2022/23 entry

MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years, 5 years with placement

UCAS code:

6A12

Points required:

128

Campus:

City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Engineering and Technology:

0151 231 2777

fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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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

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

There are no costs for day site visits for core and optional modules. Optional field trips and site visits will have costs involved. Students will need to purchase safety boots for site visits, and a basic scientific calculator.

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."

Professional accreditation/links

​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

Fees

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

Additional costs

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)

Money

  • 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)

Funding

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.

Employability

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
  • bridges
  • roads
  • water treatment works

The transferable skills developed on this course are also highly valued in many other fields of employment.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of 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, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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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)

Level 0

Core modules

Analysis and Design of Large Structures
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Level 4

Core modules

Engineering Mathematics
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Infrastructure
10 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Hydraulics
10 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Level 5

Core modules

Materials
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Applied Mathematics
10 credits

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.

Geotechnics
10 credits

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.

Water Engineering
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Optional modules

Study Year Abroad
120 credits

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 

Sandwich Year 
120 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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. 

Level 6

Core modules

Advanced Materials, River and Coastal Engineering
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Research Project
40 credits

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.

Level 7

Core modules

Engineering Design Project
60 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Work-based Learning

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

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.

Facilities

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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 128


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: ABB
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20 UCAS points

T Levels

128 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Please contact the Faculty for further information.

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: To the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications.
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or To the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. 

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: 128 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 128 UCAS tariff points from IB

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

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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