About the Department

We are one of the leading Civil Engineering departments in the UK with thirty-four academic staff, eighteen research assistants and over 400 students (approximately 300 undergraduate, 20 postgraduate taught and 90 postgraduate research).

Our research profile is internationally excellent (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/research/assessment/) and we recruit very able students. We have balanced strengths in teaching and research, with a particular focus on:

  • earthquake and geotechnical engineering;
  • water and environmental management, and
  • infrastructure systems and design.

We have well-established links with a diverse range of industrial and other external non- academic partners; many of these relationships are enhanced by people who are graduates of the Department returning to teach for us or to become industrial mentors for current students. Many of the organisations we work with have a global presence, giving our students access to a very wide range of exciting career opportunities when they graduate. Up-to-date information about our strong links with employers and the many and varied opportunities for students to secure placements or permanent employment after graduation can be found on the website of the Faculty of Engineering’s Industrial Liaison Office.

We have strong international links with other leading Civil Engineering departments worldwide, including Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, and we offer the opportunity for selected undergraduate students to spend their third year abroad.

Civil Engineers help to shape the world that we live in. An overview of our profession, profiling who we are and the sort of work that we do, can be found on the Institution of Civil Engineers website.

Civil engineering touches the lives of everyone and has an intimate relationship with our natural environment.

Structure Design class