MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

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Our students have access to the necessary engineering and design software in our School's computer clusters

Civil engineering at Manchester enables you to lay the right foundation for a career in civil engineering with a five-year course that will not only lead to a Master of Engineering (MEng) qualification, but also arm you with the skills, knowledge and confidence gained from working for a year in real-world industry.

Civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of our built environment, from buildings to bridges, roads to railways - and considers what this means for the future of our planet and society.

During the first two years, your course is broad-based and covers topics such as structural analysis, hydraulics, geotechnics, construction materials, engineering design, project management and mathematics.

In later years, you have considerable flexibility to steer your degree towards your interests by taking optional subjects such as renewable energy systems, fire engineering, earthquake engineering and computational hydraulics.

In your third year, you will undertake an individual research project on an emerging topic in civil engineering, and, in your final year, you undertake an industry-supervised group design project and advanced units on civil engineering design and water engineering.

After your second or third year, you will embark on a year working in the civil engineering profession. This is a structured industrial placement assessed and monitored by the Department, with support in finding a placement provided.  This degree will equip you to enter the civil engineering professions and fully satisfies the educational base for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Aims

The course aims to:

  • Give you hands-on experience of working in civil engineering professional practice, and knowledge of the practices and operation of engineering companies
  • Provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of engineering science, analysis and management
  • Give you an in-depth understanding of design
  • Help you to learn important transferable skills such as problem solving, team working, creativity, IT skills, oral and written communication.
  • Develop your understanding of the economic, social, ethical and environmental contexts relevant to becoming a professional civil engineer
  • Give you a strong base of practical skills (eg in surveying and specialist computer software)

Special features

Foundation Year available

You can prepare for the full degree course in you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first. 

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in civil engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

We use a combination of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, tutorial classes, practical laboratory sessions and computer-based sessions.

There is a design project each year, which involves teamwork in small groups, and allows you to apply and develop your problem-solving and project management skills.

In the third year, you will undertake an individual project, allowing you to pursue an emerging subject or application area in greater depth.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed through an examination (at the end of the semester) and coursework which is undertaken throughout the year. Parts of the coursework are, in many instances, associated with practical laboratory sessions, whilst others may be based on problem sheets, reports etc. A few subjects, for example Design, are assessed purely on coursework. For detailed information about how different subjects are assessed, please see the course unit specifications below.

Course unit details

During the first two years, the course is broad-based and covers topics such as structural analysis, hydraulics, geotechnics, construction materials, engineering design, project management and mathematics. In later years, you have considerable flexibility to steer your degree towards your interests by taking optional subjects such as renewable energy systems, fire engineering, earthquake engineering and computational hydraulics.

After your second or third year, you embark on a year working in the civil engineering profession. This is a structured industrial placement assessed and monitored by the Department, with support in finding a placement provided.

In your penultimate year, you will undertake an individual research project on an emerging topic in civil engineering, and, in your final year, you undertake an industry-supervised group design project and advanced units on civil engineering design and water engineering.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Hydraulics 1 MACE10101 10 Mandatory
Materials 1 (Civil) MACE10152 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 1 MACE10212 10 Mandatory
Design 1 (Civil) MACE10321 10 Mandatory
Building Physics & Services MACE10401 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Civil) MACE10602 10 Mandatory
Civil Engineering Practice MACE12112 10 Mandatory
Tools for Civil Engineers MACE12201 10 Mandatory
Structures 1 (Civil) MACE13001 10 Mandatory
Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure MACE14022 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M1 MATH19661 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M2 MATH19662 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structures 2 (Civil) MACE20001 10 Mandatory
Design 2 (Civil) MACE20012 10 Mandatory
Hydraulics 2 MACE20041 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation (Civil) MACE20082 10 Mandatory
Materials 2 (Civil) MACE20152 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 2 MACE20221 10 Mandatory
Surveying MACE20252 10 Mandatory
Steel & Concrete Structures MACE20322 10 Mandatory
Water Engineering 1 MACE20402 10 Mandatory
Computing & Numerical Methods (Civil) MACE20471 10 Mandatory
Project Management (Civil) MACE21511 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2M1 MATH29661 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Operations Management MACE30461 10 Mandatory
Structural Design & Materials MACE30792 10 Mandatory
Design 3 (Civil) MACE31001 10 Mandatory
Individual Project MACE31030 30 Mandatory
Structures 3 (Civil) MACE33001 10 Mandatory
Hydraulics 3 MACE34001 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 3 MACE35001 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 4 MACE36002 10 Mandatory
Resource Efficiency & Sustainable Waste Management MACE30262 10 Optional
Nuclear Systems MACE30632 10 Optional
Renewable Energy Systems MACE31532 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Water Resource Planning & Management MACE40402 15 Mandatory
Civil Engineering Design MACE40691 15 Mandatory
Environmental Assessment MACE41141 15 Mandatory
Civil Group Design Project MACE41530 30 Mandatory
Legal Issues MACE40461 15 Optional
Earthquake Engineering MACE40912 15 Optional
Engineering Foresight MACE41011 15 Optional
Computational Hydraulics MACE42002 15 Optional
Fire Engineering MACE42042 15 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

You can apply for a QUEST undergraduate scholarship. This provides up to £8,000 over the course of your study, paid work placements every summer, and the potential for a full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate.

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please see our  undergraduate fees pages  and check the  Department's funding pages

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive  library and online services  to help you get the most out of your studies.

Most of the technical course units within the Civil Engineering programmes involve physical laboratory tests. The Department has dedicated structures, hydraulics and geotechnics laboratories, with equipment including wave flumes, structures and materials testing facilities, and a geotechnics centrifuge.

Our equipment includes dedicated structures, hydraulics and geotechnics laboratories, with facilities including wave flumes, structures and materials testing facilities, and a geotechnics centrifuge.

You can make use of a wide range of software in our dedicated computer clusters, including Revit, Abaqus, Oasys, Plaxis, Autocad, and many more, and you will get hands-on with industry-standard surveying equipment for your field work in the surveying unit.

We also have a 3D laser scanner that captures detailed 3D geometrics of civil infrastructure and topography to support your surveying activities. 

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Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk