Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
University of South Australia (UniSA)

(Tuition fee is not stated)
3-4 years

Course Description

Civil engineers give us the infrastructure that supports our lives. They design, construct and maintain our bridges, airports, roads, railways, water and waste supply.

This degree is strongly hands-on. In our state-of-the-art facilities you will apply engineering theory to real-world challenges. In your final year, you will complete a major industry-related research project and a design project.

You’ll learn in our industry-standard specialist facilities – such as the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1200m long hydraulic testing facility – and use hi-tech testing and computer modelling equipment.

As well as a 12-week work placement, there will be lots of opportunities to learn by practical example, with guest lecturers from industry, simulated business environments and site visits to industrial facilities.

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

Why this Degree

Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia, our civil engineering degrees offer a huge amount of study flexibility.

In your studies you will learn to develop critical infrastructure such as bridges, buildings, airports, roads, railways and water systems. You will become equipped to work creatively and sustainably in the design, construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure. You will get hands-on experience and knowledge in areas such as:

  • road design and traffic management
  • geospatial science for engineers
  • soil mechanics
  • hydraulics and hydrology
  • geotechnical engineering
  • reinforced concrete design

Flexible entry pathways and common core subjects mean that you can change your specialisation based on your interests.


Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – so you’ll have plenty of chances to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships, going on to work on major projects such as the $350 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.

UniSA is in the top ten in Australia for teaching1. Our leading researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be suported by our research excellence. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

1 2016/17 THE World University Rankings

Your career

In Australia, strong housing construction activity and infrastructure investment should see employment in architecture, engineering and technical services sector grow by 19.5 per cent between now and 2020. For civil engineers in Australia, employment growth of 9.8 per cent is expected between now and 20201. Careers to consider:

  • civil engineer: responsible for the design, construction and testing of physical infrastructure; assesses the impact of large scale projects on the environment 
  • geotechnical engineer: advising on ways to guard and maintain structures such as soil and rock formations and groundwater deposits; planning and developing building and construction projects; advising on tools, methods and materials for construction in an area
  • water resources engineer: involved in providing clean water, the disposal of waste water and sewage, and preventing flood damage; responsible for the construction and maintenance of new equipment for managing water resources
  • environmental engineer: protecting the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity

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