Sustainable Civil Engineering

Our summer school in civil engineering provides a taste of our highly respected architectural, environmental and civil engineering degree programmes.

The programme addresses contemporary issues in designing and working with structures and the built and natural environments, in both national and international contexts.

Teaching will be delivered on the course through a mixture of keynote lectures, practical activities and site visits. You will have the opportunity to work with world-leading staff from the School of Engineering, as well as figures from industry.

Scheduled free time will allow participants to explore Cardiff and its vibrant culture, providing an experience of life in the UK.The content of the course will help you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the role of engineers in designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment, including buildings and structures, water supply, flood alleviation, and geotechnical and environmental issues.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pickup from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Lecture: Self-healing concrete
Site tour
Practical: Concrete mix design and beam fabrication 
Wednesday 25 July 2018Lecture: Design issues with mega-tall structures
Design Challenge: Design, make and test challenge
Thursday 26 July 2018Practical: Light structures
Practical: Materials

Soils laboratory
Friday 27 July 2018Industrial site visits
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018Lecture: Water engineering - future challenges
Practical: Fluid Mechanics
Tuesday 31 July 2018Lecture: Structural engineering

Structures lab

Practical: Concrete testing and feedback
Wednesday 1 August 2018Lecture: Environmental Engineering
Practical: Environmental laboratory
Thursday 2 August 2018Lecture: Building Information Modelling (BIM) and applications
Design challenge testing (including presentation)
Friday 3 August 2018Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 4 August 2018Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)


The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email