Civil Engineering


At a glance

  • Achieve a qualification in adepartment with extremely high graduate employment rates
  • Gain hands-on experience through a variety of summer and year-out placement opportunities, which are enhanced by our strong links with industry
  • Take advantage of our purpose-built laboratories and design studios
Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is a challenging profession concerned with the sustainable provision of the built environment. Civil engineers are involved in the design and construction of bridges, tall buildings and other structures, dams and reservoirs, water supply and sewage disposal systems, power stations, ports, offshore structures and transport systems.


How will I study?

The department occupies purpose-built offices and laboratories and has a range of teaching and learning facilities, including Building Information Modelling and Design studios. We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, example classes, tutorials, laboratory work, field courses and various types of project work.

You will have a personal tutor who can offer general guidance and support, and you will also benefit from links with practising civil engineers and other professionals. Our teaching aims to present fundamentals and their application within the context of engineering design and construction, with regard to economy, safety, quality, sustainability and the environment.



Civil engineers are needed all over the world in design, construction and management positions. The MEng courses are designed to produce graduates with leadership potential, and provide the quickest route to Chartered Engineer status for engineers in the UK. The BEng courses can be used as a stepping stone to chartered status, and also lead to careers outside civil engineering.

In 2016, 100% of undergraduates in the Department of Civil Engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,940 with the highest being £30,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

  • The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
    (The Graduate Market in 2013-2016, High Fliers Research)
  • We are also ranked as the number one university for job prospects
    (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015).

Professional recognition

To maintain our position as a leading centre for the teaching of civil engineering, our courses are continually reviewed and updated. The honours degrees are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Highway Incorporated Engineers. Our courses are designed to meet the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC and are also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Year in industry

We encourage you to take advantage of our strong links with the profession and consider a year in industry during your degree course. This is your chance to:

  • develop your skills in an industry setting
  • improve your employment prospects
  • make contacts and meet professionals
  • earn money
  • get a real insight into the industry you are interested in

We also run an industrial sponsorship scheme with around ten firms participating. The scheme is open for first, second and, if doing an MEng, third year students. Placements with a successful outcome at the end are normally awarded with a sponsorship for the subsequent academic year.


Study abroad

Many students have the opportunity to take up to a year out to study abroad at our Malaysia or China Campus, or universities in the Universitas 21 group, which includes the universities of Auckland (New Zealand), British Columbia (Canada), Hong Kong (China), Melbourne (Australia), Singapore and Tennessee (United States).

Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.*

* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.


Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements may be invited to an interview.  

Open days

Applicants who are made an offer will be given the opportunity to visit the department. For University-wide open days, please see our open day pages.  
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