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Study Civil Engineering

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering is an Honours equivalent, professional Bachelors degree that extends over four years. It is offered in the School of Engineering within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. Instruction is through lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. Extensive use is made of computers in well-equipped facilities.

  • First year: The first year concentrates on physics, chemistry and mathematics to provide a solid scientific foundation. Additionally, an introduction is given to communication, drawing and the design process.
  • Second year: Mathematics continues to be taught in the second year but the application of scientific principles is introduced by way of the major Civil Engineering subjects of Fluids, Geotechnics and Structures together with Engineering Materials and Surveying.
  • Third year: The third year involves a development of the theoretical basis of Civil Engineering through the application of scientific principles – primarily in the disciplines of Fluids, Geotechnics and Structures.
  • Fourth year: In the final year, attention is focused on the application of engineering theory to resolving practical Civil Engineering problems. This culminates in students undertaking extensive design and investigative projects. The major subjects; Fluids, Transport, Geotechnics and Structures are complemented by other modules – such as Environmental Management, Environmental Technology and Professional Practice.

The Civil Engineering curriculum comprises of four main areas:

  1. Structural Engineering
  2. Transportation Engineering
  3. Geotechnical Engineering
  4. Water & Environmental Engineering. 
Students are also required to spend 14 weeks in Industry during the course of their degree study in order to graduate. 

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