BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Practice (Year 3)

Course Details

Course Title Civil Engineering Practice (Year 3)
Award Bachelor of Arts
Award Level 6
Awarding Body University of Derby
UCAS Code N201
Start Dates September 2024
Study Mode Full Time - 1 year

Course Overview

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Practice degree programme has been developed in close collaboration with the relevant teams at the University of Derby and the London College. It follows vocational approach in teaching and assessment and is informed by the local market requirements.

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). You can visit www.jbm.org.uk for further information. This will lead to Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (MCIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (MIHE) following a period of relevant experience and a professional review.

The focus of the programme is in the areas of hydraulics, structural design and civil engineering management.

The key features that have been adopted in the programme are:

  • Practical based blend of engineering theory and construction principles with strong links with local industry
  • Many students find the construction, project management and engineering design elements appropriate to career or work aspirations because of their practical and professionally vocational nature, specifically utilising current software and systems.
  • Taught by experienced professionals in the field using modern teaching learning and assessment methods providing a supportive friendly and involved student experience.

 The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide you with knowledge and skills enabling you to engage with continuing professional development and further study in the discipline of Civil Engineering.
  • To develop your ability to reflect upon civil engineering in a technological, social, legal and economic context and develop practical operational knowledge in health, safety and management areas.
  • To develop a deep understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the: process of civil engineering technical and structural design; practice of civil engineering construction activity; and management of civil engineering projects.
  • To enable you to become an independent learner, developing as an individual for the rest of your life.
  • To provide you with a high level of competency in oral, graphical and written communication and negotiation skills and the ability to work with others.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging.

You will take part in on campus lectures and live online lectures, tutorials, and academic support sessions. You will also access online learning content such as lecture notes, recordings, presentations, and handouts. You will also have access to our on-campus and electronic library.

When not attending lectures, you will also be studying independently. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, reading books and journals, preparing reports, presentations, and projects.


We mostly assess you through practical coursework assignments.

You will be involved in the sort of tasks you might undertake in a workplace. Sometimes these will be individual tasks and at other times, you will need to work in a group. Assignments could include essays, reports, individual and group projects, research and consultancy projects, presentations, and design of digital materials.

What you will study

Year 3

  •   6HX 511 Structural Design Project
  •   6HX 512 Civil Engineering and Construction Management
  •   6HX 513 Civil Engineering Hydraulics
  •   6HX 514 Geotechnics and Utility Investigation
  •   6HX 997 Independent Project Seminar


As a graduate you'll have the knowledge and skills to start your career, as well as, the academic base for a range of careers in civil engineering and construction.

This course will prepare you for a range of construction and civil engineering jobs, such as: Building Control Surveyor, CAD Technician, Consulting Civil Engineer, Contracting Civil Engineer, Design Engineer, Site Engineer, Structural Engineer.

You can continue your professional development and further study in the discipline of civil engineering by taking an MSc degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.

Entry requirements

  • Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering or related major (subject to approval) or
  • Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering or related major (subject to approval) or
  • Successful completion of two years of a degree programme in Civil Engineering showing the equivalent of 240 credit points at levels 4 and 5


  • Evidence of the ability to study to a higher level, for example, shown by an HND or Foundation degree profile which includes some Merits and/or Distinctions, preferably in analytical units/modules
  • Achievement in Level 5 Mathematics with grade Merit or Distinction

NOTE: all applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby

How to Apply

If you have questions about our courses or the application process, please complete the "Register your interest" form. A member of the admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.


Should you wish to apply, prior to completing the application form, please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references, etc.. You will also need access to your email.