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BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

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Studying Civil Engineering at ARU

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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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Why Civil Engineering at ARU?

  • Develop an integrated learning approach by intertwining lab experience, theory, on-site construction activities and understanding the environmental impact of your work.
  • Bring the world of work to life through Live Briefs; designed and developed with regional employers to give you exposure to ‘real world’ problem-solving.
  • The course is designed by leading regional companies, meaning students on this course have maximum opportunity to gain critical skills for employment.
  • As a BSc degree, this course focuses on engineering production, and working and planning on-site.

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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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.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

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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.


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Accredited by the JBM

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration 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.

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.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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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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