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In 1827 the founders of University College London appointed Professor John Millington to teach civil engineering, the first such appointment in England. Over 190 years later, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is proud to still be home to some of the most innovative engineering teaching and research in the UK.

Engineering underpins almost every aspect of modern life. The engineers we’ve taught, and the engineers that join us, create solutions which protect and restore our environment, develop technologies to measure and map our local communities, and make important contributions to designing, constructing and maintaining a diverse range of infrastructure.

Our programmes reflect this wide remit, with our undergraduate degrees encompassing the full breadth of civil engineering, from structures and geomatics to earthquakes and transport. At postgraduate level, our students can choose from over twenty specialised programmes and routes, in disciplines as divergent as engineering for international development, geospatial sciences and urban railways. What links all our education provision, and indeed all our research, is our focus on people; for example, a focus on which engineering solutions are appropriate in different cultural contexts, and what’s the optimum way for your commute home to be planned, managed, and hopefully stress-free. 

At the forefront of engineering development, CEGE research benefits from staff who are leaders in their fields. Working with other academics, industry partners and local and national government, CEGE produces world-class research and expertise, with our staff often called upon to provide detailed knowledge to the media, industry and policy makers.  

Keen to know more about UCL CEGE? Delve into two centuries’ worth of rich history, discover our connections to Sir Edwin Chadwick, find out about our impressive facilities, and see what opportunities are available for you to join the UCL CEGE team. 

A view of the UCL Chadwick Building and Main Quad in the early 1980s.

History of CEGE

In 1827 the founders of UCL appointed Prof John Millington to teach civil engineering, the first such appointment in England. Two centuries later, CEGE is still at the cutting edge of the discipline.

A view of the UCL Chadwick Building and Gower Street.

Sir Edwin Chadwick

Discover more about public health pioneer, UCL benefactor and our building's namesake, Sir Edwin Chadwick. 

A student gazing into a fluid tank.

Facilities

Find out more about the excellent laboratories, workspaces and resources CEGE has to offer.

The UCL Portico, a neo-classical columned building.

Vacancies

Find out more about the latest job opportunities, including PhD studentships, within UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.