Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Design in Architecture is a five year combined degree that caters for the emerging need for professionals who can work across architectural and structural engineering design. There is an emphasis on the conceptual and aesthetical aspects of the design process in the architectural studies, while the engineering studies teach the analysis of forces within the structure, and how to proportion the structural skeleton to support these forces. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture can only be combined with the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) award.

You will study conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the design process in architectural studies, while learning about planning, designing and testing structures within the built environment. This overarching course of study will provide you with a holistic approach to the design of our built environment and with skills that will encourage greater diversity and ingenuity in the design and construction of our buildings.

This combined degree offered at the University of Sydney is distinct from the "Architectural Engineering” degrees offered at other universities, nationally and internationally, in that graduates will receive Bachelor degrees in both Engineering and Design in Architecture. The combined degree, therefore, provides pathways to both professions.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Units of study

Units of study information for this degree (please select 'Engineering' then 'Engineering Combined'

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

The combined Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Design in Architecture is undertaken full-time over five years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. For the Bachelor of Engineering degree, students will complete core and available elective units of study as required by their engineering degree. Students undertake an honours thesis or engineering project in fifth year.

For the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree, students will complete core units within each year of the combined degree.

Progression rules

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Design Architecture combined degree. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the Progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

Engineering electives are often recommended within an engineering stream as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in, core units of study within the stream. Each stream will also list acceptable alternative units of study, and free electives, providing a flexible study plan.

As this combined degree allows for the award of both degrees within five years, no elective units are available within the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

Course opportunities

All streams of the Bachelor of Engineering include a mandatory 10-12 week practical/industrial placement, plant and site visits, and opportunities for the development of significant professional relationships with industry partners.

Students in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture make use of dedicated design studios and the Architectural and Technical Services Centre.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning both offer one-year exchange programs with universities around the world.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for Sydney Engineering graduates. See the details provided for the School of Civil Engineering (CE) http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/civil

Following the completion of the Bachelor in Design in Architecture, the next step towards becoming a registered architect is to complete further study in the Master of Architecture degree . This will open the world to graduates as the work of architects is no longer confined by geography. Opportunities for graduates lie both within Australia and overseas with a number of our past students having great successes internationally. By engaging with the environment, community and needs of clients and stakeholders, work as an architect can have a profound effect on people’s lives around the world.

Course accreditation

Sydney engineering degrees are accredited by Engineering Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance http://www.washingtonaccord.org

For students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or equivalent), the next step towards becoming a registered architect is the Master of Architecture, a two year professional program that prepares students for the complex and challenging architecture profession.

Graduates who hold the degree of Master of Architecture will be entitled to register as architects under the Architects Act 1921 (NSW), subject to obtaining two years of approved practical experience, at least 12 months of which must be subsequent to graduation, and passing an architectural practice examination before registration.

Further study

After completing the Bachelor of Engineering, further study is available through the Graduate School of Engineering and IT http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/gse The GSE provides a link between postgraduate students in the different engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Following the completion of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year, or to the Master of Architecture. The BDesArch also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

About honours

Both the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Design in Architecture can be awarded with honours. Honours is available to meritorious candidates in all streams of the Bachelor of Engineering who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the program. Admission to the honours year is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of third year. Admission requires an ISWAM (Intermediate-Senior Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65 in units of study completed over second and third year. To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree a candidate must complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative 12 credit point honours pathway described in the table of units of study for the stream.

For the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, the honours degree requires an extra year of full-time study engaged solely in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff. This is in addition to the three years of study for the pass degree.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.