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Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering involves the planning, design and construction of structures, systems and infrastructure that positively support the future development of our society. Civil engineers require a wide range of knowledge and skills from understanding hydraulics and soil mechanics to structural design and construction management. Our Civil Engineering courses will equip you with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and the ability and confidence to apply them to solve practical problems.

Civil Engineering courses

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Why study Civil Engineering at Southampton

Drawing on over 50 years of civil engineering teaching experience, we are one of the UK’s leading civil engineering universities. We are ranked 2nd in the UK for Civil Engineering, by the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

We will provide you with a dynamic learning environment where knowledge is continually being developed and fed through into your course through lectures and design projects. We’ve built an enviable reputation for research excellence, coming 1st in the UK for research power in General Engineering in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Practical experience is integral to our curriculum, and our students are involved in practical design from day one. Throughout their course students have opportunities to carry out individual and group design projects. Find out more about our undergraduate engineering projects on the Design Show blog.

Our courses are designed in conjunction with our Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board to ensure that we provide you with the most relevant knowledge and skills for your future career.

You can gain valuable work experience with one of our industry partners either by applying to our SUCCESS industrial scholarship scheme or by taking the Industrial Placement Year option with one of our MEng courses.

All our BEng and MEng Civil Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and provide you with a route to Chartered Engineer status.

What are my career options?

Our graduates are sought after by leading engineering companies and progress to secure positions of responsibility across a wide variety of industries. The teamwork, design and project management skills you will learn are highly valued and enable our graduates to pursue careers outside of engineering.


The Constructionarium was really invaluable when I came to my first placement. I had the experience of how to conduct myself and how the operations onsite work. It meant you were a cut above other first year placement engineers.

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