Published: 01 December 2020

Five reasons to study civil engineering at Surrey

What makes our civil engineering degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your civil engineering degree.

1. Surrey civil engineers build a better world

You won’t just study the core topics you need to become a successful civil engineer at Surrey. You’ll be joining an award-winning department where we help build a better world for everyone. Recent success stories include:

2. Fantastic work placement opportunities

You can take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme. This enables you to take a year’s valuable work experience with companies such as:

  • Atkins
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Costain
  • Hewson.

Read about student Emanuela Dyrma’s placement experience at Subsea7.

3. Great employment prospects

Our degrees open up a huge range of career opportunities with major engineering consultancies and contractors.

According to the 2021 Guardian University Guide, 97 per cent of our former students are in graduate-level employment or undertaking further education after 15 months of graduation.

Recent graduates work for companies such as:

  • Atkins
  • GDC Partnership
  • Lendlease Group
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Walker Construction.

Read about Surrey alumna Irosha Gunatunga's career at BAM Nuttall Ltd.

4. Cutting-edge research

Civil engineering students at Surrey have access to several acclaimed research centres, where real-world problems are assessed and addressed:

There are plenty of chances to put the theory you’re learning to the test. In your first year, you’ll take part in the DAD project – which challenges students to design, assemble and dismantle a structure within a short time-frame – as well as going on a week-long geology field trip. We also organise trips to see projects such as the new M4 Smart Motorway.

Some students challenge themselves by entering prestigious industry-sponsored competitions. Read about student Ruth Carlson’s success in the Women in Property Student Awards 2019.

And don’t forget...

If the above hasn’t convinced you yet, here are a couple more reasons you should choose Surrey to study civil and environmental engineering:

Unique Surrey/ICE scholarship scheme

Supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), our scholarship scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK. Under the scheme, you’ll be matched with a leading civil engineering company, and benefit from £1,950 a year (for 2020 entry) and salaried work throughout your course.

Professionally accredited courses

Our BEng and MEng courses are fully accredited by the:

This means you’ll be well on the way towards chartered status after studying at Surrey. Our MEng courses fully meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer while our BEng courses require further study.


Learn more about our undergraduate courses in civil and environmental engineering.

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