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

Combine your passion for design with engineering expertise

Gain two qualifications in five years

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    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th globally for employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Overview

Design unique and innovative infrastructure. In the combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture program you will learn to analyse the forces within a structure and to design its skeleton to support these forces, complemented by the conceptual and aesthetic essentials of the design process.
 
A pathway into both the engineering and architecture professions, this combined program caters to the emerging need for professionals who can work fluidly across architectural and structural engineering design. In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil), you will learn from leading experts about managing the design and construction of crucial modern infrastructure, including buildings, roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, dams and ports. You will gain a deep understanding of systems for managing water, irrigation, sewage and floodwaters. Underpinning this technical knowledge are professional skills in management, finance and problem solving.
 
As part of your engineering degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.
 
Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Design in Architecture is a studio-based degree that explores the aesthetic, theoretical, technical and social aspects of architecture. You will take a core program in studios, history and theory, communications, technology and design workshops, before pursuing electives spanning the arts, digital design, sustainability and urban design.
 
You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications.

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

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View detailed course structures for this course: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Mathematics Architecture Studio 1A (12 credit points) Architectural History/Theory 1 Safety Induction and Competency Unit (0 cp)
  2 Mathematics Architecture Studio 1B (12 cp) Architectural Technologies  
2 1 Introduction to Civil Engineering Engineering Computing Materials Integrated Engineering 1
  2 Statics Engineering Geology 1 Project Appraisal Engineering Construction and Surveying
3 1 Structural Mechanics Architectural Technologies 2 Architecture Studio 2A (12 cp)  
  2 Introductory Fluid Mechanics Soil Mechanics Architecture Studio 2B (12 cp) Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
4 1 Concrete Structures 1 Linear Mathematics and Vector Calculus Architecture Studio 3A (12 cp) Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Steel structures 1 Structural Analysis Architecture Studio 3B (12 cp)  
5 1 Thesis Civil Engineering Design Fluid Mechanics Architecture Elective
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Engineering Design and Construction Architectural to Structural Design  

More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

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. For Architecture: English (Advanced)

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and the School of Architecture, Design and Planning offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering and architecture student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

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

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

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.

Career Pathways

  • Airport and harbour authorities
  • Architecture
  • Architectural technology
  • Banks
  • Construction and mining companies
  • Engineering and infrastructure consultants
  • Interior and spacial design
  • Municipal councils
  • Project management
  • Property development
  • Public works
  • Urban design
  • Registered architect (need to complete the Master of Architecture)
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering and IT disciplines. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. Our postgraduate coursework and research is 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.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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