MEng (International) Civil and Environmental Engineering(International) Civil and Environmental Engineering logo

Cardiff University, Cardiff

Civil Engineering teaches students to utilise a broad range of techniques.

Our Civil and Environmental Engineering programme offers you a highly regarded degree course at one of the top universities in this field, preparing you for exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments.

You will develop a thorough understanding of civil and environmental engineering theory, which will be backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field trips and design classes.

The added advantage of this MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering (International) course is that one semester is spent studying engineering through the medium of English in a partner university overseas. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.

Choosing the four-year MEng degree offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the three-year BEng and it has therefore become the preferred route for this.

The MEng allows you to use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in civil and environmental engineering. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.

Other Cardiff University Civil and Environmental Engineering courses available may include:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of civil engineering if you choose a BEng course.
  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option.
  • The opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer status.
  • The opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK for our research, and the impact of our research (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework).
  • The facilities that come with such a successful research unit.
  • The opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry.
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff.
  • One semester is spent studying abroad.

Cardiff School of Engineering is one of the best in the UK for facilities, teaching and research. My lecturers are well-respected industry professionals. I took a placement year out and worked for Arup, a top engineering company.

Cordelia Overland, Civil Engineering, Year 3

Key facts

UCAS CodeH230
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)
  • engineering-ug@cardiff.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)29 2087 4656

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerAAA A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Tags: International, Civil, Environmental, Engineering

  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fees: £9,000 UK
  • Language: English
  • Foundation: No
  • Placement: No
  • Year Abroad: No
  • Course Code: L96-N70
Overview

This is a four-year full-time degree with one semester of year three spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20, the year three and year four projects are each worth 30 and the international module is worth 50. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Core modules
Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering AnalysisEN109120 credits
Computing 1EN109210 credits
Environmental Fluid and GeomechanicsEN191120 credits
Materials & ConstructionEN191220 credits
Structures and DesignEN191330 credits
Professional StudiesEN191420 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in the spring semester, as part of the Field Studies of the Natural and Built Environment module.

Core modules
Module titleModule codeCredits
ENGINEERING ANALYSISEN202620 credits
Computing 2EN220810 credits
Environmental EngineeringEN231310 credits
HYDRAULICS AND SOIL MECHANICSEN231420 credits
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND CONSTRUCTIONEN231520 credits
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGNEN240040 credits

Year three

The autumn semester of year three is spent studying at a partner institution overseas for the equivalent of 50 credits. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.

The year also includes a major project, with a value of a quarter of the overall year.  For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member.  Some preparation takes place in the autumn semester but the module is completed in the spring semester.

Other core and optional modules build upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Core modules
Module titleModule codeCredits
International ExperienceEN309250 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Civil Engineering DesignEN330910 credits
Optional modules
Module titleModule codeCredits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits
Continuum Solid MechanicsEN330810 credits
Environmental GeotechnicsEN331410 credits
Environmental HydraulicsEN331710 credits
Waste Management and RecyclingEN340110 credits

Year four

Year four includes a group project, which makes up a quarter of the overall assessment.

There are also several core and optional modules.

Core modules
Module titleModule codeCredits
Soil and Groundwater ChemistryEN421110 credits
Industrial PracticeEN421210 credits
Environmental ModellingEN430410 credits
Professional Engineering StudiesEN432110 credits
Optional modules
Module titleModule codeCredits
Management in IndustryEN400410 credits
Integrated Building DesignEN410230 credits
Renewable Energy DesignEN410330 credits
Design FeasibilityEN430610 credits
Coastal and Estuarine EngineeringEN430710 credits
Physical HydrologyEN430910 credits
Design AEN431110 credits
Design BEN431210 credits
Soil MechanicsEN432510 credits
Alternative Energy SystemsEN470510 credits
Environmental Engineering ApplicationsEN475510 credits
Water Quality and Treatment EngineeringEN476910 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years three and five. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.

The international module will be delivered through the medium of English, using the delivery methods of the overseas institutions, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 30-credit project in year three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in Years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments.  Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages through each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is composed mainly of project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout years one and two, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is currently undergoing accreditation via the Engineering Council, as it is a new course. The core competencies required for UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

You will develop a number of practical skills during the laboratory-based sessions, while there is a consistent core of management skills and personal development. 

You will also:

  • Develop your understanding of the application of architecture, building conceptual design and building services within the context of engineering and construction
  • Develop your understanding of environmental problems arising from activities and the consequences of construction –  and how to mitigate or remedy them
  • Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a civil engineering context

Graduates from this course are mainly employed in the civil engineering industry with major consultancy and contracting firms, such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Ramboll, Arup, Mott McDonald and others. Typical roles include graduate civil engineer, site engineer or design engineer, and they are based throughout the UK as well as further afield.

A number of graduates have opted for further study, either at MSc or PhD level, at Cardiff as well as institutions across the UK and beyond.

Others have chosen to work for national and multinational companies. Recent examples include companies in the financial, media and petrochemical sectors with destinations including Deloitte, PwC, Virgin and Shell.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and any required learning resources.



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