Civil Engineering - University of Mauritius

Department of Civil Engineering
An Introduction to Civil Engineering
Civil engineering encompasses many of our daily activities: the building we live
and work in, the transportation facilities we use, the water we drink and the
drainage system that is necessary for our health and well-being.
As a Civil Engineer, your career is going to be about improving people’s
lives and creating and protecting the world we live in.
Civil engineering is one of the most diverse professions available. As a civil
engineer, you will become involved in a wide range of activities, including
planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, improving and managing the
physical environment around us. The six major specialised areas of the civil
engineering practice include:
Structural Engineering
Construction Management
Transportation Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Hydraulics and Water Resources
Environmental Engineering
In order to carry out these vital roles effectively, it is important for you to
understand how structures function, how materials behave and how work
affects individuals and the society as a whole.
The Civil Engineering Department is the largest civil engineering school in the
country and will provide you with the necessary tools to pursue a career in civil
Our Courses
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering - 4 Yrs. F/T
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (Top-up Programme) - 2 Yrs. P/T
BSc (Hons) Town and Country Planning (Top-up Programme) - 2 Yrs. P/T
Accreditation of BEng Programme
Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course is accredited by the Council of
Registered Professional Engineers of Mauritius, which will enable you to
become a registered engineer after graduation.
The department is also initiating a review of its BEng Civil Engineering
programme so as to meet the requirements of overseas accreditation.
Professional accreditation has the following advantages:
 Awards will be recognized internationally.
 Graduates will have greater mobility on the global employment market.
 International students will be attracted to the department.
In addition, the department is planning to implement quality assurance
systems in its laboratories so as to meet the requirements of accreditation by
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
The aim of the degree programme is to provide students with a sound
knowledge and understanding of the subject of Civil Engineering and the
potential to practise in a range of contexts, with an awareness of their
responsibilities to society and the environment. Graduates should be capable
of becoming professional civil engineers in governmental, industrial and
commercial organisations worldwide, follow a postgraduate route or apply the
skills they have learnt in a range of other careers.
Programme Description
The course has been designed to enable students to solve civil engineering
problems in practice by applying fundamental knowledge of mathematics,
science, and engineering and by using modern engineering technique, skills
and tools, particularly recognising the role that computers play in engineering.
Students will also be involved in the design, construction and operation of
systems, components or processes that meet specified performance, cost,
time, safety and quality needs. Students will also benefit from the education
necessary to understand the impact of civil engineering solutions in a global,
societal and environmental context consistent with the principles of sustainable
Programme Requirements
Credit in Chemistry at SC/ ‘O’ Level.
2 GCE ‘A’ Level Passes in Mathematics and Physics or equivalent
Preference may be given to applicant having relevant experience in a field
related to civil engineering.
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (Top-up Programme)
The programme aims at enhancing the knowledge of students with a thorough
degree level education in Quantity Surveying, so as they achieve sound
understanding of the principles and practices involved in the Quantity
Surveying profession.
Programme Description
Quantity Surveyors are construction and cost managers for building and civil
engineering projects. They are involved from the inception of a project to the
final completion and provide clients with advice and services, associated with
procurement, value and cost, contract administration and project management.
Quantity Surveying needs a combination of technical, economic, legal and
management skills and this top-up programme provides this diversity.
The BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying is a top-up degree programme in Quantity
Surveying for students who have already been awarded a Diploma in Quantity
Surveying or equivalent.
General Entry Requirements
As per General Entry Requirements for Admission to the University for
Undergraduate Degree.
Applicant must have been awarded the Diploma in Quantity Surveying of the
University of Mauritius or have an equivalent qualification acceptable to the
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of
Mauritius. They should have relevant experience.
BSc (Hons) Town and Country Planning (Top-up Programme)
Planners administer a comprehensive system of controls on land use planning.
The aims of this programme are to provide students with the theoretical and
practical knowledge, understanding and skills required for sustainable land use
planning. In addition, a supporting environment will be provided to students to
enable them to fulfill their educational potential as well as enhance their
employment prospects within and beyond the planning profession.
General Entry Requirements
As per General Entry Requirements for admission to the University for
Undergraduate Degrees.
Applicant must have been awarded the Diploma in Town and Country
Planning of the University of Mauritius or have an equivalent qualification
acceptable to the University of Mauritius
Programme Organisation
Our wide range of modules is designed to reflect your interests or career plans.
Practical work also forms an important part of your study thereby allowing you
to really prepare yourself for a career in built environment.
Our Laboratories
The Department has five well equipped teaching laboratories with a total floor
space of 668m2 to perform practical sessions in the following areas:
Soil Mechanics
Public Health Engineering
The services of the laboratories are being offered for commercial testing.
In addition, the department manages the Air Pollution Control Unit which
offers consultancy services to the industry. A new Computer laboratory has
been also set up to provide additional support to the department.
Course Structure
You will be assessed through both written examinations and through
assignments in the form of projects, presentations and posters.
With the exception of the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering programme, all other
programmes are offered on a part-time basis and are run on weekdays as
from 16 00 hrs and on Saturdays.
Our research is strongly related to real-life engineering problems and feeds
directly into our teaching curriculum. You will be taught and guided by our
highly qualified academics who are fully fledged researchers in their fields.
Our research expertise embraces a wide range of civil engineering fields and
includes the following:
Water Quality
Application of GIS
Urban and Regional Planning
Structural Analysis and Design
Geotechnical Engineering
Project Management
Environmental Engineering
Climate Change
Project Management
Sustainable Development
We also offer MPhil and PhD courses designed for graduates who are
interested in contributing towards national development in expanding areas of
civil engineering.
For enquiries concerning courses or any other information, please contact:
2nd Floor
Phase III Building (Textile Building)
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