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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AUD$ 36,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023
AUD$ 38,500 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

  • Study at SA's number one university for student experience and teaching quality in engineering1.
  • Graduate into an industry with excellent job opportunities due to an existing shortage of surveyors and geospatial scientists2.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become a licensed surveyor.
  • Access contemporary facilities and industry-standard technology, such as robotic total stations, drones and unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), terrestrial laser scanners and precise digital levels.
  • Pursue an exciting, practical, and hands-on career that balances field work with office work, and often involves travel.
  • Tailor your career to your interest area, working in professional, technical, or scientific fields.
  • Graduate industry-ready with the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program and gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies.
  • Benefit from long-standing support from the Surveyors Board of South Australia.

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2Determining the Future Demand, Supply and Skills Gap for Surveying and Geospatial Professionals 2018-2028, BIS Oxford Economics



Surveying is an essential profession in Australia, with skills shortages seeing highly trained surveyors in demand locally in South Australia, as well as nationally and around the world.

Surveyors use modern, high-tech equipment such as satellite navigation systems, drones and unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs), laser scanners and robotic total stations, to measure and map our environment. From cadastral surveying (land mapping), to hydrographic surveying (marine mapping), geodetic surveying (earth mapping), mining or engineering surveying, employment prospects are excellent across the sector.

As a surveyor you will enjoy an exciting, practical and hands-on career with a balance of field and office-based work. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your career path to your interests – from construction to climate change, your options are wide and varied.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) enjoys long-standing support from the Surveyors Board of South Australia, with extensive industry involvement ensuring you graduate with the knowledge and skills expected by industry. Furthermore, you will benefit from real-world experiences built into your program of study, including placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits and networking events.

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. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year, you will develop a strong, general foundation in engineering before moving into your surveying major where you will study topics such as:

  • Spatial data acquisition and analysis
  • Surveying processes
  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Web cartography
  • Geodetic surveying
  • Cadastral surveying
  • Surveying specialisations
  • Contemporary surveying practices

You will also get hands-on experience across a range of surveying activities and learn how to operate industry-standard surveying equipment. This includes:

  • Reality capture using terrestrial laser scanners, drones and unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Surveying using Trimble Robotic Total Stations and survey-grade global navigation satellite systems (GNSS)
  • Levelling with optical levels and precise digital levels
  • Field camps to apply your skills in a real-world environment

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

At least half of your honours year involves a major project, generally supported by industry clients or based in a research centre. Projects are designed to foster the consolidation and application of the surveying skills and techniques learned throughout your degree to ensure you graduate prepared for the challenges of professional practice.

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)
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Mechanics of Materials CIVE 2005 4.5
University Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
Spatial Data Acquisition and Analysis GEOE 2026 4.5
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Project Management for Engineers ENGG 2004 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Remote Sensing: Drone Photogrammetry KGG330 (University of Tasmania) 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Surveying Fundamentals GEOE 2023 4.5
Environmental Remote Sensing GEOE 2022 4.5
Design Management for Engineers ENGG 3006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Surveying Processes GEOE 3018 4.5
Web Cartography GEOE 3019 4.5
Cadastral Concepts and Land Administration GEOE 5011 4.5 Note(s): 1
Surveying Specialisations GEOE 5006 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Industrial Experience N ENGG 3005 0 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1,2
Engineering Capstone Experience A ENGG 4007 4.5
Engineering Honours Project A ENGG 4009 4.5
Geodetic Surveying GEOE 5010 4.5 Note(s): 1
SVY2105 Surveying Computations B (University of Southern Queensland) 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Engineering Capstone Experience B ENGG 4008 4.5 Note(s): 2
Engineering Honours Project B ENGG 4010 4.5 Note(s): 2
Contemporary Surveying Practices GEOE 5004 4.5 Note(s): 1
Cadastral Surveying GEOE 5007 4.5 Note(s): 1

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.

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

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)

Why this Degree

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) is the only degree in South Australia that meets the Surveyors Board of South Australia’s requirements to work towards becoming a Licensed Surveyor. You will develop the knowledge, ethics and practical skills needed for a rewarding and highly varied career exploring new projects, environments, locations and challenges.

Informed and supported by industry, and taught by highly experienced professionals, the program takes an industry-focused, project-based teaching and learning approach to develop surveyors ready to work in diverse, interdisciplinary teams.

Industry experience is integrated into your learning, with the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program seeing you engage in at least 450 hours of professional skill and competency building through a range of activities, such as placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits, networking and events.

You will also enjoy hands-on, practical experiences in purpose-built facilities, such as the Surveying Experiential Studio equipped with Trimble Robotic Total Stations (to perform surveying campaigns), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (such as GPS for accurate positioning) and precise digital levels, as well as access to terrestrial laser scanners, drones and unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) to enable 3D modelling of the world around us.

Fieldwork is also crucial to your skill development, with a focus on building your capabilities in cadastral surveying, GNSS surveying, geodetic sciences, and precision positioning; ensuring you graduate ready to hit the ground running.

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.

Surveying has been taught at UniSA since the early 1970s, and the Surveyors Board of South Australia plays an integral role in the development and financial support of this degree.

Career outcomes

Your career

In South Australia, and other states around the nation, a shortage of surveyors and geospatial scientists is forecast until at least 20281.

There is strong industry demand for degree qualified surveyors, with many of our students securing work before they graduate.

Graduates may find work in the public or private sector, working with engineers, architects, ecologists and / or land developers.

You may choose to pursue a career as a:

  • Licensed Cadastral (Land) Surveyor: critical to land management, cadastral surveyors play a vital role in the legal definition of property boundaries, conducting surveys to re-establish existing property boundaries or create new ones as part of the land division process.
  • Engineering Surveyor: integral throughout the lifecycle of civil engineering projects, engineering surveyors are responsible for mapping the existing environment before projects begin, making sure the project is constructed in the correct location and to the right sizes, and ensuring construction is compliant with the original design and relevant regulations.
  • Mining Surveyor: working in the mining industry, mining surveyors are involved in the design, planning, risk management and environmental impact assessment of mine sites; measuring, recording and mapping mining activities; and contributing to remediation and restoration of mine sites.
  • Hydrographic Surveyor: a specialist in marine environments, hydrographic surveyors may work in environmental monitoring and protection, mapping the ocean floor and other waterways to enable safe passage for shipping or to track the impact of weather patterns and climate change.
  • Geodesist: a specialist in the size and shape of the Earth, accurately establishing a framework to enable us to position ourselves within our national coordinate system supporting everything from day-to-day surveying activities, through to modelling climate change or positioning driverless vehicles.

1Determining the Future Demand, Supply and Skills Gap for Surveying and Geospatial Professionals 2018 – 2028. Report prepared by BIS Oxford Economics for Consulting Surveyors National.

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 through the Washington Accord. Such accreditation is provisional until the program produces its first graduates.

This program meets the Surveyors Board of South Australia requirements to proceed through a Registered Training Agreement to be become a Licensed Surveyor. The program is designed for professional scientists for careers in areas such as land boundary (cadastral) and engineering surveying. Graduates will develop knowledge, ethics and practical skills in land surveying measurements and analysis. The program incorporates integrating learning into industry experience, and opportunities for fieldwork and study camps on cadastral surveying, GPS surveying, geodetic science, and precision positioning.

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 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

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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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What others are saying

Through my degree, I've been on plenty of field trips that have taken me all across South Australia. This has allowed me to see and explore places that I never would have gone to. All of the teaching staff are either working or have worked in the surveying industry, which has also provided great insight.

Michael Button

Bachelor of Geospatial Science, Master of Surveying

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Michael Button

Bachelor of Geospatial Science, Master of Surveying