Options with your subject
The following information applies to undergraduates and post-graduates interested in entering occupations related to civil, structural and coastal engineering. You will also find information on specific jobs related to this subject, occupations where your degree would be useful and how to get started if you are not too sure.
Your degree will open the door to many graduate jobs and careers, but the following areas are among the most popular pathways for civil, structural and coastal engineering graduates. This LinkedIn search illustrates Plymouth University civil, structural and coastal engineering graduates' long-term career trajectories.
Prospects allows you to view information about different occupations via category. These job profiles contain information about what different jobs involve, qualifications and experience needed for them and useful information about professional bodies and vacancy sources.
Particularly relevant profiles for your area are:
You might also get some inspiration from these engineering case studies on the Prospects website.
Prospects describes the construction and engineering sectors, in which you might enjoy working.
Targetjobs produce a digital magazine: TARGETjobs Construction, Quantity Surveying & Civil Engineering.
Many construction and surveying undergraduates work in the industry between year 2 and the final year of their degrees. This enables them to:
- Earn a salary for a year
- Apply their academic learning in practice
- Find a real world problem to explore during their final year project
- Build a network and reputation that improves their graduate job prospects
- Receive final year sponsorship
- Understand practical applications in their final year modules
- Students who complete an industry year tend to score higher grades for their degrees, and secure better graduate jobs.
You may find these other pages helpful:
Building and construction
All of the University’s subject-specific pagesFurther study
ICE and IStructE provide information about graduate education and routes to professional recognition such as chartered status.
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
You can develop specialist knowledge and skills through postgraduate qualifications such as masters degrees. Working as a graduate in industry can improve your understanding of which postgraduate or professional qualification best matches your strengths, interests and employment opportunities.
You can find searchable databases of masters degrees at sites including:
Research Degrees and Teaching in Universities
Many science and engineering research programmes are funded, so students receive a salary and have their tuition fees paid. The attitudes, skills and knowledge you developed on your degree will enable you to compete for research programmes in a fairly broad range of fields. If you are interested in research or teaching in universities, you can find vacancies advertised at:
You can find much more information on our Further study pages.