Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H225
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Civil Engineering Geography Engineering

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Natalie Eyre
Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5713

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

8th in the UK for civil engineering
The Guardian University Guide 2018

Course description

In an increasingly complex and challenging world, knowledge and expertise beyond a single discipline is valuable for 21st-century engineers. This interdisciplinary course combines fundamental civil and structural engineering modules with those taught by the Department of Geography.

The course goes beyond buildings and infrastructure. You'll approach issues on a global scale and consider how humans interact with the world, their environment, and society.

In years one and two you'll establish a basis in engineering mechanics and learn about human geography, development and geographical methods.

Your third year includes a major design project involving independent and group work, and integration of technical, professional and management knowledge in a real-life social context. You'll also get the chance to go on a geography field research class to New York.

In your final year you'll extend your knowledge into specialist areas through an individual research project.

As a graduate you'll understand how to address urban development, social issues, poverty, housing, food resources, waste, sustainability and the sustainable development of infrastructure.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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 DDD in Engineering + A Level Mathematics grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Mathematics
Scottish 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
  • A Level General Studies and Critical thinking 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

Department of Geography website

First year

Core modules:

Civil Engineering Mathematics
Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanics 1
Geographical Methods
Introduction to Human Geography
Civil Engineering Skills (Urban Engineering)
Geotechnical Engineering 1
Introduction to Structural Materials Engineering
Principles of Hydraulics
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Environment, Society and Politics
Geographies of Development
Geotechnical Engineering 2
Pipes and Open Channel Hydraulics
Structural Analysis I
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Materials for Structural Engineering
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Development and Global Change
Integrated Design Project 1
Integrated Design Project in Urban Engineering
Civil Engineering Research Skills
Construction Project Management
Integrated Design Project III
Structural Engineering Design and Appraisal (Urban Engineering)

Optional modules:

Coastal Processes
Geographies of Consumption
Global City Fieldclass
Geotechnical Design
Urban Drainage Engineering

Fourth year

Core modules:

Individual Research Project
Advanced Geotechnics
Current Issues in Geography and Environmental Science
Surface Water Quality Processes
Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Optional modules:

Coastal Engineering
Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks
SuDS and Green Infrastructure
Urban Microclimate

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

We're eighth in the UK for civil engineering, according to The Guardian University Guide 2018. 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 industry partners 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

Department of Geography

Geography is a key discipline for the 21st century. Our Royal Geographical Society accredited degrees offer specialisms that reflect our research expertise and the international agenda. Your course is also highly flexible: you tailor it to your interests. All students are able to choose modules from across our human and physical geography specialisms. But you can also study modules from other disciplines, regardless of the degree you take. Our programmes include training in key skills, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and policy analysis. You'll also receive practical training through fieldwork.

Fieldwork is embedded throughout our programmes. As an international department, we ensure you'll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in another country in Year 2, with the option of further international field classes in Year 3. Recent destinations for our fieldclasses include Berlin, California, Greece, Morocco, New York, New Zealand, Uganda and Spain.

As well as group study areas, we have our own computer suites that are equipped with the latest remote sensing, GIS and modeling software packages. We also have state-of-the-art laboratories, including an environment centre in the Peak District and a field centre in Tanzania.

Department of Geography 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, Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Eastwood & Partners, Interserve, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Ramboll, Transport for London, URS, Kier and VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd.

Student profile

"Sheffield is such a nice environment for international students."

Jacques Calitz
Civil and Structural Engineering

Urban Engineering and Design is a new course for 2018. Formal accreditation for degree programmes takes place over the four-year duration of the first student cohort.

As with all our courses, we will be seeking formal accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators. We anticipate the course will be fully accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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