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Engineer your future and transform the world we live in

Our engineering courses provide you with the skills and knowledge to impact the world around you. You will explore and tackle the requirements and challenges we face as a society, from design and construction to robotics and AI. Whether your passion lies in experimental design and engineering of the built environment, or exploring and producing technological and systems innovations, you will be able to apply your learning to real life situations across the engineering sector.

All of our courses are focused on you and your learning needs, rooted in practice-based, industry-oriented and collaborative learning. Drawing upon all that our dynamic city and region has to offer, you will work in partnership with our team of expert practitioners and researchers as part of a dynamic academic community. Many of our academic staff are themselves industry professionals and our strong links with industry will enable you to work on real-life projects and gain hands on experience in your chosen field, ensuring that you graduate with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills employers are looking for. 

The strength of our offer is also rooted in our state-of-the art facilities which allow us to ignite your understanding and passion for your subject, whether you’re making use of the industry standard tools in our civil engineering and building services engineering or embedded systems and automation labs. 

We offer a range of flexible study options, including part-time, distance learning and degree apprenticeships so whatever stage you are in your career, we have the course to help you succeed in your career in engineering.


Building Services Engineering students agreed that the library resources, online services and learning spaces have supported their learning well

source:DLHE 2016/17


Overall student satisfaction on our Civil Engineering courses

source:National Student Survey 2019


Professional Body Accreditations

The majority of our courses are accredited by professional industry bodies. These accreditations evidence the high quality of our courses and ensure that, through regular re-assessment, our courses remain fully aligned with current industry standards and expectations. You can be confident that you will be studying an up-to-date course which will equip you with both academic knowledge and the hands-on practical skills that employers value.

1What does a Civil Engineer do?

Civil engineers conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

2How to become a Civil Engineer?

If you’re not sure how to start your career in Civil Engineering the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has a handy guide

3What is Building Services Engineering

Building Services Engineering is all about making buildings meet the needs of the people who live and work in them. Building Services Engineers are the people who make this happen. They creatively apply scientific principles to design the buildings we need and to do so they focus on aspects of buildings such as Safety, Efficiency and Comfort. Find out more from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

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Dr David Love

Dr David Love

Course Director | 0113 81 21768

David’s background is in high-integrity systems, first in the minerals handling industry then in aerospace. He was drawn into software engineering during his PhD, and he is committed to enhancing our understanding of how to treat software-based systems as ‘proper’ engineered systems.

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Professor Parneet Paul

Professor Parneet Paul

Head of Subject

Professor Parneet Paul is a Chartered Engineer who has broad industrial and academic experience gained in the UK and overseas environments. He is a specialist water engineer experienced in project management and systems design up to Principal Engineer level. For the past fifteen years or so, Professor Paul has been an academic researcher at De Montfort, Brunel, Kingston, and East London Universities with a specialist interest in wastewater treatment system’s design and development.

Prior to joining academia, he carried out several civil engineering assignments in the South Pacific, Southern Africa, West Africa, and South East Asia with VSO, Skillshare International, Oxfam GB, Oxfam Australia, and PADCO AECOM (via USAID). He has also worked for UK engineering consultancy firms, namely Arups in Central London and Bullens (now part of AECOM Group) in North West England.

Professor Paul is a Trustee Board member of REDR UK (Registered Charity), and is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

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Josie Rothera

Josie Rothera

Course Director

Josie is the Course Director for the postgraduate Civil Engineering courses. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng), an Associate of the Association for Project Management, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an early career researcher.

Josie is at her foremost a mentor to students and graduates alike. She has over ten years of project site management experience on contacts over £10M, often as the sole female representation on the delivery team. She is an active promoter for the Institution of Civil Engineers in the Yorkshire & Humber region, and is a board representative on a number of steering groups in both academia and industry.

Josie teaches a range of management applications across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She leads modules at L4, L6 and L7 and is a significant contributor to personal skills development awareness and facilitation. She brings a wealth of industry links and projects for the students and is often seen at regional events for professional engineering institutions. She is a keen supporter for under-represented groups in ci...

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Mike White

Mike White

Course Director | 0113 81 27642

Mike is the Course Director for Undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes in Building Services Engineering. Mike qualified with a BEng (Hons) Mechatronics in 2001 and an MEng Electronics and Telecommunications in 2003. Mike joined Leeds Beckett as a Senior Lecturer in 2013.

Mike has extensive has industrial experience. Working 20 years' in electronics engineering, non-linear control systems and acoustics. He also has 15 years' academic and teaching experience in the fields of building services engineering, electronics engineering, mechatronics and mathematics.

He has had extensive experience in software engineering for embedded systems and is now heavily involved in BIM software applications and technologies.

He is commencing a PhD in the areas of model predicative control for waste water treatment systems

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Our research is focused on the production of pure and applied knowledge that contributes to the creation and management of a sustainable built environment.

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