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The School of civil engineering and surveying

Explore our teaching and research activities within the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

Civil Engineering and Surveying contributes to the design, construction and management of infrastructure used by millions of people around the world every day, such as waste plants, office blocks and railways – and within our School, we're committed to creating sustainable, built environment projects by encouraging creativity and new ways of thinking among our students and researchers.

We have a track record of successfully preparing students for employment – 100% of our students are in work or further study 6 months after graduation (DHLE, 2017). And we have a longstanding history of producing quality surveyors – we're celebrating 50 years of teaching surveying in 2019.

We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality and we're committed to promoting equality of opportunity and to making careers in built environment more attractive to women and under-represented communities.


Within the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, we emphasis practical, hands-on learning. Our students put theory into practice on field trips where they explore the built and natural environment, and conduct site visits which mirror those done by professional Civil Engineers and Surveyors.

Students can study the viability of coastal defences at Highcliffe, soil erosion on the Isle of Wight, and the longevity of railways at Meon Valley Railway. Our exceptional teaching staff help transform our students into graduates who are ready to become successful surveyors and civil engineers, complete with the technical skills and experience demanded by the industry.

Our students complete placements in the field, and benefit from the School's strong links with employers in the civil engineering and surveying industry, including companies such as Fluor, Mott MacDonald and AECOM. After graduating, many of our students return to work for the company where they worked during their placement year. 


We operate the Environmental Technology Field Station, a research station for university and industry collaboration and teaching. At the station we deliver expert consultation, environmental monitoring, laboratory analysis and training to water industry staff and civil engineering and surveying students.

Our Concrete Laboratory is used by students and researchers to produce and test concrete specimens. The lab offers researchers and students a space to practice, review and improve their mixes. All stages of testing are recorded and live streamed in the lab to help students review their work in class.

The Environmental Science Laboratory laboratory has all the analytical equipment students and researchers need to conduct water testing — from biochemical oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand, to suspended solids, nutrient analysis, pH and conductivity. We also have facilities for preparing soil and water samples for analysis, and for analysing hydrocarbon pollution.

Our Geotechnics Laboratory has equipment for fully characterising fine and coarse grained soils, fully automated testing equipment for teaching and research, and a 60 seat area for interactive tutorials.

The Hydraulics Laboratory has a 300mm wide, 7 metre long tilting channel for investigating all aspects of open channel flow - from flow over weirs to hydraulic jumps. Students and researchers can use a wave generator and several other smaller mobile hydraulics benches to conduct experiments.

Our Materials Characterisation Suite has X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy equipment available. Students and researchers can gain microscale insights into materials and their interaction with the environment.

Our Surveying Store has equipment including theodolites, automatic levels, robotic and standard total stations, GNSS receivers, and laser level and handheld distomat distance meters.


We want to rethink how people build, and we're doing this through our collaborative and cross-disciplinary research.

Our researchers have made significant contributions to civil engineering and surveying, such as uncovering how to better tackle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, blending heritage areas with green community spaces and finding better ways to remove pesticides from drinking water in Thailand.

Our 'ProSuDS' project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, brought together businesses, councils and environmental groups to increase flood protection and sustainable drainage in housing developments.

We've received research funding from the Royal Geographical Society, European Commission, Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Mary Rose Trust, and the South East England Development Agency.

Areas of expertise

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