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University of Nairobi


The Department of Civil and Construction Engineering offers a range of programs at both graduate and undergraduate levels. These include Geotechnics, dealing with properties and behaviour of the ground, interactions between structures and their foundations; Structures, focussing on the built environment, including structural design, materials, reliability, construction and the management of ageing infrastructure; Highways, which includes transport; Management of water, wastes and Environmental pollution, fluid-structure interactions.

We attempt to seek a fundamental understanding of the systems, structures and materials on which the various components of civil and environmental engineering depend, and to apply this to the solution of real engineering problems. The overall management of research is the responsibility of the Research Committee, on which all Sections are represented.


These include bridges, skyscrapers and most civil engineering structures Concrete and steel Structures

Geotechnics and Highways

All structures are anchored into the ground. This deals with foundations for such structures and all other works done on the ground like tunnels and earth dams

Hydraulics and Water Engineering

Water supply and distribution as well as other fluids like oil require massive structures. This area of specialization deals with such and other as may be build partly or wholly under water.

Public Health Engineering

This deals with supply of safe water through treatment and the disposal of such liquid or solid wastes as may be generated from activities in the living environment.


A leading center of excellence for civil engineering education, training, research and practice


Civil Engineering is housed in modern buildings, which provide facilities for undergraduate Civil Engineering programmes, the postgraduate Master of Science, post-experience programmes and an active PhD research. We have a comprehensive range of specialist laboratories; computing facilities are currently being upgraded. Our lecture rooms are internet-ready. We make a point of undertaking work in co-operation with industry and our staffs are actively involved in consultancy.


Concrete and Structures.

The structures laboratory is equipped to carry out simple and complex testing. A strong floor is available to test a wide range of assemblies. A full range of Universal testing machines is available. The concrete laboratory is equipped with the facilities for mix design and trial production and also for testing models and samples.

Timber and Model structures

This laboratory has facilities for fabrication of timber products and student rsearch materials.

Geotechnics and Highways

The laboratories are well equipped for the testing of soil samples with triaxial cells oxdometers, shear boxes, ring shears and permeability apparatus. The laboratories are lead referal testing center for road construction and geotechnical consultants and contractors. 

Hydraulics and Water Engineering

Several large flumes are available for hydraulic engineering research and are ideally suited for model testing. Test tanks are used for teaching demonstrations.


Public Health Engineering

This is actively involved in research into water treatment and referral testing by contractors and consultants within the country.

Computer Lab

Modern computer Lab for learning and for research purposes.

The lab has relevant applications for civil engineers.Classes which require use of computers are conducted here.



To produce internationally competitive, high calibre graduates.To provide an attractive retraining center/stop for practicing engineersTo provide solutions to the industry through relevant research and consultancy


      Offer innovative quality academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels


What  is  civil  Engineering?

Civil Engineering is a profession which plays a major role in the research, planning, design, construction, development and management of the infrastructures necessary for community life. This infrastructure includes water drainage, storage, treatment and pipeline systems; roads and public transport systems; large buildings such as office blocks, shopping centres, schools and hospitals; recreational facilities such as parks and sports stadia.

What do Civil Engineers do?

Civil engineers can specialize in any of the diverse aspects of their profession, such asproject management, construction, environmental analysis, design and transportplanning. They work together with other  professions concerned with the environment,

town planning, architecture and community development. Some civil engineers work on construction sites, while others are office-based. Certain projects require years of involvement while others are completed within weeks. Hence a civil engineering career is full of variety.

Who  should  consider   becoming   a   Civil Engineer?

An ideal civil engineer is someone who:

     thrives on the challenge of problem solving

     is motivated to get things done and is prepared to be involved throughout the process

     has good mathematics and science skills

     enjoys working with other people, including those outside of their profession

     wants to make a positive difference to the world around them

Research and Consultancy

Our research reflects a broad interpretation of the scope of civil, infrastructure, water and environmental engineering, which can be summarized as concern with the built environment and its inter-relationships with both the natural environment and human society. It is based on Specialist Sections, which reflect the main sub disciplines cover four main themes,

  • Geotechnics, dealing with properties and behavior of the ground, interactions between structures and their foundations; Structures, focusing on the built environment,  including   structural design, materials,  reliability, construction and the management of ageing infrastructure;
  • Transportation and Highways;
  • Management of water, wastes and Environmental pollution, fluid-structure interactions.
  • The Department hosts the NBCBN - Flood Management cluster.