BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

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Get hands-on in the lab and on construction sites, as you learn to plan civil engineering projects with our BSc (Hons) degree in Chelmsford.

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Geotechnics expert Dr Esther Norton is part of a collaborative, Europe-wide research project looking at the phenomenon of liquefaction, and how our cities can manage the risks they face from earthquakes.

Civil engineers shape the world around us. But that world is complex and, with an ever-growing need for sustainability and resilience, it demands creative, innovative thinking from engineers.

From day one of studying our Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) degree course, you will be working on real built environment projects using maths and science to tackle engineering challenges. Our course is project-based, meaning you’ll be getting hands-on experience from day one – and learning to think and work like an engineer.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist workshops and labs

At ARU you’ll use our specialist facilities in Chelmsford, which include labs for:

  • geotechnics
  • hydraulics
  • structures
  • engineering materials
  • concrete testing.

Practical experience

As well as getting hands-on experience in our labs, there’s the chance to:

  • join three week-long construction projects over the duration of your course
  • carry out land surveys
  • use computer-aided design and specialist software
  • take an optional placement year, and gain real-life work experience.

Accredited by the JBM

Our course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators acting on behalf of ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHE for the Engineering Council UK. As a graduate you’ll be able to register as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and, with further study, as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Civil engineers tend to specialise in two areas – design and production. The chances are that as a BSc (Hons) student your interests will lie in production, but our course will prepare you for both.

Production civil engineers work and plan on-site, check the quality of work, and oversee schedules and budgets.

Design civil engineers work mainly in offices, looking at the need for projects and how a particular project can be achieved.

Whichever path interests you most, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees including our MSc Civil Engineering, which will prepare you for CEng (Chartered Engineer) status. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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