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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil & Structural)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314171

CRICOS 082085M

Civil engineers design, construct and maintain the infrastructure that underpins modern standards of living, including: all types of structures, bridges, roads, tunnels, railways, dams and water distribution networks. The important role of a civil engineer is to ensure that infrastructure meets the needs of society in a sustainable manner and to enhance our quality of life.

Design is central to the program and students will encounter real world projects throughout their degree. These include the design of steel and concrete structures, foundations and water distribution networks. Students will interact with design professionals through an industry-led design practice course, as well as undertake electives dealing with new and advanced topics. This combination ensures graduates from the University of Adelaide are not only career ready but are also exposed to the emergent technologies that will form the basis of future design practice.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314171
    2017 CSP ATAR 88.3
    2017 CSP IB 31
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 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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    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), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

    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: 314171

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082085M
    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 International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    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
    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), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry is desirable
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,175

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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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

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

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

    Water resources engineers work with the natural hydrological cycle to supply water and to collect wastewater from cities and towns for treatment prior to its return to the environment. Water resources engineering also looks at flow in natural river channels.

    Coastal engineers design and implement solutions on the coast that provide for society's need and desire to live and work by the ocean. They design harbours, jetties, wharves, and seawalls, as well as schemes to protect and maintain beaches, both for recreation and as a way of protecting population centres against some of nature's most energetic forces.

    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 the remediation of contaminated ground.

    Transportation and highways 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 and study 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

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

  • 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 & Structural) 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

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structural) 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 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    Example Study Plan

    Please refer to the following to guide your enrolment:
    Year 1 C&ENVENG 1008 Engineering Planning & Design I (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)
    GEOLOGY 1104 Geology for Engineers I (3 units)
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)#
    C&ENVENG 1009 Civil & Environmental Engineering I (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 1012 Engineering Modelling & Analysis I (3 units)
    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (3 units)
    Year 2 C&ENVENG 2025 Strength of Materials II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2068 Environmental Engineering & Sustainability II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2071 Water Engineering II (3 units)
    MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2067 Construction, Management & Surveying (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2069 Geotechnical Engineering II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2070 Engineering Modelling & Analysis II (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 2030 Structural Mechanics (3 units)
    Year 3 C&ENVENG 3020 Computer Analysis of Structural Dynamics (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3005 Reinforced Concrete Design (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3077 Engineering Hydrology (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3029 Environmental Modelling & Management (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4051 Water & Wastewater Engineering (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3222 Research Methodologies and Project Management (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3012 Geotechnical Engineering Design III (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3007 Structural Steel Design (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3079 Water Engineering & Design III (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)
    Engineering Elective (9 units)
    C&ENVENG 4073 Water Distribution Systems & Design (3 units)
    Level II or III Mathematics Course (3 units)
    MINING 3072 Mining Geomechanics (3 units)
    MINING 4102 Mine Geotechnical Engineering (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4069 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 3029 Environmental Modelling & Management (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4108 Environmental Systems Dynamics (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4051 Water & Wastewater Engineering (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4112 Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4056 Linear Geostatistics (3 units)**
    C&ENVENG 4107 Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4097 Analysis of Rivers & Sediment Transport (3 units)^ 
    C&ENVENG 4114 Advanced Hydrological Modelling & Water Resources Management (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4113EX Christchurch Earthquake Study Tour (3 units)^
    C&ENVENG 4115 Advanced Topics in Flood Hydrology (3 units)***^
    C&ENVENG 4070 Seismic Design of Masonry Buildings (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4110 Soil & Groundwater Remediation (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4109 Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4111 Structural Dynamics & Applications (3 units)^
    C&ENVENG 4085 Traffic Engineering (3 units)
    ENTREP 3900 Entrepreneur's Challenge (3 units)
    C&ENVENG 4106 Introduction to Geostatistics (3 units)**
    SPATIAL 3007WT GIS for Environmental Management III (3 units)
    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.

    # Students who have not passed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths are required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM as a prerequisite to enrolling in MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA. The satisfactory completion of MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements of this program. Students may manage their enrolment by enrolling in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester I, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2, and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in SUMMER.

    ** C&ENVENG 4106 Introduction to Geostatistics is a pre-requisite to C&ENVENG 4056 Linear Geostatistics.
    *** C&ENVENG 4115 Advanced Topics in Flood Hydrology not offered in 2017

    The 9 unit Research Project must be undertaken in three consecutive semesters. Students form their groups and formulate their proposal in C&ENVENG 3222. The group then develop the Research Project in C&ENVENG 4222A & 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: Monday, 1 Jan 2018