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Seven reasons to study Civil Engineering

For those considering a degree in Civil Engineering but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Work in an exciting environment

Civil Engineers play a key role in our physical environment, from designing a project to bringing it to life and maintaining it. Study this subject area and you’ll be part of its quick-moving and challenging nature.

2. Gain a lot of practical experience

Most Civil Engineering courses include the option for an industry placement during the degree. You’ll gain a wealth of professional experience, build your professional network and usually get paid for the work you do, too.

3. Choose from many postgraduate options

A lot of undergraduate courses offer a master's year, and postgraduate options are in abundance. Courses include maritime civil engineering, environmental engineering and water management.

4. Enter into an effective graduate scheme

There are plenty of structured programmes on offer to recent graduates of Civil Engineering. These provide invaluable experience, transform you into a highly employable individual and potentially even offer permanent roles.

5. Gain a good graduate starting salary

Having a degree in Civil Engineering will definitely give you an advantage when it comes to salary. Graduate data displays a significant difference between the starting salary for a Civil Engineering graduate and the starting salary for non-graduates in this working sector.

6. Have a wealth of job options

Studying Civil Engineering opens up a lot of career options. There are plenty of different roles to pursue, such as nuclear engineering, quantity surveying, or even jobs that combine the area with consulting or law.

7. Learn valuable transferable skills

The subject area is diverse, so you'll learn valuable skills that can be applied to numerous professions. These include problem-solving, decision making and analysing. You’ll also develop a strongly refined knowledge of science, maths and technology.

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