Undergraduate Programme

The department of Civil Engineering comprising of three main divisions, viz. Material and Structural Engineering, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering offers diverse courses not only in the civil engineering programme but also in the General Programme and in the other Specialization Programmes in the Faculty of Engineering.



"The mission of the Faculty is to acquire, promote and disseminate knowledge of engineering sciences and their application to improve the quality of life and, in particular, to equip present and future generations of men and women with skills and attitudes to attain competence as professional engineers, and to interact with industry by providing expertise and specialised facilities".

The course in Civil Engineering is designed to equip students with a thorough grounding of mathematics, engineering sciences and technology, with a good understanding of the basic principles of core subjects in Civil Engineering, embracing theory, analysis and design.

A good grasp of the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical engineering, computing and software-based applications, communication skills, and complementary studies including economics, management, health, safety, risk, sustainability, professional ethics and industrial training in an engineering environment, is ensured.

The BScEng graduate specialising in Civil Engineering is thus expected to:

  • have a sound understanding of theory, laboratory practice and design and be able to apply this knowledge to the practice of engineering
  • be capable of using appropriate engineering methods and tools including IT
  • be capable of carrying out tasks as an individual and as a member of a team in multidisciplinary environments
  • be able to effectively communicate technical information orally, in the form of drawings and reports, and by audio-visual techniques
  • be aware of the impact of engineering activity on the social, industrial and physical environment in Sri Lanka and elsewhere
  • be able to engage in independent learning and to keep abreast of up-to-date tools and techniques
  • be able to act professionally and ethically and take responsibility within the limits of competence and
  • be able to integrate the knowledge and understanding of mathematics, science, computer based methods, design, the economic, social and environmental context, and engineering practice, to solve engineering problems of a complex nature.
  • be able to manage and supervise other people.
  • possess an appreciation of the role of engineering – especially infrastructure planning and construction engineering – activities in the economic and social development of the country.
  • have the potential to eventually provide leadership and managerial skills for the successful management of engineering and other industrial and commercial enterprises.

The degree programme covers all main engineering topics related to civil engineering and equips the students with essential skills to practise as a professional engineer.

Courses in the Civil Engineering Programme

General Programme is the first-year programme
Semester Unit Code Title Credits Prerequisites
100 level - GP109 Materials Science 3 -
100 level - GP112 Engineering Measurements 3 -
100 level - GP101 English I 3 -
100 level - GP103 Mathematics I 3 -
100 level - GP105 Engineering Drawing 3 -
100 level - GP110 Engineering Mechanics 3 -
100 level - GP113 Fundamental of Manufacture 3 -
100 level - GP102 English II 3 -
100 level - GP104 Mathematics II 3 -
100 level - GP106 Computing 3 -
100 level - GP108 Electricity 3 -
100 level - GP111 Elementary Thermodynamics 3 -


Specialization Programme is after the first year for next three years
Curriculum of the Civil Engineering Specialization Programme
200 level Semester 1 CE201 Mechanics of Materials I 3 -
200 level Semester 1 CE202 Fluid Mechanics I 3 -
200 level Semester 1 CE203 Surveying 3 -
200 level Semester 1 EE280 Introduction to Electrical Engineering I 3 -
200 level Semester 1 ME202 Mechanical Engineering for Civil Engineers 3 -
200 level Semester 1 EM201 Mathematics III 3 -
200 level Semester 2 CE204 Geomechanics 3 CE201
200 level Semester 2 CE205 Engineering Hydrology 3 -
200 level Semester 2 CE206 Civil Engineering Fieldwork 3 -
200 level Semester 2 CE208 Structural Analysis 3 CE201
200 level Semester 2 CE209 Building Construction 3 -
200 level Semester 2 EM202 Mathematics IV 3 -
200 level Semester 2 CE313 Marketing and Finance 3 -
300 level Semester 1 CE302 Environmental Engineering 3 -
300 level Semester 1 CE303 Transportation Engineering 3 -
300 level Semester 1 CE305 Hydraulics 3 -
300 level Semester 1 CE306 Design of Structures I 3 CE208
300 level Semester 1 CE314 Civil Engineering Laboratory I 2 At least 2 of : CE 201, CE 202, CE 204
300 level Semester 1 General Electives
300 level Semester 2 CE307 Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics 3 -
300 level Semester 2 CE310 Geotechnical Engineering 3 CE204
300 level Semester 2 CE311 Hydraulic Engineering and Design 3 -
300 level Semester 2 CE312 Design of Structures II 3 CE208
300 level Semester 2 CE315 Civil Engineering Laboratory II 1 CE314
300 level Semester 2 Technical Electives and General Electives
Industrial Training : 12 weeks 6 -
400 level Semester 2 CE402 Multi-Disciplinary Design Project 3 -
400 level Semester 1 CE403 Construction Management 3 -
400 level Semester 1 CE405 Civil Engineering Project I 3 -
400 level Semester 1 Technical Electives and General Electives
400 level Semester 2 Technical Electives and General Electives Technical Electives 9 credits, General Electives 12 credits
400 level Total number of credits (minimum requirement to be considered for a pass) 138
400 level Semester 2 Technical Electives and General Electives Technical Electives 6 credits, General Electives 3 credits
400 level Semester 2 CE406 Civil Engineering Project II 3 CE405
Total number of credits (minimum requirement to be considered for class honours) 150

Note:

  • Technical Elective Courses (within the field of specialization) from among the list of Technical Elective Courses offered by the Department of Civil Engineering
  • General Elective Courses (outside the field of specialization)