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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering)

Take a lead role in designing and transforming your world

Join a broad profession that combines functional solutions with creativity and innovation to improve society.

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  • Top 60

    Ranked 56th globally for engineering and technology by the 2019 QS University Rankings by Subject

  • 1st for employability

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

Overview

Take a lead role in designing and transforming your world. Through practical and industry experiences, this program develops the comprehensive ability to plan, design and test structures within the built and natural environments. A suite of embedded professional skills will equip you to contribute to infrastructure that improves lives in Australia and worldwide.

As a civil engineering student, you will learn from leading experts about how to manage the design and construction of crucial modern infrastructure, including buildings, roads, transport and railways, bridges, tunnels, dams and ports, as well as systems for managing water, irrigation, sewage and floodwaters. Complementing this technical knowledge will be a range of professional skills in management, finance and problem solving.

Throughout this four-year degree you will study a series of core units as you master the foundations of civil engineering, before specialising in an optional major. In your second year, a surveying camp will allow you to develop your technical skills in a practical, team-based environment. In your fourth year you will undertake further specialised civil engineering subjects and complete an embedded honours thesis. It enables you to design a research project in an area that interests you.

As part of your 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.

The majors that best align with this degree are Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering, Structures and Transport Engineering.

Subject areas

All majors below are optional. Best aligned majors include Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering, Structures, and Transport Engineering. Additional study will be required if you select a major that is not best aligned with this stream. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

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What you'll study

View detailed course structures for this course: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

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.

There are over 20 engineering majors to choose from. The majors that best align with this degree and their detailed course structures are:

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 Introduction to Civil Engineering Engineering Computing Integrated Engineering 1 Mathematics
  2 Engineering Geology 1 Engineering Construction and Surveying Statics Mathematics
2 1 Transport Systems Linear Mathematics and Vector Calculus Structural Mechanics Materials
  2 Project Appraisal Introductory Fluid Mechanics Soil Mechanics Environmental Engineering
Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
3 1 Concrete Structures 1 Fluid Mechanics Major or Civil Engineering elective unit Civil Engineering elective unit
Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Engineering design and construction Steel structures 1 Major or Civil Engineering elective unit Elective
4 1 Thesis Civil Engineering Design Major or Civil Engineering elective unit Elective
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Major or Civil Engineering elective unit Civil Engineering elective unit  

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.

Honours

This course has an embedded Honours program, with all students undertaking a research thesis in the final year. Honours will be awarded to students who achieve a sufficient standard of merit.

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 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 student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Combined courses

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.

Career Pathways

  • Airport and harbour authorities
  • Agriculture
  • Construction and mining companies
  • Engineering and infrastructure consultants
  • Municipal councils
  • Project management and public works
  • Transport systems
  • Gas and water supply and sewerage systems
  • Water and sanitation in developing countries
  • International aid and development
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Facade drafter
  • Emergency management specialist 
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Town planner
  • Structural engineer
  • Transport operations planner
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.

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.

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.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.