Published: 07 October 2022

A week in the life of a civil engineering undergraduate

From lectures to laboratory-based practicals and personal tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BEng or MEng civil engineering student at Surrey.

How will I be taught?

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of seminars, tutorials, lectures, laboratory-based practicals, group work and online learning. You'll receive approximately 19 contact hours each week.

You’ll also be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading. We have a range of study spaces available, including our library, open 24/7, and more relaxed spaces like the new Hillside Coffee café.

What will I be taught?

A typical week in first year will cover the following modules: Materials and Statics; Engineering Geology and Geomechanics; Mathematics; and Civil Engineering Practice.

Read more about our undergraduate civil engineering courses.

Will I be in lectures all the time?

You’ll be busy but not every day is the same and the timetable allows for self-study. In some weeks, you’ll get the chance to do some practical learning with a site visit.

What about other interests? Will I have time for those?

That’s what Wednesdays are for: you have most of the day to focus on sporting, society or employability events. Students have access to more than 180 student clubs and societies, with interests ranging from mixed martial arts to mah jong, and poker to politics.

A great way to meet other civil engineering students is through CivSoc, which organises social events throughout the year. There is also the Women in Engineering Society, which organises social, educational and networking opportunities to support female engineers.

Nearby Surrey Sports Park is a £36m facility, offering state-of-the-art training facilities such as a climbing wall and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

What’s life like outside lectures?

We’re a campus university so everything you need is within a five-minute walk, including the Students’ Union building, grocery shopping, wellbeing and support services, the launderette and the medical centre.

Guildford’s picturesque cobbled high street boasts a wide range of shops and restaurants, plus an excellent range of pubs and a busy nightlife. The town is also only a 35-minute train journey to London.

Expect more

Find out why you should expect more at Surrey and when our next undergraduate open days will be.

Disclaimer: The modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication and may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

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