Civil engineers combine scientific understanding, practicality and ingenuity to design, build and manage the infrastructure that underpins our basic quality of life.
It is creative problem solving on a huge scale, which is key to finding solutions to the major challenges facing the world today.
In your work as a civil engineer, you could be responsible for water supplies and sanitation, large construction projects like the 2012 Olympics, improving life in the developing world or building the road and rail networks that allow us to travel for work and leisure.
But all the time, you will need to be mindful of how your project fits in to the bigger picture. For example, how will your new rail network stand up against growing passenger numbers? Where will you get a new water supply without harming others elsewhere?
This degree is designed to develop a valuable combination of technical ability, critical judgement, communication skills and intellectual qualities, preparing you for careers in a wide variety of areas.
During the fourth year you will have the opportunity to specialise in: environmental engineering; geotechnical engineering; transport engineering; or water resource engineering.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is made up of the following four professional bodies:
See the MEng or BEng section below for more information about professional accreditation and the difference between studying to BEng and MEng level.
Newcastle is ranked in the top 10 UK universities for civil engineering in The Complete University Guide 2014 and The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. We also achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 90% in the 2013 National Student Survey.
Civil and Structural Engineering at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Your course balances lectures, practical work, site visits, individual study, and group work. A typical week includes lectures each morning with two or three laboratory or design sessions in the afternoons.
In Stage 4, we teach all of our modules in weekly blocks, often alongside our MSc students and professional engineers from industry. This means you will work full time on a unit of study for one week, with the following week timetabled for independent study to consolidate and complete your studies.
Coursework may take a variety of forms, ranging from reports and calculations, through to using 3D visualisation tools, and making presentations to practising engineers from industry. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
The first two years of this degree are shared by all of our Civil Engineering and Civil and Structural Engineering students. They are designed to develop core civil engineering skills through topics based around four themes.
This shared curriculum provides you with a broad foundation of civil engineering knowledge while giving you time to see where your interests lie.
It also gives you the flexibility to transfer between our programmes should you find your interests have changed, though transfer from a BEng to an MEng is subject to you achieving the appropriate academic standard.
The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle has close links with industry. We have an industrial advisory panel that feeds the views of the profession into our degree programmes. This helps us to make sure that our graduates meet the needs of the industry.
We also host the regional office of the Institution of Civil Engineers, giving you the chance to network with practising engineers.
Other benefits of our links with industry include:
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange that counts directly towards their degree. We currently have partnership agreements with universities across the world including Sweden, Singapore and the USA.
You will have lots of opportunities to analyse your design theories in our state-of-the-art facilities, which have been independently rated as ‘excellent’ by professional accreditors. We have:
You will also have access to full-scale field facilities off campus, including:
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences' website.
Study at Newcastle and you will join our School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. The School is housed in two purpose designed buildings on the University’s city centre campus: the Cassie Building and the Drummond Building.
Our four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are professionally accredited and are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) as they satisfy the academic requirements required to achieve this professional qualification.
Our three-year BEng degrees are also professionally accredited and can lead to Chartered Engineering status (CEng) later in your career with suitable additional training, for example an accredited or approved Master's degree, or appropriate further learning to Master's level.
They are also suitable for international students who don’t need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more about becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website.
Our Civil Engineering degrees are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps, including the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, as well as the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG).
Please contact your local recruitment office or visit the DTUS website for further information.
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