How will I study civil engineering?

Bringing together science and technology, engineering relies on strong theoretical knowledge and creative flair. 

If you apply to study a civil engineering degree, you will have an immersive learning experience throughout your time at Salford.

lab-based learning

As an engineering student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories, so we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in an environment tailor-made for your course.  We’ve created a learning environment that reflects the practical nature of civil engineering, with a range of specialist teaching and research facilities.

The Heavy Structures Laboratory features a range of equipment which can be used to load test almost any structure; including hydraulic actuators, a strong floor, tensile and compression testing machines and a climactic cabinet. In our Hydraulics Laboratory, you can develop your understanding of how water flows and behaves at different velocities. The Water Quality Laboratory is linked to our plant growing (hydroponics) facility, where you can investigate the ability of different plants and filters to remove ground water contaminants.

You will also learn to use a range of surveying equipment and tools, such as digital total stations, levels and theodolites, which combined with digital drawing capability will arm you with industry standard skills demanded by employers. Many students use the MakerSpace to help them complete practical assignments which involve the design and manufacture of an object which will be tested in a laboratory.

In the Geotechnics Laboratory you can learn about soil types, their strengths, permeability and compressibility and how these things can affect the ground conditions under building foundations, dams and embankments.

Practical experiences

Civil engineering students

University life is more than just working hard and getting a degree – it’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people and make great friends for life. On our engineering courses, we get you involved in industry events, competitions and field trips where you can apply the skills you learn throughout your degree. 

Every year, second year civil engineering students have the opportunity to experience an unmissable week-long residential field course in Norfolk. Constructionarium puts your learnt theory into practice, so you experience how things work in the real world.

Working in project teams, you’ll get to construct, scaled down versions of iconic bridges, buildings and dams from around the world, working in a controlled environment and supported by both academic and industrial staff . By the end of the course, you’ll have gained invaluable experience of life on a construction site, and will have dealt with a number of challenges that you’ll face in your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends, and forge connections with industry experts.


Aeronautics students in the lab

Lectures and tutorials are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge base in your chosen field of engineering. You will experience teaching from our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field and are active researchers in their specialist subjects. 

During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 


Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Successful engineering knowledge-building relies on lots of study. Whether you are collaborating with your coursemates on a group project, or working your way through the latest seminar reading list, you'll find you will spend lots of time in our library.

Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has physical and virtual resources that will support your aeronautical engineering studies. The modern learning space includes computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to journals, databases, and software.

With an onsite cafe, breakout areas, comfy chairs and 24-hour access, it is also the perfect place for writing up seminar notes and finalising assignments - day or night!