a greater appreciation of the wider issues in the industry, enhancing your knowledge of the commercial environment and market.

Course content for year 1

Your first year provides a foundation for your engineering education. You consider key elements, such as:

  • The nature and strength of engineering materials
  • Geology
  • Characteristics of water flow
  • The behaviour of beams and trusses
  • Practical aspects of management

There are laboratory exercises, professional development skills and options including a foreign language, enterprise strategy and marketing, environmental engineering, and building and environment. View Year 1 example course structure

You develop the basic techniques of engineering drawing and are introduced to the use of computers for engineering, including computer-aided design and programming. By the end of the year, you will have acquired the basis of a range of engineering skills.

You also undertake an Enterprise course unit option.

Course content for year 2

You develop both theory and practice further this year.

A one-week residential field trip in the English Lake District combines surveying and the design of a hydro-electric power station. You'll have the ideal opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills, such as leadership, team-working, management and communication.

Lectures, exercises and experimental work give you a better understanding of complex civil engineering systems.

Some core units continue this year, including Computation. You should be able to do scientific programming by the end of the year. We introduce additional topics, such as Water Engineering, to broaden the spectrum of taught courses units. View Year 2 example course structure

Laboratory work consists of practical and experimental studies relating to the main engineering subjects. You undertake this in small groups.

Project work includes an exercise to design, make and test a model in a team competition.

You also undertake specialist Enterprise units.

Course content for year 3

Your third and fourth years develop your understanding of engineering science to an advanced level. You will use your individual interests and creativity in tackling design and research problems on realistic civil engineering projects. View Year 3 example course structure

You undertake a year-long individual research project. This will require you to carry out individual scientific experimentation and investigation, giving you freedom to express your creativity and flair.

You also undertake further specialist Enterprise units.

Course content for year 4

You work in small teams to tackle real-life multidisciplinary design projects run in collaboration with industrial partners.

You also undertake specialist Enterprise units. View Year 4 example course structure

Additional course fee information

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the  undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships and bursaries

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries on the School website.

What our students say

Michael Walker, third-year student

During my A-levels, I wasn¿t really sure what I wanted to study at university. Originally, I applied to do Maths, because that is what I enjoyed most at school. However, after sitting through a few weeks of lectures, I decided to change to Civil Engineering... easily resolved by a phone call to the MACE office, which transferred me immediately. I enjoy the fact that it is a lot more applied than Maths, and the broad range of subjects that I study.

I absolutely love living in Manchester. The reason why I¿m continuing on to study for a masters in engineering is because I¿m having such a good time here. There¿s something for everyone in the city: from massive nightclubs, to the comedy store, to cocktail bars. It really is a great place for a student to live. Also, if you live in the Fallowfield area, you will literally be surrounded by thousands of other students, which makes for a great atmosphere.

I am hoping to go into professional services when I graduate, perhaps within transaction services, or corporate restructuring. This is one of the great things about engineering - it develops so many skills that allow you to move into any area once you graduate.

Facilities

computational and experimental facilities

All courses have been developed in consultation with industry.  This ensures that they cover the fundamentals, as well as the key aerospace disciplines that are relevant to graduate careers and cutting-edge research.

Particular strengths of a Manchester aerospace engineer are team-working, creativity and adaptability.  This stems from the breadth of education and the range of enquiry-based learning that your receive.

Core degrees are the three-year BEng and the four-year MEng in Aerospace Engineering.  There are MEng courses for students who wish to gain industrial experience or to study more management.  In addition, it is possible to spend one semester at a partner university elsewhere in the world.

Civil Engineering

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped to enter the global aerospace and defence industries, or continue on to postgraduate study.  The enormous range of career opportunities reflects the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of the aerospace sector.  Acquiring high levels of attainment in transferable skills such as simulation, problem solving, design, management and modelling enables graduates to adapt to new challenges and offers broad insight into engineering solutions. 

You can become a research engineer, discovering new ideas; a design engineer, with creativity and imagination; a construction or production engineer, making products or systems; or a project manager, controlling complex products and constructions.  The excitement is that you are unlikely to do the same thing day in and day out. Our graduates are increasingly sought after for positions in the business, management and financial arenas.  Further information

Accrediting organisations

All our Civil and Structural Engineering degrees are accredited and such a degree provides the academic base to become a member of a Professional Institution and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council.  Further information

Associated organisations

Students are encouraged to become members of the  Institution of Civil Engineering and  Institution of Structural Engineers