Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code 2H26
Duration 5 years
Related subjects Civil Engineering Engineering

Any questions?

Natalie Eyre
Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5713
Email civilugadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/civil/ug

Course description

If you're not sure which area of civil engineering you want to go into, this broad-based course is a good choice.

You'll have the chance to arrange a year working in an engineering company between years three and four. This will put your academic studies into context, improve your skills and enhance your employment prospects.

The first and second years introduce the core disciplines of structures, water, geotechnics and environmental issues. In the first year, you'll take the Global Engineering Challenge. This involves working with other engineering students on a one-week project to tackle a real-world problem. The challenge is designed to develop your skills and enhance your career prospects.

In the third and fourth years, you will explore environmental and sustainability issues in more depth. You will also work on an integrated design project, investigating new methods and materials for the design of an entire eco-town or urban regeneration site. The project is demanding. It takes initiative, motivation and careful planning.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including Mathematics
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including A in Mathematics + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
BTEC D*DD in Engineering + A Level Mathematics grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Mathematics
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA in Mathematics
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science at grade B if not offered at A or AS level.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Civil Engineering Mathematics
Civil Engineering Skills
Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanics 1
Introduction to Civil and Structural Engineering Design
Geotechnical Engineering 1
Introduction to Structural Materials Engineering
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Engineering
Principles of Hydraulics
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Geotechnical Engineering 2
Pipes and Open Channel Hydraulics
Structural Analysis I
Structural Engineering Design and Appraisal
Construction Project Management
Further Civil Engineering Mathematics and Computing
Materials for Structural Engineering
Water and Wastewater
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Integrated Design Project II (Group Design Project)
Integrated Design Project 1
Advanced Structural Analysis
Civil Engineering Research Skills
Computational Engineering Mathematics
Finance and Law for Engineers
Geotechnical Design
Integrated Design Project III
Urban Drainage Engineering

Fourth year

Core modules:

Year in Industry

Fifth year

Core modules:

Introduction to the Mechanics of Turbulent Flows

Optional modules:

European-Based Individual Research Study
Individual Research Project
Advanced Concrete Design
Advanced Geotechnics
Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
Coastal Engineering
Composite Steel and Concrete Construction
Computational Structural Analysis and Research Skills
Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks
Flood Risk Management
Hydrogeology and Research Skills
Innovations in Structural Concrete
Structural Dynamics and Applications to Earthquake Engineering and Vibration
SuDS and Green Infrastructure
Surface Water Quality Processes

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

The Diamond building

Both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2016 place us in the top 5 for civil engineering. We've won four University awards for excellent teaching since 2011. Our research is internationally recognised. Industry and government value our expertise.

Civil engineering is at the forefront of improving the way we live. Whether it's providing the facilities that keep our day-to-day lives running smoothly - from roads and railways to clean water supplies - or working to meet the ever-changing needs of our society in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and climate change. You'll be helping to create and protect the world we live in.

Our partner companies contribute to teaching through lectures, design classes, projects and site visits. We work with leading consultants, contractors and specialist civil engineering companies to provide industrial opportunities for a number of students each year. We also have industrial tutors and professionals who mentor our first-year students.

You'll be taught in The Diamond (pictured), one of the best teaching spaces in the UK. The building contains state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities, and uses cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our graduates work all over the world, from the UK to Australia and the USA. Recent graduates went to work for AECOM, Amey, Arup, Atkins, BCS Design, Eastwood & Partners, Interserve, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Ramboll, Transport for London, URS, Kier and VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd.

Student profile


"I had a look at the DVD of Sheffield and saw it was such a nice environment for international students."

Jacques Calitz
Civil and Structural Engineering

All our courses are 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.

The MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects; our Architectural Engineering course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A four-year MEng meets all the academic requirements of Chartered Engineer status. If you take the three-year BEng Civil Engineering, you will have to complete some further learning before you can qualify as a Chartered Engineer.

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Natalie Eyre
Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5713
Email civilugadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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