The Department of Civil Engineering (DCE) at the University of Peradeniya, with a history of over 70 years, is the oldest of its kind in Sri Lanka. Of the current annual intake of about 450 students to the Faculty of Engineering, 150 students specialize in Civil Engineering from their second year of study. In addition to conducting the Civil Engineering Degree Programme, the department contributes to teaching of all engineering undergraduates in the first year and also conducts civil engineering related courses for other engineering disciplines from the second year onwards. The department has a strong and active relationship with the industry and utilizes their feedback and views in curriculum development and their services in the teaching programme in order to produce Civil Engineering graduates of the highest standard.
The department offers postgraduate programmes in five areas of specialization to enhance the capacity of practicing engineers as part of their continuous professional development. The department also provides ample opportunities for postgraduate training in advanced research and nurtures a vibrant research culture. Further, the academic staff of the department are actively engaged in research and development activities which are supported by both local and overseas funding agencies. The department also works in collaboration with reputed research organizations and universities, both local and overseas, to further strengthen these tasks.
The department offers a rich and diverse programme comprising both studies and research opportunities to undergraduate and postgraduate students to produce well-rounded civil engineers who can actively contribute to the national development effort and to undertake advanced research.
Our students are also encouraged to engage in various sports and societal activities across the nine Faculties of the university during their campus life, fully exploiting the multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and residential serene environment unique to University of Peradeniya.