Civil Engineering: Top Colleges
Civil Engineering is one of the oldest forms of engineering and the most versatile too. A civil engineer shapes the world. Think of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ or the series of landmarks that have mapped out human history over the centuries and you have some wonderful and lasting examples of man’s ingenuity making an impression on nature’s resources.
Civil engineering as a separate field of study developed in the 18th century and is today responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the world.
Within the definition of Civil Engineering are included sub-divisions like construction engineering, irrigation engineering, transportation engineering, soil and foundation engineering, geodetic engineering, hydraulic engineering and coastal and ocean engineering.
The scope of construction activity includes water works, sewers, dams, power plants, transmission towers/ lines, railroads, highways, bridges, tunnels, irrigation canals, river navigation, shipping canals, traffic control, mass transit, airport runways, terminals, industrial plant buildings and skyscrapers on the commercial side and apartments and houses from the residential perspective.
Growth in the infrastructure development sector is on the upswing, especially in the Indian context with focus on development of roads, highways, bridges, SEZs, high-rise apartments, mega residential townships and IT and industrial parks.
India: IIT, Madras
One of the founding schools of IIT Madras when it was established in 1959, the Department of Civil Engineering offers specialised programs covering the entire scope of planning, design, construction and management.
The courses are organised into Building Technology and Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Transportation Engineering.
The MTech program offered by the institute comprises of four semesters over a period of two years. A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a valid score in GATE examination are the basic criteria for admission to the Master’s program. Details of GATE can be accessed from the institute’s website. In addition to the undergraduate and post graduate programs, the Institute also offers a dual degree program in Infrastructural Civil Engineering that awards B Tech and M Tech degrees after five years. An M Tech student will be paid a stipend of Rs 5,000 each month to assist the lecturers in their work. The annual tuition fee for the Master’s program is about Rs 15,000.
Other Civil Engineering Colleges in India
- Department of Civil Engineering, RV College of Engineering, Bangalore
- Civil & Environmental Engineering, VJTI – Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai
- School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology
- Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi
USA: Berkeley, University of California
Berkeley Engineering is a world-renowned research and teaching institution involved in the development of innovative technologies and imparting quality education to top-notch students of engineering and research scholars from across the globe. With seven engineering departments and faculty strength of 272, the school caters to the needs of almost 4,300 students.
Civil Engineering programs are offered by the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Graduate programs offered for Civil Engineering have been ranked #1 for the eighth time in succession by US News and World Report. Courses include Environmental Engineering, Geo Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transport Engineering and Civil Systems.
A minimum requirement for admission to the Master’s program is a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent, and a valid score in GRE and IELTS/ TOEFL. The tuition fee for a Master’s program amounts to Rs 21 Lac. After the completion of the first year, the student can apply for legal residency in California to help reduce the financial burden.
Other Civil Engineering Colleges in USA
- School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
- Civil and Environmental Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
- Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science, Columbia University
Australia: Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology, based in Brisbane is a leading Australian university with a global reputation for delivering education backed by advanced research facilities mapped to community and industry requirements. The University has about 40,000 students on its rolls including over 6,000 overseas students.
The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering oversees several post graduate programs covering different disciplines of civil engineering. Apart from 18 course work-based programs, there are two research-based courses offered at the post graduate level, as well as two doctoral programs. Courses include Engineering Management, Infrastructure Management, Property Economics, Built Environment, Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Applied Science (Research).
A basic requirement for entry into these courses is the completion of a four-year Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline. A student from a non-relevant background can be inducted after successful completion of a certificate course in the respective discipline.
Candidates are also required to meet basic English requirements. The approximate annual tuition fee for these courses adds up to Rs 5 Lac. Scholarships and subsidies are available from the University, based on the credit points.
Other Civil Engineering Colleges in Australia
- Civil Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney
- School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide
- Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales
- Civil Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering
UK: Manchester University
The city of Manchester is a culture destination, which is an advantage for students, especially from overseas enrolled at the University of Manchester.
The University has – over centuries – nurtured an environment of innovation and discovery in various fields of study including Science and Engineering. Research activity enjoys optimum bandwidth at the University.
The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering offers a variety of taught and research degree programs. Courses offered under Civil Engineering are Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Commercial Project Management, Construction Project Management, and Engineering Project Management among others.
The standard entry requirement for a post graduate degree at the University is a lower second UK honours degree in the relevant discipline or an international equivalent of the same. English language proficiency is required with a valid score in TOEFL/IELTS.
The tuition fee for international students is about Rs 6,50,000. Scholarships for international students are available based upon credit points achieved by the students on a yearly basis.
Students intending to go to the UK have several funding options, details of which can be accessed on the British Council website.
Other Civil Engineering Colleges in UK
- Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
- Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, University College, London
- Department of Civil Engineering, University of Southampton
- School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
Canada: McGill University
McGill University is one of Canada’s leading universities known for its research-intensive tutoring system, advanced facilities and well trained faculty members. The University caters to the educational needs of about 33,000 students across 11 faculties and 300 programs.
The Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics is part of the Faculty of Engineering and was established in 1871. The Faculty includes real-world practitioners of this stream of engineering to add an industrial perspective to the academic program. About one third of the total number of students in the department, are international students.
Programs offered for post graduate studies include Environmental Engineering, Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulics and Water Resource Engineering, and Structural and Construction Materials.
Academic qualification for a Master’s program is an internationally acknowledged Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and a valid score in TOEFL. The tuition fee for an international student is Rs 5,30,000. The duration of the program is a minimum of a year to a maximum of two years. Scholarships are available for international students with priority given to those who excel in academics.
Other Civil Engineering Colleges in Canada
- Civil Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering University of Calgary
- Department of Civil Engineering, The University of British Columbia
- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University
- Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science, Ryerson University
Civil Engineering – Industry and opportunity
Civil Engineering and other industries bear a symbiotic relationship. Boom in any industry means a parallel growth in the civil engineering industry. With qualified engineers in the field always in demand, schools offering the course are very particular for honing their student’s practice-based skills as well as introducing newer streams of study to meet the evolving requirements of the infrastructure development industry, and the world at large.
A graduate civil engineer can choose to specialise in traditional streams like structural, transportation, highway, port, water resources or materials engineering, or emerging fields like environment engineering, urban planning, infrastructure management or geomechanics at the post graduate and doctoral levels. Opportunities are plenty not only in traditional on-site roles, but also in research and software development. The future is indeed in a ‘ready-to-build’ mode.