Why study Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
- £6 million invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
About your course
The professionally-accredited MEng (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.
Civil 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.
They 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.
What is an integrated master's (MEng) programme?
The MEng in Civil Engineering and Construction Management 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 enjoy excellent career prospects and expect to command higher salaries than graduates with a BEng
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 professional skills. That's why our students enjoy excellent career prospects after they graduate.
"Many of our civil engineering students obtain employment before the end of their final academic year."
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The accrediting body 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.
Ultimately, with relevant work experience, the degree can lead to the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the equivalent European Qualification of EurIng.
This well-regarded course is consistently praised by employers and graduates are highly regarded and much sought after.
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 Engineering 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. Civil engineers may work on site, or in office-based design work either in civil engineering practices or in local authorities, government agencies or non-governmental organisations. There are good opportunities for work overseas and in the UK on projects such as tall buildings, football stadia, bridges, roads and water treatment works.
If you decide not to pursue a civil engineering career, you will find that the transferable skills gained on the course are 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.
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)
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.
Civil Engineering Professional Practice
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.
This module develops your understanding, and critical awareness, of the sustainability of infrastructure. You will consider and compare infrastructure through the world, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. You will also develop an understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure in both the Developing World and the Developed World. From this, you will develop the capability for the critical assessment of the sustainability of infrastructure in a wide variety of situations.
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, online activities, and practical sessions, 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 private study.
Optional modules allow part-time students to integrate their theoretical learning with their work experience under the guidance of work place mentor and LJMU supervisor.
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: 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
- 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? No
- Average A Level offer: ABB
- 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: 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: Not acceptable
- Further information: Not applicable
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: Applicants should be studying at least three subjects at Higher Level
Alternative qualifications considered
No interview required (UCAS application form only)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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