MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering

UCAS codeH290
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
DisciplineEngineering
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

This forward-thinking MEng programme capitalises on our expertise in civil engineering and our cutting-edge research in water and climate systems to provide specialist teaching in environmental engineering. You will obtain thorough civil engineering training but with an added emphasis placed on environmental issues.

The programme begins with the multi-disciplinary first year and then embarks on a more specialised route. In the fourth year projects and modules concentrate on environmental elements like climate change and water systems; involving field trips and working with industry.

Why choose Civil and Environmental Engineering at Exeter?

  • Our expert teaching staff are actively researching the latest environmental issues - many of our academics are working on environment related issues and the Centre for Water Systems is acknowledged nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence.
  • This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council. Visit the Professional accreditation webpage for further information. 
  • Gain hands-on industry experience - the fourth year project involves working directly with a company, taking on challenges such as finding new methodology to manage water leakage systems. This industry contact gives you invaluable hands-on experience for future employment.
  • 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 and environmental engineering and preparing you for real industry teamwork situations.
  • Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment , industrially linked projects and staff expertise.

Programme variations

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.

You may take Elective Modules up to 15 credits outside of the programme in stage 3 of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. 

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.

Compulsory modules

Note: one out of ECM1106, ECM1107 and ECM1108 may be condoned, subject to the rules specified above and detailed in the programme assessment and progression regulations.

Progression from 1st to 2nd year:
Students choose specialisation (Electronic/Engineering and Management/Materials/Mechanical/Civil) at this point.

Students proceeding on the Engineering and Management MEng programmes are required to consistently choose either all Mechanical options or all Electronic options from this point on, if they wish their final degree to be accredited (see section 17).

No final decisions on qualification to complete MEng are made at this point, but students are reminded of rules that will apply at end of year 2.

CodeModuleCredits
ECM1101Professional Studies and Skills Development 1 15
ECM1102Core Engineering 1 30
ECM1106Electronics for Engineers: Core Engineering 2 15
ECM1107Materials and Manufacturing: Core Engineering 2 15
ECM1108Engineering Mechanics: Core Engineering 2 15
Engineering Mathematics A or B S1
Depending on Entry Qualifications, 30 credits to be taken from
ECM1103Engineering Mathematics A30
ECM1104Engineering Mathematics B30

Year 2

Stage 3 ECM3157 Geotechnics 2 Field Course element is undertaken at Easter in stage 2.

Progression from 2nd to 3rd year:
Students must have gained an average of 60% or more in the first 2 years to progress to stage 3 MEng (weighting is 40% 1st year, 60% 2nd year). Progression to stage 3 MEng is subject to Engineering Council guidelines. Students who do not reach the threshold may progress to stage 3 of the BEng Civil Engineering programme.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
ECM2102Management and Management Science 15
ECM2108Construction Methods and Materials 15
ECM2109Structures 15
ECM2110Geotechnics 1 15
ECM2111Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Systems 15
ECM2112Professional Studies & Skills Development 2 15
ECM2113Thermofluid Engineering 15
ECM2114Solid Mechanics 15

Year 3

The latter part of the programme puts special emphasis on working in a world where a changing climate has great impacts on planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering projects. For example, changing rainfall patterns will bring significant new challenges to the design and maintenance of urban water supplies around the globe.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
ECM3102Individual Project (Meng) 30
ECM3130Engineering in Society and Company Finance 15
ECM3155Structural Engineering 15
ECM3156Civil Engineering Hydraulics 15
ECM3157Geotechnics 2 15
ECM3158Water Resources and Pollution Control 15

Optional modules

Select 15 credits:

Additional stage 3 optional module (not listed below): Foreign language module (FLC) 15 credits

CodeModuleCredits
ECM3161Civil Engineering Design Studies 15
ECM3171Computer Aided Engineering Drawing 15
ECM2704Numerics and Optimisation 15
ECM2707Systems, Series and Transforms 15
ECM2709Statistics 15
ECM3707Fluid Dynamics 15
EMP3001Commercial and Industrial Experience 15

Year 4

Students may progress to MEng 4th year if the requirements for progression to the MEng 3rd year were satisfied.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
ECMM101Industrial Case Studies 15
ECMM102Group Project (Meng) 60

Optional modules

Select 45 credits:

CodeModuleCredits
ECMM108Advanced Structural Engineering 15
ECMM109Advanced Geotechnical Engineering 15
ECMM107Mechanics of Materials 15
ECMM110Water and Environmental Systems 15
ECMM124Hydroinformatics Tools 15
ECMM132Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management 15
ECMM133Water Supply and Distribution Management 15

Entry requirements 2015

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

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.

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 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 two years you will have an even mix of examinations and coursework, each accounting for about 50%. In the third year 25% of the year is taken up by the individual project and for those going on to the fourth year the group project takes up 50% of the year.

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 and fourth years. 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 British Council website.

Study abroad modules

MEng Civil and Environmental 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.

Careers

This programme offers highly professional training in civil engineering with special relevance to environmental engineering. By linking our expertise in civil engineering, water systems and climate systems, we offer an exciting and highly relevant programme that will prepare you for work in civil and environmental engineering.

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 minimise 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.

Industrial experience

An MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering with Industrial Experience programme is also available. 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.

All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.

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.

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Streatham Campus, Exeter

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

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