A career with impact

As a civil engineer, the work you do will have a direct and positive impact on people's lives, now and for future generations. You'll be involved in projects that help create and shape the world, working at the forefront of inspiring and diverse developments.

Image: London: Millennium Bridge at duskWork anywhere in the world

At Sheffield our courses prepare you for a professional career that could take you anywhere. The expertise of leading industry consultants and businesses feeds directly into your degree. You'll be taught by experts in structural, water and geotechnical engineering and benefit from the latest world-leading research we're doing. And we'll show you how to think about problems from a sustainable point of view, so you're prepared for the ever changing needs of our world.

Unlimited possibilities

You could be involved in major schemes that find solutions to earthquakes and floods or the provision of water and basic shelter. You could be collaborating with other talented engineers to work on iconic structures such as the Millennium Bridge and major sports stadiums throughout the world. The possibilities are endless.

The bigger picture

All our courses challenge you to tackle real-world issues from a global perspective. We'll show you how to think about not only the technical issues in engineering developments, but also the social, ethical and environmental implications. Right from your first year, our global engineering challenge gives you the opportunity to work with other engineers, finding solutions to real problems faced by developing communities.

" The challenges and opportunities in Civil Engineering in the UK, and indeed worldwide, are breathtaking and can only grow as increasing demand is placed on the world's limited resources. I have been particularly impressed by the quality of students and teaching at Sheffield in the light of this.  


Dr David Tonks
Edge Consultants UK Ltd


Image: students discuss ideas in the workroomYou'll be in demand

Underpinning all this is an emphasis on teamwork, leadership and communication, as well as analysis, creativity and commercial awareness. Projects throughout your degree will give you the opportunity to collaborate with students across all engineering disciplines and gain insight from alumni and industry representatives.

With the skills and in-depth knowledge you gain, you'll be targeted by the very best consulting and contracting engineers. Over three quarters of our graduates have found jobs in civil engineering or further study opportunities within six months of graduating.

The graduate perspective – what our students are doing.

Work placements

We've built up strong links with 22 leading consultants, contractors and specialist engineering firms. Some of these companies offer structured, paid vacation work, which may lead to sponsorship for subsequent years of your course or job offers. Your personal tutor will advise you on the best opportunities to prepare you for a successful career.

Because industry input into our programmes is strong, students typically opt for work experience in the summer vacation. However, if you decide you'd like to take a year out in industry, a dedicated placement officer in our Careers Service will help you plan your placement.

Study abroad

You could spend part of your course – three months or a year – in Europe, America, Canada, Australia or Asia. This is a great way to show employers you're an independent and resourceful person.