Civil engineers develop infrastructure and have a profound effect on the way people live through a consideration of function, aesthetics, economics and sustainability. Students learn how to design, construct, manage and improve the environment. This course provides a strong technical background in the key subjects of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering and in management studies, while placing a particular emphasis on innovative engineering design. Learning involves lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, a residential geology field course and group design exercises, many of which feature contributions from practising engineers. Students learn from a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study with help to develop sketching and other engineering communication skills. Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. For MEng (Hons) degree students this culminates in an opportunity to collaborate with academic staff on a significant individual research project and to participate in a live large-scale civil engineering design project set by our industrial collaborators.