Department of Civil Engineering

Meet our Department of Civil Engineering

Thinking of studying civil engineering at ACU? If so, take a look inside our Department of Civil Engineering and check out about some of the exciting experiences, great facilities and fascinating academics you’ll find here.

Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) Programme

The BEng (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering is a five-year programme for UTME candidates and four-year programme for direct entry candidates. It is a programme with a focus on geotechnical, structural and environmental issues such as waste management, building on contaminated land and water treatment.

Why study this course

Our civil and environmental engineering programme offers you a highly regarded degree course at one of the top universities in this field, preparing you for exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments. You will develop a thorough understanding of civil engineering theory, which will be backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field trips and design classes which prepares you for work as a professional civil engineer. There’s a strong emphasis on structural engineering, and throughout your course you’ll work on integrated design projects centred on industry-relevant case studies.  Our close links with world-leading contractors and consultancy companies enable you to take up a salaried Professional Training placement. This gives you valuable experience which contributes towards chartership.

What’s it like to study here?

In the Department of Civil Engineering you’ll get an incredibly varied learning experience, and learn in an environment that’s been rated ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Your average week will combine lectures, seminars, personal tutorials, industry talks, lab sessions and group work, amounting to around 20 contact hours every week for a first year student. You’ll have a personal tutor who’ll support you throughout your time at ACU, and you’ll be able to schedule an appointment with them whenever you want or need to, using our online booking system.

Professionally accredited course

Accredited by the Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers (NICE), the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Learning and assessment

You will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical lab sessions and project-based work. The taught modules in the first four years are largely compulsory, but options are available in year five. All students must complete a 3-unit individual project in yea five, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff.

There are opportunities for interaction with potential employers through careers fairs and guest lectures. Speakers from industry give regular lectures on their areas of expertise. These offer you the opportunity to hear experts speak on topics that are relevant to your degree and give you an insight into working in industry.


We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes design and project work and via marked assignment. The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

Graduate careers

  • Civil Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Energy Engineer
  • Project Planner


There is an off-site residential field-course for five days in year three and four, as part of the Field Studies of Natural and Built Environment core.

Who will teach me?

Our teaching staff are all passionate about their field area of civil engineering, and keen to inspire students by sharing their knowledge. They include:

  • Dr. Isaac O. Olawoore (Acting Head of Department & Chair in Geotechnics) – whose research focuses on developing heat and cold energy storage devices, a specialist in advanced geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics.
  • Engr. Festus O. Adeyemi – whose research is in structures and construction materials.
  • Engr. Oluwole A. Olaniyi – a specialist in structural engineering and innovative methods of structural analysis and design.
  • Engr. Mary J. Adeyemi – an expert in the mechanics of biogas production, and environmental engineering.