Civil Engineering

Why study Civil Engineering?

If you are interested in using your creative skills in a practical way to shape the world that we live in, then studying a degree in Civil Engineering may be for you!

Civil Engineering is all focused on the planning, constructing, and maintaining of human-made structures around us. It’s commonly recognised as one of the most significant branches of engineering, given that most civil engineering projects are because of Government investment in infrastructure.

Civil Engineering projects signify investment, redevelopment, and societal progress. If you’re looking for a career at home or in your study destination, there are many opportunities for you to explore!

What degree courses can you study at university?

There are a variety of Civil Engineering courses that you could study at university including:

  • Advanced Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering with Sustainability
  • Civil Engineering with Transport
  • Digital Civil Engineering

Whether you’re seeking an undergraduate or postgraduate route, there are many options available for students across the NCUK Global Network. When choosing options, you should think about the underlying skills of engineering. For example, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics are vital subjects that may be required by your university.

Most students will seek a BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) in the discipline. You should look for accreditations from relevant destination-specific professional bodies where possible to ensure recognition in the workplace following completion.

What career could I progress to?

Civil engineering is broad; your career can go in many directions! You may choose to specialise in a specific area of civil engineering, such as:

  • Buildings
  • Coastal and marine
  • Construction of dams and canals
  • Environmental projects
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Highways, tunnelling, infrastructural projects and transportation
  • Power
  • Waste management water and public health

Civil Engineering at NCUK Universities

Did you know that in the UK, The University of Manchester, University of Leeds and The University of Sheffield are within the 2022 QS World Top 50 for Engineering – Civil & Structural!

If you are looking to study in Australia or New Zealand, The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) and The University of Auckland are both in the World’s Top 50 in the 2022 QS World Engineering – Civil & Structural Rankings.

Choose The Right Degree For You

Are you ready to check out which NCUK Universities offer your chosen degree subject? Take a look at the NCUK University Course Finder!


Peishen Li

Peishen Li

At the University of Sheffield, there are a lot of new facilities. I like the fact that there are students from China on the course but I also meet and study with UK students.

University of Sheffield BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Aijun Yuan

Aijun Yuan

The UK is a safe place to study and has many Engineering courses. I also chose to study here as the quality of education is very high in the UK.

University of Salford BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Yijun Zhao

Yijun Zhao

The tutors on at my NCUK Study Centre encouraged further learning and critical thinking which has helped with my university study in the UK.

University of Sheffield BA (Hons) Architecture