Published: 30 October 2018

Five reasons to study civil engineering at Surrey

Programme Director Dr Alex Hagen-Zanker reveals what makes our civil engineering degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

Civil Engineering students
  1. Unique Surrey/ICE scholarship scheme
    Supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) our scholarship scheme is unique in the UK. Students are matched with a leading civil engineering company, and benefit from a bursary of £1,850 a year (for 2019 entry) as well as salaried work experience throughout their course.
  2. Professional Training opportunities
    Many students take advantage of Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables you to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Hewson and Bachy Soletanche. On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work in civil engineering practice, and develop skills such as team-working, project management and communication – while earning a salary.

    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.

  3. Professionally accredited
    Our BEng and MEng courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes.

    Our MEng courses fully meet the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer while our BEng courses meet a large part of these academic requirements.

  4. Practical learning experiences
    There’s a strong practical focus throughout our degree courses, with many chances to put the theory you’re learning to the test. For example, you’ll take part in the DAD project – which challenges groups of students to design, assemble and dismantle a structure within a short time-frame – as well as going on a week-long geology field trip to investigate the geotechnical properties of soils and rocks.
  5. Great employment prospects
    Studying civil engineering at Surrey opens up a huge range of career opportunities not only with major consultancies and contractors but also across other sectors such as management and business consultancy. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Walker Construction, Arup, Mott MacDonald, Lendlease Group and G.D.C. Partnership.


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