The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
The School of Civil Engineering & Surveying delivers professionally accredited courses at Undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We also run a series of CPD events.
We pride ourselves in providing a friendly and supportive environment and the excellent relationship we have with our students is confirmed by consistently high rankings in the National Students' Survey.
Our solid relationships with the construction industry mean our courses are designed with today’s global marketplace in mind. We provide our graduates with up-to-date technical and transferable skills appropriate to their field.
The School is centred on the award winning Portland Building which was purpose designed by Professor of Architecture, Sir Colin Stansfield-Smith. Apart from offering an exciting and inspiring environment in which to learn the Portland Learning Resource Centre provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources, a dedicated journals and reference library, several computer suites and a refectory for welcome breaks and meeting friends.
We have a variety of laboratories for materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and geotechnical investigation, as well as an onsite environmental laboratory located at a real sewage treatment works. We also have an extensive network of computers with general and specialist software. Our team of experienced academic, support and administration staff are always willing to help.
We also have a long-established network of surveying and civil engineering consulting and contracting organisations that provide real-world case studies, curriculum advice and feedback on your work and excellent employment opportunities.
Invaluable experience - a year in industry
Our Civil Engineering degree courses provide the unique opportunity of a year-long supervised industrial placement. This will not only enable you to relate theory to practice, but can lead to employment after graduation. Most students learn a great deal during their placements, gaining valuable insights into the application of their academic studies, which is often reflected in their performance when they return.
Our Surveying courses (BSc Property Development and BSc Property Development with Quantity Surveying) whilst not specifically geared to a sandwich year format may also incorporate time in industry. There is also the opportunity to study a work based unit as part of your full-time studies.
Civil engineers and surveyors are at the forefront of developing sustainable societies and many find themselves dealing with important social and environmental issues. Our research reflects this multi-disciplinary activity by collaborating on joint projects with surveyors, mathematicians, chemists and microbiologists across the globe.
Our strong international profile
We have a strong international profile particularly in the field of environmental engineering. Sewage treatment systems, using ponds and reed beds, have been constructed in places as far away as Egypt and Colombia.