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4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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2020: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2021: AUD$ 37,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Go on an overseas study exchange and choose from over 25 countries and more than 60 universities worldwide.
  • Access the Engineering Experience One Studio and the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere.
  • Learn to plan, implement and deliver projects while keeping to deadlines and budget.
  • Become a civil project manager with this unique degree – it is one-of-a-kind in Australia.
  • Complete a 12-week industry placement, conduct site visits and hear from guest lecturers throughout the degree.
  • 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.



Civil project managers supervise major design and construction projects from beginning to end.

This degree will give you a head start in this competitive and highly sought after field. It is strongly hands-on, you will apply engineering theory to real-world challenges. In your final year, you’ll do 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 high-tech testing and computer modelling equipment. As well as a 12-week work placement, there will be many other opportunities to learn by practical example, with guest lecturers from industry, simulated business environments and site visits to industrial facilities.

This degree has been designed to meet the requirements for professional accreditation by Engineers Australia (EA). Such accreditation is provisional until the degree produces its first graduates. 

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. From third year onwards you will also commence project management courses, such as Construction Scheduling and Advanced Construction Management.

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 the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre. 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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Programming Concepts COMP 1045 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
Electrical and Electronic Systems EEET 1027 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Mechanics of Materials CIVE 2005 4.5
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Earth Systems EART 1010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Professional Engineering Design Practice ENGG 2004 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Road Design and Traffic Management CIVE 2012 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Management for Engineers ENGG 3006 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
Construction Scheduling BUIL 2007 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Industrial Experience N ENGG 3005 0 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Engineering Capstone Experience A ENGG 4007 4.5
Engineering Honours Project A ENGG 4009 4.5
Contract Administration BUIL 3010 4.5
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Engineering Capstone Experience B ENGG 4008 4.5
Engineering Honours Project B ENGG 4010 4.5 Note(s): 2
Advanced Construction Management BUIL 4013 4.5
Building Estimating BUIL 2018 4.5

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.



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


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 and project management.

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Project Management)

Why this Degree

Our civil engineering degrees offer a huge amount of study flexibility.

This unique degree will give you the skills and capabilities to become a civil project manager. In your studies you will learn to plan, implement and deliver projects while keeping to deadlines and budget. 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.

4+1 Pathway to Masters

Want to gain a postgraduate degree with just one extra year of study? You can package the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Construction Management) with the Master of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) with our 4+1 Pathway to Masters program. This unique offering allows you to fast-track your studies, develop greater expertise and broaden your career opportunities. You will study a four-year bachelor degree and a one year master’s degree (typically two years) in five years by using your undergraduate electives. Learn more.

Real-world connections

The University of South Australia collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – so you will 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.

The University of South Australia is number one in Australia for quality education.1 Our leading researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be supported by our research excellence.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

12019 THE University Impact Rankings

Career outcomes

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 13.5 per cent is expected by 2023.1 Careers to consider:

  • civil engineer: designing, construction and testing of physical infrastructure; assessing 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
  • construction manager: overseeing and allocating resources for construction projects; working with architects and engineers to check plans and blueprints; managing timetables; determining material and labor costs; liaising with and hiring subcontractors and workers
  • project engineer or manager: managing a whole project cycle, from scoping and concept through to development or build; financial, technical and team responsibilities

1 Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

Industry facts


For civil engineers in Australia, employment growth of 13.5 per cent is expected by 2023.1

 1 Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018


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


Employment for Engineering Professionals is projected to increase by 5 percent by May 2023.1

1 Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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.

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Engineering at UniSA.
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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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: including 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 program director

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. 

Ms Liz Smith

Program Director

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Ms Liz Smith

Program Director


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What others are saying

Working as a civil engineer is never repetitive - every day is a different challenge and it's a very rewarding career. After working on the Adelaide Oval redevelopment, I have this great sense of achievement and pride every time I go back.

Rebecca Pierotti

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Project Management)

Rebecca Pierotti

Rebecca Pierotti

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Project Management)

My degree was very practical, which has been useful in my career. You’re provided the foundation needed to become an engineer and once you’re working, everything makes sense as you can apply your skills to real situations. You can go anywhere with civil engineering because it’s such a broad area of practice, it’s really unlimiting.

Cindy Oliver

Civil Engineering
Employment: Greenhill Engineers
Role: Principal Engineer

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Cindy Oliver

Civil Engineering
<br />Employment: Greenhill Engineers