MEng (Hons) and BEng (Hons)
Civil & Architectural Engineering
For the last 40 years the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at
the University of Bath has been educating Architects and Engineers to work
together in order to produce buildings and civil engineering structures of the
highest quality. Today’s engineers require a broad range of skills encompassing
sciences, humanities and arts. It is this breadth, and the positive links between
theory and practice that characterise civil engineering education at Bath.
This leaflet provides students with additional information to that provided in the
University prospectus. Further up to date information can be found on the
department’s webpage (www.bath.ac.uk/ace) or from the Admissions Secretary,
What is Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering was originally defined as all engineering other than military
engineering and the breadth implied by that definition is still embraced by many
Civil Engineering projects. Civil Engineers are responsible for the design and
construction of much of the world in which we live. The human race has been
shaping its environment for millennia, but today the complexity of technologies
available, the awareness of the long-term consequences of what we do and the
high standards demanded by society have given those responsible for the built
environment a central role.
Civil engineers are concerned with infrastructure and the environment and are
thus involved in the design and construction of roads, railways, bridges, docks,
harbours, dams, water supply, sewerage, power stations airports and all types of
buildings. A degree in civil engineering opens up the possibility of employment in
any of the above fields as well as providing many transferable skills allowing
employment in the wider job market.
Why study Civil Engineering at Bath? There are many other reasons that make study at Bath
As the only joint department of Architecture and Civil
Engineering in the UK, we are uniquely placed to educate • Optional industrial placements available in all our
our students in all facets of civil engineering design. degree programmes, enabling students to gain
Although for many infrastructure projects civil engineers are valuable experience with a variety of civil engineering
responsible for all aspects of the design and construction, companies at the forefront of engineering design.
the design of buildings accounts for over 50% of Many of these companies sponsor students, and
employment for civil engineers and in such projects it is offer graduate employment to students they know
essential that the professions collaborate throughout the from their placements.
design process. At Bath we believe that there are real • The department is housed in a modern, purpose
benefits in educating Architects and Engineers together designed building with design studios and excellent
wherever appropriate. The increasing sophistication of laboratory facilities (structures, hydraulics, soils, natural
building technologies means that all major projects are building materials, timber workshop) together with an
designed by teams, and teamwork is a skill which Bath adjacent outdoor test facility.
graduates develop throughout their course. The main focus
• There is a strong sense of working together to a common
for collaboration is the design studio where projects are
purpose, and many students choose to pursue that as
developed through drawings, models and calculations.
postgraduate researchers in the Department. Staff and
Thus, we produce creative civil engineers with a profound
students get to know each other well as individuals.
technical understanding across the breadth of civil
engineering, able to lead projects informed by a holistic • Teaching and research quality is recognised as nationally
outlook on design. This is reflected by the unusually high and internationally leading, and all lecturers are actively
proportion of our graduates (80-90%) who go on to work in involved in research. Much of this feeds directly into the
the civil engineering profession, with the remaining going undergraduate teaching, conveying the excitement of the
into related employment or further academic study. most recent developments in Civil Engineering.
Civil Engineering/Civil and Architectural Engineering degree structure
Lectures, tutorials, group design projects (joint with architecture students)
Year 2 Lectures, tutorials, design project
Year 3 Optional industrial placement
Year 4 Lectures, tutorials, group design project with architects, dissertation
Lectures, tutorials, group design Lectures, tutorials, group design
Year 5 BEng Civil project with architects, project with architects,
civil design project environmental design project
MEng Civil MEng Civil & Architectural
• Flexibility of the course structure, allowing transfer
• Bath itself is England’s only World Heritage City, creating
a unique environment in which to live and work. Many
graduates stay in the Bath area, keeping social and
professional links with the department, and some
contribute to the design tutoring.
• Accommodation in University rooms is guaranteed for
all first year students, so no need to worry about finding
somewhere to live.
• Superb on-campus sports and social facilities. The world
class sports facilities are free for undergraduates.
The Department has an annual intake of about 65
engineering students making for a friendly close-knit
working atmosphere where staff and students quickly get to
know each other. Each student is allocated a personal tutor
who is available to discuss, in confidence, any personal,
financial or academic matters, or to ask for guidance, or
simply for a friendly chat. They take a keen interest in the
welfare and academic progression of their tutees through
to graduation day, and often keep contact through their
The academic year is divided into two fifteen week
semesters, each of which consists of an eleven week
teaching period followed by a revision week and three
weeks of assessment. The first semester begins at the end
of September and the second in February, with breaks for
Christmas, Easter and the Summer period. The first
semester of the first year of study is joint between the
Architecture and Engineering students providing each set
of students with a broad understanding of the essential
principles of design and realisation.
Our programmes are modular, consisting of a number of
self contained units assessed at the end of each semester.
Students receive credits for successfully completed units.
There are core units, some of which are prerequisites for
other units, and from year three onwards, there are
additional option units.
Units are taught through lectures, tutorials, laboratory work
and design projects. The design projects are central to the
course as they enable the knowledge developed in lecture students with valuable presentation experience as well as
room and laboratory to be applied and reinforced in realistic direct feedback of their design.
design situations. Apart from the main core of academic
staff within the Department, we have nearly a hundred
The Department has strong links with industry, ensuring
visiting tutors from practice, who help in studios during
that graduates are well equipped to meet the demands and
design projects as well as giving one-off lectures and
needs of the profession. All programmes have the option
to take a one year placement period working in industry,
Assesment following their second year of study. This might involve
Units are assessed by a variety of means according to the working on a construction site as a site engineer for a
nature of the subject. It might consist of coursework (essays, contractor, working in the design office of a consulting
lab work, project work, oral presentations), examinations engineering practice or a mixture of the two. Students
or a mixture of both. Design projects are assessed via a are responsible for arranging their own placements with
“crit”, a critique of students' work, as presented in drawings, assistance from the Department, through its industry links.
models and calculations. This is often given by eminent Many students opt to seek placements overseas and
external tutors, together with academic staff, and provides students have successfully obtained placements worldwide.
The year of industrial experience is recognised as counting civil engineering related projects, as well as buildings and
towards the postgraduate training required before gaining structures. It allows excellent flexibility in choice of optional
Chartered Engineer status. Students are paid by their units, giving the student the opportunity to customise
Industrial employer whilst on placement, giving students an their education within the breadth of civil engineering. The
opportunity to alleviate the financial constraints of being course is available in either 4 year full-time or 5 year thick
an undergraduate. sandwich mode.
Programmes BEng in Civil Engineering
The BEng in Civil Engineering provides graduates with a
The Department offers three different programmes of study general ability to work creatively with other professions in
as follows: the design of civil engineering related projects. It provides
MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering an excellent basis for graduates to move onto a specialist
The MEng in Civil & Architectural Engineering aims to give MSc programme immediately afterwards to reach Masters
graduates an exceptional ability to work creatively with other level. The course is available in either 3 year full-time or
professions in the design of buildings and major structures. 4 year thick sandwich mode.
To this end the course covers the full range of technologies It is possible to change between programmes, subject to
including building environmental engineering. Alongside performance, until the end of the second year of study.
core civil engineering subjects, the integration of structural
design and building environmental systems in buildings is Curriculum
a major focus of the course. The course is available in either
The curriculum contains that mix of calculation, analysis
4 year full-time or 5 year thick sandwich mode.
and practical design which makes up the basic body of
MEng in Civil Engineering knowledge a civil engineer requires. The units covered in
The MEng in Civil Engineering is a more conventional civil each year of the course (depending upon the individual
engineering course, providing graduates with an ability programme of study) are described in the table below.
to work creatively with other professions in the design of
Year 1 Units Year 2 Units Year 3/4 Units Year 4/5 Units
Building environment Surveying and geology Dissertation Group design project
Structures field course Structures Civil engineering management
Detailed design Mathematics Joint design project Structures
Design studio projects Soil mechanics Civil engineering hydraulics Transport planning 2
History and theory Structures Civil engineering Thermofluids 3
Geology Structures design and management Civil infrastructure design project
Mathematics construction Infrastructure engineering Building environmental design
Surveying Civil engineering hydraulics Bridge engineering project 3
Computer applications Foundation design Coastal and offshore Facade engineering 3
Materials science Civil engineering engineering 1,2 Advanced geotechnical
management Building environment 1,3 engineering 2
Building environment Options
Structures design project Conservation engineering
Advanced material science 2
Architectural structures 3
Wind & earthquake engineering
Advanced composites in
Civil engineering management 2
Lightweight structures 3
1 2 3
Option for BEng MEng Civil Engineering only MEng Civil and Architectural Engineering only
For more information, contact:
Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
The department welcomes applications through UCAS from candidates of all ages and
Number of places available: 65
(total for all BEng and MEng civil engineering degrees, there is no quota for individual
courses within this total)
Applications per place: 13
Typical offers and entry requirements for all courses (MEng and BEng):
• A-level: 3 subjects at grades AAA including Mathematics, excluding General Studies &
Critical Thinking. A-Levels (or equivalent) in the applicant's native language, or similar,
will not normally form part of the offer. This does not apply to those applicants offering
English Literature. AS levels are not normally included in offer.
• Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB in Advanced Highers, including grade A in
• BTEC National Diploma: Distinctions (DDD) in an Engineering subject, in combination
with GCE A-Level Mathematics at grade A.
• HND: Accepted in relevant subjects but no direct entry into the second year.
• International Baccalaureate: 36 points (38 points if offering a native language as one of
the subjects) including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.
• European Baccalaureate: Minimum 77% overall including 80% in Mathematics.
• Foundation year students must demonstrate that their qualifications are commensurate
with the equivalent A-level standard, including Mathematics.
• We are happy to consider other UK and international qualifications.
Please note that these are typical offers only. Different offers may be made according to
individual circumstances. Please refer to the department website for latest updates on
Language requirements: GCSE: A minimum grade C in English Language is required.
Non English speakers may meet language requirements by obtaining IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580
Other useful information
• Interviews/Visits to Departments: Invitations will be sent to applicants to attend an
Interview and Open Day in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Some
applicants may be made an offer without attending an interview.
• Applicants wishing to take a gap year between school and university are encouraged
to work in the civil engineering industry for at least part of the year.
• International students should visit the International Office website:
• If you may require learning support, visit the Learning Support Service.
MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering,
5 year Sandwich course
“When completing my UCAS form I initially selected several
of the top universities for civil engineering without an idea as
to which would be my first choice. Having been to the open
days however, Bath easily stood out as my favourite. The five
year Masters offered me two key opportunities: The chance
to experience industrial placements during my degree and
also to collaborate on design projects with architects.
Reading such a vocational degree I thought it very important
to gain some practical experience in the industry, and
earning some good money was a bonus.
The free sport on offer at Bath was also a great attraction and over the course of my
degree I frequently used squash and tennis courts, the floodlit astros, football pitches,
and 50 metre swimming pool – all free-of-charge.
The department itself boasts many exceptional lecturers who couple immense
knowledge in their field with a very personal teaching style that gives the department
an exceptionally friendly ethos.
Through the university’s close association with industry-leading companies I gained
sponsorship for my final year. I enjoyed a summer placement with the firm and have
since joined them as a graduate.”
The University of Bath is a very active research led University. The quality of Undergraduate
teaching in a modern University is strongly influenced by the quality of the research going
on there. In the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering all of the lecturers
pursue cutting edge research. The outcome of this research feeds directly into our
The fundamental drivers for our research are climate change and innovative & holistic design.
We obtain funding from research councils, industry and international organisations in our
pursuit of research excellence. Current research activities include:
• Advanced composites in construction • Fire performance
• Natural fibre composite materials • Computational fluid dynamics
• Timber materials and engineering • Coastal and offshore engineering
• Structural masonry • Wave energy converters
• Lime based building materials • Wind interaction with structures
• Conservation of historic structures • Thermal comfort and urban
• Renewable building materials microclimate
• Geotextiles in construction • Environmental modelling
• Reuse and recycling of building materials • Rational use of energy in the built
• Structural uses of stainless steel environment
• Lightweight materials and structures • Occupancy-related energy optimisation
• Low carbon cements • Natural and electric lighting in buildings
• Façade engineering • Sustainable infrastructure design
Our undergraduate students carry out dissertation projects (small research projects) in these,
and other, areas. Civil Engineering students at Bath have, for the last nine years, consistently
either won the Institution of Structural Engineers Model Analysis Award, or been highly
commended. Some of our graduates have gone on to study for PhDs in some of these
topics, and funding for such studies is available to appropriate students.
Many of our projects involve collaboration with industrial partners. We are currently working
with: Agrifibre Technologies; Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council; Buro Happold; Castle
Cement; Giffords Consulting Engineers; Gloucestershire County Council; Hanson Building
Products; Ibstock Brick; Integral Structural Design; Lhoist UK; Lime Technology Ltd; Network
Rail; Parsons Brinckerhoff; Rotafix Ltd; White Design Associates; Wiltshire County Council.
MEng in Civil Engineering, 4 year Full time.
“I graduated in 2008 with an MEng in Civil Engineering. I chose the course at Bath
because of the strong emphasis on structural engineering and the joint Architectural and
Civil Engineering department. The campus setup of the University and the city of Bath
itself also appealed to me.
During my time at Bath I thoroughly enjoyed the course, particularly the engineering
project on a marina in third year, and the work on geotechnics in final year, both of which
were seen as valuable areas of work in job interviews. The course also involved various
presentations the experience from which was useful when it came to speaking in
meetings at work.
I arranged summer placements after my second and third years which provided a chance
to put the theoretical knowledge I had learnt into practice. Since graduation I have begun
work at Clarkebond as an assistant engineer in the structures area, where I undertook my
second summer placement, and who sponsored me through my final year at University.
I now plan to work towards becoming a chartered engineer with the IStructE.”
BEng in Civil Engineering, 3 year Full time.
“The University of Bath offers both an on-campus and a city
life for all kinds of students alongside an excellent academic
reputation. The Civil Engineering course covers a wide range
of topics from bridge engineering to façade engineering to
energy, providing us with solid foundations in all topics. The
available options in the later years of the degree allowed for
specialization in areas of interest, in my case being renewable
The thing I liked most about this course is the constant
collaboration between the architects and engineers, allowing us to appreciate each
other’s work. Furthermore these projects were assessed by a report and presentation in
which we all contributed, thus developing good team-work, time-management and
presentation skills which are all vital in whatever careers we choose.
Throughout the three years I have made some great friends, and having graduated with
such a respected degree there are many options for the next step in my life, ranging
from jobs in industry to masters or research degrees.”
MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering, 4 year full time
“As a Bath graduate, I am always proud of having studied
in one of the best Civil Engineering Departments in the UK.
I was attracted by Bath because of its uniquely joint
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. As a civil
engineering student, I have been highly involved in design with
architecture students on joint projects throughout my four-year
course. Besides an extensive focus on the structure,
geotechnics and building environment, the course still offered
a wide range of optional units, such as earthquake engineering,
hydraulics, material science and transport. I had great flexibility
to choose the modules according to my interests and I enjoyed all the modules I took.
My life in Bath was not only about study: The social life and sports activities are also
fantastic and I took full advantage of the excellent facilities offered.
Being an overseas student, I feel there is a great atmosphere for overseas students
to communicate and work together with UK students. The University contributes a
lot to make the academic and social life even better for students from different
countries. Overall it has been an amazing experience for me to study and research
at Bath University.”