The tuition is great; academics use a variety of different teaching styles that enable you to investigate topics of interest for yourself. They’re willing to help with any course-specific question and are very knowledgeable in their subject area, researching and writing their own papers on current developments in the profession too.
Civil engineers shape the physical infrastructure of our world. From the supply of clean water in the aftermath of a humanitarian crisis to the design and construction of a multi-million-pound infrastructure project, the expertise of civil engineers is key.
Creative and proactive civil engineers combine technical, practical and managerial skills. They are responsible for the planning, design and construction of roads, dams and waterways, tunnels, buildings, harbours, sports stadia, airports and bridges.
The University of Surrey has offered degree programmes in Civil Engineering since its inception, and we are recognised nationally as providing an excellent balance of academic studies, practical skills and professional experience. Our programmes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you will need for a rewarding career as a Chartered Civil Engineer. By gaining a sound understanding of mathematical, analytical and practical engineering techniques, you will have the foundation for developing safe, sustainable and cost-effective design ideas. Alongside this, you will gain the management skills required to bring any project into reality.
You can choose to study either an MEng or BEng degree, and a Professional Training placement year is an option for both programmes, which can be taken abroad.
A core benefit of studying at the University of Surrey is that you can carry out your studies in exceptional facilities which include purpose-built soil mechanics and geology laboratories and a Centre for Environmental Health Engineering (CEHE).
Both the BEng and MEng are accredited routes for chartered status. The MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and therefore offers you a fast-track to senior levels of responsibility in industry and chartered status. The BEng partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer. A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the education base for CEng.
Read about the experience of Civil Engineering student Helen Piggott.
During year 1, our aim is to provide you with experience across a broad base of engineering topics and to introduce the core personal and professional competencies of communication and teamwork. This level includes various intensive modules, such as the geology field course and a week-long intensive module in integrated design. These, along with a number of site visits, offer a refreshing, interactive and student-centered approach to learning.
In year 2, you will cover the major civil engineering subjects in depth, alongside teamwork, leadership and further opportunities to consolidate your communication skills. Learning is undertaken in a variety of ways – small groups and as an individual – and covers the full range of civil engineering design and practical laboratory-based work. There is a week-long intensive study on the surveying field course and on integrated design.
You are encouraged to undertake a Professional Training placement year to gain practical experience of how industry works. You will appreciate things that you cannot learn in a lecture or laboratory.
Some companies that participate in the scheme include: Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Waterman, Costain, Bachy Soletanche, Ringway, WSP, Tony Gee & Partners, Hyder Consulting, BAM Nuttall, Mott MacDonald, Capita, Skanska, Hewson, Kier Group, Keller, CH2 Hill Halcrow, Arup, Sisk and Peter Brett Associates.
During year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise. In addition to core material (structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering and management studies), you will be able to choose from a list of optional modules and will undertake an in-depth individual project on a topic of interest to you. This usually involves several components and may include a literature study, experimental work, computer modelling and comparisons with previous research.
During Year 4 (MEng only), group design and project work form a major part of your studies which involves collaboration with both industrial consultants and students from other engineering disciplines, providing you with the opportunity to appreciate other engineers’ perspectives. A wide range of optional modules to broaden and deepen your knowledge are also offered.
These courses have been accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
MEng Accredited CEng (Full)
MEng Civil Engineering (4 year FT, 5 year FT SW thick)
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (3 years FT, 4 year FT SW thick)
This degree is accredited as:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.
One of the benefits of studying at Surrey is the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement year and gain practical industry experience.
Taking a Professional Training placement year enables you to try out a specialised engineering sector, earn a salary, enhance your CV and build up a network of contacts, as well as enabling you to apply and enhance the skills you’re learning. The enhanced interpersonal and management skills you gain will be highly valued by employers, giving you a real head-start as you enter the job market.
Placements also normally contribute towards the requirements for becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer.
In addition to applying and enhancing skills as you study, students also find the year deepens their understanding of studies in the later stages of their degree programme.
Arrangements for your placement are made through the University. During the placement you are employed by a company but are still a member of the University and you will receive up to three visits from your personal tutor, who will monitor your progress and liaise with your company. Occasionally students secure overseas placements.
All our degrees are organised on a modular basis, with teaching delivered via a mix of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes. For many subjects you will also be able to take advantage of our online electronic teaching resources which both supplement and extend the material being presented.
The material at all levels seeks to provide a core of knowledge of the various subjects, but you are expected to extend this with personal research and learning guided by tutorials and other material. The balance between lectures and less formal tutorials and laboratory classes varies between levels and semesters.
Year 1 marks do not count towards the classification of any of our degrees but allow us to ensure that you are making good progress with your studies. All subsequent work is considered for your final award, and assessment takes the form of coursework, projects, laboratory reports and presentations, along with traditional examinations. You should find this mix helps you to plan your time and achieve your best performance.
Generally about 60 per cent of the degree award is based on examinations and 40 per cent on continuous assessment.
Specialised facilities include:
Our employment record is outstanding and graduates from our degrees are in demand by consultants and contractors alike. The work they have undertaken has varied from a small role in a prestigious project to major responsibility for a local scheme. We find that the work record established during professional placements gives our students a decided advantage when employers are making offers.
Recent graduates are working for a wide range of companies, including major consultancies and contractors such as Costain, Atkins, WSP, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald.
As our graduates are highly numerate, literate, computer-literate, organised, confident, business-minded and commercially aware, they are also very attractive recruits for companies operating in many other professions, including management, banking, accountancy, software development and so on. A degree in Civil Engineering from Surrey is an excellent foundation for your career in the construction industry, and in professions far removed from engineering.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the Civil Engineering programme this might be possible in your second year at one of the partner institutions in the USA (eg, Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati or Florida), Australia, Singapore or South Korea.
The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, without paying additional tuition fees to the partner. In doing so you will broaden your horizons; meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.
In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Arup in Hong Kong, Melcro Crown in Macau or at Ryobi-Kiso in Singapore. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).
Mathematics A-level and Physics A-level (or equivalent) are required.
Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.
6.5 IELTS minimum overall
6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill
|Qualification||Course Length||Professional Training||UCAS code||KIS code|
|MEng||4 years||H209||View KIS data set|
|MEng||5 years||H210||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||3 years||H200||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||4 years||H201||View KIS data set|
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015.
Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £16,600
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements. Details will be available in late summer 2014.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
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“After I graduate, I want to gain experience in the water industry and work for an engineering charity to bring sustainable and self-sufficient clean water to vulnerable communities around the world”
"The programme itself is very diverse, and the companies I’ve spoken to say they like employing Surrey graduates as they’ve got a very well-rounded degree"
"Surrey’s the ideal place if you want to excel in your field of study, discover new interests, meet inspirational people and learn a lot about yourself"
“The facilities were great, both academically and socially, and my lecturers were fantastic and inspired me to push myself harder in my work”
"By the end of the placement I knew what I wanted to do after graduation: I will be looking for a research-based role in the medical device industry"
“I would advise anyone studying Chemical Engineering to get as many relevant work experience opportunities – such as summer placements and Professional Training – as possible"
“The University of Surrey is definitely the key to a very bright future”
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“The incredible support and guidance is truly unrivalled and means the world to me”
Civil Engineering student Michelle Hicks has been recognised in the highly competitive Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards.
The Guardian league table 2015 has ranked the University as number four in the country for Civil Engineering.
High-performing programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences good news for existing and prospective students.
In addition to the traditional full-time and part-time study modes, the course offers a distance learning option for those individuals that require flexible methods for learning. This option is supported by a state-of-art e-learning resource, SurreyLearn, to support off-campus students including extensive library and information resources managed by the University of Surrey Library support team.