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Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered by internationally acclaimed academics who are leaders in their fields.

Undergraduate studies

The department offers a fully integrated undergraduate civil engineering programme comprising up-to-date courses in all the traditional branches of civil engineering, such as structures, steel and concrete materials, geotechnics, hydraulics, water supply, wastewater treatment and transportation. UCT’s Bachelor of Science (Eng) degree in Civil Engineering is fully accredited with the Engineering Council of South Africa.The degree requires a minimum of four years of study. The disciplines of civil engineering at UCT are:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Materials
  • Urban Engineering
  • Transport Studies
  • Water Management
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering


Postgraduate studies

The department offers a wide range of postgraduate studies  which are linked to research in the fields of transport studies, concreted and materials structural integrity, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering and mechanics, urban water management and water quality engineering.  Masters degree programmes are offered which comprise different levels of research versus course work, thus allowing students to educate themselves according to their particular strengths and career choices. Postgraduate courses vary in duration from one year to three years. Some courses are offered during the University semesters while others are offered during a block week.

For detailed information please visit the Department of Civil Engineering website.

Exciting new research in the department

Watch the video to find out more about research that Dr Dyllon Randall and his students are involved in to save water. Dr Dyllon is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering.


For more information read the Greenovate Award for Students recycled-urine project and SAICE award for urine research project. Read the article that Dr Randall wrote for Daily Maverick on the value of urine in a water sensitive future.

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering involves the planning, design, construction and development of building and infrastructure projects, the management and distribution of water resources, the optimisation of traffic and transport services and the creation of sustainable and energy-efficient cities and communities in a rapidly developing global environment.

Is it for me? 

Civil engineering appeals to people who thrive on the challenges inherent in problem solving. This requires an aptitude for and skills in mathematics and science, and a desire to be involved in the planning, design, construction, development, and management of infrastructure. Civil engineering makes a positive difference to the world in which we live.

Career opportunities

Civil engineers may work on site or in a consulting office – undertaking the planning, designing, and analysis of civil engineering projects before they can be built on site. After gaining experience, many civil engineers end up in senior management roles in the engineering or business fields. Some civil engineers prefer to work for national, provincial or local government  – finding and implementing practical solutions to problems faced in society in the areas of housing, provision of clean water, waste water treatment, roads, and public transportation.