Guide to studying Civil Engineering
Civil engineers deal with the infrastructure we live in, from the roads we walk on to how waste is disposed of.
- What do graduates do and earn?
Civil Engineering is all about the planning, construction and maintenance of man-made structures such as buildings, roads, bridges, canals and dams.
Established as the most significant branch of engineering after military engineering, the name is designed to distinguish it as non-armoury. Most civil engineering is funded by the central government.
Civil Engineering opens the doors to a fast-paced and challenging industry, but also a rewarding one. You'll likely be able to see the results of your hard work through projects that come to life.
Graduate jobs are easy to come by, as civil engineers are always in demand. Graduate starting salaries for the subject area are pretty high, too.
Read our seven reasons to study Civil Engineering for more information on why you might choose to study this subject area.
Civil Engineering degrees produce supply for increasing demand. There's a growing need for those who can design and build the structures that allow modern life to happen.
Particular job areas include building surveyor, consultant, contract worker, site engineer, structural engineer, geologist, and quantity surveyor.
Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for Civil Engineering graduates, such as BAE.
In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Civil Engineering have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.
The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Civil Engineering students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.
Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18
You'll usually need an A Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics. Subjects that will be helpful on your application are Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Physics.
Always confirm the grades and other requirements for the particular institution you're interested in. They can vary and change.
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- Choosing A Levels
- BEng Civil and Energy Engineering
- BEng Civil Engineering with a year abroad
- BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
- MEng Civil Engineering and Management
Assessment is carried out via a range of methods. This includes lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, group work and one-to-one sessions with tutors.
Most courses have close ties to industry, which gives you the chance to take a year in industry typically in the third year of a four-year course. This is usually assessed via reports and employer feedback.
Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include MSc in Applied Geotechnics, Bridge Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Engineering Management, Sanitation Engineering and Concrete Structures.