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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LHMI

Prerequisites
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Fees
2018: AUD$ 34,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 34,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
081808M

Key features

  • Go on an overseas study exchange and choose from over 25 countries and more than 60 universities worldwide.
  • Top ten in Australia for teaching.2
  • Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia (EA), graduates are eligible for membership with EA and comparable international institutions. 
  • Become equipped to work creatively and sustainably in the design, construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure.
  • Learn to develop infrastructure such as bridges, buildings, airports, roads, railways and water systems.
  • Prepare for the workplace with 12 weeks’ industry experience.
  • Conduct an industry-related major project and an in-class design project that models industry practice.
  • Learn in industry-standard specialist facilities, and use high-tech testing and computer modelling equipment.
  • Flexible entry pathways and common core subjects so you can change your specialisation based on your interests.


2 2016/17 THE World University Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

Civil engineers give us the infrastructure that supports our lives. They design, construct and maintain our bridges, airports, roads, railways, water and waste supply.

This degree is strongly hands-on. In our state-of-the-art facilities you will apply engineering theory to real-world challenges. In your final year, you will complete a major industry-related research project and a design project.

You’ll learn in our industry-standard specialist facilities – such as the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1200m long hydraulic testing facility – and use hi-tech testing and computer modelling equipment.

As well as a 12-week work placement, there will be lots of opportunities to learn by practical example, with guest lecturers from industry, simulated business environments and site visits to industrial facilities.

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

Why this Degree

Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia, our civil engineering degrees offer a huge amount of study flexibility.

In your studies you will learn to develop critical infrastructure such as bridges, buildings, airports, roads, railways and water systems. You will become equipped to work creatively and sustainably in the design, construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure. You will get hands-on experience and knowledge in areas such as:

  • road design and traffic management
  • geospatial science for engineers
  • soil mechanics
  • hydraulics and hydrology
  • geotechnical engineering
  • reinforced concrete design

Flexible entry pathways and common core subjects mean that you can change your specialisation based on your interests.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – so you’ll have plenty of chances to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships, going on to work on major projects such as the $350 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.

UniSA is in the top ten in Australia for teaching1. Our leading researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be suported by our research excellence. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

1 2016/17 THE World University Rankings

Your career

In Australia, strong housing construction activity and infrastructure investment should see employment in architecture, engineering and technical services sector grow by 19.5 per cent between now and 2020. For civil engineers in Australia, employment growth of 9.8 per cent is expected between now and 20201. Careers to consider:

  • civil engineer: responsible for the design, construction and testing of physical infrastructure; assesses the impact of large scale projects on the environment 
  • geotechnical engineer: advising on ways to guard and maintain structures such as soil and rock formations and groundwater deposits; planning and developing building and construction projects; advising on tools, methods and materials for construction in an area
  • water resources engineer: involved in providing clean water, the disposal of waste water and sewage, and preventing flood damage; responsible for the construction and maintenance of new equipment for managing water resources
  • environmental engineer: protecting the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity

1 Australian Government Department of Employment: Occupation projections

Professional accreditation

This program is professionally accredited by Engineers Australia and is designed to meet the requirements for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and comparable international institutions.

Industry facts

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Employment for civil engineering professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 4,200 (or 9.8 per cent) by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Between 2015 and 2017, there was a recorded growth in engineering vacancies in Australia of 42.2 per cent1.

1 Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia

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Employment in the Australian architecture, engineering and technical services sector is expected to grow by 19.5 per cent by 20201

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

What others are saying

I did not choose engineering but engineering chose me; I have always been in love with math and physics and after finishing high school I realised that nothing but engineering would satisfy my love to these topics. Civil engineering is hands on application of knowledge in math and physics. I am hoping that one day; I will be able to help people in poor countries to build cheaper and more sustainable housing.

Eriny Ramzy

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

Eriny Ramzy

Eriny Ramzy

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

I explain my job as a mix of engineering and caring for the environment. I have completed a range of projects in this area. One of my first projects was at Aldinga beach, where my design discharged stormwater into a conservation park to reinstate water flow, bringing back a plant species that was thought to be extinct. UniSA's Civil Engineering programs are practical, realistic and reflect what the industry needs, so I’m thankful to have studied there.

Joe LaSpina, Civil Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil), Master of Engineering (Water Resources Management)
Employment: Wallbridge & Gilbert

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Joe LaSpina, Civil Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil), Master of Engineering (Water Resources Management)
Employment: Wallbridge & Gilbert

I sit on the Global Board and am the Regional Director for VIC/SA/ACT at Aurecon having spent over 17 years as a Chartered Civil Engineer, managing and designing works in both civil and multi-disciplinary projects in land development. I have undertaken project work around the world including Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Guyana, Pakistan, Libya, Singapore, North America, Iran, Qatar and the UAE.

Louise Adams, Regional Director VIC/SA/ACT

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Employment: Aurecon

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Louise Adams, Regional Director VIC/SA/ACT

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Employment: Aurecon

I chose UniSA because – after researching different universities – I was drawn to the practical and hands-on aspects and the opportunities to collaborate with industry. There were lots of extracurricular opportunities – such as UniSA ambassadors and mentoring for first year students. Through my studies I received a scholarship from Hansen Yuncken which allowed me to do 12 weeks paid industrial experience, and led to my (current) employment with them.

Cameron Holoubek

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Employment: Hansen Yuncken

Cameron Holoubek

Cameron Holoubek

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Employment: Hansen Yuncken

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year you will develop a strong, general foundation in engineering. You’ll then move into your civil engineering major. In third year you have the option to choose a minor in Environmental Management or Transportation. 

At least half of your honours year involves a major project. Projects are generally supported by industry clients, or based in a research centre like our Centre for Water Management & Reuse. In the compulsory 12-week industry placement you’ll get to use the knowledge and skills you’ve learned in a work environment.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a Civil Engineering Design Project (CEDP). In the CEDP you will undertake real projects provided by industry, with industrial representatives acting as your clients. You will work through the real-life stages of a project from developing a tender through to feasibility, concept development and detailed design. See examples of student projects: Project 1 and Project 2.

Study hours

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 (independent study). 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.

Assessment

Assessment

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:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practical, team-based projects

Global opportunities

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.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year is designed to prepare you for future leadership roles in civil engineering. When you’ve completed your honours why not consider a Master of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) or a Master of Engineering (Water Resources Management). It could take just one more year of full-time study.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Computer Techniques COMP 1036 4.5
Engineering Materials RENG 1005 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5
Sustainable Engineering Practice ENGG 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 MATH 1064 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Mechanics of Materials CIVE 2005 4.5
Principles of Geospatial Science GEOE 1018 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Water Chemistry CIVE 2011 4.5
Civil Engineering Practice CIVE 2009 4.5
Road Design and Traffic Management CIVE 2012 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Engineering Practice E EEET 3033 4.5
Soil Mechanics CIVE 3008 4.5
Steel and Timber Design CIVE 3013 4.5
Hydraulics and Hydrology CIVE 3009 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Water Resources Systems Design CIVE 3010 4.5
Geotechnical Engineering CIVE 3007 4.5
Reinforced Concrete Design CIVE 3003 4.5
Civil Engineering Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,4
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Industrial Experience N ENGG 3005 0 Rule(s): 1
Civil Engineering Design Project CIVE 4008 9
Civil Engineering Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Research Theory and Practice ENGG 4005 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
NBE Honours Research Project CIVE 4044 9
Civil Engineering Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Civil Engineering Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 2,3

I joined UniSA in 2006. Before that I was a research and consulting engineer with the Turbulence, Energy and Combustion Group based at the University of Adelaide. Prior to becoming a research engineer I worked as a manufacturing engineer in the plastics industry. My research interests are now focused on Engineering Education in particular professional skills development and how we can best support students develop career ready skills. 

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to the latest industry technology and tools in our engineering spaces:

  • Experience One Studio: the first-year engineering space is unique, with open studio, small group and learning spaces. There are also chill out areas.
  • ENE experience studio: the studio for second and third year students.
  • Experiential Learning Space a collaborative, innovation space. Final year students, postgraduate and research students, leading researchers and industry partners work side-by-side, in a flexible, open and creative environment.
  • Industry-standard facilities: such as the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1,200m long hydraulic testing facility
  • Engineering Mechatronics Lab: explore robotics, machine tool control, and automated guided vehicles
Your study spaces

Your study experience

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. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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.

Student services

Student services

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. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

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.

24/7 digital environment

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.

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How to apply

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.

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