Undergraduate MEng (Hons)

Civil Engineering

School of Computing, Science & Engineering


With placement


Four year

Five year


September 2019

Next enrolment

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:
  • Gain the ability to fulfil a range of civil engineering surveying tasks
  • Acquire the skills to design simple structural steel, analyse statically indeterminate structures and design complex structures
  • Identify and manage environmental issues and associated risks relating to civil engineering, including water, transport, landscape, heritage and biodiversity
  • Build knowledge about materials and their fundamental behaviour, including geology, soil mechanics and laboratory testing
  • Develop professional knowledge, design and analytical skills towards Chartered Engineer status, learning about the associated social, legal and environmental issues

students accepted

This is for you if...


Have a keen interest in civil or architectural 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 shares 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, 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, structures, structural design and detailing, and water resources.

Industrial placement option 

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.

Year one

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.

Civil Engineering Materials and Geology

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.

Structures E1

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.

Year two

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.

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.

Structures E2

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.

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.

Highway design and analysis

Our highways are crucial to our lives, whether that be economic or recreational. In this module you will learn the principles which underlie current UK practice in highway design and construction and analysis, including the application of statistical techniques to transport engineering problems.

Fluid Mechanics E2

You will develop an understanding of civil engineering hydraulics concentrating on flow in pipelines. The subjects covered include fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, flow in pipes, Reynolds experiments, pipe systems and networks, and water distribution systems.

Year three

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.

Water Resources E3

You will develop your understanding of sediment transport, wave theory, pressure transients in closed systems and hydrological science. The subjects covered include surface water hydrology, open channel flow, steady non-uniform flow, hydraulic structures, water waves, and hydraulic models.

Structures E3

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.

Case Studies in Environmental Engineering

You will develop the ability to identify and deal with environmental issues relating to civil engineering, through a series of case studies. The subjects include environmental risks associated with ground engineering and water resources, transport and the environment, landscape, heritage, and biodiversity impacts, and engineering solutions.

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.

Individual Project

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.

Year four

Project Part 2

You will continue your individual project from year three.

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.

Water and Wastewater Systems

In this module you will analyse and evaluate current established and advanced technologies available to engineers for water wand waste-water collection and treatment. Subjects include drinking water quality standards and water treatment, sludge blanket clarifiers and flotation systems and biological treatment.

Transport Infrastructure Design and Analysis

This module will teach you to specify problems and analyse alternative engineering solutions associated with the design, operation and management of transport infrastructure. Subject include issues of durability and sustainability, theories of traffic flow and their practical application to traffic management and control, analytical methods for designing highway drainage and structural design of bridges and earthworks.

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

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

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

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.

Standard Entry Requirements

GCSE You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

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

UCAS tariff points

120 - 128 points 

GCE A level

A levels in Maths at Grade B and Physics at Grade B. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DDM in civil engineering or engineering, must include Distinction in maths, must be extended diploma (M2).
No construction-based diplomas

Scottish Highers

120 - 128 points 

Irish Leaving Certificate

(Highers) 120 - 128 points 

International Baccalaureate

35 points including Grade 6 in Physics and Maths. Higher level EB (pass in diploma 60%) to include engineering or science. 

How Much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
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 H210

Institution S03