MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience

UCAS codeH201
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
DisciplineEngineering
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

Civil Engineering is in every pore of our society. The buildings we frequent, the bridges we cross, the motorways we drive on; every structure, surface and support system is grounded in civil engineering. The challenges facing civil engineers today are endless, as are the career prospects.

Diverse and rewarding opportunities exist all over the world in many different employment sectors from transport, flood-risk management and environmental protection, construction and power plant companies to aid agencies and the army. 

A career in civil engineering demands a combination of technical knowledge and creativity to solve problems and carries the responsibility to change our environment and improve the lives of millions of people.

Why choose Civil Engineering at Exeter?

  • Our multidisciplinary first year encourages you to explore other engineering disciplines, such as materials or mechanics; broadening your subject knowledge as you progress with civil engineering and preparing you for real industry teamwork situations.
  • Practical, hands-on experience is provided through projects and field trips in years 2 and 3, encouraging you to apply your theoretical design and construction techniques.
  • Regional and national industry experts give guest lectures and share their experiences in year 2, while student mentoring in year 3 allows you to foster professional relationships with your mentor. Attending evening institution lectures also provides networking opportunities with practising engineers.
  • Our teaching staff have global research connections, including partners in Eastern Europe and links with China, whose engineering needs are growing rapidly.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Year 1

By the end of this year's course you will have experienced your first encounter with "Solidworks" as well as gained more experience with AutoCAD, have been introduced to every phase involved in engineering a new artefact and will be more confident in writing and presenting your findings. Speakers from engineering institutions also visit to offer an introduction to the benefits of joining their professional bodies.

Year 2

From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on your chosen degree. At the end of the second year you will undertake an industrial placement in the vacation prior to the start of your third year (6 - 10 weeks, subject to suitable arrangements)

Year 3

By the third year you will have selected two key areas in which to specialise, from structural engineering, CAD, geotechnical engineering or water engineering. You will carry out an individual project under the supervision of a member of academic staff with expertise in your chosen area, the project will be specifically designed around your industrial placement.

Year 4

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Students applying for this programme will be invited to attend an academic interview. Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not take part in an interview.

Required subjects

GCE AL Maths grade B and another science subject at grade B; IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Applied Science, Building Services Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability. In place of science requirement only, A-level Maths still required.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment. Our student-centred approach to teaching is validated by our excellent results in the National Student Survey.

Our programmes make use of a variety of teaching styles with contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study. These include:

  • Lectures for the presentation of new topics and class exercises;
  • Workshops where you have hands-on use of equipment, discussion and solution of sample problems, with experts available to answer questions and provide support;
  • Tutorials involving small group work on problems relating to topics covered in lectures;
  • Projects of longer term practical work undertaken either individually or in teams, with sessions for consultation with staff;
  • Engineering Design Activities (EDAs) which provide direct experience of putting engineering design into practice while learning the underpinning principles and mathematical skills in other modules.

There are plenty of opportunities to discuss material in more detail with members of staff. Our academics are happy to meet with students individually during their advertised office hours or receive questions by email.

A research and practice led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment, industrially linked projects and staff expertise.

Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners. Recent projects have involved the design and construction of an autonomous hovering platform, modelling of airflow around a car and 3D CAD representation of the Met Office headquarters in Exeter, which has close research links with the College.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.

All of our programmes are assessed in a similar way. During the first 2 years you will have an even mix of examinations and coursework, each accounting for about 50 per cent. In the third year 25 per cent of the year is taken up by the individual project.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. Written examinations are held in January and June of the first and second years and in the third term of the third year. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.

International study

We strongly encourage our Engineering undergraduates to consider a period of studying abroad as part of their degree. This is most commonly realised under the Erasmus programme and is available to all students taking the MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering with International Study.

It is possible to transfer on to the 'with International Study' variant during the first two years of your degree and all students are invited to explanatory presentations during their second year to encourage them to take up this exciting option in the third year.

The benefits of taking part in the Erasmus programme include:

  • The opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects, often with an industrial component involving world-class companies such as Daimler-Chrysler and Ferrari
  • The chance to spend four months in some of the most attractive places in Europe, learning the language and immersing yourself in the culture 
  • An enhanced CV

More information on Erasmus funding can be found on the Erasmus website.

Study abroad modules

MEng Civil Engineering with International Study is specifically structured to retain full professional accreditation. This is achieved by studying two modules whilst abroad during the second and third terms of the third year and by taking a credit-rated language module appropriate to your chosen study destination in the first term preceding this.

Individual Project Abroad

The purpose of this module is to apply the knowledge and skills obtained from taught modules to a real engineering situation at a professional level. It encourages the use of initiative, imagination and creativity and allows study in a greater depth than is appropriate in a taught module.

Engineering in an International Society B

In this module you will study at a university in a European, American or Southern Hemisphere country with the goal of understanding the challenges involved in working in a foreign culture. You will observe the transnational issues facing engineers in all countries. This experience will help you gain the confidence to function in a professional manner wherever you choose to work, even when you are faced with conflicting and diverse sources of information.

Students can also request permission to temporarily interrupt their studies and spend a year working in industry, as long as they work in a suitably demanding Engineering role.

Careers

Civil engineering is essentially about creating and managing the infrastructure and environment in which we live. As a civil engineer you will play a key role in the future prospects and health of society. Civil engineering interfaces with electrical, mechanical, chemical and managerial processes. People skills are vitally important to civil engineers, who work alongside a broad section of society in order to bring plans to fruition. Our programmes combine the science (mathematics, dynamics and materials) with personal and management skills developed through application and direct study.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.

We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Employability web page to find out more.

Industry-led projects

Our undergraduate engineering programmes are enriched by a network of industry links which have been established through collaborative research and consultation. Project work is a core element of each programme, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and working in multidisciplinary teams. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.

One recent multidisciplinary group project was based on a design competition run by Corus and the Steel Construction Institute. The group had to design a steel structure to house an indoor ski slope, ice-skating rink and ice climbing wall. The group comprised both civil and mechanical engineering undergraduates and the students had to come up with a solution that was structurally sound under both static loads and dynamic forces (such as aerodynamic loading from wind). Furthermore, in order to come up with a sustainable, low carbon footprint design, the group had to consider ways of saving or generating energy from solar or ground sources as well as devising a sustainable urban drainage system to minimize water usage. As with all group projects the students took the lead in setting goals and allocating tasks to appropriate members of the group and the design made it into the national final of the competition.

Employer visits

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the College to hold mock interviews and to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.

Further information

Find out more about the  industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.

My year in industry at Caterpillar was probably one of the best things I did. I was able to take everything that I’d learnt about engineering into a real world situation.

Working with ‘grown up’ Engineers forced me to step up my game and really pulled me forward in terms of teamwork and dealing with people; I was presenting to Directors, so dealt with people from all levels of the company, which brought me on massively in terms of maturity. I even got to go to Sweden for 6 weeks (on double pay!) with a small team, which was amazing and taught me a lot. I also made really good industry contacts, which can open doors in the future.

When I came back to do my final year I was so much more focused because I had seen what the job was like and I really wanted to work towards that. My time management was far better than it had been before. I looked at things completely differently; I had learnt how to manage big projects and also how to manage people.

William Priest, BEng Mechanical Engineering graduate

Professional Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. The Joint Board of Moderators includes the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

An accredited MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

An accredited BEng (Hons) degree 1. fully satisfies the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and 2. partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The Engineering Council provide an accredited course search web page and further information for prospective students where you can find a list of all our accredited degree programmes.

 

Industrial experience

On this programme you will undertake an industrial placement in the vacation prior to the start of your third year (6 - 10 weeks, subject to suitable arrangements). This is then followed by an extended individual project during your third year, specifically designed around your industrial placement. The combined placement and project allows you to undertake paid vacation work while gaining highly relevant industrial experience. We have excellent links with employers and can provide assistance in finding suitable employment.

Students can also request permission to temporarily interrupt their studies and spend a year working in industry, as long as they work in a suitably demanding Engineering role.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: engineering@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Website: Visit the Engineering website