Civil and Structural Engineering: The University of Manchester

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Civil and Structural Engineering: The University of Manchester, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), The University of Manchester, PO Box 88, Manchester, M60 1QD, Manchester, United Kingdom
Civil Engineering
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4 Years
Scholarship and Grants

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Course description

The programme in civil and structural engineering has been designed for those who may eventually wish to specialise in structural engineering such as bridges and large buildings. The emphasis is on structural theory and design using different materials and introduces you to the effects of large loads such as those due to earthquakes and wind.

Although emphasising aspects of structural engineering, the core course units of the programme cover the same subjects as the civil engineering degree, thus satisfying the academic requirements for entry to both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. The first two years of the programme are, therefore, the same as the civil engineering degree described earlier.

In the third and fourth years, you undertake numerically demanding research and design exercises relating to a wide-range of structures. The expertise gained from these exercises can be supplemented by the careful selection of design and research projects and by the choice of options that complement the work further.

Career opportunities

These degree programmes provide the academic basis for a professional career in the planning, design, construction and management of major projects. They also lead to many other opportunities and graduates are in demand from all sectors of industry, commerce and public service. The skills learnt give you the ability to analyse and solve complex problems by a rigorous approach and communicate the results effectively.

Graduates find employment in diverse areas such as computing, law, insurance, production engineering, the oil industry, retail management, in environmental work and in property development.

A degree from The University of Manchester prepares the next generation of engineers to meet environmental and developmental challenges. Additionally, you have access to one of the best career services in the UK and help is available to you on all aspects of your career.

Entry requirements

  • English language: English language qualification requirements: Minimum grade C in English Language or equivalent qualification: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/220 Computer Based or 80 Internet Based with a minimum of 20 in each component
  • A level: Grades AAB. This should include Mathematics (must include applied element - if not Physics must be offered) and a science (Physics preferred but Chemistry, Biology or Engineering Science also acceptable). Two AS-levels of equivalent grade are acceptable in place of a third A-level. General Studies is not accepted.
  • Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.
  • GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language.
  • Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
  • International Baccalaureate: International baccalaureate: 35-33 points overall including either 6 or 5 in Mathematics and Physics at the Higher level depending on the course applied for.

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