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Your Learning Experience

Here at Newcastle, you're a Student Engineer, not an Engineering Student. Right from day one, you're on course to becoming a professional engineer with a world of opportunities.

Your learning will include both the theory and practical application of civil engineering. You'll have access to both large and small scale facilities, providing you with a real-world experience.

Supporting you

You'll flourish as a part of our inspiring, supportive and challenging environment.

You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors, and student buddies within our School.

The University also provide student support and wellbeing services, and our Students’ Union has a range of resources.

Engage with industry

You'll engage with industry in a number of ways, including industry events such as ACCESS, guest lectures, projects, placements, and in-school support. You'll also have support from our award-winning Careers Service.

Our students also benefit from our close links with industry and visit live projects on-site to see engineering in practice and learn about the challenges Civil Engineering professionals overcome each day. It’s a great way to meet working engineers at different stages of their careers.

You'll also have the opportunity to enhance your employability by spending a year in industry. See our Year in Industry programmes.


Our ACCESS event (Awareness of careers in Civil Engineering for our second year students) provides Stage 2 Civil Engineering students with the chance to meet our industrial partners. It provides insight into the sector and will therefore enhance your employment prospects through placements and graduate vacancies.

"It’s great to come to events like this and attract the younger generation and show them the opportunities that are available"

Francesca Madden, Esh-MWH

Each year, our Stage 2 Civil Engineering students are given the chance to meet engineering professionals at ACCESS.

Experts from many of our industrial partners provide students with an insight into the sector. The event gives you opportunities to advance your employment prospects since it provides placements and graduate vacancies.

Many of our industry partners attend ACCESS where they represent local, national, and international civil engineering employers and associated professional bodies. Contributors may include Northumbrian Water GroupBT BellARUPKomatsuAecom, Network RailCundallBowmer & Kirkland, Strabag, Fairhurst, Jacobs and many more.

The event has become a fundamental component of our Civil Engineering programme. So much so, Civil Engineering Degree Programme Director Dr Jean Hall spoke of the benefits of the event for students:

“This event allows our student engineers to connect with professionals from our industry network. This is their first step on the career pathway. It offers insight and a perfect opportunity to network and see the range of career opportunities in industry.”

ACCESS and the opportunities provided

ACCESS gives you an ideal opportunity to engage and interact with industry professionals, helping you establish contacts for the future. You'll develop the knowledge and insight to make decisions about future careers.

The event also benefits our industrial partners too because they return each year to find more contacts with potential future employees and promote their businesses. They also encourage students to apply for the many placement and graduate opportunities that they offer.

Francesca Madden from Esh-MWH said: “There are a lot of jobs that you wouldn’t expect to be associated with Civil Engineering. There are a lot of jobs that people are unaware of. It’s great to come to events like this and attract the younger generation and show them the opportunities that are available.”

Speaking after the event, our Stage 2 students said:

“ACCESS helped me understand what companies want from potential employees.” Sally Watt (BEng Civil Engineering)

“ACCESS gave me an opportunity to network with potential employers and find out the best way to gain a placement.” Joe Lazenby (BEng Civil Engineering)

Study abroad

Our Study Abroad option has seen students experience student life at one of our partner universities in Europe including Sweden or worldwide with destinations including Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Our MEng degrees allow students to study Global Engineering, an international design and build challenge that has seen students work in the remote Sabah region of Borneo solving global problems.


World-class facilities and living laboratories

We have a wide range of Civil Engineering facilities for teaching and research.

Our exceptional laboratories include many analytical instruments. Our facilities support our Civil Engineering research, teaching and commercial work. They span the city and the north of England and allow us to study full scale, real-world science and engineering as it happens.

Our facilities include: