School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

About Us

Our School

Portland courtyard
The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying is based in the newly refurbished Portland Building.

Fulfilling the needs of today's global marketplace

The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying delivers professionally accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We also offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events for surveyors and other property professionals.

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.

Outstanding resources for real-life learning

The School is based at the award winning Portland Building which was purpose designed by Sir Colin Stansfield-Smith. An exciting and inspiring environment in which to learn, the Portland Building offers state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources, a dedicated journals and reference library, computer suites and a coffee shop.

Our laboratories for materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and geotechnical investigation include an offsite environmental laboratory located at a real sewage treatment facility. We have an extensive network of computers, specialist software, and experienced academic, support and administration staff are always willing to help.

Our long-established network of consulting and contracting organisations provide real-world case studies, curriculum advice and feedback on your work and excellent employment opportunities.

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.

Recognised research

The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying has a broad range of research interests ranging from structural analysis through to sustainability appraisal. Much of this work directly addresses real world problems, and the school has been very successful in securing funding to support this work from a range of sources including research councils, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and industrial partners.

Recent projects have involved collaborations with Astra Zeneca, BAE Systems, the Ministry of Defence, Mayer Brown Ltd and Grundon Waste Management.

Further afield

We have a strong international profile particularly in the field of environmental engineering. Our sewage treatment systems, using ponds and reed beds, have been constructed in places as far away as Egypt and Colombia.