University of Portsmouth

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Imagine looking up at skyscrapers you’ve designed, driving on roads you’ve engineered and leading large-scale projects reinventing the world around you. It’s all possible when you’re a Civil Engineer.

Study this accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree in the city that gave the world Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You’ll learn to design, construct, operate and maintain infrastructure, which supports everything from buildings, transportation, and flood defences to providing safe drinking water and sanitation.

We’ve designed this course with your career in mind. You can get invaluable work experience on a one-year placement at leading organisations like Dyer & Butler and Fluor. And you'll be eligible to start training towards becoming an Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer. 

You’ll get to grips with civil engineering theory and methods, develop the skills you need for success as a Civil Engineer, and immerse yourself in the industry on field trips and construction site visits.

You’ll explore areas including soils and materials, and design of structural elements. And because of our unique coastal location, you can also study underwater engineering and infrastructure, and complete a recognised PADI diving qualification.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers  – meeting in full the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and in part the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Entry Requirements

A levels – ABB–BBC
UCAS points – 112–128 points, to include an A level in a numerical subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5


Career Prospects

Our graduates now work in roles including:

  • Assistant Highway Engineer
  • Assistant Materials Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Graduate Trainee
  • Geotechnical Systems Engineer
  • Graduate Civil Engineer 
  • Graduate Construction Manager
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer in Highways
  • Graduate Structural Engineer
  • Graduate Transport Planner
  • Site Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Trainee Manager

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Construction Management and Practice
Engineering Analysis
Professional Development 1
Soils & Materials 1
Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
Water & Environmental Engineering

Year 2

Core Modules:

Behaviour of Structures
Design Of Structural Elements
Numerical Skills and Economics
Professional Development 2
Soils and Materials 2

Optional modules:
-Applied BIM
-Diving And Underwater Engineering A
-Diving and Underwater Engineering B
-Energy Resources and Infrastructure
-Fieldwork For Civil Engineers
-Heritage Property
-Industrial Placement – Civil Engineering
-Introduction To Project Management Principles
-International Built Environment Fieldwork
-Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)

Year 3

Individual Project
Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project
Professional Development 3
Soils and Materials 3
Transportation Engineering
Water Infrastructure

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