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Civil Engineering with Foundation Year

School of Computing, Science & Engineering


With placement


Four year

Five year


September 2019

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In a nutshell

Civil engineers create, improve and protect the environment and facilitate our day-to-day life. With the demand qualified engineers increasing, our industry-recognised civil engineering degree will open far-reaching career opportunities.

Led by our IStructE award-winning civil engineering team, with strong links with industry, this industry accredited civil engineering course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to create the future infrastructure, buildings and facilities that improve our quality of life.

You will:
  • develop professional knowledge, design and analytical skills towards Chartered Engineer status
  • learn about the social, legal and environmental issues associated with senior engineering roles
  • explore specialist modules such as dynamics and control engineering, structural mechanics and manufacturing
  • complete experiments and project work in specialised engineering laboratories
  • be able to take a placement year to increase your skills within industry

students accepted

This is for you if...


Have a keen interest in civil engineering and desire a future career in this field


You are seeking a change of direction into engineering, or are mature student with workplace experience.


You enjoy using technology to find solutions to challenges


You have good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic


You enjoyed mathematics or physics at college


You want a degree with professional status

Course details

All about the course

Based on the principles of civil engineering, this structured course promotes hands-on learning to help you to develop the theoretical knowledge and skills you’ll need in your career.

In year one, you will study the principles of civil engineering, structures, construction and surveying and geology. During year two, you’ll progress to highway design, soil mechanics, fluid mechanics and construction management. You’ll also experience Constructionarium, our unmissable, residential field trip.

In your final year, you will complete your individual project, plus modules in geotechnical engineering, water resources and seismic engineering. 

Year one

Information Technology and Study Skills

Information technologies and the use of software is increasingly being used in engineering design. In this module you will be introduced to some of the elements of information technologies which will be provide you with the necessary skills to use in future (including writing reports and presentations).

Mechanical Systems

You will develop an ability to analyse basic structures using the main laws of physics. Simple introductory examples are used to extend your knowledge of analysis of basic structural elements. In addition you will also be able to analyse dynamical system performance in the cases of both constant acceleration and variable acceleration.

Engineering Methodology (semesters one and two)

An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering. These modules will provide an introduction to mathematics and review the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with some emphasis on their applications to engineering.

Power and Energy

Engineering projects have a lot in common with other engineering disciplines such as mechanical engineering. This module, introduce some of the properties of material including fluids and provide the necessary information on energy transfer using mathematics and physics.

Experimental Methods (Aeronautical Engineering)

This course covers the fundamental principles guiding the design of engineering experiments, including the methodology of physical experiments, as well as statistical issues inherent to the design of experiments. It also provides an introduction to the standard statistical tools used in the analysis of experimental results.

What Will I be Doing?


You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • lab activities

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our Facilities

  • Heavy Structures laboratory
  • Light Structures laboratory
  • Soil Mechanics laboratory
  • Hydraulics laboratory
  • Water Quality laboratory
Employment and stats

What about after uni?


As this undergraduate course meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for Chartered Engineer status requirement, you can enhance your career prospects through professional registration and institution memberships.

A civil engineering degree with Salford provides a fast-track entry to careers in a wide range of engineering roles. You may choose to focus your career in product design, manufacturing, or even the operation and maintenance of complex power stations.

Many opportunities exist in automotives, aerospace, petrochemicals, transport and information technology, as well as organisations such as the armed forces. Graduates may expect to reach senior management posts in engineering industries as their careers progress.


a Civil Engineer

a Building Control Surveyor

a Structural Engineer

a Construction Manager

a Sustainability Consultant

Career Links

The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with industry. External validation recognises that the course meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession.

Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:

  • Access to continuous professional development
  • Careers advice
  • Increased earning potential
  • International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
  • Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
  • Networking opportunities

What you need to know

Standard entry requirements


English language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above

UCAS tariff points

64 points 

GCE A level

64 points including D grade required in Mathematics or Physics or Chemistry or Design & Technology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

MMP. Merit in Maths Modules. 

Scottish Highers

64 points (Mathematics at Grade D or Physics at Grade D)

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment to measure their suitability. Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H201

Institution S03