MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering
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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 and the Joint Board of Moderators. Visit the Careers tab 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.
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.
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.
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.
Entry requirements 2017
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out more about the industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.
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 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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Accredited under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
The Joint Board of Moderators includes the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Institution of Structural Engineers.
Ranked top 150 for Civil and Structural Engineering in the QS World University Rankings 2015