Start Date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LHMI

SATAC Code
434941 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 72.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 73.05
TAFE/RTO: Cert IV
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Degree overview

  • Study at SA's number one university for student experience and teaching quality in engineering1.
  • Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia (EA), graduates are eligible for membership with EA and comparable international institutions.
  • Develop the skills to manage the social, environmental and financial components of construction projects.
  • Focus on the design and construction of buildings and structures, using materials including concrete, masonry, timber and steel.
  • Gain valuable, relevant work experience and professional competencies through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.
  • Conduct an industry-related major project and an in-class design projects that model industry practice.
  • Access industry-standard facilities including the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere.
  • Flexible entry pathways and common core subjects so you can change your specialisation based on your interests.  
  • Go on an overseas study exchange and choose from over 25 countries and more than 60 universities worldwide.
  • Access a new pathway option to complete the required mathematical prerequisite.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

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 infrastructure projects.

Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia, this degree is strongly hands-on, with significant opportunities to apply engineering theory to real-world challenges. In your final year, you’ll complete a major honours research project as well as an industry-focused design project.

Throughout your degree you’ll learn and develop your skills in specialist, industry-standard facilities. We have the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1200m long hydraulic testing facility. You’ll also learn to use high-tech testing and computer modelling software and equipment.

Through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program you’ll gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies to ensure you are graduate career ready. You will have access to a range of engagement activities such as placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits, events and networking opportunities.

New Pathway options for Engineering

If you haven’t completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods and want to study engineering, consider our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Flexible Entry). You’ll study first year courses, and catch up on the required prerequisite, before transferring into your preferred engineering specialisation with up to one year of credit. Further information is available here.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year, you will develop a strong, general foundation in engineering before commencing your civil engineering courses in second year. During your third year, you will start taking introductory structural engineering courses, such as structural analysis and steel and timber design, with your final year primarily focused on specialised structural courses including earthquake and masonry engineering and cold-formed steel design.

At least half of your honours year will involve a major project. Projects are generally supported by industry clients or based in a research area like the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy concentration. Our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you've acquired throughout your degree in real-world settings.

You will also undertake the Engineering Capstone Experience course with other engineering students. This course will see you will complete 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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Project Management for Engineers ENGG 2004 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Road Design and Traffic Management CIVE 2012 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Design 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)
Geotechnical Engineering CIVE 3007 4.5
Reinforced Concrete Design CIVE 3003 4.5
Structural Analysis CIVE 3011 4.5
Water Resources Systems Design CIVE 3010 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Industrial Experience N ENGG 3005 0 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 1,2
Engineering Capstone Experience A ENGG 4007 4.5
Engineering Honours Project A ENGG 4009 4.5
Civil Engineering Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Advanced Concrete Structures CIVE 5079 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Engineering Capstone Experience B ENGG 4008 4.5 Note(s): 3
Engineering Honours Project B ENGG 4010 4.5 Note(s): 3
Earthquake and Masonry Engineering CIVE 4036 4.5
Advanced Steel Structures CIVE 5080 4.5 Note(s): 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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 and structural engineering.

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structural)

Why this Degree

This degree focuses on the design and construction of buildings and structures, using materials including concrete, masonry, timber and steel. In your studies you will develop the skills to manage the social, environmental and financial components of construction projects. You will get hands-on experience and gain knowledge in areas such as:

  • road design and traffic management
  • geospatial science for engineers
  • soil mechanics
  • geotechnical engineering

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

4+1 Pathway to Masters

Are you interested in gaining a postgraduate degree with just one extra year of study? You can package the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structural) with the Master of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) or the Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) with our Fast-track to Masters programs. This unique offering allows you develop advanced expertise and broaden your career opportunities. You will graduate in just five years, instead of the typical six.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide to ensure our degrees remain relevant and connected to industry. As part of all engineering degrees UniSA students participate in our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.

The UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program gives you the opportunity to gain hands on experience and create industry connections. In-industry work placements and internships enhance the employability skills of our graduates. 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 and the $2 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital.

UniSA is number 1 in South Australia for quality education1 and we’re one of Australia's leading universities for Engineering research2. 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.

1 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20(Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2 UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Engineers Australia accreditation

Graduate career ready by completing the Professional Practice Program as part of your degree. You will gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies through a range of engagement activities such as placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits, networking and events.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and students are eligible to join as a member during their studies. Engineers Australia is part of the Washington Accord, making members eligible for membership with comparable institutions worldwide.

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Career outcomes

Your career

For civil and structural engineers in Australia, employment growth of 15.2 per cent is expected by November 20251. Careers to consider:

  • civil draftsperson: design, construction and testing of physical infrastructure; assessing the impact of largescale projects on the environment
  • structural engineer: working with architects, builders, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers to make sure all parts of a structure are safe and fit for purpose; makes sure materials are used efficiently and appropriately
  • water and environment engineer: involved in providing clean water, the disposal of wastewater 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

Explore a range of engineering and construction careers here.

1Australian Government, Occupation Projections 2020

Professional accreditation and recognition

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.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Engineering at UniSA.
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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a UniSA engineering student you will enjoy access to the latest industry technology and tools in our engineering spaces.

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

Your program director

I have worked for UniSA as a structural lecturer since 2013 and, in 2020, took on the role of program director for the civil and surveying programs.  Prior to joining the University, I worked as a consulting engineer in the structural field since graduating from UniSA in 1995.  I have worked locally and internationally, having designed a wide variety of projects across Australia and Asia during that time.   I came to Uni to share my knowledge and to teach students about the design process.  I have research interests in the durability of concrete and other more teaching focussed areas.  Please feel free to knock on my door and ask me any questions related to your study, engineering or my experiences.

Mr Mark Ellis

Program Director

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What others are saying

Being able to connect and understand concepts is something I find interesting. I spent my Gap Year working - fly in fly out for a mineral exploration company (Verdant Minerals) doing data collection and acquisition in the Northern Territory. It was this experience that lead me to study engineering.

I have been involved with the Formula SAE (FSAE) for the last four years. I think that FSAE is one of the best learning experiences you can get while studying at university, it allows you develop your engineering skills in a real-world setting. You are able to develop and express creativity with designs while learning and implementing the fundamental principles of engineering learnt during your studies. Formula SAE is looked upon highly within industry because it gives real-world experience within a multitude of different areas across engineering, whilst also demonstrating you have a passion for engineering.

Samuel Matthews

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structural)

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Samuel Matthews

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structural)