Transport Major

As well as being a fully trained Civil engineer, the Transport major extends your skills to incorporate planning, design, operation and management of infrastructure to achieve safe, economical, and environmentally sustainable movement of people and goods. The major in transport engineering covers traditional mathematical and engineering methods, and also considers multidisciplinary issues such as environmental and social impact, economics, and public policy.

Knowledge of transport issues is of great benefit to graduates in any broad engineering professional situation. Graduates with a transport major are expected to work in the planning, design, construction, management or operation of road, rail, air or sea infrastructure and systems anywhere in the world.

This major best aligns with the Civil stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Transport Major

Achievement of a major in Transport Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000 and 2000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 4000-level project units
(iv) 6 credit points of 4000-level interdisciplinary units
(v) 12 credit points of 4000-level or higher elective specialist units

Units of Study

1000-level units of study
Core units
CIVL1810
Engineering Construction and Surveying
6    A CIVL1900. Some statistical awareness is an advantage and co-enrolment in MATH1005 Statistics is advised. HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or completion of (MATH1001 or MATH1021) and MATH1002 are sufficient for non-statistical maths preparation
N CIVL2810


In recent years - the course has included a 1.5 day camp at Webbs Creek (about 80km from Sydney). The camp is located in a bushland setting. It aims to provide valuable practice in practical field survey and has a secondary aim of providing a basis for social gathering (this aspect being requested in student feedback over recent years)
Semester 2
2000-level units of study
Core units
CIVL2700
Transport Systems
6    A (MATH1001 OR MATH1021) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023) AND MATH1005 AND ENGG1801. Basic statistics through regression analysis, differential and integral calculus, computer programming.
Semester 1
3000-level units of study
Core units
CIVL3704
Transport Informatics
6    A MATH1005 AND CIVL2700. Understanding of statistical inference. Familiarity with the urban transport network and basic concepts in transport studies.
N ENGG2851
Semester 1
4000-level units of study
Project units
CIVL4022
Thesis A
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
It is expected that the Thesis will be conducted over two consecutive semesters and that the majority of students will start in Semester 1. Commencement in Semester 2 requires permission of Thesis coordinator and School's Director of Learning and Teaching and will only be allowed where there are good reasons for doing so. Students considering this option should discuss it with the Thesis coordinator at least one semester before they intend to start.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL4023
Thesis B
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
Interdisciplinary units
CIVL4903
Civil Engineering Design
6    A CIVL2410 AND CIVL3612 AND (CIVL4811 OR CIVL3811)
P CIVL3205 and CIVL3206
Semester 1
5000-level units of study
Elective specialist units
CIVL5701
Transport Networks
6    A CIVL2700 OR CIVL9700
Semester 2
CIVL5702
Traffic Engineering
6    A (CIVL2700 OR CIVL9700) AND (MATH1001 OR MATH1021) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023) AND MATH1005 AND ENGG1801. Basic statistics through regression analysis, differential and integral calculus, computer programming.
Semester 1
CIVL5703
Transport Policy, Planning and Deployment
6    A CIVL2700
N CIVL3703 OR CIVL9703
Semester 1
CIVL5704 Transport Analytics will be available from 2020.