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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LHES

Prerequisites
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Fees
2020: AUD$ 34,400 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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CRICOS Code
0100168

Degree overview

·         Develop the knowledge and skills to become a licensed surveyor

·         Benefit from support of the Surveyors Board of South Australia

·         Access first class facilities such as the surveying experiential studio

·         Prepare for the workplace with guest lecturers from industry, site visits, industry projects and 12 weeks' industry experience

·         Consider opportunities to participate in overseas study exchanges and choose from over 25 countries and 60 universities worldwide

Snapshot

Snapshot

Surveying is an essential profession in Australia.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) uses an industry focused, project-based teaching and learning approach to develop licensed surveyors, who are well prepared to work in diverse, interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.

Throughout your degree you will gain access to industry through special guest lectures, real-world research projects and 12 weeks' industry experience. You will have the opportunity to learn by practical example and graduate career-ready.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to enter an agreement with the Surveyors Board of South Australia to undertake training in cadastral surveying, which can lead to formal licensing by the Board.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year, you will study core engineering courses. You’ll then move to gain specialised knowledge and skills in surveying, remote sensing, cartography, photogrammetry, business management and much more.

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 our Centre for Water Management & Reuse. In 12 weeks' industry experience, you’ll get to use the knowledge and skills you’ve learned in a work environment.

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)
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Mechanics of Materials CIVE 2005 4.5
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Land Law and Administration GEOE 5011 4.5 Note(s): 1
Spatial Data Acquisition and Analysis GEOE 2026 4.5
Introduction to Water Engineering CIVE 2010 4.5
Professional Engineering Design Practice ENGG 2004 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
KGG544 Remote Sensing: Photogrammetry (University of Tasmania)) 4.5 Note(s): 2
Surveying 1 GEOE 2023 4.5
Environmental Remote Sensing GEOE 2022 4.5
Business Management for Engineers ENGG 3006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Geodetic Science GEOE 5010 4.5 Note(s): 1
Surveying 2 GEOE 3018 4.5
Web Cartography GEOE 3019 4.5
Civil Engineering Techniques CIVE 2009 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Industrial Experience N ENGG 3005 0 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Engineering Capstone Experience A ENGG 4007 4.5
Engineering Honours Project A ENGG 4009 4.5
Cadastral Surveying GEOE 5007 4.5 Note(s): 1
SVY2105 Surveying Computations B (University of Southern Queensland) 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Engineering Capstone Experience B ENGG 4008 4.5 Note(s): 4
Engineering Honours Project B ENGG 4010 4.5 Note(s): 4
Surveying Applications GEOE 5006 4.5 Note(s): 1
GNSS and Advanced Surveying Technologies GEOE 5004 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 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.

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

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)

Why this Degree

Our degree has been developed to meet the needs of industry, offering a pathway to become a licensed surveyor. It is supported and partially funded by the Surveyors Board of South Australia.

During your studies, you will develop a strong foundation of civil engineering while gaining advanced knowledge in surveying. Beyond the classroom, you will gain practical skills through field trips, hands-on projects, real-world research and a 12-week industry placement.

Combined degrees

We offer a wide range of combined degree combinations so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. The combined degree program enables you to study two undergraduate degrees simultaneously in less time than two single degrees. Pair this degree with another degree in civil engineering and gain a competitive advantage upon graduation. Learn more.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. We host regular university-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

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

Graduates may find work with private surveying consultancies, engineers, architects and land developers. Surveyors also liaise with land-owners, service authorities and government bodies on land development.

There is a forecast shortage of surveyors across Australia. This means increased job opportunities for students considering a career in surveying over the next 10 years*. 

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

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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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

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 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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