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Civil Engineering: Your Learning Experience

We’ve designed our curriculum with input from the Civil Engineering industry. Our courses will equip you with the technical and professional skills to become an engineer of tomorrow.

How you’ll learn

You’ll learn through design and work on integrated sustainable projects as a member of a multidisciplinary team. From wind turbines to real infrastructure projects, and master planning within in a live construction environment, you'll develop your technical and professional skills and build experience through lab work, projects, site visits and problem-solving.

Flexible first year

During your first year, you’ll explore several engineering disciplines. You’ll gain a broad understanding of engineering in a multidisciplinary context. You’ll also be taught alongside Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering students.

Lake District field course

During your first-year induction week, you’ll join a unique residential field course in the Lake District.

You’ll learn to work with your fellow student engineers and gain an understanding of engineering principles.

It's the perfect opportunity for you to engage, get to know each other and form friendships.

Learn with support

We care for our students as individuals right from application stage beyond graduation. We'll support you throughout your learning journey, so you can get the support you need, when you need it.

As one of our Student Engineers, you’ll benefit from:

  • an extended induction programme
  • a dedicated Engineering Student Wellbeing Advisor
  • a personal tutor
  • a student buddy system
  • a staff student committee
  • international and exchange tutors
  • our award-winning Careers Service
  • our school employability support

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

Engage with industry

You'll engage with industry from the start of your journey at Newcastle University. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge demanded by the engineering sector.

You’ll gain industry exposure to professional practice through:

  • guest lectures
  • industrially linked projects
  • placements
  • professional events
  • skills modules
  • work shadowing
  • summer experiences

You can also take part in a work placement, working at any organisation in the world, with support from our dedicated team.

Work placements take place between stage 3 and 4 and are typically 9 – 12 months long. You’ll put your learning into practice and develop your professional expertise.

Study abroad opportunities may also be available, but it will depend on your degree and eligibility.

ACCESS careers event

Our annual ACCESS careers event is a great opportunity to:

  • engage with our industrial partners,
  • get an insight into the sector
  • build your professional networks
  • explore future placements
  • find graduate opportunities

World-class facilities and living laboratories

Our world-leading research facilities include:

  • heavy structures laboratory
  • geotechnics and materials laboratory
  • environmental engineering including microbiology and pilot-scale laboratories
  • driving simulator
  • hydraulics and hydrology laboratories
  • dedicated computing suites featuring industry-standard computer software

You’ll also have access to Newcastle Urban Observatory – the largest set of real-time urban data in the UK.

Stephenson Building

The phase 1 opening of our redeveloped Stephenson Building is now complete. This £110m investment is a place for innovation and collaboration, featuring: 

  • student-led maker space
  • multi-purpose teaching laboratories
  • digital learning spaces
  • blended social learning spaces