• The Berg River Dam in Franschhoek - hydraulic engineering at its best.

    The Berg River Dam in Franschhoek – hydraulic engineering at its best.

  • Transport engineering - keeping our country's arteries flowing.

    Transport engineering – keeping our country’s arteries flowing.

  • Students hard at work in the lab.

    Students hard at work in the lab.

  • Exposure to actual engineering problems form part of our training.

    Exposure to actual engineering problems form part of our training.

  • The Engineering library offers world-class reference material.

    The Engineering library offers world-class reference material.

  • A site visit to nearby Strand - combining studies and leisure!

    A site visit to nearby Strand – combining studies and leisure!

  • Our department even offers beautiful views of the Stellenbosch mountains!

    Our department even offers beautiful views of the Stellenbosch mountains!

  • Day-trips to engineering sites in the countryside add spice to our studies.

    Day-trips to engineering sites in the countryside add spice to our studies.

  • Stellenbosch is a beautiful town to explore on foot.

    Stellenbosch is a beautiful town to explore on foot.

  • Final year students take on their lecturers on the cricket field.

    Final year students take on their lecturers on the cricket field.

  • Students relax in the main student centre, fondly known as the Neelsie.

    Students relax in the main student centre, fondly known as the Neelsie.

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering, one of the departments of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. Here you will find contact details, updated reports on research conducted by the Department, publications by staff, information on academic and support staff as well as information on courses, postgraduate studies and of course, the latest news. You can also find relevant postgraduate information in our brochure.

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So, what is civil engineering all about? This video gives an overview of the fields within civil engineering, to help you decide if this is the type of profession that you would enjoy.

Quiz

  • Are you technically minded, with a strong interest in engineering?
  • Do you have an aptitude for science and mathematics?
  • Are you a creative and strategic thinker?
  • Do you have patience?
  • Are you a natural planner and organiser?
  • Are you intrigued by how cities – roads and bridges, as well as public facilities like airports and railways – are actually designed and maintained?
  • Are you interested in computers and are eager to learn more about computer programming and application development?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of the questions above, civil engineering may well be for you!

Undergraduate

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The civil engineering profession offers excellent careers for both men and women. Many and varied positions in the public and private sectors are filled by civil engineers, from local authorities to government departments, and from consulting engineering firms to giant international construction companies.

As a bonus, you get to study at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world! These are the fields you will be exposed to as an undergraduate:

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Geotechnical and Transport Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the behaviour of earth materials. Transport Engineering is the application of science and technology to the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods. It encompasses research, policy development, planning, design, implementation, operation and management of all modes of travel.

Structural Engineering & Civil Engineering Informatics

Structural engineering is the branch of civil engineering that deals with large, modern buildings and similar structures.The focus of Civil engineering informatics is on fundamental methods, models and processes of civil engineering, as well as information technology. This provides the basis for the systematic mapping of problems to the computer in such a way that the potential of information technology can be fully exploited.

Water and Environmental Engineering

Water and environmental engineering has to do with water resources development and management, yield analysis, low and flood flow hydrology, river hydraulics, design of hydraulic structures such as dams, tunnels and pump stations, water services, water quality and water treatment, as well as coastal and port engineering.

Construction Engineering and Management

Construction engineering and management is concerned with management in all areas of infrastructure development, including the client, consultant and the contractor. It deals with large projects and focuses on modular construction, construction risk management, design management and infrastructure management.

Postgraduate

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The postgraduate activity in our department offers students access to very advanced laboratories and facilities. We welcome prospective postgraduate students from all over the world. The department offers the full range of postgraduate programmes, namely:


MEng

  • Master of Engineering (Structured)
  • Master of Engineering (Research)

PhD

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Doctor of Engineering – D Eng degree

PDE

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering
  • Converting from PDE to M Eng

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Term Dates 2014

Please click here for a detailed academic calendar.


Latest Events

Construction Contract Law Course – August 25, 2014

Construction Management Course – August 28, 2014

Flood Hydrology Course – August 18, 2014

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