Civil engineers shape the world – literally. Responsible for planning, designing and building society’s essential infrastructure, they take a leading role in maintaining the quality of our personal and professional lives, managing a vast range of construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.
This professionally accredited integrated masters course enables you to progress from an undergraduate degree right through to a Master’s level qualification in four years of full-time study. The course fully satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Graduates will be ready to take a leading role in the civil engineering profession.
Coventry is home to the National Centre for Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT-UK) and offers cutting-edge facilities, including The Simulation Centre, the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Your studies are underpinned by three core course themes, which are carefully balanced across all years of the course, centred on specific technical knowledge, construction practice and skills development through group project work.
You should gain an insight into the full breadth of design and construction disciplines that collaborate in the multidisciplinary construction industry. One distinct advantage is the benefit of practical experience brought to the course by part-time students already working in industry, who will study the course alongside you.
Throughout the four years of study, we will cover the principles and practice of civil engineering within a global context, including engineering analysis, structural analysis and design, highways and surveying, construction and project management, water and ground engineering.
Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working with contractors, design consultants and local authorities, including Balfour Beatty Construction, Mott Macdonald, Severn Trent Water, Interserve Project Services, Warwickshire County Council, Atkins and Morgan Sindall.
The third year aims to bring students to the level necessary to enter professional practice as an Incorporated Civil Engineer; reflecting both the latest advances and research work in the subject together with the contemporary jobs market. Within your individual project, you will be expected to carry out detailed research into a technical aspect from the course with the help of an experienced supervisor. Project topics typically relate to research areas of supervisors and take the form of experimental projects largely relating to structural, material or geomaterial research.
In the fourth year, you should gain a deeper understanding of technical concepts in the modelling and design of engineering systems, studying subjects such as bridge engineering, construction contracts, structural dynamics, project and system management and advanced structural analysis and design.
Civil engineering remains one of the world's great professions, responsible for some of the world’s most incredible structural achievements – from the 5,000-mile Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza built by a 30,000-strong workforce, to the Brooklyn Bridge, the first suspension bridge to use steel in its cables, and the Hoover Dam, named one of the Seven Industrial Wonders of the World.
In recent years, the demand for civil and structural engineers had continued to rise, particularly in countries such as Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and China. Construction targets aim to reduce cost, deliver faster, reduce emissions and improve exports, all of which rely on a successful infrastructure both in the UK and elsewhere.
As a graduate from this Civil Engineering programme, you should be well-suited to working in a range of civil engineering consultancies, contractors or client organisations. You should also have a sound base to further your education and training to become professionally qualified civil engineer.
As well as the technical construction knowledge gained on the course, you will have the opportunity to gain a range of additional skills valued by employers – high levels of numeracy, literacy and digital literacy with strong leadership, organisation and teamworking. These skills are transferrable to a range of other professions, including management, banking, accountancy, software development and so on.
When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Graduates from this course have gone on to work for engineering consultancies, contractors and local authorities, such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Buro Happold, Atkins, Severn Trent and Warwickshire County Council.
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