Start date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 41,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering1.
  • Work on structural and geotechnical engineering for critical infrastructure, such as bridges, buildings, roads, water systems and transport systems.
  • 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.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



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 an infrastructure.

In this degree you’ll develop sophisticated skills in engineering research methods and project management which you will use on a major civil engineering design project, with industry representatives as your clients. You will also complete a master thesis.

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.

If you already have qualifications in civil engineering, you could be eligible for and complete this degree in less than two years. If you decide to exit this degree having successfully completed the first year, you will receive a graduate diploma qualification.

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn advanced structural and geotechnical civil engineering, developing the skills to:

  • apply and synthesise civil engineering theories in solving practical infrastructure problems 
  • create and design models to be used in infrastructure design and analysis 
  • adapt data analysis methods at an advanced level
  • utilise advanced modelling techniques to solve a range of practical problems in civil engineering
  • develop advanced skills to communicate with civil engineering and related professionals

Through the electives available, you can choose to focus extensively on project management and leadership as part of this degree. Also key to the degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your master thesis.

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)
Soil Mechanics CIVE 3008 4.5 Rule(s): 4,5,6
Steel and Timber Design CIVE 3013 4.5 Rule(s): 4,5,6
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Geotechnical Engineering CIVE 3007 4.5 Rule(s): 4,5,6
Reinforced Concrete Design CIVE 3003 4.5 Rule(s): 4,5,6
Advanced Soil Mechanics CIVE 5083 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 5,6
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Engineering Masters Industrial Experience ENGG 5030 0 Rule(s): 1,2,6
Engineering and Environmental Masters Design Project CIVE 5091 9 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 3,5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 9 Note(s): 1
Elective 4 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5,6
Elective 5 4.5 Rule(s): 3

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 and project documentation 
  • essays and assignments  
  • examinations 
  • 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


UniSA has active connections with Australian and international institutions and industry through our research and collaboration.

Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with one of our research institutes and centres.

Why Master of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)

Why this Degree

In this master degree, teaching and learning is supported by our world-class engineering research – our engineering research is rated well above world-class.1

Our strong industry experience will help advance your expertise and career opportunities.  Incorporating strong theoretical teaching, experience-based learning and cutting-edge facilities, we offer the ideal academic blend for graduates to meet the challenges of modern enterprise.

You will study advanced topics in structural and geotechnical engineering. You will learn contemporary civil engineering theory and work with modelling techniques at an advanced level.

For example, our students recently worked on a South Australian infrastructure project titled North-South Corridor – South Road Planning South of Ashwin Parade to South of Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection (Section R4). The industry partner for this was the Department Infrastructure and Transport.

1 2018 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. 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.

You will benefit from our partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. 

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Structural strong floor lab

Take a look inside the largest structural strong floor in Australia, located on-campus at UniSA. Civil engineering students use this space to to do full-scale testing of materials, girders, frames, beams, and to simulate things like earthquakes and traffic flow impact.

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Career outcomes

Your career

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:

  • 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
  • civil engineer: responsible for the design, construction and testing of physical infrastructure; assesses the impact of large scale projects on the environment
  • structural engineer: works 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

You could also continue with a PhD through one of our dynamic research institutes or centres.

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.

Industry facts


There is strong future demand for Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals in Australia

(National Skills Commission 2021)


The Australian Government $200 billion investment into infrastructure has delivered over 35,000 construction projects since 2013 and has committed to an additional $17.9 billion for more civil projects

(Australian Government Budget 2022)


There is currently a skills shortage of experienced engineers in Australia

(Engineers Australia 2022)

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.

Advanced standing

If you already have qualifications in civil engineering, you could be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete this degree in less than two years. 


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

My research focuses on infrastructure compliant strategies for storm water management in developed and developing countries. I also teach civil and water-related engineering courses.

Dr Faisal Ahammed

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Faisal Ahammed

Dr Faisal Ahammed

Program Director


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