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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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2022: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
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This fast-tracked program of study offers an accelerated pathway to a master level qualification that provides you with an advanced level of knowledge in the specialised field of water resource management within civil engineering.

Civil engineers give us the infrastructure to support our lives, designing, constructing and maintaining our bridges, airports, roads, railways and waste supply, as well as our water.

By combining your undergraduate studies in civil engineering, with a Master of Engineering (Water Resource Management) you will advance your skills in project management and  research methods and extend your technical and theoretical knowledge in water and environmental engineering, graduating ready to pursue a career supporting our all-important waterways, resources and infrastructure.

You will learn in industry standard facilities, with UniSA No. 1 in SA for campus facilities in engineering¹.  Enjoy access to the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1200m long hydraulic testing facility.

Our connections with industry will see you gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program, including placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits and networking events.


¹ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


What you'll learn

What you Learn

Your undergraduate degree will start by building a strong foundation in engineering before you move into your civil engineering major. You will gain practical experience and knowledge in areas such as:

  • road design and traffic management
  • surveying and spatial sciences
  • soil mechanics
  • hydraulics and hydrology
  • geotechnical engineering
  • reinforced concrete design
  • structural engineering.

A significant portion of your honours year will then involve a major project supported by industry clients, or based in a research centre such as the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy concentration.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Civil Engineering Capstone Project where you will work on an industry project with an industrial representative as your client. You will work through the various stages of a project – from developing a tender, through to feasibility, concept development and detailed design.

Progressing through to your postgraduate studies you will extend your knowledge and skills in civil engineering, with a focus on advanced water and environmental engineering. You will develop the skills to:

  • apply and synthesise water and environmental engineering theories in solving practical cases
  • create and design models to be used in area such as water resources and water quality management
  • integrate modelling technology and consolidate GIS applications in forming comprehensive water resource management systems
  • advance your knowledge in climate change adaptation or green infrastructure
  • develop advanced skills to communicate with water and environmental professionals.

The development and application of research methods and skills are central to the degree and will be vital to the completion of your master thesis.

The UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program will allow you to apply the skills and knowledge attained throughout your studies 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
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
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Project Management for Engineers ENGG 2004 4.5
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Road Design and Traffic Management CIVE 2012 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
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 4
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
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4
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
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Major 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Major in SURVEYING - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Spatial Data Acquisition and Analysis GEOE 2026 4.5
Remote Sensing: Photogrammetry (KGG330 University of Tasmania) 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Surveying Fundamentals GEOE 2023 4.5
Geodetic Surveying GEOE 5010 4.5 Note(s): 2
Surveying Processes GEOE 3018 4.5
Major in BUSINESS INNOVATION - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Small Business for Professionals BUSS 2040 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Enterprise Design and Value Creation BUSS 3102 4.5
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 2
Project Control Methods BUSS 5163 4.5 Note(s): 2
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major in STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Structural Analysis CIVE 3011 4.5
Civil Engineering Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Advanced Concrete Structures CIVE 5079 4.5 Note(s): 2
Earthquake and Masonry Engineering CIVE 4036 4.5
Advanced Steel Structures CIVE 5080 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major in CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Construction Scheduling BUIL 2007 4.5
Contract Administration BUIL 3010 4.5
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 2
Advanced Construction Management BUIL 4013 4.5
Building Estimating BUIL 2018 4.5
Major in CIVIL ENGINEERING - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Civil Engineering Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Civil Engineering Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Civil Engineering Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Civil Engineering Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Civil Engineering Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

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.



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
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • group projects and presentations.

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


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.

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Pathway to Master of Engineering (Water Resources Management))

Why this Degree

This fast-track to Masters program enables you to commence a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) and secure a place in the Master of Engineering (Water Resource Management) to be completed in five years of study instead of the typical six years, with the program granting you one year of advanced standing.

Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia, your undergraduate degree will equip you to work creatively and sustainably in the design, construction, and maintenance of critical infrastructure. You will have access to industry standard facilities and enjoy significant opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills through the 450+ hours of the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.

Progression to the master degree will see your learning supported by world-class engineering research, with UniSA rated well above world-class for research in engineering¹, and strong theoretical teaching integrated with experienced-based learning. You will learn current water and environmental engineering theories and develop the skills to synthesise and apply them in real-world settings, graduating ready to begin your career as a highly qualified civil engineer.

¹2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide to ensure our degrees remain relevant and connected to industry. All undergraduate engineering students at UniSA participate in the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program, giving you the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience and make industry connections.

Industry work placements and internships enhance the employability skills of our graduates, with many gaining employment through work placements or internships.

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

Online study

Online study

Partial online study is available when you progress to the Master of Engineering (Water Resource Management).

Career outcomes

Your career

For civil engineers in Australia, employment growth of 13.5 percent is expected by 2023¹. 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:

  • water resources engineer: designing pump systems, pipelines and treatment plans for handling wastewater; working on flood control projects and mapping out drainage systems for dealing with water flow; working on fresh water supply systems, such as for drinking water
  • engineering project manager: ensuring projects are completed according to project plans; managing project team resources; scheduling, preparation and resource forecasting for engineering and other technical activities; managing vendors and suppliers
  • engineering operations manager: supervising and leading teams of engineers, scientists and technicians who work on projects; overseeing production and quality control; directing operations, testing and maintenance; planning and scheduling, client consulting, budgetary responsibilities

You could also continue with a PhD through one of our dynamic research concentrations.

1Australian 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 gainaccess 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 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 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

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.

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