Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334211
CRICOS 097237K

Build a global career

Civil engineers design, build and maintain the infrastructure that underpins modern life. They make sure bridges, roads, tunnels, railways, dams, airports and water channels meet the needs of our society in a sustainable way. 

The University of Adelaide is ranked 31 in the world for Civil Engineering*.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil) has a strong focus on design. You’ll learn from award-winning academics in state-of-the-art facilities as you:

  • study structural design and mechanics in depth
  • access new technologies forming the basis of future design practice
  • work on real-life projects
  • interact with professionals through an industry-led design practice course
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.

Majors are available in:

Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

You will graduate as an accredited engineer. You might supervise major water projects or the building of sea-bridges. You could connect remote communities as a road and highway engineer. Perhaps you’ll design high-speed railways or help with the construction of an Australian hyperloop.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334211
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Minimum eligibility score N/A
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). For students who do not have the prerequisites please see: http://www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au/future-students/alternative-pathways/
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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: 334211

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 097237K
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    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 Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 29
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 1270
    AP (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 9
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). For students who do not have the prerequisites please see: http://www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au/future-students/alternative-pathways/
    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,325

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $42,000

    Scholarships

    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

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for careers across a range of specialist areas.

    The program is highly regarded by employers. Demand for civil and structural engineers is high and is expected to grow as the need for sustainable infrastructure continues to increase.

    Civil and structural engineers work in a variety of sectors including consulting engineering, construction, civil engineering, transport, communications infrastructure, and project management.

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

    Industry Placement

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

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Civil Engineer, Defence Engineer, Railway Engineer, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Architectural Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Structural Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Network Engineer, Networking Specialist, Civil Estimator, Construction Engineer, Construction Manager, Consultant, Consultant Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Research Associates, Research Manager, Resource Management, Resource Manager, ...

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Overseas Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) 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

    Academic Program Rules

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

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) focuses on engineering problem-solving, and design and analysis, using modern, computer-based methods. The first and second years of the program develop mathematics and science skills, with fundamental engineering and design courses. Third and fourth years include professional engineering courses, specialisations, communication and management courses and project work within the main areas of structural, geotechnical and water engineering.

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors

    A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. All graduates—irrespective of major—qualify as civil engineers and can pursue a career in any specialist fields within the profession.

    Majors are available across the following areas:

    Renewable Energy

    The feild of renewable energy is rapidly changing as the industry works to secure the world's energy future in a sustainable way. In this major, students are exposed to a broad range of topics and develop skills and knowledge to work with current and future energy infrastructure. 

    Environmental Engineering

    A major in Environmental Engineering allows students to hone in on the connections engineering has with environment, society and economy and learning how to create more sustainable and environmentally-friendly infrastructure for the future. Students are exposed to real-world environmental projects based on industry needs in areas of urban water, integrated river management, environmental protection and more.

    Defence Systems

    South Australia is Australia's defence state and home to many important defence investments and industries. Students learn and apply the integrated systems approach at the core of civil engineering- invaluable when dealing with defence systems - and study courses across environment impact assessment, circular economies and strategic planning. 

    Smart Technologies


    This major focuses on smart technologies used in the planning, design, management and monitoring of integrated social, environmental, urban and technological systems. It covers computer modelling of infrastructure systems, smart water systems, and integrated/ strategic planning.

    Construction Management

    Construction management engineers are involved in managing construction infrastructure, operations, and sites. Students study construction processes and practices including optimisation of scheduling, labour and plant, and sustainable construction practices.

    Geotechnical Engineering

    Geotechnical engineers design foundations, dams, embankments, retaining walls, tunnels, and roads, and they undertake work relating to landslides, earthquakes and contaminated land remediation. The Geotechnical Engineering major explores the composition and nature of the ground and how it behaves when loaded or when water flows through it.

    Structural Engineering

    Structural engineers understand the forces structures carry and how they deform under load. The Structural Engineering major offers the most courses devoted to structural engineering and mechanics design in South Australia. Students study traditional methods and materials such as steel, timber, concrete, aluminium, glass and masonry, and modern technologies and materials including composites and polymers.

    Water Systems Engineering

    Water systems engineers are involved in the design, operation and optimisation of water and wastewater treatment facilities, reservoirs, dams, pipe networks, open channels and stormwater drainage. The Water Systems Engineering major covers the physical principles of water when it is stationary and when it is flowing, hydrology, and factors that cause floods. 


    Minors


    Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas.

    Minors are available in the following:

    Entrepreneurship

    Take the technical knowledge from the degree and create ventures in areas from large corporations, to small businesses, the not-for-profit sector, and community organisations through an Entrepreneurship minor. All technology advances in the past decade were once an idea that is now a reality through entrepreneurs. Students learn the processes, risks, rewards, motivations and societal impacts of innovation and entrepreneurship within regional, national and global perspectives.

    Humanitarian

    Learn how to work in emergency and humanitarian fields while having a positive global impact on developing populations through the Humanitarian Engineering minor. Students conduct design work with a focus on culture, economic background, and political climate, while developing a strong awareness of communities and the people who reside in them. Graduates are equipped to solve problems in complex environments, allowing them to make real-world change.

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    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: Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019