Civil engineering is one of the most diverse professions available. As a civil engineer, you’ll become involved in a wide range of activities, including planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, improving and managing the physical environment around us. You may help design transport systems, undertake the treatment and restoration of contaminated sites, enhance the energy efficiency of buildings, or design and construct iconic structures.
All degree courses within the School share a common first year of six compulsory modules. These expose you to the range of programmes offered within the School and provide a firm basis on which to specialise in later years – as well as giving you the flexibility to switch between these courses.
Enhancing your degree
Why study at Leeds?
Accredited degrees: Our Industrial Advisory Committee, links with professional organisations and our academic partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers ensure our accredited courses are up-to-date with the modern practices and techniques that will enable you to succeed in industry upon graduation.
Hands-on learning: You’ll carry out project and design work, build scale physical models, and develop graphical presentation and computer modelling skills using industry-standard software in our teaching facilities.
Flexible degrees: Enhance your learning by choosing to take a study abroad year or industry placement, which develops your independence and is attractive to employers.
Career prospects: Our graduates are highly sought after by leading employers. 97% of UK based graduates from the School of Civil Engineering are in graduate level employment such as professional or managerial work within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcome Survey 2019/20).
Research-based learning: Our globally recognised research feeds directly into your course and shapes what you learn with the latest thinking.
Global community: When you choose to study at the University of Leeds, you'll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of students and researchers who come from all over the world.
Supporting your studies: We support you from the moment you arrive to help you adjust to studying at university, and you'll be guided through your course by your personal tutor. We’re proud to have been awarded Silver Athena SWAN status which shows our strong commitment to equality.
Project and design work
in the UK for Civil Engineering
Guardian University Guide 2023
in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
in the UK for Architecture
Guardian University Guide 2023
Grand buildings, iconic landmarks and sustainable green space: our single-site campus has it all. When you study at the University of Leeds, you’ll be on the doorstep to one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the UK, with the benefit of enjoying our historic campus.
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One of the best ways to find out what it's like to live and study in Leeds is by speaking to a student. We have over 100 ambassadors live on Unibuddy, and you can search by course, subject area, level of study and nationality to find the right person to talk to.
"The learning played to my strengths but also developed my weaker creative side that I was curious to explore. Most architecture schools only focus on engineering or design, this focuses on both which is very valuable."
Rithik Jai CHand, Architecture MEng, BEng