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Civil Engineering (BEng)

Bachelor of Engineering
3 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
UCAS Course code

About this course

Civil engineering is essential to the the sustainable future development of society. It explores everything from the engineering of buildings and road planning, to water supply and coastal defence. This BEng Civil Engineering course provides a solid grounding in civil engineering design and application. You'll develop the skills necessary to design and build creative solutions in the built environment, infrastructure and cities. 

On this course you’ll learn essential principles, such as: 

  • mechanics 
  • structures 
  • materials  
  • thermofluids 
  • geotechnics 
  • hydraulics 
  • structural design 

You’ll also study construction management and the real-world applications of civil engineering. This covers topics such as risk management and health and safety.  

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • apply analytical techniques and problem-solving skills to engineering problems
  • develop technical design skills, such as sketching, computer-aided design (CAD) and model-making
  • develop surveying, construction practice and computer programming skills
  • take part in the Constructionarium challenge, where you'll get practical construction experience and build scaled-down versions of famous structures
  • learn about the latest industry developments as they happen
  • apply to our SUCCESS scholarship scheme, with opportunities for work placements and an annual bursary

This programme incorporates hands-on experience in our modern facilities. This includes our £48m National Infrastructure Laboratory and our:

  • testing and structures research lab
  • geotechnics lab 
  • large structures testing lab 
  • hydraulic flumes 
  • Jaguar Land Rover driving simulator 
  • dedicated student design studios and workshops 

Design is integral to our courses. You'll take part in laboratory sessions and design projects throughout your degree to put your knowledge into practice. These are often based on the requirements of a real site and a real client, with the opportunity to showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show.

Visit our Design Show blog to see examples of our students’ design work.

Year in industry

Enhance your employability by taking this course with a paid industrial placement year.

Apply using:

  • Course name: Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement Year
  • UCAS code: H20P

You'll spend this extra year at an engineering firm, applying the skills and knowledge you've learned so far.

The fee is 20% of the standard annual tuition fee.


This degree is accredited, partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Learn more about accreditation and Further Learning programmes for CEng on the Joint Board of Moderators website.

This course is accredited by:

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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