A Day in the Life of a Civil Engineering Student 

Aris and Christy show you their typical day as a Civil Engineering student.


Christy: I’m Christy, a second year Civil Engineering student. Today I’m going to show you what I do on an average day.

Aris: Sounds great.

Christy: So normally I have about four hours of lectures and tutorials each day. Actually I’m meeting up with my group on our project now, do you want to come?

Aris: Sure.

Christy: Civil Engineering students do lots of group work based on real life engineering projects. This year we’re designing houses and community centres for people in East Timor. I get to experience what it’s like to be an engineer as well as working with different people. So currently I’m working on a soil mechanics lab report. It’s a really great way to get hands on experience. Actually a few fourth years have labs too. Ah, there’s Jo. Hey Jo! So normally I study at the Science Centre but sometimes I will study here in the library. Enough about me, what do you do as a fourth year civil engineering student?

Aris: Well, as a fourth student I have a lot less lectures but most of my time is spent on my research project which is on the water food energy mix. It’s something that really interests me and really expands my knowledge on this area. But it’s not all work. I am the Chief Editor of the College’s monthly newsletter. I get to work with students from different courses across the college, producing articles that reach over 5,000 students. I end my week with a session at the Table Tennis club at the university. Actually, our first team just qualified for the premier division, so exciting stuff. So whether it’s Table Tennis –

Christy: Or Dodge Ball.

Aris: There's always something for everyone at the University of Birmingham. OK, that went well.