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Beccajh
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I went to the open day today, and I loved the uni, it basically ticked all my boxes.
However they did a terrible job at selling the civil engineering department, so I'm in a bit of a dilemma.
So now it's up to those who study/have studied civil engineering in Southampton to persuade me it's not that bad!

Some Questions:
How did you find the course?
How much free time do you have?
What is the maths like? (Maths being my favourite subject)
What are the labs like?
How much lab work do you do?
Are there any field trips?
Anything else...

Thanks for any help
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I didn't study Civ Eng here, so can't answer your questions specifically...

but the undergrads I socialise with speak very highly of the course...

It has consistently been ranked as one of the top 5 in the country, and I know (from personal experience) that the career prospects are excellent - and few (if any) graduates leave without job offers or opportunities for further research - in fact, they are vey much in demand...

The guys show few signs that they are not enjoying their course (or the social life on campus)...

however, they also say the course is no pushover - if you are expecting an easy life (where your academic capabilities won't be challenged), then either don't come to Southampton (or choose perhaps a less demanding discipline!)...
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(Original post by aegis1)
I didn't study Civ Eng here, so can't answer your questions specifically...

but the undergrads I socialise with speak very highly of the course...

It has consistently been ranked as one of the top 5 in the country, and I know (from personal experience) that the career prospects are excellent - and few (if any) graduates leave without job offers or opportunities for further research - in fact, they are vey much in demand...

The guys show few signs that they are not enjoying their course (or the social life on campus)...

however, they also say the course is no pushover - if you are expecting an easy life (where your academic capabilities won't be challenged), then either don't come to Southampton (or choose perhaps a less demanding discipline!)...
Thank-you I wasn't expecting it to be easy, in fact, from the impression I got from the open day I wasn't able to work out what the course entailed and was worried it might be too easy.. but as you said it's not, so that's good

I've thought of another question (for any soton engineers out there);
How good do you need to be at art? (I can't draw, but the lecturer guy said there was an emphasis on archetecture)
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not sure you need to be good at "archetecture"?...more spelling, perhaps?

(just kidding...)

if by architecture you mean technical design, then there are plenty of software packages (e.g. CAD) that can help you do that...

personally, I don't think you need to be a good artist to be good at engineering...

maths, on the other hand...!!! lol
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(Original post by aegis1)
not sure you need to be good at "archetecture"?...more spelling, perhaps?
Oops I do know how to spell, honest! There's a good reaon I'm not doing English :p:

(Original post by aegis1)
if by architecture you mean technical design, then there are plenty of software packages (e.g. CAD) that can help you do that...

personally, I don't think you need to be a good artist to be good at engineering...

maths, on the other hand...!!! lol
I did mean archetecture(I did it again!!!) sorry architecture as in making buildings look pretty (there is a word for it, but it has escaped my brain)
If it's just CAD stuff, then that's the same at all unis, so that's cool.
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(Original post by Beccajh)
I did mean archetecture(I did it again!!!) sorry architecture as in making buildings look pretty (there is a word for it, but it has escaped my brain)
If it's just CAD stuff, then that's the same at all unis, so that's cool.
I think good technical drawings and architectural design are part and parcel of the job of being a good civil/mechanical/aero engineer...

BUT...these tend to be taken from an ENGINEERING perspective...e.g. will the building hold up structurally?...and what are the impacts of the stress and strains the building will be subjected to?...

...making the building look "pretty" on the other hand (by which I assume you mean "aesthetically pleasing" lol ), tends to be more in the realms of architects and surveyors!...

If it helps any, construction projects tend to proceed in this way:

- the client defines what they require of a building/road/bridge/construction, etc;
- they commission an architect to "knock up" some potential ideas/designs;
- the client reviews the schemes with the architect and selects the one most suited to his/her needs;
- the client and/or architecture appoint a project manager to oversee the construction and delivery of the project (the project manager may be taken from the architect firm, or a firm of civil/construction/structural engineers);
- the project manager works with the architect, surveyors, civil engineers, builders, local authorities, utility companies, etc, to deliver the project...

THEREFORE:
- if you want to design "pretty" buildings (to use your phrase ), you should study to be an architect or quantity surveyor...
- but if you want to know whether a particular architectural design WILL WORK (i.e. not topple over, or crack or fall apart under pressure, etc), you should study to be a (chartered) engineer...

I hope this makes sense....(it's a grossly simplified view...)

Good luck whatever you choose to decide...
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