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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)

Design and build the future. Civil engineers plan, design, build and maintain the infrastructure we rely on as a civilisation – including buildings, roads, and water systems. This program develops practical skills in engineering design, project management and sustainability, qualifying you to work as a civil engineer in Australia and overseas.

In this program you will:

  • Learn to use mathematical and scientific principles to solve a range of technical problems
  • Get hands-on experience through 12 weeks of work experience
  • A wide range of minors including climate change and coastal zone studies, management for engineers, mechatronic engineering and electrical and electronic engineering
  • 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




Entry threshold

60.00 60.00 ATAR/Rank


4 years 4 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2023 fees (A$)

A$7,252 - 2023 Fees CSP
A$30,000 / A$120,000 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

013731 014731


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (for Civil Engineers) Minor and Mechatronic Engineering (for Civil Engineers) Minor unavailable at UniSC Sunshine Coast.

Limited Minors available at UniSC Moreton Bay.

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
4 years 4 years
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (8) 96 units

ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things
ENG104 Introduction to Engineering Design
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
SCI107 Physics
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Developing courses (8) 96 units

CIV200 Structural Analysis and Computer Modelling
CIV201 Soil Mechanics
ENS253 Geographic Information Science and Technology
MEC200 Thermofluids 1
MEC221 Mechanics of Materials
MEC225 Engineering Materials
MTH201 Calculus II and Linear Algebra
MTH203 Numerical Analysis

Graduate courses (12) 144 units

CIV300 Structural Engineering
CIV301 Design of Roads and Drainage
CIV330 Engineering Hydrology
CIV340 Construction Technology
CIV400 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment systems
CIV401 Sustainable Transport Systems
CIV451 Concrete Structures and Technology
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG304 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
CIV404 Engineering Sustainable Design

Minor courses (4) 48 units

Students must select one of the following minor study areas:

^Not available at Moreton Bay campus 

**Not available at Sunshine Coast campus


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.
CIV201 Soil Mechanics
CIV300 Structural Engineering
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
CIV301 Design of Roads and Drainage
ENG304 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
CIV404 Engineering Sustainable Design
CIV400 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment systems
CIV451 Concrete Structures and Technology
CIV401 Sustainable Transport Systems
MTH203 Numerical Analysis

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 attained in Specified Courses*
Honours Class I 80% - 100%
Honours Class IIA 70% - 79%
Honours Class IIB 60% - 69%

*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 UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

You will also need to meet the English language requirements for this program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may be able to enrol in our English Language Programs to reach the required level for most of UniSC’s programs (exceptions apply to non-standard English requirement programs).

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 60.00
Moreton Bay 60.00

Post admission requirements

Students must complete 60 days of suitable field experience.

Additional entry information

Applicants from a non-English speaking background should refer to the  English language requirements for further information.

Exemption for first year Mathematics

High achieving mathematics students can apply for exemptions to introductory mathematics and calculus subjects. However, exempted courses will need to be replaced with engineering relevant courses to fulfil the requirements of the degree. Apply through the School of Engineering.


English (Units 3 and 4, C)

Recommended prior study
Maths Methods and/or Specialist Maths; and Physics or Chemistry
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 enroll 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 UniSC 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.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Engineering programs - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Building industry
  • Construction companies
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Government agencies
  • Mining industry
  • Research organisations


Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Engineers Australia


This program is internationally recognised to allow you to work in Australia and overseas.

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

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Annual tuition fee (A$, 2023)
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Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your UniSC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

UniSC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a UniSC Representative in your area.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013731
Moreton Bay 014731
95 per cent of USC engineering graduates employed within four months
3rd in Australia for teaching quality
USC's state-of-the-art visualisation studio and engineering laboratories
Douglas Tukutama
Douglas Tukutama Graduate

Student story

“It was awesome, and I enjoyed all of my lectures. It was definitely not easy, but it was interesting. Every semester was different to the semester before. How USC did the degree was near perfect."