Published: 29 March 2021

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 you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Group work
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.

We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A typical week in your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 19 contact hours each week.


  • 11am - 12 noon – Materials and Statics – Lecture
  • 1pm - 2pm – Mathematics – Lecture
  • 2pm - 4pm – Fluid Mechanics and Pipe Hydraulics – Lecture
  • 5pm - 6pm – Mathematics – Lecture.


  • 9am - 11am – Civil Engineering Practice – CAD/sketching/CP/GIS workshop
  • 1pm - 2pm – Mathematics – Lecture.


  • 9am - 10am – Materials and Statics – Lecture
  • 10am - 12 noon – Civil Engineering Practice – Research skills workshop (once every semester).

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting and other University society activities.


  • 11am - 1pm – Fluid Mechanics and Pipe Hydraulics – Lab work (twice a semester)
  • 2pm - 3pm – Mathematics – Tutorial
  • 3pm - 4pm – Materials and Statics – Tutorial
  • 4pm - 5pm – Fluid Mechanics and Pipe Hydraulics – Tutorial.


  • 9am - 10am – Mathematics – Lecture
  • 10am - 11am – Materials and Statics – Lecture
  • 11am - 1pm – Civil Engineering Practice – Lecture.

Find out more about undergraduate study in our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Disclaimer: The timetable and 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. Given the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, our hybrid learning model is under continuous review. See the latest information on all changes.

Share what you've read?