International Students

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering, where innovative, multi-disciplinary teaching and research techniques ensure that our up-and-coming civil engineers are equipped to address 21st century challenges.  

Our world leading academics and state of the art facilities provide an outstanding and supportive learning environment for students. This is reflected in our Top-100 QS World Subject Ranking 2019, Top-10 ranking in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and our 95% overall student satisfaction result in the 2019 National Student Survey.  

Video Transcript

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Our range of undergraduate programmes in civil engineering will allow you to develop strong theoretical and practical skills in the discipline. [Aerial view of university campus including the Green Heart, Main Library and the Teaching and Learning building]
[Engineering building opened in 2021] You'll benefit from our state-of-the-art dedicated facilities and student spaces [student using machinery] designed to enrich your learning experience and prepare you for life after study [NBIF building]. [Computer-aided drawing of a structure]. Design is at the core of our teaching. [Students using equipment and in laboratories]. For the first year to fourth year, you'll be in charge of producing imaginative concepts, detailed designs, budgets and programmes, acquiring the skills to succeed as a professional engineer. 
You'll take part in our innovative integrated design project and work collaboratively with engineers across multiple disciplines to solve real world engineering problems. [Student and person from industry in hard hats on a construction site]. You'll benefit from our respect scheme, which will help you gain invaluable industrial experience during your studies and prepare you for entering the workplace as a graduate. [Graduates throwing hats in the air]. Your Birmingham degree will assure you stand out in a competitive job market. [Student on a computer]. Many of our graduates go on to pursue careers in a broad range of sectors. From construction [woman in hard hat] and infrastructure [building site], to transport [train] and energy [wind turbines], to consultancy [man and woman on site] and finance [man monitoring stock markets], our graduates work with local, national and international organisations. [Graduates walking down a corridor].
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Are you ready to take the next step? Start your journey today. [Visit]

Dr David Soper (left) and Mike Jesson (right)

Civil Engineering Admissions Tutors

“The Department welcomes many UG international students from regions across the world including, Europe, Africa, China, Hong Kong, the UAE and many more. Below we have provided some useful information for 2021 applicants, including what to expect during your first year, and some first-hand experiences from our Civil Engineering students. Please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page, if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.”


Your first year at Birmingham 

Your first year as a Civil Engineering student at the University of Birmingham will be an interesting and exciting time full of new experiences and challenges.

Here are a few of the highlights you can expect from your first year:

  • The first year provides a foundation of understanding across Civil, Mechanical and Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering building global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda.

  • Students get the opportunity to spend a week during their degree to work on site with friends, building a scale version of an iconic structure.

  • Students have access to the Departmental Industrial Placements Programme RESPECT, which provides the opportunity to interact with employers and gain valuable work experience

  • Access to advanced Civil Engineering labs equipped with modern testing equipment.  There is also substantial investment in new teaching spaces and a new engineering building , allowing more flexible and accessible ways of working.

  • We have a student led society CivSoc, who bring together all years of Civil Engineering by providing social events, sporting activities and industrial opportunities.

  • For students on our unique Civil and Railway Engineering programmes, there is also a RailSoc Society. As well as socials and behind-the-scenes trips to steam railways and more, RailSoc are very actively involved in industry events and in 2019 won the EPS Industrial Award for their work with various companies within the industry.

Hear from our international community 

One of the best ways to find out what life is really like as an international Civil Engineering student is to hear from them! Here, our recent graduate, Matt Hui, talks about his experience and gives real insight into student-life at Birmingham. To see full student profiles as well as student videos and much more, please see our International Students Information page.  

Matt Hui

Matt Hui

MEng Civil Engineering Graduate

“Birmingham is a research university, so what you learn in class is relevant to what is happening in the world of Civil Engineering. This means what you learn within the course is directly applicable to life outside of university, because Birmingham wants you to have the skills needed for employment.”


Key dates

  • September 2020 - UCAS applications open
  • 15 January 2021 - Deadline for applications - First places*
  • May 2021 - UCAS decision deadline
  • 30 June 2021 - UCAS applications close**
  • 1 July 2021 - UCAS clearing opens for international students
  • 31 July 2021 - Accommodation application deadline (for Accommodation Guarantee scheme)
  • 18-19 September 2021 - Arrivals Weekend
  • 20-26 September 2020 - Semester One begins with Welcome Week
  • 27 September 2020 - Semester One teaching begins

*All applications received by 15 January are given equal consideration. If you apply after this date then we cannot guarantee that we will be able to consider your application depending on the number and quality of applications we received before this UCAS deadline.

** If you apply after 30 June 2020, your application is automatically entered into Clearing.

Offer-holder checklist

You will receive updates about the application process and relevant deadlines via email, but please check back here soon for our international offer holders checklist to help you keep track of progress.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4230

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