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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil and Architectural)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324481

CRICOS 082071F

Architectural engineers design the engineering systems for some of the most innovative infrastructure in today’s society. This includes the design and engineering of structural, geotechnical, construction and operation systems with an emphasis on sustainability and architectural integrity.

This degree combines civil and structural engineering with the creative design and environmental sustainability aspects from architecture. Students study the planning, design, construction and operation of engineered systems for a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 324481
    2017 CSP ATAR 80.2
    2017 CSP IB 27
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3); or, Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324481

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082071F
    Intake February.
    *July entry may be available if student is eligible for advanced standing
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 13
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3); or, Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    International Qualifications Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    As there is increasing need and demand for sustainable buildings, architectural engineers have a unique advantage in the workplace as they can apply engineering knowledge with design skills, to engage in all aspects of a building project. Through their interdisciplinary background, architectural engineers integrate the design of structurally sound building systems, including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and lighting, with architectural design.

    Architectural engineers may find employment in a wide range of areas and organisations including multinational companies, government departments, small and large manufacturers, private consulting engineering practices and the defence, energy and information technology industries. Some of the more common careers include the following:

    • Structural engineers design the framework of buildings, towers, bridges, tunnels and other structures to ensure strength and safety. They study developments and use of new materials and methods in the design and construction of new structures, and repair of existing structures.

    • Geotechnical engineers are involved in the design and construction of foundations, dams, earth retaining structures, embankments, tunnels, pavements and landfills. They also offer engineering assessments of the ground, landslides and provide solutions for remediation of contaminated ground.

    • Transportation and highway engineers specialise in analysing population and growth statistics, and traffic patterns and volume, to project future requirements. They consult with specialists and government officials to design efficient and safe traffic systems, including public transport; roadway and embankment design, the geometry of highway interchanges and the maintenance of facilities such as culverts and overpasses. 
    • Materials and testing engineers conduct research, develop tests and evaluate the quality or suitability of materials and products related to projects such as bridges, dams, roads, airports and railways. Other projects may be in relation to waste disposal, flood control, and industrial/large buildings. Additionally, they coordinate and direct the research, development and testing of materials such as asphalt, concrete, steel, cement, timber and plastics, and consider factors such as stresses and strains, estimated load, water pressure, wind resistance and temperature fluctuations. They advise on materials most suited to meet individual construction problems.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Civil Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Structural Engineer, Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Architectural) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    In the first two years of the degree students build a scientific, engineering and architectural foundation and then focus on more specialist courses in the third and fourth years.

    Third and fourth years includes professional engineering courses, specialisations, communication and management courses and project work within the main areas of structural and geotechnical engineering.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Please refer to the following study plan to guide your enrolment
    Year 1 C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)#
    DESST 1504 Representation I (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 1013 Introduction to Architectural Engineering (3 units)
    DESST 2521 History Theory II (3 units)***
    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)
    DESST 1507 Construction I (3 units)
    DESST 1508 Environment I (3 units)
    Year 2 C&ENVENG 2025 Strength of Materials II (3 units)
    MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)
    DESST 1503 Design Studio I (6 units)
    C&ENVENG 2069 Geotechnical Engineering II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2030 Structural Mechanics (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 1012 Engineering Modelling & Analysis 1 (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2067 Construction Management & Surveying (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics Dynamics (3 units)
    Year 3 C&ENVENG 3020 Computer Analysis of Structure Dynamics (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3005 Reinforced Concrete Design (3 units)
    DESST 2517 Environment II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2071 Water Engineering II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3222 Research Methodologies and Project Management (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3012 Geotechnical Engineering Design III (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2070 Engineering Modelling & Analysis II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3007 Structural Steel Design (3 units)
    Year 4 C&ENVENG 4222A Research Project Part A: Civil (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4034 Engineering Management IV (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4041 Structural Design Practice (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4222B Research Project Part B: Civil (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4068 Computer Methods of Structural Analysis (3 units)
    Elective (9 units)
    C&ENVENG 4106 Introduction to Geostatistics (3 units)**
    DESST 3519 Advanced Architecture Technologies (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3077 Engineering Hydrology (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4112 Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4051 Water & Wastewater Engineering (3 units)
    MINING 3072 Mining Geomechanics (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4069 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3 units)^
    C&ENVENG 4056 Linear Geostatistics (3 units)**
    DESST 3514 Construction III (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4107 Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 units)
    Level II or III Mathematics Course (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4113EX Christchurch Earthquake Study Tour (3 units)^ 
    C&ENVENG 3079 Water Engineering & Design III (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4085 Traffic Engineering (3 units)
    DESST 3517 Environment III (3 units)
    ENTREP 3900 Entrepreneur's Challenge (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4111 Structural Dynamics & Applications (3 units)^
    C&ENVENG 4070 Seismic Design of Masonry Buildings (3 units)

    #EXTRA COURSE REQUIREMENT Students who have not taken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2 with MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in Summer School to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level 1. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

    ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take Engineering Communication. At the commencement of study, the Faculty will advise which course is to be replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL.

    ** C&ENVENG 4106 Introduction to Geostatistics is a pre-requisite to C&ENVENG 4056 Linear Geostatistics.

    The 9 unit Research project must be undertaken in three consecutive semesters. Students form their groups and formulate their Research Proposal in C&ENVENG 3222. The group then develop the Research Project in C&ENVENG 4222A Part A and C&ENVENG 4222B Part B.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting all courses are conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017