MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
Why study Civil and Structural Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Part of the MEng Civil Engineering suite of programmes, which achieved 94% overall student satisfaction rates in 2014
- Excellent links with industry plus the opportunity to undertake a year's paid placement
- £6 million recently invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Excellent career prospects both in the UK and overseas
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About your course
Completing the MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate with a Masters-level qualification plus the specialist knowledge and experience required to succeed in the world of civil engineering.
Additional course costs
Civil and structural engineers design, plan and manage civil and environmental projects from concept to realisation, considering structural problems and aesthetics as well as the environmental and economic impacts.
To succeed in this exciting profession, you will need to be competent technically, practical in outlook and capable of giving professional advice on a variety of subjects ranging from design to construction and site management.
The MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering gives you plenty of opportunities to apply your studies to real world situations, supported by employers from industry who provide case studies and suggestions for projects and the year-long work placement should you take this option.
What is an integrated master’s (MEng) programme?
The MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering is an integrated master's degree. This means that it combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.
What are the benefits of completing an MEng degree?
- You will graduate with a Master’s level degree without having to apply for an MSc course
- You will gain a depth of specialist knowledge and experience highly sought after by employers
- You will be able to undertake the Initial Professional Development (on-the-job training) required to become a Chartered Engineer as soon as you graduate
- You will enjoy excellent career prospects and expect to command higher salaries than graduates with a BEng
What financial support is available to MEng students?
You will be eligible to apply for the same financial support as other undergraduates for the duration of your MEng. This includes student loans to cover your tuition fees and living expenses plus means-tested grants and bursaries. This financial support is not available to students who enrol on an MSc degree after completing a BEng programme. Furthermore, if you are awarded an LJMU scholarship – worth £1,000 or £10,000 – you will receive this award for every year of your degree as well.
Why study civil engineering at LJMU?
LJMU’s civil engineering programmes are delivered by the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research. LJMU is also ranked in the top 15 higher education institutions working in this field. This research directly informs all of LJMU’s civil engineering programmes, so you can be confident that your studies will reflect ongoing developments and innovation in this exciting field.
The School's programmes are designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment. Staff provide excellent levels of support to ensure you reach your full potential.
Furthermore, extensive links with professional bodies and industry mean you will enjoy a wide range of opportunities for work-placements, professional skills development and networking with potential employers. That’s why our students enjoy excellent career prospects after they graduate.
"Lecturers on this exciting new degree come from a variety of backgrounds and most have experience working within the civil engineering industry."
The accrediting body for this degree is the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
Ultimately, with relevant work experience and a masters-level degree, the degree can lead to the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the equivalent European Qualification of EurIng.
This programme is also accredited by IStructE.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Graduates in civil and structural engineering are in high demand, with many securing job offers before they graduate.
While civil engineers may work on site, structural engineers usually work in office-based design engineering companies, government agencies or non-governmental organisations. You will enjoy excellent opportunities for work both in the UK and overseas, working on on projects, such as:
- tall buildings
- football stadia
- water treatment works
The transferable skills developed on this course are also highly valued in many other fields of employment.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Analysis and Design of Large Structures
This module expands your knowledge from the design of relatively small structures to the design of large structures such as bridges and tall buildings. This module aims to help you:
• Appreciate the underlying differences in the behaviour and analysis of steel, prestressed concrete, and tensile structures
• Develop an understanding of the philosophies of current professional Codes of Practice, and to gain competence in using appropriate methods for the design of steel, prestressed concrete, and tensile structures
• Feel confident in the proper design of large span elements in steel, pre-stress concrete and cable tensile structural element.
Applied Finite Element Analysis
This module will introduce you to the use of the finite element method and explores the underlying theory of finite element methods. You will investigate the performance and reliability of finite element methods in civil engineering applications, such as structural problems including material nonlinearity. Whilst the theoretical aspects of the method will be covered in lectures the module is intended to be practical in nature, giving you the opportunity to practice via a range of tutorials and assignments using industry standard software.
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the mathematics underpinning engineering. It develops your ability to apply these techniques within an engineering context. Laboratory sessions enable you to use and apply mathematical software to the solution of engineering mathematics problems.
Structures and Materials
This module introduces you to structural mechanics and provides an understanding of its basic concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on the application of these to the solution of statically determinate structures. The module includes consideration of issues related to long term durability, as well as sustainability and recycling, raising awareness of safety and risk issues in engineering. You will also learn to apply mathematical and geometrical calculations to the determination of structural properties.
This module introduces you to infrastructure, partly through the use of case studies. You will also be introduced to sustainability, and to the importance of sustainable infrastructure. Alongside this, you will be introduced to the management of infrastructure projects.
Surveying and CAD
This module introduces you to land surveying techniques and to CAD drawing, as required for a Civil Engineer working either on site or in a design context. It includes methods of obtaining field measurements for the purpose of producing site drawings, and setting out points using line-of sight. You will develop an understanding of the use and application of Computer Aided Design in the Built Environment and the development of 2-dimensionsal drafting techniques and conventions.
Introduction to Geotechnics
This module provides you with an introduction through practical work to the composition, deposition, and behaviour of engineering soil. The module makes extensive use of mathematics and engineering principles. You will be supported through lectures, case studies, tutorials, and analytical exercises.
This module provides you with an introduction to the inherent properties of fluids, predominantly water, both at rest and in motion, and examines the behaviour of fluids in civil engineering applications. Lectures will provide you with structure for learning while the laboratory/e-laboratory activities will foster development of practical understanding and the acquisition of knowledge through applied learning.
Design and Skills Project
The module introduces you to Civil Engineering through a variety of group work tasks, mostly working in groups but with elements of individual work including personal development planning. You will develop the academic and digital literacy skills necessary to perform effectively in a Higher Education context and develop your self-awareness skills after being introduced to CPD and personal development planning.
This module helps you develop your techniques for evaluating and understanding the mechanisms and behaviour of engineering materials. You will develop an understanding of novel and innovative materials. You will be introduced to a range of advanced materials, and to a more fundamental understanding of how their micro and mesoscale structures determine their macroscale properties.
Surveying, Highways and Transportation
In this module you will develop your understanding of, and competence in using, land surveying techniques. You will extend your understanding to be able to apply these techniques to highway design. You will be introduced:
- To highway geometry, design & construction
- To geodetic and satellite surveying
- To how total stations and GNSS receivers can capture data for use in software packages to produce contoured plans and sections
- To practical surveying skills.
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of engineering mathematics and statistics, and their limitations, for use in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the probability theory and statistics underpinning engineering, and apply these techniques within an engineering context. This module will help you be able to apply a range of statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of geotechnics, particularly regarding long term conditions and the important influence of water on ground behaviour for civil engineering applications in analysis, design and construction. The module makes extensive use of mathematics and engineering principles. This is supported by lectures, case studies, tutorials and analytical exercises.
This module aids your appreciation of hydrological processes and will demonstrate how to approach practical problems in applied hydrology. Water and wastewater quality standards are reviewed, along with the rationale for the adoption of such standards from the perspective of protection of public health. The module is taught in a way that gives you a fundamental understanding of the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms involved in treatment operations, considered from the viewpoint of how treatment is carried out so as to prevent environmental damage upon discharge.
Structural Analysis and Design
This module introduces to you the analysis of statically indeterminate structures and the analysis of the plastic behaviour of steel structures. You will develop your analytical skills to include the analysis of redundant structures, and will learn to apply the Eurocodes in the design of simple concrete and steel structures. You will also be introduced to industry standard analysis and design software.
Study Year Abroad
The aim is to provide you with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement your programme at LJMU. This is an additional year of full-time study at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be appropriate for your programme of study
This module aims to provide you with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement your programme of study at LJMU. This will give you the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to your programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment.
Civil Engineering Project
This module develops your knowledge of management concepts within Civil Engineering through a variety of tasks, mostly working in groups but with elements of individual work. The module will enable you to develop the academic and digital literacy skills necessary to perform effectively in a Higher Education context.
Work Based Learning
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the Civil Engineering Profession by making use of the opportunities available within the workplace. This module links to direct work experience, gained on projects in the workplace. To choose this option, you will need the support of a Civil Engineer who will act as your workplace mentor and offer sufficient time at a place of work to achieve the learning outcomes.
Advanced Materials, River and Coastal Engineering
This module develops your techniques for evaluating and understanding the behaviour of engineering materials under various service conditions including exposure and loading regimes. On completion of the module, you will have an understanding of the performance of a range of materials commonly used in the design of major structures and an appreciation of new developments within the industry including repair techniques. The module further develops your understanding of river and coastal engineering, with a particular emphasis on flooding and its mitigation using suitable methods of design and materials use.
Infrastructure, Highways Design and Innovation
This module develops your understanding of highways and road drainage design, and develops a systems approach to infrastructure analysis. Recent developments in infrastructure design are considered and evaluated, developing your understanding of the process of innovation. You will develop understanding and knowledge of the role of infrastructure in supporting society, and the role of civil engineering in developing infrastructure. In particular, you will develop further understanding of the design of roads and highway drainage.
Advanced Geotechnics and Design
This module develops your understanding of geotechnics and structural design, and integrates this knowledge so that you can successfully produce designs including both superstructure and piling.
Structural Design and Risk Management
This module is designed to give you an up-to-date knowledge of the structural design of structural members made from a variety of materials. This module is intended to extend, develop and consolidate your knowledge of the structural design introduced at Levels 4 and 5, with particular reference to the use of the current EC Codes of Practice and other Standards in practical and more advanced design levels using different loading and environmental conditions. In this module, you will also consider the risks associated with the design.
This module enables you to complete a substantial piece of individual work and build on your expertise in your degree specialism. The module develops your practical research skills and enhances your knowledge and expertise in your degree specialism. As the completion of a dissertation is principally student-led the module offers the opportunity to further develop time management, presentation and communication skills.
Engineering Design Project
This module brings together your learning throughout your study, and as such synthesises your learning, skill acquisition, and evaluative abilities, enabling you to integrate design and engineering science. Each student group will take on the role of a firm of consulting engineers answerable to the client brief and you will gain experience of working as part of a project team with different knowledge and skills. The nature of the project will encourage you to meet both personal and group objectives, handle administration and organisation of the project, and further develop your range of communication and presentation skills. It will instil awareness of the various activities involved in the planning, design and delivery of large-scale projects.
Structural and Earthquake Engineering
This module introduces you to the design of structures under dynamic loading conditions. You will gain an understanding of:
- earthquake generation and the quantification of earthquake effects
- the behaviour of materials, structural elements and composite structures under earthquake loading
- dynamic structural design and earthquake engineering.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions, combined with your own research using our library and the web.
You can expect to spend around nine hours per week in lectures, four in tutorials and up to four in workshops, practical and field-based studies, plus around 32 hours per week in private study.
The best way to experience working in the civil engineering industry is to undertake a year's professional work placement, either in the UK or overseas, so you can put into practice what you have learnt in your first two years.
The placement is fully paid and is an invaluable opportunity to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience to add real value to your CV and impress future employers. The direct work experience could also count towards a professional qualification. Taking the sandwich option will greatly improve your career prospects and could even lead to a permanent position with your placement employer.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues.
If you decide to take up a third year work placement, there is plenty of support available from the Faculty's Industry Unit, both in finding and securing the placement, and during the year when one of your tutors will visit you in your workplace to check on your progress.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
We recognise that all students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews, etc), and presentations (individual and group).
Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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