Dr Jude Clancy Lecturer Civil Engineering



We asked Dr. Jude Clancy, our Lecturer in Civil Engineering, some frequently asked questions:

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Civil Engineers are not only responsible for the building of infrastructures that we depend on every day, they also have to keep them running effectively and adapt to meet challenges, such as population growth, climate change and natural disasters. Our Civil Engineering degrees have both theoretical and practical elements to give you a challenging yet hands-on learning experience. You will be designing, building and testing structures to failure, eventually moving on to bigger and more complex examples like aeroplane hangars, bridges and skyscrapers.

What is the course at Swansea famous for?

Some of the advanced methods which are used in commercial software today originated right here at Swansea University and we take pride in our world-leading research, such as our work on Coastal Engineering, which is relevant and a response to what is happening in the world.

We also have access to amazing (and expensive) equipment not only on our own campus, but because of our industrial contacts and strong relationship with companies as well. Students can benefit from real site visits and have the opportunity to see and truly comprehend the large scale of how things are done in industry, such as digging a 6 foot hole in the ground.

How do I know if it's right for me?

Civil Engineers have the ability to understand something theoretically and then how it applies to reality. If you are a creative and inquisitive person with a technical mind who enjoys a challenge, and you have a desire to enhance communities and people’s lives, then Civil Engineering is right for you.

What will the course look like?

In Year 1, you will focus on getting familiar with materials, masonry and design methods. Very early on in the course, you will be provided with amazing equipment by our industrial contacts in order to undertake land surveys to help you develop the skills required for site work. Year 2 and 3 will see the progression onto specialised modules on Structured Design, Analysis and Buildability, working largely with steel and concrete. Projects are from real-life industries and students work to critically evaluate, provide solutions and give full detailed designs of structures which are relevant and can be used by real companies. You will also study a module on Civil Engineering Management, which is a large niche among graduates in the working scene. Here at Swansea, we are bridging that gap so that our students will graduate with all the desirable skills and improve their employment prospects.

Although it varies, you can expect approximately 18 hours of theoretical learning, with 5 hours of practicals per week. This involves a mixture of group and individual work. You are also expected to do approximately 3 hours per module per week of independent study to achieve your best on the course.

What jobs can I do when I graduate?

Many of our graduates have gone on to work with companies such as ARUP, Atkins, Liang O Rourke and Matt MacDonald. The roles you might expect include Design Engineers, Resident Engineers, Construction Engineers and more. It is also common for civil engineering graduates to go on to work in the financial sector like accountancy, or the legal sector in law firms and patents because of their strong maths and analytical skills. Civil Engineering graduates are highly desirable by these different sectors because of their knowledge and familiarity with the technology and environment of the clients they will work with, giving them an advantage over accounting and law graduates. Civil Engineering is involved in everything and everywhere, allowing engineers the exciting opportunity to travel, or be involved in projects on the other side of the world from right where they are.