Department profile

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Liverpool John Moores University
2021/22 edition

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About School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment is internationally recognised and has an impressive research portfolio, strong partnerships with industry leaders and first-rate facilities on campus. Our accredited courses are run by high-calibre academic staff who will guide students to academic and professional success.

All of our programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate level have exceptional employability rates.

We also have a large group of post graduate research students undertaking research projects across a wide range of subjects that are closely aligned to the research expertise of our academic staff.

In addition to our home programmes, we currently validate and manage a number of programmes with international partners based in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Qatar and Singapore. Working with these partners has enabled us internationalise our home programmes and we run a number of visits to these countries each year for students that wish to participate.

Our Facilities

Providing our students with the best possible laboratory experience to ensure that we produce highly-employable engineering graduates. The labs contain equipment for making and testing concrete, testing large and small structures, as well as flow channels and pipes for assessing different types of water flow. We also have a hydraulic ram, standard geotechnical testing equipment and a range of training equipment that helps students to gain an understanding of structural analysis and materials.

Here are some of our Laboratories,

  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  • Hydraulics Laboratory
  • Surveying Laboratory
  • Light Structures and Materials Laboratory
  • Pavement Laboratory (Typically meant for Phd Students)

Students in this course will also have access to our Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and expertise. This is a fast-developing area. Extensive investment in IT and software has been a feature of the School’s development over recent years and students will be introduced to industry-standard BIM packages.

The School has three purpose-built Smart Homes which are used to conduct a variety of research projects. These houses are retrofitted with technology to represent the different types of UK homes: one uses Victorian technology; another uses 1930s technology and the final one uses technology from the year 2000.

Our IT facilities provide access to CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) using both Revit and AutoCad. Civil Engineering also has structural design software. Other computer design packages are also in use, including finite element software and computational fluid dynamics.

Ensuring Students are multifaceted with the various technologies and programmes that are used in the industry.

Our Expertise

The aim of the research institute is to overcome civil engineering and built environment sustainability challenges by the use of novel technologies and management techniques.

The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute comprises of staff from the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and was formally recognised by the University as a research institute in 2010. The Institute’s core strategy is to focus on strong external collaboration, establishing links with industry and the public sector in order to conduct research on priority areas addressing industrial and societal challenges and to fit within the UK and international strategies (“Grand Challenges”).

BEST areas of expertise are

  • Radio Frequency and Microwave Research
  • Novel and Bio-based Materials
  • Building Engineering and Construction Practice
  • Sustainability and Energy Management
  • Sensor Development

Contact details

+44 (0) 151 231 2777
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF