Course details

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

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Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5738
Email civilugadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/civil/ug

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

9th in the UK for civil engineering
The Guardian University Guide 2019

Top 50 in the world and 5th in the UK for civil and structural engineering
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Course description

We've teamed up with the Department of Geography for this course, which aims to produce engineers with a deeper understanding of modern, global challenges, which are more complex than traditional engineering challenges.

This course goes beyond infrastructure to consider how humans interact with the world, and address issues such as urban development, social issues, poverty, housing, food resources, waste, sustainability, and sustainable development of infrastructure.

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 in A Level Maths
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
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science or GCSE Additional Science at grade 6 or grade B, or equivalent, if not offered at A or AS Level
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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
Exploring Human Geographies
Geographical Skills (CEng)
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:

Geographies of Consumption
Hong Kong 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
Groundwater Engineering
Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Optional modules:

Coastal Engineering
Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks
Flood Risk Management
Sustainable Drainage 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 ninth in the UK for civil engineering, according to The Times Good University Guide 2019. 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 courses teach you how to think about issues from a global perspective. Wherever you choose to start your career, you'll be in demand. You'll know how to look for sustainable solutions to problems faced by communities throughout the world.

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

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.

Structural engineers design and construct multi-storey buildings, bridges, sports stadiums, tunnels, airports and schools. As a structural engineer, you'll be helping to shape the world around us. Our courses give you a fundamental understanding of how loads and stresses, gravity, vibrations, the external environment and ground conditions affect structures.

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.

All our courses prepare you for a wide variety of engineering professions. You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills to fields as diverse as the built environment, sustainability and improving the environment. These are just some examples of the engineering disciplines you could go on to: railway, airport, geotechnical, architectural, coastal or offshore, environmental, Building Information Modelling (BIM), water and flood risk management engineering.

In addition, architectural engineering graduates might go into a broad range of engineering areas ranging from building services to mechanical, electrical or acoustic engineering.

Urban engineering and development graduates might be interested in fields as diverse as aid and charity work, environmental consultancy, social justice work, real estate, civil service, teaching, intelligent marketing or the financial services.

Student profile


"I think choosing to study at Sheffield was a really good choice, because it has very strong industrial links…Representatives of industry would come in and speak with us and have different projects going on."

Monika Szczyrba
Civil Engineering

Urban Engineering and Design was introduced in 2018. Formal accreditation for this course will take 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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