Start date

5 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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AUD$ 37,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023
AUD$ 39,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

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

  • Graduate with two qualifications, in just five years of study.
  • Study at a university ranked No.1 in SA for graduate careers in business and management1.
  • Become equipped to work creatively and sustainably in the design, construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure with complementary knowledge in business.
  • Learn in industry-standard specialist facilities, and use high-tech testing and computer-modelling equipment.
  • Develop competencies and gain real work experience through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.
  • Develop your skills at the No. 1 University in South Australia for student experience and teaching quality in engineering2.
  • Go on an overseas study exchange and choose from over 25 countries and more than 60 universities worldwide.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). SA public universities.

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Combine engineering skills and knowledge with broad-based business education in this double degree. Alongside your studies in civil engineering, develop an understanding of core business concepts such as marketing, management, international business and entrepreneurship.

Civil engineers give us the infrastructure that supports our lives. They design, construct and maintain our bridges, airports, roads, railways, water and waste supply. With our state-of-the-art facilities, you will apply engineering theories to real-world problems. Enjoy the flexibility of tailoring your business studies to your interests by choosing from a wide range of business electives, including management, accounting and finance, economics, law, and marketing.

Graduate career-ready by completing the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program and 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.

Our graduates will be prepared for a professional career in the civil engineering discipline with a broad-based business background using an industry focused, project-based teaching and learning approach.

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 and complete core courses in business that will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as international business, economics and entrepreneurship.

At least half of your honours year involves a major project. Projects are generally supported by industry clients or based in a research concentration. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a collaborative engineering design project, where you will work on 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.

In your final year, you will be able to choose from a wide range of business electives.

Our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you've acquired throughout your degree in real-world settings.

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
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
Electrical and Electronic Systems EEET 1027 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
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Road Design and Traffic Management CIVE 2012 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 5
Project Management for Engineers ENGG 2004 4.5
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)
Water Resources Systems Design CIVE 3010 4.5
Geotechnical Engineering CIVE 3007 4.5
Reinforced Concrete Design CIVE 3003 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
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
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Civil engineering elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 3
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
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Civil engineering elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Business elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Business elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Business elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Advanced business elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Advanced business elective 4.5 Note(s): 6

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.



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
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

16.jpgInternational exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences. Our engineering and business programs have strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective. Take advantage of our international partners and participate in internship and placement opportunities in global engineering firms.

UniSA has 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.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.


This is a five-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. Honours is designed to prepare you for future leadership roles in a range of engineering teams and project management of 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).

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil), Bachelor of Business

Why this Degree

Industry has indicated a strong demand for skilled engineering graduates with solid business acumen.

With studies divided across two disciplines, you will have the flexibility to pursue transdisciplinary specialisations and gain a broad range of business knowledge, graduating with the key business skills to advance in their engineering careers. The strong business foundation of this program enables graduates to be well-prepared to work in diverse, interdisciplinary teams in order to solve complex problems in the global business environment.

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 during your studies 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.

UniSA is number one in South Australia for quality education.1 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 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20(Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Graduate from this multi-disciplinary degree and start your career in civil engineering, supported by the foundational business skills recommended for early career progression. For civil engineers in Australia, employment growth of 13.5 per cent is expected by 2023.1

Careers to consider include:

  • Civil engineer: take responsibility for the design, construction and testing of physical infrastructure; assess the impact of large scale projects on the environment 
  • Geotechnical engineer: advise 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: be 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: protect the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity
  • Business development engineer: develop and maintain excellent client relationships; work with new and existing clients to create new business and identify new markets; propose business ventures, providing project details, writing business proposals, and meeting business revenue targets
  • Engineering operations manager: supervise and lead teams of engineers, scientists and technicians who work on projects; oversee production and quality control; direct operations, testing and maintenance; plan and schedule, consult with clients, and manage budgetary responsibilities
  • Quality assurance manager: work with management and staff to establish procedures and quality standards and monitor these against agreed targets; write management and technical reports; determine training needs; and promote change and improvement in performance and quality
  • Engineering consultant: provide managing consulting services to help engineering organisations improve performance and efficiency; analyse businesses and create solutions to help meet goals
  • Entrepreneur: use initiative, commercial acumen and broad ranging business skills to develop or transform a product or service for yourself or an organisation

Explore a range of engineering and construction careers here.

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.


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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international 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:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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

Study across our Mawson Lakes and City West campuses and broaden your skills in state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll learn in our industry-standard specialist spaces – such as the largest strong floor in Australia and a 1200m long hydraulic testing facility – and use hi-tech testing and computer-modelling equipment at Mawson Lakes. While completing the business component of this program, you can also take advantage of the facilities and learning spaces at City West Campus. Choose quiet study with 24/7 library access or opt for the vibrant atmosphere of the student lounge or an on-campus cafe. Unwind with a swim at Pridham Hall or participate in a range of the sport and fitness activities available.

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 and business 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.
  • Project and studio spaces: 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 Australia and a 1,200m long hydraulic testing facility.
  • Business student learning space: Access our dedicated business student support service (Business Student Hub), unique concierge, walk-up PCs and corporate-style lounge.
  • City West learning spaces: Study alongside directors and CEOs in the Yungondi atrium, purpose-built for students, staff and executive education. Catch up with classmates in the student lounge or recharge in your own study nook at one of our on-campus eateries and cafes
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.

Dr Sithara Walpita Gamage

Program Director

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Dr Sithara Walpita Gamage

Program Director


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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
Principal Engineer | Greenhill Engineers

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Cindy Oliver

Civil Engineering
Principal Engineer | Greenhill Engineers