Civil Engineering student handling concrete blocks

Ranked top in Scotland and sixth in the UK (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2016), Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee provides an exciting mix of research and teaching. Our staff make significant contributions to their field in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. We are one of the top departments in the UK for Civil Engineering degrees as determined by national league tables.

Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee is ranked number 8 for student satisfaction out of all UK Universities according to the latest National Student Survey Results. We scored 100% overall satisfaction for the quality of our MEng course and high scores for the quality of teaching and feedback, the reputation our students have with industry, opportunities to undertake research and industry led project work and access to learning resources.

Research top in Scotland and third in UK

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked Civil Engineering research at the University of Dundee top in Scotland and third in the UK for its quality and impact. The results of the REF are used by funding bodies, who between them allocate about £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research.


We are currently ranked in the top 200 Civil Engineering departments in the world by QS World Rankings. Our strong ties with highly reputable employers, enable us to provide our students with insight into the world of industry. We provide a friendly and informal teaching and learning environment, with a high staff-student ratio and an excellent employment record for our graduates.

Concrete Technology Unit (CTU)

The Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) was established in 1989 and has grown into a world class research Centre of Excellence. Our staff are constantly seeking to meet new challenges and opportunities within the areas of civil, structural and environmental engineering. Our programmes are research-led, and therefore develop continuously to reflect leading-edge technology and current and emerging needs of the profession.

Fluid Mechanics Research Group

Within the Fluid Mechanics research sub-group, modelling and field studies are being used to investigate a wide range of problems in environmental, industrial, medical and physical fluid mechanics. Most of these studies are concerned with flows having direct engineering relevance, though other more fundamental investigations are undertaken of other fluid dynamical phenomena that have no direct technological application.

Geotechnical Engineering Research Group

The Geotechnical Engineering research sub-group was established in 1997 and it has grown significantly since that time. In addition to its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research activities, the group offers services to industry across a broad range of geotechnical engineering.