Civil engineering

Civil engineers provide critical infrastructure, overseeing major industrial projects that shape the world around us - from the world’s tallest buildings to the most spectacular bridges. To be a civil engineer takes great vision, technical proficiency and confidence in leadership. Across our courses you will learn to apply the principles of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, environmental engineering, materials, surveying and construction.

Why choose this subject area?

  • 2nd in the East of England (after Cambridge) for Civil Engineering (2023 Complete University Guide)
  • great business links - Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
  • 85% of Engineering graduates are in work or doing further study 15 months after the course (Graduate Outcomes, 2019/2020)
  • learn in our brand-new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building, opening in 2024. You’ll benefit from experiential learning zones, from large Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) spaces, workshops, laboratories and more flexible learning environments.
'The quality of the Civil Engineering course was high, a campus university appealed and also Hatfield was far enough from home in Essex to be away, but close enough for emergencies.'

Simon Bennett

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering