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Civil and Structural Engineering

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Civil engineering underpins the infrastructure we take for granted - the buildings, roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. If you’re a practical doer who likes to solve problems, design and make things, our courses are for you. 
  • high ranking

    Our civil engineering programmes have the second highest rating in London for student satisfaction, with 85 per cent of our students giving us their approval (2014 National Student Survey).
  • superb connections

    We have excellent connections with industry giants, and we’re accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
  • good career move

    Enjoy a programme of expert guest lectures, field trips and laboratory and field practicals, plus support to find valuable work experience or a placement year in industry.

Why Us?

Civil engineering at UEL is a practical and creative discipline with a great track record of student employment. When you’re considering where to study, bear a few things in mind.

Our courses are overseen by an Industrial Advisory Board that includes prestigious organisations such as Atkins, Waterman, Thames Water, SRK Consulting, WSP and the London Boroughs of Newham and Waltham Forest. You can be sure we deliver what employers need.

You will be based at our Docklands campus at the heart of a massive regeneration area. This base will be a springboard for you to see civil engineering on site, in action - not just in the classroom.

You will have the chance to study all of the major disciplines of the profession, including structural, materials, geotechnical and water engineering.

You will also have a personal tutor to support you and a course leader for each part of the course, plus we’ll help you to find work experience to boost your practical skills and your CV.

Learning By Doing
My lecturers were not only amazing at their jobs as lecturers but also as mentors, opening the doors of opportunity and personal development for me.
Barbara Czjaka , BEng (Hons) Engineering Foundation and Engineering, graduate
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What we're researching

Our staff bring a huge amount of research expertise to bear on their teaching, so you can be sure that what you study reflects the most up-to-date thinking and practice. Alongside strong academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising civil engineers.

Our expertise includes coastal and river engineering, structural analysis and design, geotechnical analysis and design, laboratory modelling and computational structural mechanics.

For example, Senior Lecturer Dr Ali Abbas, who has excelled in finite element analysis of concrete structures, researches how concrete behaves under different loading conditions, including earthquakes.

Our Director of Quality and Academic Standards, Dr Martin Marriott, has particular interests in water and environmental management, and hydraulics.

Senior Lecturer Dr Ravindra Jayaratne has worked with academics in the UK, Japan, Canada and Mexico on mechanisms to counter the deadly effects of tsunamis and storm surges, while Senior Lecturer Dr Anca Ciupala is researching how to strengthen earthquake-hit buildings with fibre-reinforced polymer materials.

We’re also developing innovative technologies to promote carbon-neutrality and eco-efficiency through our Sustainability Research Institute, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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