Design and build the future.
Civil engineers plan, design and build the infrastructure we rely on as a civilisation – including things like buildings, roads, water systems and more. This program develops your practical skills in engineering design, project management and sustainability, and qualifies you to work as civil engineer and help shape the world around you in Australia and overseas.
- Learn how to use mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide range of technical problems
- Get plenty of hands-on experience, including 12 weeks’ work experience with professional engineers and engineering associates
- Specialise in construction or water and environment, and complete a major final-year research project on a topic of your choice
- Learn from industry professionals through guest lectures that expose you to current engineering professional practice
- Recreate interactive real-life scenarios in USC’s state-of-the art visualisation studio and dedicated engineering laboratories
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 courses MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics and MTH104 Introductory Calculus on application to the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering and may substitute two engineering relevant courses in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree.
Students must complete 60 days of suitable field experience.
Government agencies, construction companies, engineering consultancies, building industry, water supply authorities, mining industry, research organisations.
Accreditation and membership
This program qualifies you for registration as a civil engineer with the accrediting body, Engineers Australia, and is internationally recognised to allow you to work in Australia and overseas. It also qualifies you for graduate membership of Engineers Australia (Professional Engineer).
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
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What will I study
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Introductory courses (8)
COR109 Communication and Thought
ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
SCI110 Science Research Methods
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things
Advanced courses (12)
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
MTH201 Calculus II and Linear Algebra
MTH203 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):
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
Students must select one of the following minor study areas:
- Climate Change and Coastal Zone Studies
- Construction Engineering (for Environment and Water major students only)
- Engineering Design
- Environmental Engineering (for Construction major students only)
- Environmental Studies for Engineers
- Management for Engineers
- Mechanical Engineering (not available to International students on a Student visa)
- Planning Studies
- Public Health for Engineers
- Wider Engineering Studies
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.
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
- 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?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
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.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.