Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Why study at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering?

Civil Engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. It provides the facilities for day-to-day life and for transport and industry to go about its work.

Engineers must not only have a good understanding of the engineering sciences, but also be able to communicate effectively and to apply their knowledge and experience to new problems.

Civil engineers make modern life possible. They work on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of projects such as skyscrapers, motorways, bridges, tunnels and dams. You will learn how to use maths and science to design major construction projects, design and build the infrastructure for modern cities, calculate the maximum load a bridge can withstand, solve transportation problems, and understand the environmental issues to be aware of when undertaking construction.

Expanding populations and growing economies fuel the demand for major construction and design projects; these represent opportunities for civil engineers. Graduates can also use their engineering qualification and background as a stepping-stone into other careers. Many work in the top echelons of business internationally.

Environmental protection is an important issue for society today as scientific research provides evidence of increasing global warming, ozone depletion and higher levels of pollution. 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, and the potential threats to biodiversity. Projects include learning how to clean up toxic material that has seeped into the ground and designing an effective wastewater treatment plant. Tougher environmental regulations and efforts to prevent problems before they occur are just two examples of the increasing challenges environmental engineers are exposed to.

Our graduates have found employment in engineering consultancies, environmental agencies, government departments, and as designers and advisers for engineering projects.