Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is about the creation, improvement and protection of the environments we live in.

Subject overview

Civil Engineering teaches you about the effective planning, design and construction of the built environment. This includes the working and living spaces people depend on, as well as critical infrastructure such as motorways, bridges, and water supply networks. The many and varied elective courses available within Civil Engineering encourage you to find a path that resonates with your own interests.

This specialisation gives you the chance to see how you can shape the world we live in. For example in topics with an environmental focus, you will learn how to design, develop and evaluate structures, equipment and systems to provide practical solutions to problems caused by increasing consumption and waste.

Some of the topics you can study within Civil Engineering include:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Where can Civil Engineering take you?

Civil and environmental engineers are needed for expanding cities and new construction projects to meet the demands of rising populations throughout the world. With their design and planning capabilities, they help us to envision the future, especially in terms of how we will live and travel. Our ever-changing landscape and the need for upgrades of ageing infrastructure means that there is a sustained demand for skilled civil engineers. Our graduates have found employment in engineering consultancies, councils, government departments, and as designers and advisers for engineering projects. You can also use an engineering qualification and background as a stepping-stone into other careers.

Explore your study options in Civil Engineering