Master of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
Civil and structural engineers are responsible for the infrastructure and resources that keep our cities, towns and rural areas functioning. They focus on the design and construction of buildings, bridges and other structural components of an infrastructure.
In this degree you’ll develop sophisticated skills in engineering research methods and project management which you will use on a major civil engineering design project, with industry representatives as your clients. You will also complete a master thesis.
If you already have qualifications in civil engineering, you could be eligible for and complete this degree in less than two years. If you decide to exit this degree having successfully completed the first year, you will receive a graduate diploma qualification.
In this master degree, teaching and learning is supported by our world-class engineering research – it is rated well above world-class.1
Our strong industry experience will help advance your expertise and career opportunities. Incorporating strong theoretical teaching, experience-based learning and cutting-edge facilities, we offer the ideal academic blend for graduates to meet the challenges of modern enterprise.
You will study advanced topics in structural and geotechnical engineering. You will learn contemporary civil engineering theory and work with modelling techniques at an advanced level.
For example, our students recently worked on a South Australian infrastructure project titled North-South Corridor – South Road Planning South of Ashwin Parade to South of Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection (Section R4). The industry partner for this was the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.
You will benefit from access to our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre, where partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. The Centre also collaborates with UniSA’s prestigious research institutes.
There are a wide range of career options for highly qualified engineers, with employment opportunities in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, and local, state and federal government. You could consider:
You could also continue with a PhD through one of our dynamic research concentrations.
You will learn advanced structural and geotechnical civil engineering, developing the skills to:
Through the electives available, you can choose to focus extensively on project management and leadership as part of this degree. Also key to the degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your master thesis.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
UniSA has active connections with Australian and international institutions and industry through our research and collaboration.
Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with the Barbara Hardy Institute or one of our other research concentrations.
The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Soil Mechanics||CIVE 3008||4.5||Note(s): 5,6|
|Steel and Timber Design||CIVE 3013||4.5||Note(s): 5,6|
|Research Data Analysis||CIVE 5015||4.5||Note(s): 5,6|
|Elective 1||4.5||Note(s): 5,6|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Geotechnical Engineering||CIVE 3007||4.5||Note(s): 6|
|Reinforced Concrete Design||CIVE 3003||4.5||Note(s): 6|
|Advanced Soil Mechanics||CIVE 5083||4.5||Note(s): 6|
|Elective 2||4.5||Note(s): 2,6|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Engineering Masters Design Project||CIVE 5091||9||Note(s): 4|
|Masters Research Theory and Practice||ENGG 5020||4.5|
|Elective 3||4.5||Note(s): 2|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|NBE Masters Research Project||CIVE 5092||9||Note(s): 2|
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.
If you already have qualifications in civil engineering, you could be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete this degree in less than two years.