University of Bolton Civil Engineering

By | 24th April 2017

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University of Bolton Civil Engineering

  • The Civil Engineering degree course is designed to fully satisfy the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and to partially satisfy it for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
  • We offer a well-balanced academic and practical programme that gives you all the theoretical knowledge and hands-on expertise needed to succeed in the civil engineering industry
  • Benefit from our strong links with industry, including many of the key structural engineering, consultancy and contracting companies in the North West
  • The course has a solid reputation in the region and beyond for producing graduates ready for industry
  • The civil engineering team runs a course for graduates to help you prepare for chartered membership of the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE)

Course overview

The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering will give you the technological, vocational and personal skills for a career in the civil engineering industry or will support your professional development if you are already working in the field.

Civil engineering changes lives – from transport necessities such as roads, railways and airports, through glittering steel and glass skyscrapers and hotels, to life saving water management systems such as dams, flood defences and even sewers. If you want to build for the future then the University of Bolton offers the best preparation for a career in this vital, innovative and prestigious industry.

By studying on the course you will develop the necessary theoretical understanding and practical knowledge for the role and you will enhance your ability to apply the principles of analysis and evaluation to civil engineering and construction-related problems.

You will have access to well-equipped materials, hydraulics, geotechnical and structures laboratories, an extensive range of the latest surveying equipment and the University’s unique design studio facilities with the latest CAD software and hardware.

About the course

Our dedicated staff team will provide you with a high level of support throughout your studies. All the teaching staff are construction industry professionals with extensive experience and knowledge of the industry and they are all active in the industry’s professional bodies.

You will learn through a mix of learning methods including field, laboratory and project work, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment methods include coursework, project work, presentations and examinations.

A large proportion of your studies will mirror conditions in the industry. This includes an interdisciplinary group project in your final year which simulates the process of a construction project from inception to completion and in which you will carry out the role of a civil engineer working within a team of other construction specialists.

As the department has close contacts with the industry you may have the opportunity to take part in site visits. Professionals from the construction industry, including former students, regularly give talks and lectures on the course.

Entry requirementsFor January 2017 entry: 260 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including mathematics (or equivalent), or successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year. General Studies will not be counted towards the UCAS points requirement. You should also fulfill the additional entry requirements below (where appropriate).

From September 2017, 104 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including mathematics (or equivalent) or successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year. General Studies will not be counted towards the UCAS points requirement.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English, mathematics and science.

Qualifications other than A-levels are acceptable. For instance, BTEC National qualifications in civil engineering, construction or engineering will be considered where units in additional maths and an analytical subject such as structural mechanics or environmental science are taken. For full details please see the Entry Profile for this course on the UCAS website.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

Fees, funding and finance information

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Year of study
Entry Year2016/172017/182018/192019/20

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year2016/172017/182018/192019/20

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Dr Paul McMahon (Admissions Tutor & Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903849

For general information about the university and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903