Learning and assessment
Teaching and learning methods have been selected to engage students in developing their fundamental knowledge and understanding through formal learning opportunities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials and informal and social learning through team-working in projects and competitions.
Study with us will include formal lectures (including those from the Visiting Professors and guest speakers from industry), but these will always be interactive and two way. We want to develop students’ understanding of the vast array of opportunities open to today’s professional engineer and therefore we look to incorporate aspects of real-world engineering problems and solutions where possible. To this end we make use of case studies, practical demonstrations, and also provide an array of resources and background information from which students can deepen their comprehension.
Opportunities will be provided for students to engage with industrial experts, through activities such as visiting guest lectures and organised site visits. The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering also liaises closely with professional institutions such as the IStructE and ICE, providing many networking and development opportunities for our students.
To support accessibility, clarity and comprehension, all teaching material is provided online in advance of the teaching sessions, allowing students to customise the display of information and their learning experience as a whole. Throughout the programme, lots of opportunities are provided for students to design their own solutions and to express their own ideas, choosing from a variety of tools and methodologies. An emphasis is also placed on the importance of planning and goal setting, allowing students to forge a learning pathway that is suitable for their needs, while respecting the requirements of programme, and the needs of others, when working within a team.
All students are allocated a personal academic tutor, with whom they meet regularly to discuss and receive guidance on their learning and development. The University also operates a wide range of support services covering areas such as disability, counselling, faith advisors and careers.
In the same way that our teaching and learning strategy is designed to prepare students for the world of work, academic research or entrepreneurship, our assessment methods incorporate a wide range of different methods designed to meet the needs of industry and the accrediting bodies, in addition to preparing students for a potential academic research career.
You’ll be joining a relatively small cohort of students in which everyone is valued and looked after by members of staff, who maintain an open door policy. You will receive tailored advice and support to ensure you get the most from your studies.
We have a very active student-led Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc) which provides a non-academic platform for interaction between students and academics, industrialists and professional institutions. CivSoc organises a range of talks, site visits and tournaments every year.
We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.
In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.
University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
The majority of the modules on this programme are taught by research-active staff, working at the forefront of their discipline.
As part of the programme, all students will undertake an individual research-based project worth 60 credits (out of a total of 180 credits for the programme).