The University of Wolverhampton

BEng (Hons)Civil and Transportation Engineering with Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

The overarching aim of the course is to develop graduates who are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering and transportation challenges by using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. By undertaking the course, you will be exposed to a number of subject areas that underpin the practices of modern civil and transportation professionals. These include amongst other, traffic engineering, transport planning, design of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and use of simulation and modelling software tools. In addition, you will cover all the fundamental disciplines of civil engineering for the development of a skills portfolio that will equip you to seek a professional career with duties related to the design, management and construction of major infrastructure projects. Such projects are dams, reservoirs, highways, urban transport schemes, bridges, major buildings, flood defences, water supply, sewage treatment, harbours and sea defences. Finally, the BEng (Hons) Civil and Transportation Engineering course is intended as your first step towards becoming an Incorporated Civil Engineer and a practitioner in the global community.

What happens on the course?

Year 1

Principles of Design, Mathematics for Technologists, Mechanics of Materials, Professional Skills and Management, Fundamentals of Geotechnics and Site Surveying.

Year 2

Construction Law, Hydraulics, Structural Applications, Transportation Engineering, Land Surveying and Geotechnical Applications

Year 3

Environmental Engineering, Transport Technologies and Planning, Commercial Management - Civil Engineering, Water Resources and Supply, Civil Engineering Design Project and Civil and Transportation Engineering Dissertation

Why Wolverhampton?

A degree in civil engineering is the starting point for an exciting career that can see you shaping the world we live in; locally, nationally and internationally. Civil Engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the sophisticated environment that surrounds us.

Civil Engineers are responsible for the design, management and construction of major infrastructure projects such as dams, reservoirs, transport projects, bridges, tunnels, major buildings, water supply, sewage, harbours and sea defences.

Lecturers on this course are a blend of respected academics with a high quality research track record, and experienced professionals, with the associated professional qualifications. The civil engineering department has excellent links with civil and transportation engineering companies as well as the professional bodies.

The BEng (Hons) Civil and Transportation Engineering reflects a growing trend within the construction industry to produce graduates with a detailed understanding of the principles of civil and transportation engineering. In addition, graduates from this course will have the ability to manage a project taking into consideration sustainable development issues and environmental challenges.

Your final year group design project will culminate in the production of a working design for a given civil engineering project. The design will require the consideration of various options, the analysis of the chosen option and the production of an integrated solution covering transportation, water, environmental and management aspects as well as a detailed programme of works and anticipated costs.

Your final year individual dissertation will represent the culmination of your programme of study. You will produce a research report containing assimilated data and be expected to critically analyse the results obtained. A formal written document will be produced as well as an oral presentation.

The BEng (Hons) Civil and Transportation Engineering is accredited to IEng status by the Joint Board of Moderators. This enables graduates to work towards becoming Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and thereafter, with suitable further education (a Master’s degree) and experience, be eligible for registration as Chartered Engineers (CEng). For this reason, there has been industrial input in the design of the programme and strong links are maintained through guest lectures, site visits, work placements and the formal Industrial Advisory Board of the Civil Engineering department of the University.

Career path

Civil and transportation engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the built environment. Civil and transportation engineers contribute to the design and build of infrastructure that is sustainable and that provides the facilities for day-to-day life of individuals.

They carry out impact assessment and undertake sustainability and feasibility studies to safeguard the sustainability of projects.

There are many significant employment opportunities in civil and transportation engineering with graduates working for contractors, consultants, local authorities, government and public bodies, the armed forces, and academic and research establishments.

Civil and transportation engineering also offers opportunities to work both on a national and international basis on a variety of exciting environmental and infrastructure projects. Graduates may wish to continue their studies at Masters or Doctorate level. This may either be in a technical context or a more broadening context such as project management or construction law.

The BEng (Hons) Civil and Transportation Engineering provides a sound basis from which to develop a career, and progress to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with further experience, or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with appropriate further learning and experience.

What skills will you gain?

Demonstrate substantial knowledge of science and mathematics necessary to in order to support the application of key civil engineering principles which are required by an Incorporated Engineer.

Display the ability to successfully undertake engineering analysis by applying concepts and tools to the solution of civil and transportation engineering problems.

Create and develop designs that meet defined needs and realise economically viable product, process or system, by integrating all civil and transportation engineering knowledge and skills to the solution of real problems.

Manage activities and appreciate various legal and ethical constraints under which a civil, or transportation engineer needs to operate in order to have a positive impact on the environment, on commerce, on society and on individuals.

Practice engineering by applying and combining theory and experience, supported by other relevant knowledge and skills.

Developed transferable skills, additional to those set out in specialist civil and transportation engineering subject areas, that will be of value in a wide range of situations.

Who accredits this course?

Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C+/4 or an accepted equivalent

Only the following equivalent qualifications are accepted for English: Functional Skills Level 2 English and OCN Access to HE Core English (12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English)

Only the following equivalent qualifications are accepted for Mathematics: Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and OCN Access to HE Core Mathematics (12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics)


  • A Level minimum of EE
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade PP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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