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    Is anyone applying for civil engineering at university?
    If so, what universities are you applying for and why?
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    (Original post by Glib)
    Is anyone applying for civil engineering at university?
    If so, what universities are you applying for and why?
    I want to but what would you be doing in uni, practical work? Written work? learning sort of maths? Textbook?

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    (Original post by Fish40)
    I want to but what would you be doing in uni, practical work? Written work? learning sort of maths? Textbook?

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    Mainly applied maths/physics, with the use of specialist software thrown in as well, assessed mainly via exams, with reports/projects used also.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    Mainly applied maths/physics, with the use of specialist software thrown in as well, assessed mainly via exams, with reports/projects used also.
    Oh ok. Do you learn from lectures only ?

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    (Original post by Fish40)
    Oh ok. Do you learn from lectures only ?

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    It's like any other degree: you have lectures where material is covered but ultimately your learning is up to you. You can (and should) supplement your learning via books, journals and other material too if you want to.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    It's like any other degree: you have lectures where material is covered but ultimately your learning is up to you. You can (and should) supplement your learning via books, journals and other material too if you want to.
    Oh ok thanks, last question please, what does a civil engineer actually do? Do they do the job of a builder? Or design what the building/house etc. is going to look like? Or the physics behind it so it is stable and more affordable? .
    I'm still finding what i like?

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    (Original post by Fish40)
    Oh ok thanks, last question please, what does a civil engineer actually do? Do they do the job of a builder? Or design what the building/house etc. is going to look like? Or the physics behind it so it is stable and more affordable? .
    I'm still finding what i like?

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    A civil engineer is not a builder.

    https://www.ice.org.uk/careers-and-p...l-engineers-do

    https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-adv...ob-description

    https://www.theguardian.com/careers/...il-engineer-do

    See the above links on what a civil engineer does. I can't really help too much in this regard as I'm not a civil engineer.
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    2017 here!

    University of Strathclyde
    University of Edinburgh
    Cardiff University
    Queen's University Belfast
    University of Glasgow


    I should get a predicted of 37-39 IB points (EU applicant)


    Im maybe gonna apply to UCD in Ireland as well. Dublin is quite pricey tho for rent.

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    I studied English Lang/Lit combined, Law and Economics are A level obtaining the grades ABB and am now currently studying Economics at university but I am having second thoughts about my degree. Engineering has always interested me particularly environmental and I do regret not having taken science and maths A levels. At GCSE I obtained As in Physics and Biology and a B in Maths, would I fair well on a foundation year with these grades or is it likely that I'd fail. The university I would like to study at is Swansea University which asks for BCC-BBB for the integrated foundation year. Thanks.
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    (Original post by kyledavies97)
    I studied English Lang/Lit combined, Law and Economics are A level obtaining the grades ABB and am now currently studying Economics at university but I am having second thoughts about my degree. Engineering has always interested me particularly environmental and I do regret not having taken science and maths A levels. At GCSE I obtained As in Physics and Biology and a B in Maths, would I fair well on a foundation year with these grades or is it likely that I'd fail. The university I would like to study at is Swansea University which asks for BCC-BBB for the integrated foundation year. Thanks.
    If you've already achieved an A in GCSE physics and are studying degree level economics, which I understand is very mathematical, perhaps as much so as engineering, I would think you have the ability to learn the concepts and material covered in the degree.

    Best confirm with the university the route you'd require to take, though.
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    Another 2017 here! Only applying for masters courses and got offers from Bath (A*AA), Plymouth (BBC with my B in English lit as) and Heriot-Watt (BBB). Just waiting on Exeter and Bristol now, it's only been two weeks though.
    Did anyone else here do a Headstart or Smallpiece course? I was on the Plymouth civil and marine and the Coventry structural courses this year
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    have firmed bath for the meng civil and architectural course
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    If anyone wants to ask questions about what the subject is like then feel free to fire away. I study at Surrey (first year) though what my teaching and content will involve will differ to other unis so please take that into account when you ask me a question.
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    Hey vikingninja. I firmed MEng Civil engineering at university of surrey and was wondering if you can provide some info about the course itself and how challenging it is. Also i wanted to know how sports are cuz im into football and was hoping to get into one of the six teams
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    (Original post by owfaks)
    Hey vikingninja. I firmed MEng Civil engineering at university of surrey and was wondering if you can provide some info about the course itself and how challenging it is. Also i wanted to know how sports are cuz im into football and was hoping to get into one of the six teams
    Thankss
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    Heya owfaks, course wise this is the modules I've done so far and what they're like:

    Materials and statics: this is a shared module. Materials is what it says as you learn about material properties (some materials are very detailed like timber) but also certain equations and values such as different types of failures like creep and also corrosion. Statics is essentially mechanics in physics but applied a bit to cases such as beams and trusses. Materials has a lot of content to learn so would need a lot of revision and statics the later content can be rather hard to understand without practice.

    Fluid mechanics and pipe hydraulics: this is the first module in the course about how fluids behave such as flow rates through given areas. The fluid mechanics part is rather hard as the maths can be confusing at first and some of the questions in exams can be quite advanced (e.g. finding force applied on a part of a container wall by water whilst there is a layer of oil on top). Pipe hydraulics however is really easy and straight forward, you basically just apply the equations as they are given and don't have much detail compared to practice in tutorials. I would say this module is hard because its the first time you are looking at fluid mechanics whereas statics you atleast have knowledge of force mechanics.

    Mathematics 1: this is essentially maths to A level further maths standard with a bit more. If you've done further maths this will be very easy.

    Surveying and practice: this module is the majority coursework module (there are question courseworks in the other modules). Surveying will involve you using different pieces of equipment like total stations, you will be marked for most of your practice sessions but you will have it explained to you. This isn't too hard unless you make a mistake early on. There is also a test for surveying but this is really easy, just need to do practice for it. One of the pieces of equipment in it for me was the total station but a lot of the marks are for using it and setting up rather than the equations to check its alright. Then there is an essay that you have to write on a chosen title which depends on what your title is for how difficult it will be. Finally there is a bridge project where in a pair you will design and create a card bridge to hold 10kg and it will have several rules like an area that it has to be above. The bridge project is time consuming with gluing it together but its definitely fun and they test them all at the end (plus there's a prize for the top 3).

    I'll give the details for the 2nd semester later as I don't have the time to write more but it gets more interesting (and harder) here. The major coursework project in semester 2 is much harder.
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    In the second semester there is the following:

    Structural design: a third of this is stress analysis, this is shared with some other engineer courses as well. As the name implies this is about stress, is this part has some very long equations (though you get a lot of them like in materials) and covers stress in more advanced situations like in torsion. Then the rest is actual structural design, is for me is the most interested part so far. In this you learn how to design structures to the Euro code, you will have to choose the type of sections (the cross section) used for a particular part in a question and you have to include safety factors and depending on what force is being applied several design checks. This isn't that hard to learn as you will get the eurocode but you need practice to calculate some parts (at times you have to make assumptions which you will state).

    Mathematics 2: pretty much the same as 1 but harder, except stats that's easy.

    Engineering geology: a third of this is seepage so you will have to calculate permeability and flow rates through soils and rocks in diagrams. I found this hard at first because the lectures weren't that great but after revising it's really easy, the rest is obviously geology so looking at rocks, earthquakes, groundwater and geological maps. I found this easy but only because I did geology A level. Note this isn't geotechnical engineering, you truly start that in 3rd year, this module is so that people understand related aspects of geology.

    Integrated design: this is the major coursework module in this semester. Firstly there is the Design Assemble and Dismantle project where in a group you just design a steel spatial structure (it's just random at what you build) and you neee to include instructions on how to build it as another group will then create it. Then there is the design project where with half of your group for DAD you will design a actual structure (this year for 1st was a new civ Eng laboratory). This is HARD. You are given so much freedom for this as you choose the size and all the features such as materials, roof type and other buildings, but there is a lot of design work in it from structures. There is also a report you have to write individually and each person chooses 1 of 4 titles. This report is what makes it hard as you need to go and read references to find materials and manufactured sections for design, costs and how construction needs to be performed, my report was the computer analysis and this was REALLY hard as you need to teach yourself the programme from tutorials on it, I got a lot of errors through on it (don't take it that this is bad, it's just hard but expect it to be). There then a intensive week involved with the project but that's next week for me so I can't really talk about it. Finally you have autoCAD practice, this is just easy, if you know what the lecturer is saying and you apply it correctly it'll be a breeze.

    Are you also on the ICE scholarship because I can talk about as well if you want. For sports i can't say much as I do tae kwon for but not competitions so I don't know a great deal about other sports.
 
 
 
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