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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

You will benefit from over 50 years of civil engineering teaching experience and our enviable reputation for research excellence.  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.

From day one you will be involved in practical design as practical experience is integral to our curriculum. And throughout your course you will have the opportunity to carry out individual and group design projects. Which is why 92% of our civil engineering graduates are overall satisfied.  (NSS 2017)

Learn more about  undergraduate engineering projects on the Design Show blog.

As our courses are designed in conjunction with our Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board  you will be provided 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 with one of our 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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