Undergraduate courses

We are delighted by your interest in Civil Engineering at Bristol and hope that this information will give you a clear picture of life as a student here.

This is a relatively small department and we offer a friendly and supportive learning environment.  However, our courses are challenging and we are justifiably proud of the high standards and achievements of our graduates.  Engineers are responsible for the creation and maintenance of much of the infrastructure that developed and developing countries tend to take for granted.  We believe that the broad education that our graduates have received makes them well able to create the delicate balance that is often required between impact on the environment and benefit to society.

The Department of Civil Engineering attracts the best and brightest applicants from all backgrounds and cultures; we particularly welcome international students.

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The Bristol Civil Engineering course is unique in many ways:

  • Personal tutor scheme: It is important that you enjoy your university education and make progress.  To ensure this, every student is assigned a personal tutor (a member of the academic staff) for advice on academic and personal matters.
  • Industrial Mentoring Scheme: In the first year of your study, you will be assigned an industrial mentor: a senior engineer working in and around Bristol.  The purpose of this scheme is to provide you with an opportunity to build up contacts, experience practical activities and to engage with the profession.
  • Internship Scheme: A number of leading Civil and Structural Engineering companies currently offer internships to Bristol Civil Engineering undergraduates. Some companies also offer a bursary or sponsorship in addition to the paid vacation employment. The purpose of the scheme is to give vacation employment, professional and financial support to students during their academic career, to encourage their commitment to Civil Engineering.
  • Diverse and international body of students: The Department attracts a high proportion of students not only from Europe but also from the middle and far east.  This will enrich your experience.  We recognise this is important as many of you may have to work on overseas projects following successful completion of the course.
  • High quality teaching including field trips: Bristol is a research intensive university (a member of Russell Group of Universities) where the academics are involved in cutting edge research.  This helps you enormously as you are taught by leading experts in the field.  There are a few compulsory field trips, such as surveying and geology field trips.  For example, in 2011-2012 surveying field course students spent seven days in Pembrokeshire, Wales where they surveyed a coastal area near Castlemartin using the latest technologies.
  • Future careers: Completing one of our courses is challenging and rewarding.  Our students are always in high demand by employers.

What else do I need to know?

For more information please visit our individual course pages in the left navigation menu and Undergraduate study.

How can I apply?

All applications for degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS code name and number for this University is BRIS B78.

For details on how to apply see Undergraduate study.


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