Civil Engineering Materials and Geology
In a nutshell
From bridges and buildings to utilities and transport, civil engineering is part of everyday life. With the demand qualified engineers increasing, our industry-recognised civil engineering degree will open far-reaching career opportunities.
The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning can fulfil the educational base for CEng status.
Led by our IStructE award-winning civil engineering team, with strong links with industry, this postgraduate level course will equip you with advanced skills to work closely with architects and turn their concepts and drawings into real-life.
- 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 geotechnical engineering, building envelopes and infrastructure design at an advanced level
- Complete experiments and project work in specialised engineering laboratories
- Increase your knowledge and boost your interpersonal skills by including a placement year
This is for you if...
You're fascinated by structures and architecture, and want a future career in this field
You're a creative problem-solver and enjoy using technology to find solutions
You studied mathematics or physics at school/college and you want a degree with accredited professional status
All about the course
Blending civil engineering competencies with architectural essentials, this focused 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 engineering, mathematics, surveying, materials and geology. During year two, you’ll progress to structures, soil mechanics, building services and construction management. You’ll also work on some live industry case studies.
In year three, you will begin your individual project plus modules in geotechnical engineering, building envelope and structural form and the built environment. In your final year, you will complete your final project, plus study modules in seismic engineering and bridge engineering.
If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By competing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your degree award.
Civil engineering employs the use of a wide range of materials, in this module you will develop your understanding of those materials and study their fundamental behaviour. Subjects include construction materials, geology, soil mechanics and laboratory testing.
Civil Engineering Construction
There are a broad spectrum of elements involved with civil engineering construction. This module will develop your understanding of those elements from tunnels to contract law. Subjects include site safety, demolition works, sustainability, resource efficiency, consulting engineers and contractors, client's requirement and financial planning and control.
Civil Engineering Surveying
You will develop your understanding and ability to undertake a range of civil engineering surveying tasks, such as setting out, land surveying and quantity surveying. The main subject areas are land surveying techniques, setting out techniques, modern surveying techniques and quantity surveying. You will cover subjects and learn techniques such as setting up a level, theodolite and total station, construction lasers, GPS, EDM, co-ordinates, bearings and contract pricing.
Civil Engineering Communication
As a successful civil engineer it is important to have a wide range of well developed communications skills allowing you to communicate effectively not only with other engineers but also clients, contractors and labourers. This module will develop your drawing, written reports, presentations and specification writing.
Civil Engineering Mathematics 1
An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering. This module will review and expand on the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to engineering.
You will develop an ability to analyses statically determinate structures and design simple structural steel work elements in this module. The module content is split into analysis and design. Analysis includes the subjects rigid body statics, material properties and Euler theory. Design subjects include design of structural steelwork elements in simple construction, and fire and corrosion protection systems for structural steelwork.
Soil Mechanics E2
All structures are dependent on the ground they're built on, in this module you will be introduced to the principles of soil mechanics including the general behaviour of different soil types under loading and unloading conditions and how this behaviour may be predicted. Subjects include geotechnical investigation, soil strength and transient groundwater flow.
Design and Construction Management
Project planning and execution are a vital part of the role of a civil engineer. In this module you practice these skills, culminating in a residential field course which will see you working in a team to construct structures from bridges to oil rigs.
Civil Engineering Mathematics 2
This module will build on the engineering mathematics module in year one and develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis, to enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
This module builds on your knowledge from year one and will develop your ability to analyse statically indeterminate structures and design simple reinforced concrete and masonry, structural elements. Subjects include stability of struts and frames, virtual work for statically indeterminate frameworks, detailing of reinforced concrete connections and bar bending schedules and design of freestanding masonry walls and panels.
This module will allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of modern architecture in the context of building and civil engineering. Subjects will include natural and man-made forms, prominent building designers and their creations by case study analysis, building construction drawing, and analysis and synthesis of client requirements.
Through this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will develop an awareness of the physical and personal requirements for thermal and environmental comfort. It will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in building heat transfer, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for services within the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the wide spectrum of H.V.A.C. Engineering Services available for installation in today’s buildings. You will develop an ability to appraise and critically analyse the choices available to the engineer when selecting systems to meet a services specification. You will also investigate how changes in building design affect the interrelationship between it and its engineering services.
One of the most important parts of your preparation for your future career, whether in industry or research, is the undertaking of an individual project. Projects are based on particular civil engineering themes of industrial relevance.
Geotechnical Engineering E3
You will learn to develop approaches to the design and analysis of soil slopes and foundations. The subjects include stability of embankments, stability of earth dams, stability of shallow foundations on fine and coarse grained soils, design based on in situ tests and stability of deep foundations in fine and coarse grained soils.
Finite Element Analysis with Seismic Engineering
This module will introduce stiffness and finite element analysis as applied to civil engineering structures, and the fundamentals of seismic analysis and the effects of earthquake activity on the design of ground slopes, earth dams, foundations and structures.
Building Envelope and Structural Form
There are a variety of building envelop types including masonry and precast concrete with windows, curtain walling and glazing systems. In this module you will develop ability in the design and construction of building envelopes used in modern building architecture, and understanding of advanced structural forms. Subjects include environmental factors and their effect upon system selection, types of advanced structural form and production of scale models.
This module will develop your understanding of aspects of the built environment, sustainability and urban design related to building and civil engineering works. Subjects include energy generation and supply, building acoustics, principles of fire engineering, planning and design of urban environments, environmental impact assessment, and zero carbon design in the urban context.
You will further develop your ability to analyse statically indeterminate structures and design complex structures. Subjects include moment distribution with sway, plastic section properties, Hillerborg strip methods, design of reinforced and prestressed concrete and design of steel portal frames and moment connections.
Individual Project 2
The individual project is a carry on piece of research work over a two year period (years 3 & 4) on the chosen topic.
Introduction to Structural Design with Computer Applications
Computer modelling of structures is an important part of civil engineering. In this module you will develop a deeper and broader understanding of conceptual design as applied to Civil Engineering structures using computer programming resources. Through commercial software you will learn to implement stiffness and finite element methods.
Seismic Engineering and Practical Applications of Finite Element Analysis
This module introduces finite element analysis as a tool for representing and analysing complex structural applications within the construction industry. You will review the stiffness method as a tool for computer analysis and also review the fundamentals of finite element analysis. Practical modelling methodologies will be addressed including assembling, solving and interpreting finite element models for a variety of structural applications. The effects of Seismic actions of various constructions are addressed, looking at various analysis hand and compute techniques, culminating in seismic design to Eurocode 8.
This module will address aspects of bridge analysis and design through assessed group work and individual examination. An open ended approach is adopted with group design work progressing from concept to detailed design. Inspection and assessment of existing bridge structures is also addressed.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:
- Lab activities
You will be assessed through a combination of formats:
- Lab exercises
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- Heavy Structures laboratory
- Light Structures laboratory
- Soil Mechanics laboratory
- Hydraulics laboratory
- Water Quality laboratory
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 operations.
Many opportunities exist in automotives, aerospace, petrochemicals, transport and information technology, as well as organisations such as the armed forces. Graduates may choose to seek employment in an architect's practice, or civil engineering or construction companies.
Industry placements can form a key part of your studies and provide a structured link between study and exposure to professional practice, and allow you to enhance your development in an industrial setting.
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
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants must show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
128 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science.
128 UCAS points, to include a grade B in Mathematics and a grade B in a numerate science. A pass in the practical element of science A-Levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM in Engineering, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules.
Access to HE
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128 UCAS points to include grade B Advanced Higher level Mathematics and Physics.
Irish Leaving Certificate
128 UCAS points to include A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering
31 points to include grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
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.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).
Please contact Admissions for further information.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019/20||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£15240per year|
|Part-time||2020/21||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for International students 2020/21
To celebrate the University of Salford's expertise and industry links in Computing and Engineering, high achieving international students may be eligible for our Computing, Science and Engineering International Excellence Scholarship of £3,500.
For more information go to International Scholarships.
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