Project work

Year one and two

undergraduate project work

Civil Engineers work on projects that combine skills and knowledge to deliver a solution to a client. That’s why we place a strong emphasis on project work throughout your degree. Our current students regularly say that project work is one of the most satisfying and challenging aspects of their course.

Integrated design projects run in each year of the programmes and you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to diverse project briefs spanning a range of Civil Engineering scenarios. Sometimes working alone and at other times in groups, these projects will help you to see Civil Engineering from a broader perspective, piecing together the information gained throughout your course while developing your design and communication skills.

Year one - Integrated design project

From the start of your degree you’ll be introduced to our integrated design projects. These projects will give you the opportunity to work as part of a team to create a solution to a real engineering problem. In the first semester, you’ll undertake research into the social, technical and environmental challenges of the problem with the aim of producing a range of options that deal with the risks. In the second semester, you’ll develop one of your options further to produce an outline proposal for an engineering solution.

This project will help you to develop key engineering skills in:

  • computer aided design
  • critical analysis
  • IT engineering
  • communication
  • teamwork.

Recent projects undertaken by our students have included the designs of:

  • a wind farm
  • an international rowing venue
  • a major river crossing
  • coastal defences
  • flood defences
  • an upgraded railway line.

Year two - Integrated design project

In your second integrated design project, you’ll design a steel-framed and reinforced concrete-framed building structure. You’ll be given the brief of a theoretical site plan of a certain shape and size and it’s your job to design a building to fit on the site. You’ll scheme up your design which will be vetted by firms of local consulting engineers, and once approved you’ll use current codes of practice to undertake the detailed structural design of the buildings. You’ll also produce a design review report on the buildings that you’ve designed before creating a virtual 3D model of your design using computer aided design. This project will help you to understand the engineering design process, including an appreciation of factors such as: practicality; constructability; stability; robustness; durability; health and safety; and sustainability.

Farah Khoury - MEng Civil and Structural Engineering

One of the first engineering projects that I worked on was the design project, where we had to design a wind farm in North York Moors. This project was both intriguing and challenging, but enjoyable at the same time.
Farah Khoury