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Why study civil engineering?

Posted 10 August 2020
Civil engineer works of construction site

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the construction and maintenance of our built environment. As their work concerns man-made infrastructure, civil engineers are mainly responsible for public works such as roads, bridges, waterways, airports and railways. Their role is highly important, as the efficiency of metropolitan and rural life is dependent on the work they do.

6 reasons to study civil engineering

There could be many reasons why you want to study a degree in civil engineering. Graduates benefit from exposure to and the ability to work in a variety of industries, including construction, transport and communications. Additional reasons to study civil engineering might include:

1. Practical experience

Civil engineering degrees often incorporate workplace studies in their curriculum, to give you an opportunity to experience working in engineering and gain a practical insight into the subject. Additionally, you will study a range of innovative modules throughout your classroom-based education, which will allow you to enhance the skills you need to become a successful engineer.

2. Variety of study areas

Civil engineering courses offer a range of modules, offering a variety of options and paths you can follow into a future career. In a typical civil engineering degree course, you will get the chance to study topics such as land surveying, hydraulics, engineering geology, construction project management, mathematics and chemistry, to name a few.

3. Postgraduate opportunities

Once your studies are over, you will have lots of options available to you. Qualified engineers often train professionally to gain chartered (CEng) or incorporated (IEng) engineer status. Contrarily, some graduates go on to develop specialist knowledge in areas such as earthquake engineering, maritime civil engineering or environmental engineering.

4. Employability

With all the skills learned in an engineering degree, you can expect to be a sought-after candidate in the job market. Depending on what industry you want to pursue, you are likely to have many job prospects upon graduating. Civil engineering roles are well paid in the UK also, with salaries averaging at around £31,000 per annum (PayScale, 2020).

5. Job satisfaction

Civil engineering is crucial to modern daily life. Through your work, you will be contributing to the functionality of society, allowing people to live their lives both safely and efficiently. Plus, you will be able to put your best knowledge of science, maths and technology into practice and see your creations come to life.

6. Valuable skills

Studying civil engineering will give you many transferable life skills, as well as preparing you for an engineering career. As well as learning to design, create and build practical structures, you will hone your creative approach to problem solving and improve your ability to analyse data. Communication and decision-making skills are also a big part of an engineering degree.

Want to study civil engineering abroad in the UK?

If you are thinking about studying abroad, doing a degree in the UK offers many benefits. With highly-regarded teaching methods, as well as good business links, universities in the UK make the most of the country’s many established and prolific industries.

While studying in the UK, international students have the opportunity to work alongside their studies, thanks to the Tier 4 (General) student visa. This is highly beneficial, as it can allow you to gain valuable experience in part-time paid work that has the potential to compliment your degree. Additionally, having a job as a student can help you demonstrate the importance of balance in a working life, as well as being another merit towards your future employability. For more information, you can read up on our visa information.

Once you have completed your university studies in the UK, you will also have the opportunity to start your career here with the new Graduate Immigration Route. Available to international students beginning their studies after autumn 2020, this route will allow you to work for up to two years after graduating with your valid Tier 4 visa. Watch our video below for more information.

This all sounds great, but how should you even start this journey to studying in the UK? Here at the International Study Centre, we offer preparational programmes designed for students who want to study a civil engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde. Designed to support you by giving you the skills and knowledge you will need to be successful at a UK university, our Undergraduate Foundation Programme and Pre-Masters Programme both have subject-specific pathways that can lead to degrees in engineering.

Why study civil engineering at the University of Strathclyde?

Studying in Scotland

Studying in the UK is an exciting, unique experience, and Scotland is a wonderfully safe and welcoming part of the UK. The University of Strathclyde has been named the Scottish University of the Year 2020 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide), and offers a wide range of highly-ranked degrees with notable research achievements. The University was even placed in the top 10 UK schools for Civil Engineering in the Complete University Guide 2021.

A respected school located in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, Glasgow, students voted Strathclyde as the university with the best Local Life (Whatuni? Student Choice Awards 2020). The University benefits from the city’s cultural museums, impressive shopping scene, local live events and breathtaking outdoor spaces.

Strathclyde’s student experience

The University’s extracurricular offerings include a modern Students’ Union with impressive facilities, as well as many student-run societies and staff-led support teams who are available to help you with career advice among many other things. The University also boasts strong industry links to many top employers in the engineering field, with graduates going on to start careers at companies such as Amec, BAE Systems and Scottish Water.

If you are excited to find out more about studying civil engineering at the University of Strathclyde, you can find out even more about why you should start your study abroad experience at the International Study Centre.

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