Engineering and the Environment

Civil and Environmental Engineering Degrees

  • Civil Engineering students put theory into practice from day 1
  • Our Civil Engineering degree students gain first-hand experience of construction through our six-day residential Constructionarium field trip.
  • Civil Engineering degree students at Southampton were given a project to investigate the feasibility of wave energy on Alderney Breakwater will be assessed
  • Our Civil Engineering degree students are putting their knowledge into action to transform the lives of a village in Cameroon, Africa. The goal: to design, fund and construct development projects in the village of Bambouti
  • Civil Engineering with Architecture student Charlotte McCarthy was named as one of the UK’s top female property students by the Association of Women in property
  • Students test the aerodynamics of a cross section of their bridge design in our wind tunnel
  • We regard hands-on experience of the Civil Engineering topics that you will study to be vital in gaining an understanding of the practical issues involved
  • Civil Engineering student Karishna Bunwaree worked with her industrial sponsors Ramboll on the construction of a new port in Morocco
  • Our engineers are leading an international project to provide sustainable electricity supply systems for three rural villages in Kenya

Civil engineering involves the planning, design, development and construction of solutions that enable the built and natural environment to be used in a sustainable way. This covers many different fields, including structures (such as bridges, tunnels), transport (such as railways, motorways), hydraulics (such as river control, coastal defences) and identifying sustainable energy sources for the future.

Our Civil Engineering degrees combine theory with practical work to allow our students to put their knowledge to the test. As well as practical laboratory sessions and project work our students gain first-hand experience of construction through our residential Constructionarium field trip.

We encourage our students to seek opportunities to enhance their employability and since 2003 we have been running the SUCCESS scholarship scheme partnering students with sponsoring companies to gain valuable work experience and additional financial support.

All our Civil Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Our MEng programmes meet all the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Our BEng programmes meet many of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer although graduates must undertake postgraduate study to achieve Chartered status.

We also provide teaching in software products widely used by industry such as AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, LUSAS. Students are offered the opportunity attain Autodesk® certification status in AutoCAD, a significant additional achievement.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Degrees

Key facts

  • 95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

  • Number 1 for employability Guardian University Guide 2015

  • Number 5 course Guardian University Guide 2015

  • Number 4 course Complete University Guide 2015

  • Number 1 for graduate prospects Sunday Times University Guide 2014

View our Civil Engineering brochure

View our Civil Engineering brochure


  • Southampton Merit Scholarships

    Our £1000 Southampton Merit Scholarships are offered across all our undergraduate programmes in Engineering and the Environment.

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  • SUCCESS Industrial Scholarship Scheme

    SUCCESS provides industrial sponsorships to students studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southampton.

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