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Sustainable Civil Engineering Summer School

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As we battle to achieve environmental sustainability, there has never been a more crucial time to explore an engineer's role in designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment.

Working alongside academic experts in our School of Engineering, you will analyse contemporary issues in working with the built and natural environment, in both national and international contexts.

Lectures, interactive workshops and industrial visits will examine integral topics such as:

  • buildings and structures including mega-buildings
  • self-healing concrete
  • water supply
  • materials
  • flood alleviation
  • light structures
  • Soil and fluid mechanics
  • Building information modelling
  • Geotechnical and environmental engineering

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 18 JulyArrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
Sunday 19 JulySocial event
Monday 20 JulyWelcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 21 JulyLecture: Self-healing concrete
Site tour
Practical: Concrete mix design and beam fabrication 
Wednesday 22 JulyLecture: Design issues with mega-tall structures
Design Challenge: Design, make and test challenge
Thursday 23 JulyPractical: Light structures
Practical: Materials

Soils laboratory
Friday 24 JulyIndustrial site visits
Saturday 25 JulyField trips and free time
Sunday 26 JulyField trips and free time
Monday 27 JulyLecture: Water engineering - future challenges
Practical: Fluid mechanics
Tuesday 28 JulyLecture: Structural engineering

Structures lab

Practical: Concrete testing and feedback
Wednesday 29 JulyLecture: Environmental Engineering
Practical: Environmental laboratory
Thursday 30 JulyLecture: Building Information Modelling (BIM) and applications
Design challenge testing (including presentation)
Friday 31 JulyFinal assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 1 AugustDeparture from Cardiff (Drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport 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 Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 18 July, drop off is on 1 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

Physical Sciences and Engineering International Summer School