• construction 02
  • construction 03
  • construction 04
  • construction 05
  • construction 06


The programme will provide you with a range of teaching and learning experiences to build on your existing skills and motivation so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly within the field of civil engineering.

With a focus on personal, as well as professional development, our programme will engage you in rethinking Civil Engineering so that you can develop into an effective agent of change. The design and management processes of civil engineering will be at the centre of what we believe, teach and research. As you progress throughout the programme, you will become a competent and confident individual that can develop your personal and professional skills throughout the construction sector. In future careers, to also be influential in developing practice, provision, and policy, being resilient and self-assured is key here. Experienced tutors on the programme come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and are understanding the demands of study, work, and family life.

Course description

Being knowledgeable of the developmental, well-being and learning the needs of the client will be a common theme on the programme, you will develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to meet those needs and discover how you can respond in creative, reflective, and analytical ways to issues relating to civil engineering. Being mindful of the need to adopt a resourceful and reflective approach. As well as learning about management, practice, and provision within the field of civil engineering at home we want our graduates to be outward looking with an awareness of global issues that relate to the field of civil engineering such as global warming, energy efficiency, zero carbon and sustainable issues.

You will become more confident to meet the challenges of a changing society especially within technological advances, competent as researchers in gathering data, and analysing it to evaluate and plan for change. Our graduates are our leaders in civil engineering who can, as professionals, demonstrate a real commitment to the ever changing environment, managing change and leading others effectively to make a positive impact on civil engineering sector.

On achievement of a degree in civil engineering you will be able to progress onto postgraduate or masters level study. Any further study depends on your degree classification to establish your point of entry. De Montfort University offer a range of postgraduate programmes including an MSc in Energy & Sustainable Building Design, MSc Project Management, MSc Risk Management, etc. There will be opportunities to discuss progression from your programme with the University’s Link Tutor.

What areas will I study?

Modules are timetabled on a semester basis, part time day release. Students will be expected to study two modules in semester 1, from September to January, followed by another two modules in semester 2, from February to June. This pattern of study will be repeated in year 2 with semesters 1 and 2. There are 5 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules depending on which pathway you are on. Level 4 Individual Project (Feasibility Study) Mechanical Services in Buildings Mathematics in the Built Environment Structures Surveying Construction Information and Technology Scientific Principles

Detailed module information can be found on the course Attain page, each module will also contain recommended reading lists. An overview of each module is provided below:

*Individual Project (Feasibility Study)

The module will introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully complete an Individual project to a high standard. This the module will cover: understanding the research of others, literature reviews, research planning, research methods and report writing. These skills will then be used to develop initial designs and costings for a multi-storey commercial building.

  • Mechanical Services in Buildings

The building services sector covers a wide variety of services this module will look at drainage, fire systems and transportation systems within a non-domestic building. To include design systems for sanitation, fire suppression and transport that help buildings work better and safer for occupants, owners and the environment.

  • Mathematics in the Built Environment

Students will also be able to perform the calculations necessary to establish anticipated performance of buildings. Students will be able to employ mathematical methods within a variety of contextualised examples; use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering construction, civil engineering and building services problems; interpret data using statistical techniques and apply calculus techniques.

  • Structures

This module examines the fundamental principles of structural design, standards, code of practices and regulations required to construct functional, safe civil engineering structures within the built environment. Main themes are bending moments, shear forces for simply supported steel concrete beams. Determination of deflection in simply supported steel and reinforced concrete beams. Calculations and analysis for an axial load carrying capacity of steel and reinforced concrete columns.

  • Surveying

The unit will enable students to have an understanding of the importance of surveying the construction site to establish a starting point for the design and construction of the building. A topographical survey will be undertaken and transferring of levels when staking out a building.

  • Scientific Principles

This module introduces scientific principles and a basic knowledge of the specialised building services application. The module has been designed to enable student studying building services engineering programmes to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles. Students will examine the fundamental principles of heat transfer, fluid flow, acoustics electrical networks and control systems.

  • Construction Information & Technology

In this module students will develop their awareness of different types of foundations and structures within the construction industry. Students will engage in producing both hand drawings and digital models of foundations for commercial buildings including, reading and editing of construction information, understanding how this information informs different stages of the process, and the value of collaboration in the information process.

Level 5

  • Group project
  • Construction information and technology
  • Modern methods of building
  • Hydraulics
  • Further maths
  • Soil mechanics
  • Environmental assessment

  • Group Project

The module will introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully complete a Group project to a high standard, with different members of the team taking different roles in the project. Project diaries and proposals will be produced and a final design with costings. Students will develop an understanding to the design skills that will be used in the final design and costings of the non-domestic project. These skills will then be used to develop initial designs and costings for a non-domestic building.

  • Construction Information & Technology 2

Students will develop an understanding of which materials and how they will be used to construct a multi-storey building. Explain the main features of buildability within the construction industry. The principles of buildability in terms of health and safety, efficiency, economy and quality of construction projects are analysed. The importance of developing a sustainable construction strategy is emphasised and learners will explore the methods and procedures involved in the safe demolition of buildings.

  • Modern Methods of Building

On successfully completing this module students will have explored modern alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose, for government targets for housing within the United Kingdom. The module will look at Government Targets for carbon linked to the climate change act and the Sustainable Development Goals which will include sustainable cities & communities. Students will examine the impact the construction industry is having on the environment locally and globally. Domestic and non-domestic buildings will be examined. Alternative construction methods will be used to design a domestic fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.

  • Hydraulics

On completion of this unit students will be able to undertake a series of calculations related to different hydraulic problems within the field of civil engineering to include hydrostatic, hydrodynamic and channel flow.

  • Further Maths

The appreciation of more advanced mathematics is important within the building services engineering industry. This module will increase the learner’s capabilities in terms of trigonometry, algebra, calculus and statistics. Trigonometric functions are examined largely as underpinning knowledge for their application to the understanding of waves. Supplementary techniques include matrices and numerical methods are introduced so students are able to solve linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Students will carry out the application of calculus introducing students to partial differentiation and the solution of differential equations

  • Environmental Assessment

The built environment is responsible for a high percentage of the carbon emissions in the world, from extraction to waste, which is responsible for climate change. This module will look at how different environmental assessments have been developed to try and help with the reduction of carbon, both internal and external assessment will be looked at, by using building management systems. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to undertake an environmental assessment of a building and compare its performance against other similar buildings and show how BMS can improve the use of energy and reduce cost.

  • Soil Mechanics

This module examines the relationship between civil engineering and the earth’s sub-strata in the support of the built environment. The student will comprehend, evaluate and determine solutions, in relation to soil and rock. The module is a fundamental aspect of civil engineering. Topics included within the module are rock types, soil description and classification. Techniques are discussed when undertaking direct site investigations. Practical testing and analysis to determine soil properties and the significance of procedures and standards for results and findings.

Level 6

  • Major project
  • Transport engineering
  • Contract and law
  • Environmental innovation
  • Project management
  • Structural analysis & design
  • Advanced surveying

  • Transport Engineering

On successfully completing this module students will have an understanding of how new highways are identified and constructed, the methods used in tunnelling and bridges. Develop an understanding of the UK rail network as it currently stands. Understand the techniques used in the construction of railways, switches and crossings.

  • Contract and Law

This module guides the students to comprehend and evaluate the legislative aspects of the development process and application and processes of construction contracts. This module requires the student to apply a systematic approach to understand and be able to analyse the impact of legislation on a development / construction project. The module will investigate the English Legal System including Tort Law (nuisance, occupiers liability and negligence) following on from Contract and Law at Level 4. Contract formation then selection and Procurement methods are examined in more detail using contracts and case studies. Contract Administration with an emphasis on managing time, cost and quality which leads to the evaluation of delay analysis and alternative dispute resolution.

  • Project Management

The aim of this module is to give learners an understanding of the techniques and practices required for the effective project management in the construction sector. Learners will understand the role of the project manager and gain skills to effectively design and install services for construction projects.

Students will explore the constraints placed on building services engineers on large complex construction projects. Explore the issues surrounding time, cost, quality and the shortage of labour currently experienced on most projects. They will devise project plans and provide solutions to given problems and effectively monitor the effectiveness of the project plan.

  • Environmental Innovation

The module will enable students to have an understanding of innovative design ideas within the building service engineering sector regarding environmental issues and the preservation of the natural environment. Students will look at new materials being tried, new methods of building management systems to improve control both commercially and domestically. Students will examine innovative sustainable construction solutions to holistic building performance expectations. The unit will also explore best practices involving management processes, tools and techniques that can be applied to offer best solutions to environmental challenges. Including whole-life cost techniques, life cycle assessments, low carbon design, energy efficiency.

  • Structural Analysis & Design

As structures become taller and the technological changes in processes and materials. Civil Engineers such as Structural engineers can design more complex structures. With the concept of buildability and modern methods of construction there is now an ability to design innovative and amazing structures within the built environment. The student will carry out more complex calculations exploring wind load, bending, shear and deflection. The student will also design columns and a piled foundation based on the relevant design codes. The student will extend their knowledge and ability in designing, testing and quantifying more complex structures in variable conditions.

  • Advanced Surveying

Through technological development there is a requirement to enhance and progress the services that surveying and setting can provide in the built environment. As civil engineering processes and projects increase in complexity, skills and understanding of correct setting out procedures need to be updated frequently in keeping up with changes within the industry. This module will examine GPS/GNSS - theoretical concepts, methods and accuracies, GPS/GNSS survey software, GPS heights. A GPS survey will be carried out obtaining co-ordinates including corrections.

  • Major Project

The major project will provide students with the tools to produce a project proposal related to the sector specific specialism of building services engineering. The major project should be a topic that students are interested in and which will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong professional development.

The major project will assess student’s ability to apply their knowledge of the sector, utilising appropriate analytical skills and experience gained from previous modules throughout the degree programme. Students must investigate a building services related topic solving complex and interrelated problems.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 4 Academic years £4625.00 (Per Academic Year) 4 Academic years -
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- 24 January 2022, Duration: 3 Academic years £4625.00 (Per Academic Year) 3 Academic years -
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- January 2023, Duration: 3 Academic years £4625.00 (Per Academic Year) 3 Academic years -