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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM154 (Internal)
4CM155 (Internal)
4CM156 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Online and part-time study options available.
  • UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering.1

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.

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.

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Soil Mechanics CIVE 3008 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
Steel and Timber Design CIVE 3013 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Geotechnical Engineering CIVE 3007 4.5 Note(s): 6
Reinforced Concrete Design CIVE 3003 4.5 Note(s): 6
Advanced Soil Mechanics CIVE 5083 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2,6
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Engineering Masters Industrial Experience ENGG 5030 0 Rule(s): 1
Engineering and Environmental Masters Design Project CIVE 5091 9 Note(s): 4
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
NBE Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 9 Note(s): 2
Elective 4 4.5
Elective 5 4.5

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. 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. 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


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 the Barbara Hardy Institute or one of our other research concentrations.

The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

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 of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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.

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 employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

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 concentrations.

Industry facts


Between 2015 and 2017, engineering vacancies in Australia recorded growth of 42.2 per cent.1

1 Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia


For civil engineers in Australia, employment growth of 13.5 per cent is expected by 2023.1

1 Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018


Employment for Engineering Professionals is projected to increase by 5 percent by May 2023.1

1Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code (see below) then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

You may be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete the requirements of this qualification in less than 2 years. Please see entry requirements for further details. When applying through SATAC, please refer to the codes below. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for Advanced Standing, please include more than one SATAC code in your list of application preferences. 

  • 2 years - SATAC CODE 4CM156
  • 1.5 year - SATAC CODE 4CM155
  • 1 year - SATAC CODE 4CM154

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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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

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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