University of East London

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

We offer a three-year course, with the option of adding a year-long placement working in industry. Your degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which is made up of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) have approved an application from the Permanent Way Institution (PWI).

Our unique teaching approach aims to promote Learning by Doing through guiding you to use observational, prototyping and physical simulation methods in design, in addition to teaching you the theories, engineering principles and standards.

You will be encouraged to be creative, innovative and to use advanced digital tools to shape your imaginations and translate them to specifications for structures and systems that you design.

For example, in your final year modules, you will not only designing structures from foundation to roof, but you will also use a suite of software and 3D manufacturing suites including 3D printers, plasma and laser cutting machines, robotic arm and clay printer as tools to bring your design into scaled realty. 

As well as completing numerous practical projects, you'll benefit from visits by top professionals who'll offer you advice - and, often, work opportunities.

Our Docklands campus is ideally situated for studying iconic projects in the capital such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension, the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and the reconfiguration of the Olympic Stadium.

This course will give you a solid grounding in the design, construction and management of civil engineering works.

Entry Requirements


96 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include Maths and Physics or Electronics
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject. Must include distinctions in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 27 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level and must include Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) in a Relevant Engineering Subject (Access to HE Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Construction and Civil Engineering) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction and level 3 Maths (Calculus, Differentiation and Integration) – all with Grade Merit.

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Career Prospects

Because of its wide subject area, you will find mechanical engineering opportunities in a range of sectors, including: manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, construction, marine, materials and metals, railways, sport, energy, pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronic, and the defence and utilities industries. Excellent graduates can pursue their doctoral studies for careers in the academic sector.

Course Details

Our mechanical engineering programme is a combination of maths, science, technology and management. Throughout your studies, you will acquire not only an understanding of general engineering principles but also a range of transferable skills. Students have a chance to broaden and deepen their knowledge in a wide range of mechanical engineering subjects. This will enable you to obtain advanced knowledge of core mechanical engineering disciplines such as design analysis, dynamic systems, computational fluid dynamics, advanced materials, control systems and sustainable energy technologies. You will be using simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing, utilising our strong links with companies, and investigating real industrial problems to enhance your understanding of the profession. You will tie in the topic of your individual final year project with one of our research groups and benefit from the expertise of our active research academics.

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Engineering Materials
Engineering Principles
Applied Mathematics & Computing
Engineering Mechanics

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Advanced Mathematics and Modelling
Engineering Design and Analysis
Dynamics and Control
Applied Mechanics
Thermofluids Dynamics

Optional Placement

The sandwich option requires an industrial placement year between Level five and six (year 2 and 3 respectively). The programme is based on core studies embracing mechanics, dynamics, fluids, materials and manufacturing.

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Capstone Project
Advanced Mechanics
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Turbomachinery and Energy Systems

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