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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

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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, 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 third year a 12-week internship will provide you with invaluable industry experience and the opportunity to forge industry connections. 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.

Civil engineering is an innovative and diverse field, and the knowledge and experience you develop will allow you to pursue a career across construction, mining, consultancy, project management and public works.

You may become responsible for the design and construction of our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports or railways

Majors

There are over 15 engineering majors to choose from. The majors that best align with this stream are Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering, Structures and Transport Engineering. Depending on your engineering stream, some majors may require additional study. Certain majors may also have limited capacity. There is no requirement to complete a major.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) is undertaken full-time over four 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.

During the first two years, the foundation for all civil engineering studies is laid with Science, Mathematics, Computing, and introductory Civil Engineering subjects. A surveying camp completed in the second year of the course enhances both practical skills and important professional and social skills in a team environment. At the end of third year, students usually undertake practical industry experience, working for about three months in an engineering firm. In fourth year, students specialise further with elective subjects specific to civil engineering. Students undertake an Honours thesis or engineering project in fourth year.

Units of study information for this degree

Units of Study

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.

Admission requirement

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.

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) 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 course also offers one-year exchange programs with universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

Professional accreditation

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

Future study options

The faculty 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.

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. Career paths for civil engineering graduates include airport and harbour authorities, banks, construction and mining companies, engineering and infrastructure consultants, municipal councils, project management and public works.

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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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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, protected 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 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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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