Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)

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 35 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.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.

  • #1 in SA and #35 globally for civil engineering*
  • Graduates qualify for professional membership with Engineers Australia
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

*ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334211
2021 CSP ATAR 83.9
2021 CSP IB 30
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July*. *Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 75.85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 90
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.05
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 83.9
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.2
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.6
Minimum eligibility score 80
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods , Specialist Mathematics and Physics. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) and Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334211

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
24 33.3%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
22 30.6%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
6 8.3%
International students 19 26.4%
All students 72 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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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, ...

Degree Structure

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.

Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

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 field 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. 


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

Core Courses
Students must complete the following:
Civil Core Courses
Students must choose one of the following:
Civil Electives
Students must choose 5 courses (15 units) from the following:
  • CEME 4001 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CEME 4002 Finite Element Theory and Practice
  • CEME 4003 Wind and Earthquake Engineering
  • CEME 4004 Advanced Water Distribution Systems Engineering
  • CEME 4005 Advanced Hydrological Modelling & Water Resource Systems
  • CEME 4006 Advanced Hydrology and Flood Hydraulics
  • CEME 4007 Unsaturated Soils
  • CEME 4008 Soil and Ground Water Remediation
  • CEME 4009 Environmental Decision Making
  • CEME 4010 Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments
  • CHEM ENG 4051 Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • ENG 4011 Engineering Geology
Broadening Electives Students must choose courses to the value of 6 units from any University of Adelaide Undergraduate course where they meet the prerequisites.

Please check the availability, restriction and incompatible section on the course planner for elective choices.

For enrolment advice and major specific study plans, please visit the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.


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


Since graduating I have started working as a Graduate Engineer. I work on major projects in both Australia and Canada and have been exposed to a range of activities within engineering design, business development and management.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021