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Civil Engineering at Imperial College London

Imperial College London offers an undergraduate course in Civil Engineering. It is a four-year programme that ensures students receive a level of education that is recognized by research institutions and industry on a global scale. Both the programmes result in the award of a MEng degree and Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute.

In order to ensure that all students have a solid foundation in engineering science and technology, the degree course follows a programme of core modules in first and second year. During the first year, students shall study subjects such as structural mechanics, mathematics and mechanics, environmental engineering science and fluid mechanics. Students will also enhance skills in drawing, computing, communication, sketching, management and critical thinking, team working and attend six-day field course in surveying and practical.

In the second year, subjects include soil mechanics, hydraulics and environmental engineering, geology and management. Students will participate in engineering design projects and attend a week long geology field course. The second year comprises Constructionarium, a week-long course held at the Construction Industry Training Board's site in Norfolk.

In the third year, students will begin to modify their studies to suit their personal and professional interests. This year includes core modules, two optional modules and a five-week group design project. Students will complete their fourth year through Year Abroad programme at a host institution in Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy or Spain.

Course Structure

The courses are regularly reviewed as a means of continuously improving and updating them. Therefore, the college may make some amendments to the course content summaries are provided here.

First Year

The first year begins with an induction programme laying emphasis upon the individual student. The course incorporates an introduction to environmental studies and professional practice. It introduces particular technology in civil engineering materials and geotechnics. The course helps to develop skills in drawing, computing, communication, sketching, management, team working and critical thinking.

Second Year

The second year includes the study of:

  • Technologies - hydraulics and environmental engineering
  • Structural mechanics and Mathematics
  • Geology
  • Soil mechanics
  • Management
  • Computational methods
  • Engineering-oriented design projects with three design weeks

Students will also take a seven-day geology field course. It is typically held in the Mendips or in the Yorkshire Dales. This year ends with the Constructionarium. It is one-week residential course held at the Construction Industry Training's site at Bircham Newton in Norfolk.

Third Year

The third year course consists of core modules in:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Transport
  • Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Dynamics
  • Computational Analysis

There shall be various elective subjects offered from which students should choose two. This year ends with a five-week group design project that involves integrating knowledge from many civil engineering disciplines.

Fourth Year

The subjects students will study in fourth year are all elective. They shall be drawn from all the key areas of expertise in the Department such as:

  • Transportation
  • Geotechnics
  • Structures
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Students have an excellent opportunity to study subjects at a more advanced level as well as specialize. Students shall also undertake a major research-based project. The work on his project occupies some of the summer term and spring term commencing after the exam for the electives studied in the autumn term. The project provides an excellent opportunity to assess students' ability to use their engineering knowledge in an innovative way through the resolution of an individual analysis into a research problem.


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