Civil and Structural Engineering offer holder days

As part of your offer holder day at Sheffield, you'll be spending some quality time getting to know the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and your chosen course.

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Arriving at the department

You will have booked to visit us 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Please arrive in good time for the start of your booked session, as we'll need to scan the QR code from your booking to register you.

Your arrival location is: The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 3. You can view this on our interactive campus map, and there will also be lots of open day staff and ambassadors around campus to assist you.

If you arrive late for your booked session, please report to the general information stand on the Students’ Union concourse, where event staff will be able to help.

When booking, you'll be able to reserve a place for yourself and one guest at the department activities. To ensure safe venue capacities, the department will be unable to accommodate any additional unbooked visitors.

However, you're welcome to bring additional guests to accompany you on the day, and we would encourage these guests to take part in our range of central exhibitions and tours while the department activities are running.

Civil & Structural Engineering offer holder timetable

You will have booked to visit the department 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Here's what to expect from your time with us. Timings are approximate and are subject to change, and so we recommend checking back prior to the event.


In addition to the below activities, the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering would be pleased if you could join them for a buffet lunch in The Diamond Level 3 General Study Area, with an opportunity for further informal conversation with staff and current students.

For those visiting the department in the morning, lunch will follow immediately afterwards, 12.30-1.00pm. For those visiting in the afternoon, lunch will be served immediately prior, 1.30-2.00pm. Please see below for full details.

When booking your place, you will be asked to email any dietary requirements to


Student and parent/supporter activity

30 minutes

Welcome talk

30 minutes

Department and Lab tour

90 minutes

For offer holders - Mini lecture and bridge building activity

For parents/supporters - student support talk and networking with our staff

For the rest of the day, you'll have time to take part in the central tours and exhibitions detailed in our offer holder day guide.  

Science and Engineering Foundation Year

If you are holding an offer for one our courses with Foundation Year, you should book your 2.5 hour visit with us as normal, but then also make a point to attend our Science and Engineering Foundation Year talk will run 1pm-1.30pm in Diamond Lecture Theatre 9, on the second floor of the Diamond building.

No pre-booking is required for this SEFY talk, but all foundation-year offer holders are strongly encouraged to attend, to learn more about this part of your course.


Department and lab tours

Our staff and student ambassadors will take you on a tour to our department and research labs, where we do research in the fields of structural engineering, water engineering and geotechnics.

Bridge Building

Working in groups, offer holders will get the opportunity to design and build a bridge structure to consider both performance and sustainability.

Staff and student ambassadors will be on hand to talk through design choices and to help with the optimisation of the structural form (something which we do a lot of research on here at Sheffield).

At the end of the session, the designs the offer holders have created will be tested and parents/supporters will be invited to see the testing.

Student Support Talk

While offer holders are taking part in the bridge building project, parents/supporters will have a chance to attend our student support talk and speak to our staff about the exciting opportunities that are available to you and where a degree from Sheffield can lead.

How to book

Please book your place on the offer holder day via the link in your invitation email.

Our league table rankings

Top 100 Civil & Structural Engineering department in the world and 9th in the UK according to the QS World University rankings by subject (2023).

8th in the UK according to the Complete University Guide (2023).

10th in the UK according to the Times University League Table (2023).