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Civil Engineering

H200 BEng Civil Engineering
H202 MEng Civil Engineering


From the world’s tallest structure in 2010, the 829.84m tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to the latest bare-knuckles roller-coaster ride (or even the more sedate London Eye) civil engineering structures are all around us. Civil Engineers plan, design, construct and maintain the infrastructure or 'built' environment, including buildings, airports, railways, roads, tunnels, bridges and dams.

Like all engineers, the Civil Engineer must master the key principles of design, analysis and management. At Warwick design forms a unifying theme throughout the three, four or five years of the course. The first two years establish a sound approach to the principles of design, which are then applied in the subsequent years to the core disciplines of structures, fluids and geotechnical engineering.

Analytical techniques form an essential part of good design and students develop these skills throughout the course. Management skills are vital to the realisation of civil engineering design, and the course covers such diverse areas as accounting, planning, marketing, human resource management, law, safety, and organisation of the industry.

Modules are supported by practical work in modern, well equipped laboratories, and by residential field-courses in geotechnical engineering in Wales and the Isle of Wight. Projects throughout the course draw on the School’s major strengths, which are its interdisciplinary structure and the internationally recognised expertise of its staff.

What you'll study

For the first year all students follow the same programme. The course is designed to give you a wide overview of engineering, much favoured by industry. In the second year, students will continue to study the same core modules until the end of term one, after which you are able to specialise, or continue on the general Engineering pathway. At the end of year two you can choose between progressing onto the MEng route (providing you make the academic requirements) or continuing on the BEng. If you have enrolled on the MEng course you can choose to move to the BEng route at this stage.

Year 1

There are nine core modules in the first year with the option to study a language on top.

Core modules Optional extra module
Dynamics and Thermodynamics A Modern Foreign Language
Electrical and Electronic Circuits  
Engineering Design  
Engineering Mathematics  
Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computing  
Introduction to Engineering Business Management  
Materials for Engineering  
Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and
Statics and Structures  


Year 2

There are seven core modules in the second year and two optional modules:

Core modules Optional modules - List A
Choose 0-1
Optional modules - List B
Choose 0-2
Civil Engineering Design 1

Computer Architecture and Systems

Introduction to Secondary school teaching (Physics)
Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis

Multimedia Technology and Signal Propagation

A Modern Foreign Language
Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Systems Engineering Principles

Starting a Business
Electromechanical System Design

Technology in International Development

Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing    
Forensic Engineering    
Technical Operations Management


For Intercalated Year degree only

Between years two and three (for BEng/MEng) or between years three and four for MEng:

Optional Core (choose one)
Year in Research
Study Year Abroad
Work Placement Year

Year 3

The third year consists of all core modules.

Core modules Core module prerequistes
Civil Engineering Design 2 Requires first-year 'Civil Engineering Design 1' and 'Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis' modules
Concrete Structures Requires first-year 'Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis' module
Design Project with Construction Management (BEng only)

Requires all Year 1 and Year 2 Civil core modules

Geotechnical Engineering  
Individual Project (MEng only)  
Steel Structures Requires first-year 'Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis' module
Water Engineering for Civil Engineers  

Year 4 (MEng only)

The fourth year consists of five core modules (including a group project) and two optional modules.

Core modules

Core module prerequisites

Optional modules - List A
Choose 1-2
Optional modules - List B
Choose 0-1

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Requires third-year 'Geotechnical Engineering' module

Design for Sustainability

Quality Systems

Advanced Structural Engineering


  • Third-year 'Civil Engineering Design 2' module
  • Second-year 'Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis' module
  • Third-year 'Concrete Structures' module
  • Third-year 'Steel Structures' module

River Mixing

Renewable Energy

Construction Management and Temporary Works

Structural Dynamics and Vibrations  

Global Water and Sanitation Technologies

Requires third-year 'Water Engineering for Civil Engineers'    

Group Project


Placements in industry or research

Gain hands-on experience on a year out or during the Summer vacation. Undertaking a placement is a great way to apply what you've learnt at university, to a real-life situation. We regularly advertise opportunities and our dedicated Placements and Internships Officer is here to help too. Placements can be undertaken in industry or research, to suit your career aspirations. Many students are subsequently offered employment with the companies with which they spend their placements.

Students undertaking an industrial placement will spend one year at an approved Industrial Placement between the second and third, or third and fourth years.


We use a variety of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group tutorials to small groups in laboratories. You are allocated a personal tutor, who normally stays with you throughout your time at Warwick. They will help you get the most from your studies. Computer laboratories loaded with specialist software are open 24/7, helping you undertake work at a time to suit you.


Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations. Design-orientated work is assessed by oral presentation, project work and group assignments. Projects are assessed by a variety of methods, including oral presentations, written reports and posters.

Career opportunities

Desintations include reserach and development positions within academic institutions or industrial sectors such as construction or water engineering, as well as roles in the business, management and financial sectors.

Why Warwick?

  • £26,000 - Average graduate's starting salary
  • 97% undertaking work or further study (6 months after graduating)
  • Industrial or research placements on all courses
  • Top 10 in all major league tables
  • World-leading research

Entry requirements

BEng Civil Engineering 2018
MEng Civil Engineering 2018


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