Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)


Program summary

Dr Helen Fairweather
Program coordinator

Dr Helen Fairweather

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

Construction; Environment and water

Exemption for first year Mathematics

Students who enter the program having achieved a 'Very High Achievement' in a Maths B and Maths C in secondary school may be eligible for an exemption for MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics and may also be eligible for an exemption to MTH104 Introductory Calculus on application to the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. Students who are exempted from one or two courses will need to substitute one or two two engineering relevant courses 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.

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

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (8) 96 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
SCI107 Physics
SCI110 Science Research Methods
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things

Developing and Graduate courses (12) 144 units

ENG202 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENG204 Thermodynamics
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

Major studies courses (8) 96 units

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) 48 units

Students must select one of the following minor study areas:


The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) may be awarded with Honours. The class of Honours to be awarded to a student is dependent upon:

  • the percentage results achieved by study or transfer in twelve courses (144 units) as specified in the table below; and
  • the student achieving at least 65% in ENG402 Engineering Project 2.
Construction Major Environment & Water Major
MTH203 Numerical Analysis MTH203 Numerical Analysis
ENG302 Engineering Project Management ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG312 Soil Mechanics ENG312 Soil Mechanics
ENG401 Engineering Project 1 ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2 ENG402 Engineering Project 2
ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG422 Design of Roads and Drainage  ENG422 Design of Roads and Drainage
ENG212 Structural Engineering MTH381 Applied Systems Modelling
ENG340 Construction Technology ENG330 Engineering Hydrology
ENG404 Engineering Sustainable Design ENG411 Reservoir and Stormwater Engineering
ENG432 Advanced Soil Mechanics ENG412 Design of Wastewater Treatment Systems
ENG451 Concrete Structures and Technology ENG421 Design of Water Supply Systems

A student must complete a minimum of 8 courses (96 units) in the table and the research project for an honours grade to be awarded.

The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table:

Honours results classification Overall Percentage attainded in Specified Courses*
Honours Class I 80% - 100%
Honours Class IIA 70% - 79%
Honours Class IIB 60% - 69%
Honours (unclassified) 50% - 59%

*The percentage result shall be rounded up if ≥ 0.5 or rounded down if < 0.5.

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

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Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units 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
  • 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) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • 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
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • 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:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

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 the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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