Published: 26 May 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.

Civil Engineering students
Students take part in the DAD (Design Assemble Dismantle) project.
1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

You can take advantage of our 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
  • Bachy Soletanche.

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


2. 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 experience throughout your course.


3. Great employment prospects

Our degrees open up a huge range of career opportunities with major engineering consultancies and contractors and in other sectors such as management and business consultancy. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

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

Read about Surrey alumna Suzie Ferguson’s career at Amec Foster Wheeler.

4. Practical learning experiences beyond the lecture theatre

There are plenty of chances to put the theory you’re learning to the test. In your first year you will 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. 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.


5. Professionally accredited courses

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
  • European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes.

This means that 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 some further study.


Discover our courses in civil and environmental engineering.


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