Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold award

Our commitment to high quality teaching has been recognised with a TEF Gold rating. The University has received an overall rating of Gold, as well as securing a Gold award in the framework's two new student experience and student outcomes categories.

Why choose this course?

Civil Engineers have to keep pace with global developments to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. This course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours Civil Engineers need. You'll learn to deploy digital technology to create virtual models of your engineering designs to build and shape the world around you, as well as exploring how to mitigate the impact of climate change on infrastructure and society.

You will study engineering problem analysis, design, engineering practice, sustainability and climate emergencies, structural analysis, advanced modelling, automation and digital technologies, advanced materials, energy use of new buildings and transport, hydraulics and geotechnical engineering.

You'll work in specialist laboratories, using concrete, hydraulics, materials, soils and structures, and you'll experience real-life scenarios through site visits and field trips. Practical work includes surveying, model-making, engineering drawing and digital technology.

Qualification Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
BEng (Hons) 3 years full time H210 2024 (Clearing)
2025
BEng (Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H211 2024 (Clearing)
2025
BEng (Hons) 4 years full time including foundation year H218 2024 (Clearing)
2025
BEng (Hons) 5 years part time Apply direct to the University 2024 (Clearing)
2025
Degree Apprenticeship 5 years part time Apply direct to the University 2024 (Clearing)
2025

Please note: teaching on this course may take place on more than one KU campus.

Main Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Combine engineering theory, design and use of structural design software with real-world case studies and hands-on experience through our specialist laboratory suites and on-site practical activities.
  • Prepare for your future career with a year's paid work placement, or gain valuable experience by studying abroad.
  • This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A program of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Professional Accreditation

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and The Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council as for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Candidates must hold a masters or doctorate accredited as further learning for CEng to hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

Download the engineering degree accreditation leaflet (PDF) to find out more about the benefits of studying a degree accredited by the Engineering Council.

Please check the Engineering Council website for more information.

What you will study

On this course you will gain a good mix of theoretical, practical, academic, management and industrial-based skills.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3/4

Part-time route (non-degree apprenticeship)

Year 1 introduces Navigate (a Future Skills module designed to assist students in making the transition to Higher Education, develop strong foundations of self-awareness, self-motivation and generate a sense of belonging to their course and Kingston University), sustainability, climate literacy, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

It also develops your skills in engineering analytics and mathematics, structures, mechanics and materials, fluid mechanics and soil mechanics. There is an emphasis on practical work, including laboratories and model-making.

Core modules

Navigate for the Professional Engineer

15 credits

Students are introduced to their course learning aims and consider their anticipated learning targets from induction to graduation. Students are guided to identify and take ownership of their personal academic journey through the development and application of academic skills aligned to KU Graduate Attributes and their discipline-specific professional body learning outcomes.

Students are tutored in a range of learning to learn techniques, are introduced to assessment for learning and the role of feedback, reflection and feedforward as an integrated part of their learning journey. This will be supported through active engagement in the KU Navigate Programme enabling students to understand and begin to develop a design thinking approach to Future Skills development.

Mathematics and Engineering Analytics

15 credits

This module provides a thorough background in engineering mathematics and equips you with the mathematical skills essential for solving engineering problems. Topics covered include algebra, functions, logarithms, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, and vectors. The context of the problems to be solved will include practical and real-life problems from a wide range of civil engineering examples to demonstrate the relevance of the various mathematical tools taught in the whole year.

Sustainability for Professional Practice

15 credits

This module will explore the environmental, economic, and social problems that society faces and encourages students to find and create sustainable innovative solutions. Students will be introduced to the complex societal problems and current time challenges associated with social justice, cultural inequalities, ethics, and climate change emergencies.

The students will be immersed in a culture of education that provides knowledge, values, attitudes and skills and encourage them to think about possible solutions seeking to balance economic, environmental, and social objectives set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and the challenges in achieving those goals.

Introduction to Mechanics and Materials

15 credits

This module develops students' understanding of the fundamentals of structural characteristic and mechanics properties of a broad range of engineering materials including common civil engineering materials. This module introduces the fundamental concepts and engineering mechanics of the materials.

This module also enables the student to appreciate essential fundamental materials properties required to undertake practical approach to the solution of basic real-life engineering problems.

This module also promotes effective group working and leadership skills and develops skills in management of engineering design and creative problem-solving which are key employability and graduate skills.

Structural Analysis and Design 1

30 credits

This module covers the fundamentals of structural analysis along with an introduction to stress analysis and design. You will study the behaviour of statically determinate structures, their properties and the effect of different types of static loading. The theoretical principles will be verified by laboratory testing under the Mechanics of Materials module. An analysis of trusses and simple structural elements will be developed qualitatively and quantitatively using numerical skills that are necessary for a thorough understanding of the behaviour of structures and structural systems.

Fluid and Soil Mechanics

30 credits

This module introduces the fundamental properties of fluids and soils, covering the basic equations used in fluid mechanics and the essential aspects of soil mechanics. It also includes the concept of dimensions and the SI units of measurement utilised in science and engineering.

Where possible, lectures will relate academic work to the ‘real world' of civil engineering, through the introduction of case studies and research. Theoretical topics are supported by laboratory practicals that also provide instruction in safe laboratory working practices, analysis of test data and appropriate reporting.

Year 2 includes Exploring (a Future Skills module that includes the development of team-working, interpersonal and interdisciplinary skills, critical self-reflection, communication and presentation skills and the ability to organise, strategies and prioritise).

You will learn digitisation in Civil Engineering Construction using REVIT and BIM related software, practical-focused studies covering specific civil engineering subjects such as structural analysis, construction materials, geotechnics, hydraulics and water engineering, engineering geodesy and geographic information system (GIS).

Core modules

Exploring Engineering Project Management

15 credits

This module considers the principles and practices for the design and management of engineering projects. The nature of engineering project management is discussed in the context of constraints on quality, time, risk, and sustainability. The module broadens the student's knowledge of how organisations undertake and monitor projects.

Digital Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM)

15 credits

This module introduces the key principles of BIM, providing learners with an overview of the standards, management processes, legal implications, ethical context, collaborative working practices and software packages. It will also provide an understanding of digital technologies and construction-related information modelling in the built environment context.

Students will learn how digital construction has revolutionised the construction industry and how BIM and its closely related digital technologies are used as tools for the realisation of the construction industry 4.0. The module will address various aspects of digital design, construction, and operation and maintenance, including the knowledge and use of tools related to BIM, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and geographic information system.

Engineering Geodesy and GIS

15 credits

This module exposes you to the instrumentation and observation principles of modern engineering surveying and develops their theoretical understanding and relevant mathematical expertise as well as practical skills.

We will help you understand how engineering surveying can contribute to the successful design and completion of engineering projects through practical hands-on activities and in desktop calculation and software use. Basic operating principles of surveying equipment – focusing on the horizontal and vertical control using Theodolites, Levels and Total Stations – are covered in the module and supported by practical exercises.

During lectures, you will gain the required theoretical knowledge and concepts of surveying, as well as develop practical and mathematical surveying skills. Theoretical knowledge will then be enhanced by a range of fieldwork sessions using high-precision surveying instrumentation such as levels, theodolites, total stations and other geodesy equipment. We will take you from data collection, through to processing and analysis, to interpretation of results using appropriate computer software.

Hydraulics and Water Engineering

15 credits

This module considers natural river courses and the conveyance of water through pipelines, culverts and canals. Laboratory demonstrations and practical classes will enable you to experience key phenomena first hand. There may also be the opportunity for a field trip to further reinforce the learning of topics such as the basics of catchment characterisation and stream flow measurement. The module will introduce you to much of the work carried out by civil engineers employed in the water industry.

Structural Analysis and Design 2

30 credits

The module looks at conventional methods of evaluating displacements and the study of statically indeterminate structures. The module continues with intermediate methods and techniques of structural design in steel, concrete, masonry and timber, and develops the student's ability to produce competent and professional structural calculations and detailed drawings. The module also includes the principles of conceptual design of structures.

Geotechnics and Materials

30 credits

The geotechnics section of the module covers engineering geology, groundwater seepage; shear strength of soils, stresses in soils due to foundation loading, consolidation behaviour and settlement of soils. The materials section of the module develops understanding of properties of various engineering materials, enabling students to learn about material selection and application in construction, including sustainable practices used to reduce waste, promote recyclability, and assess impacts on the environment.

Final year students will be guided to interact with professional and learning communities beyond the university and reflect on these interactions through Applied (a Future Skills module) where students will demonstrate the ability to apply their developing professional skills competencies in their chosen area and prepare students for employment and entrepreneurship.

The final year involves the in-depth study and application of core civil engineering disciplines: advanced structural modelling and design, geotechnical and environmental engineering, and infrastructure such as transportation and highways. You will carry out an individual project focused on research into a specialised subject and take part in a major integrated design project with fellow students.

Core modules

Applied Business Management

15 credits

You will demonstrate the ability to apply your professional skills in your chosen area, and gain a broad understanding of the business environment in which professional activities are undertaken. The module will develop the technical, management and interpersonal skills required to perform in a team environment, and prepare you for employment and entrepreneurship.

You will participate in Kingston University's Bright Ideas competition where you will work as a team to develop a business idea. To do this you will need to interact with relevant stakeholders outside the University.

You will be guided to interact with professional and learning communities beyond the University and reflect on these interactions. This may include participation in co-curricular events such as subject-specific and career development events, and networking opportunities offered by subject-specific professional bodies. You'll leverage interactions with professionals in the development of your final year research project, and reflect on the co-benefits of these interactions.

Highway, Transport and Traffic Engineering

15 credits

This module has been designed to broaden the students' perspective on the infrastructure that underpins a developed society and the role of the civil engineer in its design, construction, maintenance and management. The requirement for sustainable solutions will be emphasised throughout the module, considering environmental, economic, social and political factors.

The delivery of the module will be reinforced by a number of computer lab sessions on the subject of highway design and traffic management. The module will consider a broad range of infrastructure with a focus on transportation, traffic and highway design, with the view to opening up career path opportunities for graduates.

Integrated Design Project

15 credits

Students will learn to produce competent and professional designs that will be utilised in a group project. This will stimulate students to develop an interest and awareness of the scope and nature of civil engineering within the design process and to encourage creativity, engineering judgement and technical report writing.

Development of team-working skills and independent study is an important part of the module.

This module intends to develop technical design skills, students' academic and communication skills, to increase awareness of the role of the civil engineer in planning, design and construction issues, to encourage students to utilise their membership of professional institutions, to appreciate effective team working and to enhance their employability.

Advanced Structural Modelling and Design

30 credits

This module covers advanced methods and techniques for structural analysis and design of complex statically indeterminate structures in steel, concrete and timber, Upon the completion of this module students will be able to produce competent and professional structural designs including calculations and detailed drawings that will stimulate students' interest in structural engineering and encourage them to use their creativity and imagination to develop sustainable structural solutions.

This module intends to develop students' structural design technical skills, to increase their awareness of the role of structural engineers in solving design and construction problems, to encourage students to utilise their membership of professional institutions and to enhance their employability.

Individual Research Project

30 credits

The individual project is an opportunity to explore a subject of the student's own choice and to initiate, design and execute a small-scale research project under supervision. The work in the project will draw upon material from all modules previously or currently taught and provide a culmination to their degree. Additionally, this allows the students to develop and practice their research skills that will be invaluable for the future.

The students are encouraged to work independently, study a topic in depth, review previous work, collect, and interpret and analyse information. This is also intended to develop students' ability to communicate clearly and succinctly orally, graphically and in writing. In undertaking the work, they should demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing literature and in using one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions.

To support the student a series of workshops will be given along with individual one-to-one supervision to ensure that the student is supported throughout the process. Assessment is by submission of an initial formative research statement and summative assessments comprise an interim report and the completed project.

Optional modules

Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering

15 credits

This module covers the analysis of stability of slopes, shallow and deep foundations, earth pressures and retaining walls, and ground improvement. The module incorporates design of various geotechnical structures according to current European Codes of Practice and relevant British Standards. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret geotechnical data from site investigation, use Eurocode 7 procedures to design earth slopes, spread footings, piled foundations, and retaining walls.

Geotechnical Engineering and Geophysical Hazards

15 credits

This optional module covers geotechnical engineering solutions to a variety of geophysical hazards, including earthquakes (shaking and liquefaction), volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and mass movements (landslides, falls and flows). Students will be skilled in interpreting site investigation data, using European Codes of Practice and relevant British Standards, to design shallow and deep foundations, earth pressures, retaining walls, earthquake-proof design of buildings and critical infrastructure, tsunami sea-walls and shelters, and engineering solutions to volcanic hazards.

Upon completion, students should be able to interpret geotechnical data from site investigation, use Eurocode 7 procedures to design spread footings, piled foundations, retaining walls and understand the variety of engineering solutions to geophysical hazards.

The module will also provide the students with an understanding of a variety of challenges posed by geophysical hazards and disasters. Students will consider the range of geophysical hazards, their processes, and the tectonic and geotechnical aspects underpinning these.

Through tailored fieldwork, students will learn how to assess and quantify level of risk associated with a number of primary and secondary hazards by identifying spatial distribution of hazards by location, and considering and measuring likelihood of events occurring, possible impacts and vulnerable "elements" and their value. Students will learn how to communicate this level of risk through risk mapping utilising GIS. Importantly, students will consider what mitigation is currently in place to lower the risk of hazards, and propose new engineering solutions to reduce the risk.

An appreciation of the wider topic of geophysical hazards, risk and how we mitigate them is important in terms of understanding the significance of geotechnical engineers in providing soft and hard engineering solutions to mitigate risk, thereby helping communities to build resilience to a variety of geophysical hazards. Cost benefit analysis and sustainability are key to discussions surrounding mitigation.

Geotechnical Engineering and Geomorphological Hazards

15 credits

This optional module covers geotechnical engineering solutions to a variety of geomorphological hazards, including coastal erosion, mass movements (landslides, falls and flows), subsidence and sinkholes. Students will be skilled in interpreting site investigation data, using European Codes of Practice and relevant British Standards, to design shallow and deep foundations, earth pressures, retaining walls and coastal defences. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret geotechnical data from site investigation, use Eurocode 7 procedures to design spread footings, piled foundations, retaining walls and coastal defences (e.g., groynes and sea-walls).

The module will also provide the students with an understanding of a variety of challenges posed by geomorphological hazards, in particular those occurring along coastlines, which, as a result of sea-level rise and more frequent and intense weather events (e.g., heavy rainfall and storm surges) related to climate change, are at increased risk of disasters.

Students will consider the variety of geomorphological hazards, their processes, and the geological and geotechnical aspects underpinning these. Through tailored fieldwork, students will learn how to assess and quantify level of risk associated with a number of these hazards by identifying potential hazards by location, and considering and measuring likelihood of events occurring, possible impacts and vulnerable 'elements' and their value. Students will learn how to communicate this level of risk through risk mapping utilising GIS. Importantly, students will consider what mitigation is currently in place to lower the risk of hazards, and propose new engineering solutions to reduce the risk.

An appreciation of the wider topic of geomorphological hazards, risk and how we mitigate these is important in terms of understanding the significance of geotechnical engineers in providing soft and hard engineering solutions to mitigate risk, thereby helping communities to build resilience and adapt to a variety of environmental hazards, including climate change. Cost benefit analysis and sustainability are key to discussions surrounding mitigation.

Entry requirements

To apply to study this course part time, please contact our admissions administrators.

Attendance

You will attend one day per week for all lectures in a module including tutorials and laboratories.

Exams normally take place in May.

E-learning

Our web-based system called Canvas hosts all lecture material, notes, and assignments etc. for your subjects, allowing you to supplement your learning at the University with private study time at home or at the office.

Tuition fees

Read our guidance on fees for part-time students.

Extended degree with a Foundation year

Our Engineering Foundation with pathways in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical Engineering is ideal if you would like to join one of our engineering honours degrees but need a preparatory period of study. It provides an alternative entry route if you do not meet our standard entry requirements but have the ability to succeed at degree-level study. Once you have completed this course, you can join a BEng (Hons) / MEng (Hons) engineering degree of your choice, dependent on satisfactory grades.

Find out more about the engineering foundation year >

What our students say

Kingston University offers a London campus experience without the busy London lifestyle. I have found Kingston to be very safe for students and offers a diverse culture for anyone to feel welcomed.

"During my last few months at Kingston University, I have been accepted into a Civil Engineering role at Galliford Try. My time at Kingston University has prepared me to work in the Civil Engineering industry, as over the course of my degree I have completed a range of modules that have allowed me to expand my knowledge and gain insight into the infrastructure sector whilst developing the necessary skills that are deemed valuable to construction companies. Through many group project tasks during my studies, I have further developed team working skills, leadership, communication and time management skills, which employers favoured."

Altan Elmas, Civil Engineering student

Altan Elmas, Civil Engineering student

My favourite part of the course has been the final year group project to design a sustainable hotel. This project allowed me to apply everything I had learned throughout my time at Kingston University, integrating various aspects of Civil Engineering. It was a challenging and rewarding experience that tested our knowledge and teamwork skills. Additionally, it provided a practical insight into how real-life projects operate, from planning and design to implementation. This hands-on project was invaluable in preparing me for a professional career in Civil Engineering."

Charlie Pilgrim, Civil Engineering student

Charlie Pilgrim, Civil Engineering student

Since I was young, I always wanted to be a Civil Engineer. Civil Engineering is a fantastic field, with great scope to build your career. It involves designing, constructing and maintaining infrastructure. Best of all, we are here to make a positive impact on people's day-to-day lives, and contribute to, and develop, society.

"Kingston is the best university for study as they offer a variety of different courses, with many industrial connections. They have great labs and modern facilities. Lecturers are very supportive. Kingston is also a great location – it's a great place for food, social gatherings and walking along the River Thames."

Sonam KC, Civil Engineering student

Future Skills

Knowledge to give you the edge

Embedded within every course curriculum and throughout the whole Kingston experience, Future Skills will play a role in shaping you to become a future-proof graduate, providing you with the skills most valued by employers such as problem-solving, digital competency, and adaptability.

As you progress through your degree, you'll learn to navigate, explore and apply these graduate skills, learning to demonstrate and articulate to employers how future skills give you the edge.

At Kingston University, we're not just keeping up with change, we're creating it.

A female engineering student, in the engineering lab.

Degree apprenticeship

The Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship programme provides a strong platform for pursuing and achieving a varied and interesting career in Civil Engineering. It incorporates recent developments in industry and education as well as the curriculum and teaching principles from research and academic.

Typically, you'll spend one day a week at university rather than your place of employment. There will also be learning activities and training at your workplace.

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2024, please call our Clearing line on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2025 entry only.

Typical offer 2025

UCAS tariff points: 112-128 for BEng (Hons); 64 for BEng (Hons) including foundation year from Level 3 qualifications.

A-level

  • A-level (or equivalent) in Mathematics at grade C or above.

BTEC level

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering including Construction and Built Environment, including minimum Merit in Maths and Further Maths
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and in addition must hold an A-level in Maths with a minimum grade of C.

T-Level

  • T-Level in Construction (Design, Surveying and Planning) with overall grade (M) 120 UCAS points.

BEng (Hons) including foundation year: 64 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. Candidates are also required to hold a GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above or a recognised equivalent.

Degree apprenticeship route

  • Same detailed entry requirements as above. To include: five GCSEs at grade C/4 including English and Mathematics. Sponsorship from an approved employer within the industry.

Typical offer 2024

UCAS tariff points: 112-128 for BEng (Hons); 64 for BEng (Hons) including foundation year from Level 3 qualifications.

A-level

  • A-level (or equivalent) in Mathematics at grade C or above.
  • General studies and Native language at both A-Level and AS Level not accepted in the tariff.

BTEC level

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering including Construction and Built Environment, including minimum Merit in Maths and Further Maths
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and in addition must hold an A-level in Maths with a minimum grade of C.
  • Access HE diploma is not accepted.

T-Level

  • T-Level in Construction (Design, Surveying and Planning) to include minimum of a C in the Core and a Merit in the Occupational Specialism in Civil Engineering.

Degree apprenticeship route

  • Same detailed entry requirements as above. To include: five GCSEs at grade C/4 including English and Mathematics. Sponsorship from an approved employer within the industry.

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics and English Language.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course in a relevant engineering subject which has been passed with 112 UCAS points and all mathematics and physics units have been undertaken at Level 3 and Distinction grades achieved.

Applications from those that have undertaken an Engineering foundation year will also be considered.

Entry to Year 2 and part-time (non-degree apprenticeship route):

This mode of entry requires exemption from Year 1 of the course. This is normally attained with a BTEC Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering or similar qualification, with a minimum of five merits to include analytical subjects. Applicants for the part-time course (non-degree apprenticeship route) should be employed in the construction or related industries. 

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. View our standard entry requirements from your country.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Typical offer and UCAS points explained

Like most universities, we use the UCAS Tariff point system for our course entry requirements.

Find out more about UCAS Tariff points and see how A-level, AS level, BTEC Diploma and T-level qualifications translate to the points system.

Teaching and assessment

Scheduled learning and teaching on this course includes timetabled activities including lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.
It may also include placements, project work, workshops, workshops in computer labs, and laboratory workshops.

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

Outside the scheduled learning and teaching hours, you will learn independently through self-study which will involve reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, preparing for and completing your work for assessments. Some independent study work may need to be completed on-campus, as you may need to access campus-based facilities such as studios and labs.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

A course is made up of modules, and each module is worth a number of credits. You must pass a given number of credits in order to achieve the award you registered on, for example 360 credits for a typical undergraduate course or 180 credits for a typical postgraduate course. The number of credits you need for your award is detailed in the programme specification which you can access from the link at the bottom of this page.

One credit equates to 10 hours of study. Therefore 120 credits across a year (typical for an undergraduate course) would equate to 1,200 notional hours. These hours are split into scheduled and guided. On this course, the percentage of that time that will be scheduled learning and teaching activities is shown below for each year of study. The remainder is made up of guided independent study.

  • Year 1: 22% scheduled learning and teaching
  • Year 2: 22% scheduled learning and teaching
  • Year 3: 21% scheduled learning and teaching

The exact balance between scheduled learning and teaching and guided independent study will be informed by the modules you take.

Your course will primarily be delivered in person. It may include delivery of some activities online, either in real time or recorded.

How you will be assessed

Types of assessment

  • Year 1: Coursework 51%; practical 4%; exams 45%
  • Year 2: Coursework 43%; exams 57%
  • Year 3: Coursework 60%; practical 3% ; exams 37%

Please note: the above breakdowns are a guide calculated on core modules only. If your course includes optional modules, this breakdown may change to reflect the modules chosen.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled learning and teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 60 students and lecture sizes are normally 60 to 105.  However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught by the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction and Surveying. Staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practise and research at the cutting edge of their discipline.

Our programmes have been designed with your aspirations, needs and abilities in mind, and are aimed at developing your specialist skills, deepening your understanding and offering new insights and perspectives to equip you for a professional career ahead.

Academic staff in the department are bonded in an interdisciplinary team of civil and structural engineers, material scientists, geologists, hydrologists, construction managers, building and quantity surveyors with professional practice and applied research backgrounds. Many of us are nationally and internationally recognised leaders in our areas of specialism and we are frequently invited to undertake high-profile external research and consultancy work.

Having developed our courses with the working world in mind, we offer hands-on student experiences such as testing in our exemplary laboratory facilities in structures, materials, concrete, geotechnics and hydraulics that are used for teaching and research. Knowledge is also gained from field trips for both undergraduates and postgraduates; site visits and industrial placements; employability support via our strong partnerships with industry, professional institutions and learned societies.

Our teaching is engaging and practice-focused and supported by site visits and invited guest lecturers by our industrial liaisons and strong alumni network. Our approach to assessment is project-driven and seeks to equip students with a range of competencies and transferrable skills thus boosting their employability prospects.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including:

  • extensive materials and structures facility for concrete, masonry, steel and timber;
  • geotechnical and hydraulics testing facilities; and
  • surveying equipment, such as satellite global-positioning systems.

Dedicated computer-aided design facilities include:

  • a range of CAD/CAM packages, such as Ideas, SolidWorks and AutoCAD;
  • finite element analysis
  • computational fluid dynamics; and
  • virtual instrumentation.

Course fees and funding

2025/26 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2025/26 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
Foundation Year: £9,250
International

Year 1 (2025/26): £18,500
Year 2 (2026/27): £19,200
Year 3 (2027/28): £19,900
Year 4 (2028/29): £20,700

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full-time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full-time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2024/25 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2024/25 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
Foundation Year: £9,250
International

Year 1 (2024/25): £17,800
Year 2 (2025/26): £18,500
Year 3 (2026/27): £19,200
Year 4 (2027/28): £20,100

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full-time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full-time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies from the 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting after 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks; this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each campus. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost between £100 and £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases, written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Placements

If the placement year option is chosen, during this year travel costs will vary according to the location of the placement, and could be from £0 to £2,000.

Field trips

All field trips that are compulsory to attend to complete your course are paid for by the University. There may be fees incurred for optional field trips which can range from £30 to £350 per trip.

3D printing

It is not compulsory as part of your degree to print projects using the 3D printer. However if you wish to, you will need to pay for the material. Printing costs are estimated by weight (cheapest material is 3p per gram and most expensive material is 40p per gram).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Kingston University will supply you with a lab coat, hard hat and safety goggles at the start of the year. A £10 voucher will be supplied to help cover the cost of the safety boots when purchasing with our supplier Activity Work Wear. Safety boots can range in cost between £25 and £100.

You may need to purchase equipment when going on site visits, such as safety gloves. This should cost approximately £50 over the three to four year course.

After you graduate

Careers and progression

Most graduates work in civil engineering and the construction industry or continue their studies to postgraduate level.

Examples of graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Civil engineer
  • Design consultant
  • Structural engineer
  • Senior technician
  • Project manager
  • Coastal engineer
  • Asset systems management technical specialist
  • Engineer

Employers

  • Mott MacDonald
  • Bam Nuttall
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Mace Ltd
  • Kerr Group
  • Belipan Building Construction
  • Lanmor Consultants
  • Waterman Transportation Developments

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year. These include job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. The events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course.

Opportunities include:

  • placements
  • working or studying abroad
  • volunteering
  • peer mentoring roles
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide you would like to progress to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10% discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

What our students say

Civil Engineering students, Anya and Kievan talk about their experience studying at Kingston University:

What our graduates say

I am using my experience from Kingston to carry out cost, energy and environmental impact assessments of buildings over their total lifetime.

Julie Chouquet – Graduated: 1999

Work placement year

How you can work in industry during your course

Placements:

  • provide work experience that is relevant to your course and future career
  • improve your chances of graduating with a higher-grade degree
  • enhance your CV
  • lead to a graduate job
  • enable you to earn a year's salary whilst studying (the vast majority of placements are paid)
  • help you to select your final-year project.

"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..." Jeremy Darroch, Former Chief Executive, Sky.

"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills." Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd.

  • 81% of placement students and 34% of non-placement students got a first or 2.1 (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • 100% of placement students during 2008 recommend doing a placement (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • Many employers offer a graduate job to their successful placement students.

There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (such as a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs and mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility.

For further information please contact the placements team by telephone 020 8417 2969 or email secplace@kingston.ac.uk.

Examples of placements

Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles:

Construction-based placement employersConstruction-based placement roles 
RG Group
Multiplex
Costain
Willmott Dixon
Fluor
Assistant site manager
Assistant trades package manager
Assistant logistics manager
Health and safety officer
Construction engineer
Science-based placement employers Science-based placement roles
Reckitt and Benckiser
GSK
Drug Control Centre
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd
Various local and international hospitals
Bioanalytical sciences
Lab assistant
Pharmacy assistant
Sports coach
Engineering-based placement employers Engineering-based placement roles
Airbus
BAM Nuttall
Nissan
Bosch
Wozair
Analysis of aircraft structure
Construction resources specialist
Site engineer assistant
Computing and IS-based placement employersComputing and IS-based placement roles
Disney
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
IBM
McKinsey
Intel
Database coordinator
Software developer
Website developer
App developer
Mathematics-based placement employersMathematics-based placement roles
Lloyds Banking Group
AXA
Allianz
PAU Education, Spain
Analyst
Investment solutions
Research analyst
Accounts assistant

Work placement case study

Kurtis Napp, infrastructure and sustainability intern, Transport for London 

  • Name: Kurtis Napp
  • Placement role: Infrastructure and sustainability intern
  • Placement company: Transport for London
  • Year: 2014/15

Why did you decide to do an industrial placement as part of your degree?

Placement helps you to gain experience in your degree discipline and is a good way to gauge how much you enjoy practising the work that you study. It also allows you to find useful contacts in your field of study and more importantly outside as well.

What does your placement role involve?

The department I am in monitors the energy usage of the head office buildings according to the DEFRA principle utilities of CO2 (electricity and gas) usage, water consumption and recycling. I help to provide the reports and updates that inform the company of its performance, any suggestions I have can be put forward in my team meetings to the head of Infrastructure and Sustainability.

How is your typical day – any specific projects were you involved with?

My typical day involves checking emails in the morning, then acting on them in terms of priority, any projects I am involved in (usually head office building maintenance projects) writing the risk assessments and method t=statements for any new projects.

I also check the statistical performance of the maintenance contractors concerning their planned preventative measures which has service level agreements that are specified within their contract with TfL.

What key elements of your job will involve what you had learned from your course?

Being able to compare a measured energy variable to its accepted baseline performance then changing the parameters that affect this energy variable to receive an improved (sustainable) state.

Additional to this the sustainability approach put forward by BREEAM in the ISO: 50001 which promotes the use of energy management systems for the design and maintenance of buildings is a vital part of designing and should be used in from the feasibility stage of material selection to the final handover stage.

From your experience working at your placement employer is there anything that you will use when you go back to your study (if this is applicable)?

The emailing structure and meeting presentations are an important part of communicating in the corporate world, therefore I will definitely be using these skills post-industrial placement.

How do you feel that your placement has benefited your course?

I feel that I have gained a better understanding of material selection and focusing on using best practice as a bare minimum to improve on the design of buildings.

Are there any other benefits of doing a placement?

Knowing how to operate within a workplace is the first step into understanding how the world works. I have received training on all sorts of comprehensive courses that improve the nature of one's professional skills; nevertheless being in a team relies purely on your ability to get along with people and to be able to communicate accurately while leaving scope for suggestions and feedback.

What job will you be seeking when you graduate?

I would like to work as a civil engineer for a company like Transport for London as they have many training opportunities for graduate engineers as well as opportunities to develop different but much needed people skills.

What advice would you give to the students who are thinking of applying for placement?

If you want to learn how to operate in your field of work and attempt to further your ability to communicate with others of a different academic background, then a placement is a brilliant way to learn this.

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