School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About Our Courses

Taught by leading research active academics and experts from engineering companies and government agencies, our courses offer up to date and industrially relevant training in short, intensive programmes, often addressing serious skill shortages.

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle is one of the largest groups in the UK to work at the interface between the built and natural environments, so we are well placed to offer training in:

Understanding the pressure on industry, we have designed our courses so that you will typically only be away from the workplace for one to five days. Training can be delivered in house, and we have the expertise and flexibility to develop new, tailored courses, responding to the needs of our clients.


The School wants to ensure that, as graduates seek chartered status and review their development needs, there are relevant learning activities to help them progress towards chartered status.

Some of the CPD courses are accredited by professional organisations such as CIWEM, CIHT, and the Geological Society; others form part of our MSc Programmes, which are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC.


You can attend any of courses without taking formal assessment, and receive a Certificate of Attendance.

However, many of the five-day courses are modules from the School's Masters programmes; for these, you may have the option to be formally assessed and awarded a Certificate of Credits Achieved (10 Masters credits). If you then register for a postgraduate qualification, these credits may be accepted as Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

You can study the modules most suited to your work whilst at the same time building credit towards a postgraduate qualification.

Who Should Attend?

Our CPD gives you an excellent opportunity to extend or update your knowledge and learn new skills.

Our courses attract attendees from many organisations and at different stages in their careers; many are from the UK, others from overseas. The courses are a great way to network with students, researchers, and qualified and experienced engineers.

Most of our five-day courses are modules on the School's Masters programmes, so you will be attending alongside full and part time students. This provides a rich learning environment, where theoretical understanding and research-led teaching meets with real world perspectives from the CPD delegates, who often generate interesting and challenging debates based upon their working experience.