Master of Engineering (Civil & Structural)

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Civil and structural engineers create and maintain buildings, systems and infrastructure. They make sure bridges, roads, tunnels, railways, dams, airports and water channels meet the needs of our society in safe and sustainable ways.

This intensive degree is suited to high-achieving engineering graduates, as well as engineers with relevant work experience. It is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

What will you do?

Our Master of Engineering (Civil and Structural) comprises a foundation year and an advanced studies year. We have a strong focus on design and analysis using modern, computer-based methods. You will:

  • study structural dynamics, reinforced concrete and steel design
  • develop and evaluate geotechnical models
  • pursue specialist topics according to your interests and career goals
  • build communication and project management skills
  • undertake a significant research project.

Where could it take you?

You might manage water resources or supervise major transportation projects. You could develop infrastructure for underground renewable energy systems. Perhaps you’ll specialise in the design of earthquake-resistant buildings.

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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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM060
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM060

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

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

Civil and structural engineers can follow careers in a wide range of areas and often find employment in private consulting engineering practices, construction companies, civil engineering service providers, and federal, state and local government departments in Australia and abroad.

Some of the more common careers in civil engineering including structural engineer, water resources engineer, coastal engineer, geotechnical engineer, transportation and highways engineer, and materials and testing engineer.

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Engineering (Civil and Structural) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

Potential careers

Engineer, Structural Engineer, Catchment Management, Civil Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Harbour / Water Engineering, Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Engineer

Degree Structure

The Master of Engineering is a 48-unit program comprising:
  • 12 units of core courses;
  • 12 units of foundation courses;
  • 12 units of advanced technical coursework and;
  • a project to the value of 12 units, which introduces candidates to research.
Normally, students will complete the requirements for the Master of Engineering in two years of full-time study.

Graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide or another institution whose program is equivalent to an AQF level 8 honours program and accredited under the Washington Accord will be eligible to be considered for credit—allowing them to complete the master's program in less than two years, with a minimum of one year of full-time study.

International students from non-English speaking backgrounds will be required to take an English language communications course as part of the program.

The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:

Foundation
Students must complete all of the following:

Electives
Students must choose four of the following (12 units):

Research Project
Students must complete all of the following:


Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

Assessment

Assessment includes course and project work. All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience outside normal class time. Practical experience can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

Students who have already completed equivalent practical experience that is deemed acceptable by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences may be given a partial or total exemption from this requirement.

Testimonial

The most challenging part of the degree is the research project. You learn to improve your research skills and are ready to apply all of them in your future work.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021