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Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes meet the best university standards and are offered by highly qualified and experienced academic and support staff.

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.

Postgraduate studies

The Civil Engineering Department offers a wide range of postgraduate studies which are usually linked to the research fields in which the Department is currently active. 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. 

Watch the video to find out more about research that is being done by Dr Dyllon Randall, 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.


Excellent opportunities for research and postgraduate studies exist in the fields of: Hydraulics and Urban Drainage, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials, Transport Planning, Urban Engineering and Management, Water Chemistry, and Waste Water Treatment. 

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

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.