Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)


Program summary

Make better places to live and improve our modern living.

Civil engineers plan, design, build and maintain infrastructures including buildings, roads and transportation, water, and environment. This four year embedded honours program focuses on engineering design, project management, sustainability, water supply and construction.

Our program is designed to qualify you as a civil engineer for registration with the accrediting body, Engineers Australia, and is internationally recognised to allow you to work in Australia and overseas. You’ll learn how things operate, and work out better ways to do them to benefit all people.

Choose to specialise in an area that interests you most and major in construction, or environment and water. You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience including 12 weeks work experience with professional engineers and engineering associates.

You’ll also get to recreate real life interactive scenarios in our state-of-the art visualisation lab and dedicated engineering laboratories. Learn from industry professionals with guest lectures that expose you to current engineering professional practice.


Construction; Environment and water

Special selection criteria

Students who enter the program having achieved a 'Very High Achievement' in a Maths B and Maths C in secondary school will be eligible for an exemption for the course MTH102 on application to the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering they may substitute another mathematically based and engineering relevant course for MTH102 as a Variation to Program in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree.

Post-admission requirements

Students must complete 60 days of suitable field experience.

Career opportunities

Government agencies, construction companies, engineering consultancies, building industry, water supply authorities, mining industry, research organisations.


Full accreditation at the level of professional engineer was awarded from Engineers Australia for this program from 2014. Graduate membership of Engineers Australia (Professional Engineer).

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (7)

COR109 Communication and Thought
ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
MTH102 Mathematics Foundations
SCI107 Physics
SCI110 Science Research Methods
SET111 Environment, Technology and Sustainability

Advanced courses (13)

ENG202 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENG211 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG312 Soil Mechanics
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG422 Design of Roads and Drainage
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
MTH202 Calculus and Algebra
MTH312 Numerical Analysis
PHY201 Fluids, Waves and Thermodynamics

Major studies courses (8)

Students must complete one of the following major studies in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours):

Construction major 

ENG212 Structural Engineering
ENG221 Mechanics of Materials
ENG225 Engineering Materials
ENG340 Construction Technology
ENG404 Engineering Sustainable Design
ENG432 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENG451 Concrete Structures and Technology
ENS281 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems

Environment and Water major

ENG330 Engineering Hydrology
ENG411 Reservoir and Stormwater Engineering
ENG412 Design of Wastewater Treatment Systems
ENG421 Design of Water Supply Systems
ENS242 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENS353 Applied Geospatial Analysis
MTH381 Applied Systems Modelling
SCI105 Chemistry

Minor courses (4)

Students must select one of the following minor study areas:

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

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Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Select a minor from one of the minors as listed below. Students must choose the minor to be studied before the completion of Semester 1, Year 3
  • Register your selected major and/or minor 
  • Complete a minimum of 60 days of suitable work experience. Students must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • When enrolling please refer to the relevant Recommended Study Sequence:

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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