Civil and Construction Engineering MEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (4 years)




Change the skyline in cities. Develop the built environments of the future. Study Civil and Construction Engineering at ARU, and gain the academic, technical and design skills you need to address challenges in the modern world. You'll also take a step towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description


We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Civil engineers tend to specialise in two areas – design and production. This course will prepare you for both.

  • Design civil engineers work mainly in offices, looking at the need for projects and how a particular project can be achieved.
  • Production civil engineers work and plan on-site, check the quality of work, and oversee schedules and budgets.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you would like to continue your studies and develop further skills with us, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses. You could even further your research study skills with a PhD.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Civil Engineering Project 1
    Every building needs to be feasible, whether it is the cost, the workforce required, or the timescale set. Without reviewing this a project could quick fail. Here you will start with the feasibility stage of a built environment project including the development of initial design skills and construction experience. After an introduction to the project and the definition of the deliverable deadlines you will work in groups to produce a project plan for your work, organising it for the year ahead. This includes the production of a topographical survey of the project site and collection of relevant data though field and laboratory work. You’ll use this information to produce a site investigation report which will be the basis for the feasibility study. The second half of the project will focus on initial design, where you will be required to carry out investigations into the suitability of various materials for the construction of elements of the project, taking into account not only the mechanical properties of these materials but also sustainability and economic considerations. You will analyse and design a simple structure in this project, applying basic static and design principles to define the dimensions of the structural elements. You will also construct an element of the project which will develop your skills relating to the programming of the construction process, health and safety management and team work as well as first-hand construction experience.
  • Engineering Skills
    Develop the underpinning engineering skills needed to solve technical problems and communicate technical ideas and concepts. These skills are essential for the successful completion of your project and knowledge based modules. The module will be divided into two main areas; Mathematics and technical report writing. Mathematics will focus on the basic mathematical skills needed to understand the language of mathematics and to interpret engineering mathematical expressions. Algebraic skills will also be extensively developed to carry out mathematical analysis and solve engineering problems. The module will also introduce the mathematics of trigonometry and geometry and their application to solve practical engineering problems. Technical report writing is a fundamental communication skill for engineers and will be developed throughout the course. This part of the module aims to provide the tools to enable you to structure and present technical reports and also reference correctly. You will make use of appropriate IT skills to communicate technical ideas through the written word and by graphical means.
  • Introduction to Civil Engineering
    There is a wide range of jobs and roles within Civil Engineering, and here you will see how these all work together to bring a project through to fruition. You will learn about the role of the civil engineer in society and explore breadth of career opportunities that await you on graduation. You will look at the value of inclusive engineering and the people-centric nature of this profession. Engineers are often required to ensure that work is safe, minimising risks to people and the environment, to engage in negotiations and hold positions of responsibility. Each of these requires an understanding of ethics, making ethical skills integral to engineering practice. You will encounter ethics throughout your time at university and this module will introduce this to you, showing you the importance of this type of consideration. Civil engineering projects are often complex, therefore you must work effectively in inter-disciplinary design and construction team, you must also be an accomplished communicator in order to take full advantage of their technical skills and knowledge. This module will help you develop your written, aural and drawing communication skills as well as your ability to work as a team, key skills that an employer will want to see. You will also look at the history of civil engineering, learning from past failures and mistakes, particularly looking at the incorporation of sustainability and resilience into engineering design. Through this module you will get the opportunity to visit construction sites and to start to understand construction planning and processes. Visits from guest lecturers from industry will also be encouraged, as will visits by representatives from the professional bodies such as the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.
  • Engineering and Analysis Essentials
    Your introduction to some of the basic analytical concepts and processes involved in the design of structures, you will explore some of the fundamental concepts relating to analytical and design processes. From this you will develop analytical skills which will allow you to carry out basic structural calculations. You will also be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software allowing you to effectively interpret technical drawing and give them the skills which can be applied to your specialist discipline area in later modules. Skills like these are highly sought after in the construction industry. You’ll learn about BIM (Building Information Modelling) and will gain an appreciation of the role of the designer in civil engineering and the design process, as well as learn to use spreadsheets and databases to manipulate analyse and present technical data. Many problems in civil engineering cannot be solved with analytical methods and acquiring computer programming assists engineers to solve these complex problems, for example flow in pipe networks, analysis of beams of varying cross-section and loading, seepage through an earthen dam, and routing of storm water runoff through a detention basin. You’ll cover the basics of the MATLAB programming language through computer workshops, learning through hands-on tutorials of common civil engineering problems using basic and applied programming skills such as: arrays and plotting; control statements; user-defined functions; implementation of algorithms; working with statistical data; numerical derivatives and integration.

Year two, core modules

  • Civil Engineering Analysis Project
    Designed to develop your ability to analyse built environment challenges though the application of engineering concepts, theories and mathematics, in this module you will also broaden your perspective of built environment projects by including the environmental and financial aspects. You will apply your knowledge of the three main strands of civil engineering, structures, geotechnics, and hydraulics to critically analyse a proposed project and determine the suitability of the design and to propose alternatives which will improve it technically, economically and environmentally. You will need to consider the environmental impact of the project and apply the relevant analysis and legislation to produce an environmental impact report. You will apply the principles of construction management to the project to develop a sequence for a construction project and produce a programme using industry standard project planning software and to also consider the financial implications and resources management necessary for this project.
  • Ruskin Module
    Ruskin Modules are designed to prepare our students for a complex, challenging and changing future. These interdisciplinary modules provide the opportunity to further broaden your perspectives, develop your intellectual flexibility and creativity. You will work with others from different disciplines to enable you to reflect critically on the limitations of a single discipline to solve wider societal concerns. You will be supported to create meaningful connections across disciplines to apply new knowledge to tackle complex problems and key challenges. Ruskin Modules are designed to grow your confidence, seek and maximise opportunities to realise your potential to give you a distinctive edge and enhance your success in the workplace.
  • Hydraulics and Geotechnics
    Develop your knowledge of the more theoretical aspects of Hydraulics and Geotechnics and gain the theoretical foundation to carry out the analysis and design in your future modules, helpingyou to make sense of specialist software output. HYDRAULICS: Introducing you to the principles of hydraulics, this will demonstrate how these principles are used for the design of hydraulic structures and their components. You will also be introduced the principles of hydraulics in pipe systems and open channels’ design and operation. You will have laboratory sessions to give you the opportunity to explore the practical aspects of hydraulics principles. GEOTECHNICS: Here you will study the theoretical principals that geotechnical design is based on. This includes the theory behind settlement predictions and the determination of shear strength parameters for drained and undrained scenarios to be used in the design of foundations and other geotechnical structures. Lateral earth pressure theory will also be covered and its relevance in the design of retaining walls, braced excavations and deep foundations.
  • Advanced Civil Engineering Skills
    Building on your previous module you will continue to learn key skills in engineering with emphasis on the application of mathematics to express and solve engineering problems but now including more complex mathematical concepts. You will be introduced to calculus, the mathematics of change, and will develop an appreciation of the overwhelming influence that these concepts have had on engineering analysis and design and particularly their application to specialist software. Learn to apply differentiation and integration technics to solve simple engineering problems such as optimisation and volume calculations, analyse engineering concepts through the solution of complex equations and differential equations using analytical and numerical techniques. You will also explore coding as a tool and technique to develop your problem solving skills and develop solutions to complex mathematical problems with application to engineering.
  • Structural Analysis
    Deepen your understanding of both structural mechanics and structural analysis techniques. In this module you will cover static equilibrium, the resistance of structures to external loads, behaviour of structures under the influence of external loads, internal stresses, internal stress distributions and superposition. You will be introduced to structural deformations and deflections, determinate and indeterminate structures and influence lines. Hand calculation analysis for beams, pin jointed frames and unit load methods will be covered and you will also be introduced to the use of software for structural analysis with an emphasis on the use of hand calculations to support and validate the results obtained using structural analysis packages. You will be expected to show that you can generate structural analysis calculations that are clear and suitable for checking by an independent engineer.

Year three, core modules

  • Civil Engineering Design Project
    This interdisciplinary module takes advantage of the broad range of construction industry skills available in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. It is designed to give you an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge previously gained throughout your course and to develop your ability to both manage and carry out the design of a small civil engineering project. You will generate a range of engineering solutions, making a considered assessment of each option and to recommend a design proposal. The design scenario for this module will challenge you to integrate your civil engineering design skills into an interdisciplinary design process. While delivering a range of meaningful engineering solutions to the project, your designs will need to consider and balance a broad range of design aspirations such as: maximising site opportunities; delivering a resilient/loose fit design; the three pillars of sustainability; taking advantage of Design For Manufacture and Assembly considerations. You will be expected to demonstrate that you are drawing on and making effective use of your knowledge and understanding from a broad range of civil engineering subject areas including team work, communication, engineering analysis, design, construction materials, construction techniques and construction management.
  • Engineering Structures
    Enhance your understanding of static and dynamic behaviour of structures in general with particular focus on braced and moment frames. You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of the links between applied loads, load paths, structural behaviour and efficient use of construction materials. This module will help you to make informed decisions regarding: appropriate structural forms; appropriate structural analysis methods; choice of structural material. In lectures you will cover the principles of static and dynamic structural analysis of frame structures as well as the codified design of frame structures. You will be required to demonstrate that you can clearly communicate your decision making process and the outcome of your structural analysis and design, through a well presented design calculation report. In your calculation report, you will be expected to make effective use of: technical terminology; descriptive text; appropriate drawings and/or sketches.
  • Construction Technology and Innovation
    Here you will focus on current construction issues and trends of a technological nature reviewing methods of special construction. You will gain knowledge of current construction issues and special forms of construction and also explore of alternative forms of construction. This module will help you to further develop your communication skills, team building and intellectual skills as well as developing your professional awareness.
  • Civil Engineering Materials and Manufacture
    Deepen your understanding of the construction materials, and related construction techniques, that are prevalent in the UK construction industry. You will build on the knowledge of construction materials that has previously been delivered during the Level 5 project module, extending this Level 5 knowledge to cover typical methods of construction. You will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and evaluate the key physical properties of the main construction materials and to understand how these properties relate to both methods of manufacture and typical construction details. You will be introduced to the concepts of Design for Manufacture & Assembly and Modern Methods of Construction as well as selected construction details and techniques such as movement joints and structural connections. Additional critical aspects will also be covered, including durability, fire resistance, quality control, specification and recycling/re-use of construction materials.
  • Environmental Management for the Construction Industry
    The growth in environmental awareness, at all levels from local to international, over recent decades is introduced and considered in the context of the construction industry. Explore the legislation and other pressures for the protection of the environment, including pollution control and environmental impact assessment, the advantages and disadvantages of formal and informal environmental management systems are examined. You’ll also consider the design implications of concepts such as life cycle analysis. By the end of the module, you should be able to look at environmental management, not as a burden, but as a fundamental part of the efficient management of the construction industry, enabling you to guide present or future employers towards a sustainable future.

Year four, core modules

  • Project Planning and Control
    Develop a systematic understanding of the principles, practices and systems used to plan and control projects. Designed to provide a critical insight into the use of integrated planning and programming software programs when used together with Project Management Information Systems [PMIS] you will learn to provide effective management of all aspects of a project, including resources, time and cost. Take a proactive approach to the planning and management of projects, with the integrated project management programme providing the key management tool and source of useable management information. You will develop a working understanding of a range of techniques, including Earned Value Analysis, to support their planning and management of projects and will develop their ability to select, adapt and apply a variety of project planning and management techniques to the management of projects.
  • Sustainability and Environmental Management
    Construction of the built environment has a major impact on the environment, which is reflected in a growing body of legislation, policies and initiatives to reduce or manage this impact. Sustainable development and the effective management of environmental impacts are at the top of the political agenda for action at global and local levels. The need to understand the demands of the environment and sustainability is now an essential part of the construction manager's work. Integrating these influences and demands into the design and management of construction work is vital for the environmental, economic and social welfare of society. Enhance your understanding of the history and current position with regards to the environment and sustainability, exploring the interaction between society, construction and the environment. You will establish the historical context of sustainable development and discuss future developments and develop a systematic understanding of environmental issues and concepts of sustainable development in relation to the construction industry along with a broad understanding of the pressures facing companies to address environmental and sustainable development issues. You will be challenged to transfer the broad ideas and principles of sustainability and environmental management and to implement these at a site level in the management of the construction projects.
  • Corporate Management for Civil Engineers
    Gain the knowledge and competencies to manage a civil engineering organisation in a highly volatile economic environment. You will develop an understanding of how civil engineering organisations are managed financially in line with a set of broad business objectives and also to examine organisations in the context of both the external competitive environment and economic environment. You will examine alternative corporate strategies and examine how decisions about strategy will influence management processes and internal procedures, the relationship between corporate strategy and tender strategies, and also financial performance through the use of standard financial statements. This will enable you to acquire the skills necessary to assess the financial stability of both contracting and subcontracting organisations.
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
    Procurement is recognised to be a major determinant of project success, especially construction projects, it is essential therefore that managers involved in the procurement and construction of facilities in the built environment understand and be able to manage procurement. Here you will gain a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of the procurement process, together with an understanding of the factors and considerations that influence procurement. It will develop your ability to analyse and define project and client requirements; to synthesise alternative procurement strategies to meet specific project requirements and how to select, implement and manage the chosen procurement strategy. Managers must also be able to effectively obtain and manage the resources required to undertake construction. Supply chain management is widely used throughout the construction industry to manage the flow of resources into projects and the module provides a thorough understanding of supply chain management, purchasing and the acquisition of resources, including related principles of collaborative working and e-business. Here you will also consider the effects of legal, regulatory, political, environment and sustainability, health and safety, ethical and societal issues.
  • Research Project
    This module enables you to carry out an individual piece of research in the civil engineering field, which will require a literature review of current knowledge in the chosen topic area, the formulation of a research question and the collection of primary data by experimentation and modelling. Advice will be given by civil engineering staff on choosing a research topic in a briefing session delivered towards the end of the academic year prior to that in which you undertake your dissertation.


There is a holistic approach to assessment that ensures the learning outcomes have been met. Assessment methods vary, depending on the nature of the module and the type of skill being evaluated. The details of the type, extent and duration of the assessments are provided in the Module Guide for each module. The range of assessment methods may be summarised as follows:

  • group work and presentations
  • design exercises and examples
  • coursework
  • timed assignments
  • production of drawings
  • projects
  • practical and laboratory work
  • unseen examinations
  • dissertation/major project.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)


International students starting 2021/22 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK students

Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Teaching options

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our students can choose to study face to face on campus or online only. They're also able to change their mode of delivery on given dates in each trimester.

For on-campus teaching, we offer at least four hours face-to-face teaching related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time courses, supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however we remain committed to delivering face-to-face teaching and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment.

In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Teaching options

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our students can choose to study face to face on campus or online only. They're also able to change their mode of delivery on given dates in each trimester.

For on-campus teaching, we offer at least four hours face-to-face teaching related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time courses, supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however we remain committed to delivering face-to-face teaching and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment.

In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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