Why study Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Professionally accredited degree programme
- Part time day release programme, ideally suited to those working in industry
- £6 million invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
About your course
The professionally-accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University offers you excellent placement options and is the ideal preparation for a varied and interesting career in the world of civil engineering.
A Civil Engineer needs 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 degree in Civil Engineering gives you plenty of opportunities to apply your studies to real situations, supported by employers from industry who provide case studies and suggestions for projects.
"Many of our civil engineering students obtain employment before the end of their final academic year."
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 an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
- Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.
- This programme is accredited by The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
- This programme is accredited by The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
- This programme is accredited by The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
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.
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.
Our civil engineering graduates have little difficulty in securing employment; in fact many students receive a number of job offers.
Many of you will want to stay with your current employer, but some may move on to other employment at some stage in your career development. Career opportunities are varied and interesting. You may work on site, or in office-based design work. Good opportunities exist for work both overseas and in the UK, on projects such as the river management and flood prevention, tall buildings, football stadia, bridges, roads and water treatment works.
A degree in Civil Engineering will provide you with a wide range of transferable skills, and the education provided prepares you for a wide range of employment opportunities.
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.
The professionally-accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University offers you excellent placement options and is the ideal preparation for a varied and interesting career in the world of civil engineering.
What you will study on this degree
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
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)
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.
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.
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, practical sessions, and online activities combined with your own research using our library and the web. You will spend one full day at Liverpool John Moores University per week, plus a few occasional additional days (in particular there is a 4 day surveying field course at level 5). You will also be expected to spend time in private study, and in integrating your theory with practical knowledge through your work place.
In addition to the excellent facilities and learning resources, you'll get support on both sides of the learning experience, havng dedicated workplace based LJMU trained mentors and from university tutors to provide developmental and pastoral support.
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.
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. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
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.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
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
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: While Mathematics A Level is not a requirement, students would benefit from having either AS in Mathematics or an A Level in a subject with some mathematical content
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- 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: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if 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: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. A HND with Merit overall or Foundation Degree at 60% overall would be required
Reduced Offer Scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interviewInternational entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your optionsIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
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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