What students say about civil engineering
Most teaching is done in lectures, supplemented by some tutorials and labs. The amount of lectures varies each semester, typically between 15 and 20 hours per week in first year, decreasing to about six hours per week in third year for my course. However, most work is carried out outside of these times in private study. The work is challenging but interesting and rewarding, and the assignments set vary from the practical aspects of the course to calculations, design work and research essays.3rd year, University of Southampton
I really enjoy my course because I love the subject, so it's really important to pick a subject you enjoy. Teaching time does vary a lot between courses, and engineering can be quite time-intensive compared to some courses. Civil engineering work consists of design projects, lab exercises and reports, occasionally a fairly short essay (apart from the dissertation!) and exams. You'll also have tutorial questions for most classes.3rd year, University of Strathclyde
Certain engineering schools have no tutorials, so make sure you can handle the prospect of independent learning. Civil engineering has much more to offer than formulas and drawing - you get to learn about computing and design, write essays on the 'people' aspect of engineering, go on a field trip, meet and network with engineers in the industry and a lot more.1st year, University of Bristol
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
- Design technology
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
You'll need a tailored personal statement that ticks all the right boxes with engineering tutors - think 'personal', 'relevant', 'evidence' and 'reflective'.
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Flood defence engineer
- Demolitions engineer
- Quantity surveyor
Other real-life job examples
- Structural engineer
- Mining engineer
- Highways engineer
What employers like about this subject
Studying for a degree in civil engineering will provide you with subject-specific skills such as the ability to design and build structures, in applying your judgement as an engineer under pressure, and in effectively managing and working on large building projects. Transferable skills you can gain from civil engineering include team-working, problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to interpret data. Civil engineers are employed in construction, in the road and rail industries, in the oil and gas industry, in telecoms, in engineering consultancy, in government, and in the finance industry (particularly in accountancy and management consultancy).