BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Why study Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Opportunity to undertake a year's industrial placement
- £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.
Civil engineers 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 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 and on the year-long work placement should you take this option.
"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:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. 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
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.
Our civil engineering graduates have little difficulty in securing employment; in fact many students receive a number of job offers.
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 venues for the Olympic Games, 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.
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.
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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 may also be 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.
This module develops students' knowledge and understanding of the mathematics underpinning engineering, and it develops their ability to apply these techniques within an engineering context.
Structural Analysis and Design
This module prepares students to develop an understanding of and be familiar with structural analysis of statically determinate structures. It will demonstrate how simple representative engineering problems can be formulated and solved. Students will develop a competence in using scientific equipment and will apply mathematical and geometrical calculations to the determination of structural properties of sections, and design and detail simple structural elements in compliance with the appropriate Code of Practice or European Code of Practice with due consideration for sustainability. Laboratory work will have an emphasis on data analysis.
Introduction to Materials
This module introduces students to different civil engineering materials in terms of their source and properties. Through laboratory practicals, students will develop an understanding of the mechanics of materials behaviour, including testing materials to assess their properties, stresses, and strains, therefore providing a rationale for the selection and use of materials in civil engineering.
Surveying and CAD
This module introduces students 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. Students 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.
This module provides students 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. Students will be supported through lectures, case studies, tutorials, and analytical exercises.
This module provides students 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 a structure for learning while the laboratory/e-laboratory activities will foster development of practical understanding and the acquisition of knowledge through applied learning.
Infrastructure and Design Skills Project
The module introduces students to Civil Engineering through a variety of group work tasks, mostly working in groups but with elements of individual work including personal development planning. This module also introduces students to infrastructure, partly through the use of case studies both national and international ones. Students will be introduced to sustainability, and the responsibilities of Civil Engineers to drive towards net zero. Students will learn about the UNSDG’s and relate their work to address them in their infrastructure projects. They are also introduced to the management of infrastructure projects.
This module develops further students' ability for evaluating and understanding the mechanisms and behaviour of engineering materials, including the use of sustainable materials and their effects on property improvement. Laboratory practical sessions will support students' understanding of materials degradation through fire, fibre reinforced concretes, and bituminous materials testing.
Surveying and Transportation
In this module students will develop their understanding of, and competence in using, land surveying techniques and will be able to apply these techniques to highway design. Students 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 the students' knowledge and understanding of engineering mathematics and statistics, and their limitations, for use in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. Students 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 students' 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 will aid students' appreciation of hydrological processes and will demonstrate how to approach practical problems in applied hydrology. The module includes a balance between theoretical principles and their application to real problems in hydraulic engineering. Students will learn about open channel flow concepts and the different types of flow that may occur in natural and engineered systems, providing students with the ability to perform and assess a range of hydraulic computations relating to open channel flow commonly used in civil engineering. Students' will consolidate their knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering hydrology applied to civil engineering problems, and develop an understanding of some of the key environmental and social problems with which they must deal within the context of global change and sustainable engineering.
Structural Analysis and Design
This module introduces students to the analysis of statically indeterminate structures and the analysis of the plastic behaviour of steel structures. Students will develop their 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. They will also be introduced to industry standard analysis and design software.
Civil Engineering Project
This module develops students' 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 students to develop the academic and digital literacy skills necessary to perform effectively in a Higher Education context, as well as developing a deeper understanding of their professional subject area, their team work skills in a collaborative environment using industry standard collaborative CAD and design tools, and their understanding of Risk Management, Health and Safety and sustainability.
This module critically evaluates the different techniques and applications of non-destructive testing of concrete structures, with a detailed assessment of the durability of concrete with consideration of permeability testing and cracking patterns. It also provides review of the production and application of lightweight concretes. Students will develop understanding of the properties and use of advanced composite materials. Practical laboratory experience will enhance their advanced understanding of materials.
The module aims to advance students' understanding of the behaviour of engineering materials under a wide range of conditions with consideration of durability and sustainability, and to critically review the choice of materials for different applications, assessing the performance and properties of materials.
Transportation and Infrastructure
This module develops the students' understanding of how the different infrastructure sectors are connected, and how that can reduce their resilience to extreme events, particularly in relation to Climate Change. Students will also develop an understanding of pavement and drainage design to DMRB, traffic flow and junction design, track bed design, switch and crossing layouts, Climate Resilience, and SuDS. The module will study recent developments within the field of infrastructure, and students will develop an understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship through consideration of case studies.
Applied Geotechnics and Design
This module develops students' understanding of geotechnics and structural design, and integrates this knowledge so that they 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.
Water Supply and Wastewater Management
The module provides a thorough grounding in the design and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants and water supply networks. It ensures the awareness, competencies and methodology for consideration of specific issues in water and wastewater management.
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 Learning Resource Centre 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 23 hours per week in private study.
Projects at all levels of the degree will help you integrate your learning and apply it to real situations. Employers support these projects, both by providing case studies and by assisting with suggestions to student groups. Employers consistently praise the high level of competence achieved and demonstrated by our students.
The best way to experience working in the civil engineering industry is to undertake a year’s (48-week) 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 School’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. 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 UCAS points
- T Level requirements: 112 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Pleasecontact the Faculty for further information.
- 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: 112 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS tariff points from IB
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technicals
- Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when 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. An HND with Merit grades in at least 6 units or Foundation Degree at 60% overall would be required
Reduced Offer Scheme
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
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs 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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