Engineering underpins almost every aspect of modern life. Engineers make important contributions to designing, constructing and maintaining buildings, technology and infrastructure, and are at the forefront of sustainable development. Engineers create solutions which protect and restore our environment, and are vital in responding to the challenges of climate change. Engineers measure and map our local communities, natural resources and structures, from microscopic to interplanetary scales. Our education programmes and research reflect this wide remit.
Our courses encompass the full spectrum of civil engineering from structures to geomatics to earthquakes to transport while continuing to provide a sound understanding of civil engineering principles.
Our research is innovative and at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and are often called upon to provide detailed knowledge to anyone from the media to industry to policy makers. We work with other academics, with industry partners and with local and national government providing research and expertise.
We are proud to celebrate our 190th birthday in 2017. In 1827 the founders of University College London appointed a professor
of engineering, John Millington, to teach civil engineering, the first
such appointment in England.
Over 180 years later, we are still at the cutting edge of the
discipline, home to some of the most successful engineering departments
in the UK.