Civil Engineering Programmes


Engineering graduates from the department should achieve the skills and have the incentive to become registered professional engineers. The outcomes for the civil engineering programs are:

  1. Graduates will achieve an appropriate level of technical competence in:
  2. Understanding basic scientific principles including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, properties of matter, and related topics.
  3. Using modern tools for engineering analysis including computers and sophisticated laboratory equipment.
  4. Approaching and solving engineering problems in a structured manner.
  5. Synthesizing knowledge form various sources to produce creative, cost-effective designs for civil engineering facilities and processes.
  6. Graduates of the engineering programme will also have an understanding of basic project management principles.


  1. Graduates will be prepared for the engineering profession through:
  2. Knowledge of human relations.
  3. Recognition of the necessity to join and actively participate in professional Societies.
  4. A commitment to becoming registered as professional engineers.
  5. An ability to communicate effectively, both in written and oral forms, as well as an ability to listen.
  6. A sensitivity to and practice of personal and professional ethics.
  7. An ability to work effectively in teams.


  1. Graduates will have an educated view of the world including:
  2. An understanding of the role and limitations of technology in addressing society’s problems.
  3. An exposure to the cultural, historical, and philosophical foundations of society.
  4. Knowledge of political and economic systems, particularly those that affect the planning, design, construction, and operation of the civil environment.
  5. A basic understanding of societal and environmental issues as they affect engineering decisions.


  1. Graduates will be prepared for lifelong education:
  2. Their academic training will lay the foundation for students to pursue further education through independent study, short courses, and graduate education.
  3. They are committed to pursuing lifelong education that will enhance their professional capabilities.



Every student who wishes to pursue a degree offered in the Civil Engineering Department must be formally admitted to the department. Students entering the university usually are admitted to the Engineering program when they have met the departments cut off point for the UME examination, have a minimum of five credits in five science courses in O’ level in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or General Certificate of Education (GCE) or National Examination council (NECO) including Mathematics and English and also pass the university internal pre-entry examination.

Candidates seeking Direct Entry admission to 200 level of the programmes should posses GCE ‘A’ Level in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or Ordinary National Diploma from a recognize institution with lower credit, or a University Diploma in a science or Engineering based course at the Merit level, in addition to the matriculation requirements stated in (1) above. Candidates with Higher national diplomas in relevant disciplines can be considered for direct entry as appropriate curriculum.  



Once you’re admitted to the department, you will be assigned a departmental advisor whom you will consult with until graduation. Civil Engineering programmes are very structured by nature, with each course building on previous ones; moreover most of the courses in the last two years of the curriculum are offered only once a year. Therefore, it is important that you plan your course of studies carefully. Your departmental advisor will not only help you decide which courses to take each semester in the event of carry overs but also advise you regarding other issues related to success in your studies. As you prepare to register for the upcoming semester, you must meet with your advisor if you need help in registering carry-over courses. You should make every effort to get to know your advisor and visit with him/her often during the semester. You will find that this relationship will help you make the best decisions regarding your academic future, and an advisor can help you with references, leads for jobs, and many other steps that will help you in your career. While it is critical to follow your advisor’s counsel, that will not substitute for taking personal responsibility for your own program.



The Faculty of Engineering may form time to time bring in new policies to enhance the performance of the faculty, hence you should regularly go to the notice boards and read these policies to ensure that you understanding their applications, because they apply to all students in the Faculty of Engineering, regardless of their department.


The faculty encourages you to make the fastest and most efficient progress toward your degree. The following additional departmental policies will help ensure your success in a high-quality program:

  • Students in the program must have all necessary qualifications for the programme.
  • Students must not be exceed the allowable credit load for a session.
  • No student may enroll in a course in the Civil Engineering Department without first earning a grade of C- or above in requisite subjects in their SSCE.
  • All course work required for graduation in a School of Engineering degree program must be successfully completed within three attempts.



The academic performance of a student in any semester shall be measured with the Grade Point Average (GPA), the maximum value of which is 5.00, and the minimum value is 0.00. The Quality Point (QP) is the product of the credit unit the grade point of each course.




Students who are suspected of using falsified results will be put on probation and upon confirmation of using falsified documents will be expelled. Students who indulge in examination mal-practice if found will be expelled.



The curriculum for the undergraduate engineering degree is designed to provide a foundation of scientific and mathematical understanding of the principles of engineering as well as introduction to Civil Engineering design. The undergraduate engineering curricula at UNIZIK provide a broad background with courses distributed in six of the traditional areas of Civil Engineering practice: Structures and Materials, Transportation, Construction, Water Resources, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering. 

During the senior years, you can select elective courses in your field, and many Civil Engineers further specialize during their graduate studies.



The Civil Engineering curricula include some elective courses. In Civil Engineering, the elective is normally taken in the senior year and is selected from a list of courses approved by the faculty.



You may find it helpful to your understanding of civil engineering as well as to your choice of an area of specialization to participate in some kind of cooperative education of industrial attachment. These programs allow you to work in an industrial setting and give you experience in the world to augment your academic education.


Nnamdi Azikiwe University’s Student’s Industrial Work Experience Scheme Office (SIWES) will advice you on the processes to successfully complete a six months industrial training programme which begins at the completion of your third year and students are expected back at the second semester of their fourth year. The students mission is that you get to understand the application of what you have learned, and you acquire experience that is valuable when you look for permanent employment. Employers value such experience, and many students return to their co-op employers after graduation.



Graduates of the department are admissible into the Nigerian Society of Engineers, can be registered by COREN when they meet the necessary requirements of the council and indeed join any Civil Engineering body globally.



Many of our graduating students tell us that they wished they had done several things differently during their time at UNIZIK. Their most common advice to incoming students include: more involvement with student activities, better communication and interaction with the faculty. These are excellent recommendations for you as you enter department.


You will find that participation in extracurricular activities enriches your experience at the university. There are a wide range of organizations and activities both in the large university and in the department, and participation provides social association, leadership opportunities and professional development. Most students join and become active in a student chapter of a professional society.



There are scholarship available to students through the university, they are mainly scholarship for Niger Delta Students. Some will be posted on the departmental bulleting boards, and you can inquire about others in the Dean’s Office.



Earning a B.Eng. degree is just the first step in your professional career. It provides only the foundation, and you will be continually called upon to learn new things as your career advances. Most engineers find it necessary to take advanced studies as their practices become more specialized. Pursuing the M.Eng degree allows you the opportunity to learn more about your chosen specialty, and many students find it most efficient to continue directly after completion of the B.Eng.