Civil engineering involves the design, construction and management of modern infrastructure. Roads, railways, tunnels, buildings, bridges, airports, mines, dams, ports and harbours, water supply and sewerage systems and flood mitigation works are all shaped by civil engineers.
As a civil engineer you’ll construct, manage and maintain infrastructure using mathematics, mechanics, physics and creative problem-solving.
In this degree you’ll be immersed in civil engineering design and research projects, professional engineering practice, engineering and technical management and conduct research towards your thesis project.
You’ll develop a foundation in civil engineering fundamentals and applications. Your education will include structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transport engineering and water engineering, as well as construction and management.
IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a four-year degree, which can be studied part time or full time. You’ll choose one of 19 specialisations ranging from traditional areas of Engineering including Civil, Mechanical and Electrical to emerging areas like Quantum Engineering or Renewable Engineering.
If you’re not sure of which specialisation to choose a flexible first year allows you to choose your specialisation at the end of your first year.
Full program structure
Degree structures can vary depending on the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.
In your first year you might study:
Two introductory courses in Mathematics
An introductory course in Physics,
and an introductory course in Computing
You may also study an introductory course related to your specialisation of choice. These courses equip you with the skills required for the rest of your Engineering degree.
All students study ENGG1000 “Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation”. In this course you’ll learn to think the way that engineers think, developing solutions with limited budget, time and resources.
In your second year you’ll undertake:
Courses from your selected specialisations
Core courses to give you the fundamental knowledge in your area of interest
In your third and fourth year you’ll develop your knowledge further with a range of core and elective courses.
During your degree you’ll be required to complete two General Education electives. These courses help you broaden your education by completing several courses from outside the engineering faculty strengthening your cross-disciplinary thinking, developing a flexible approach and enhancing your critical analysis skills.
This degree also requires you to complete 60 days of industrial training, which gives you some on the job experience before graduating. This multidisciplinary educational approach connects students, academics and industry enabling you to develop the essential technical and professional skills, so you thrive in your future career.
Direct entry requirement
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
India State Board
Great Britain General Certificate of Education (GCE A levels)
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (after 2016)
Applicants will be assessed on a combination of higher school academic results, portfolio submission and an interview.
You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.
If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:
English language tests and university English courses
Prior study in the medium of English
UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level.
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
TOEFL 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
2022 Indicative First Year Fee
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
Civil Engineers work to implement the fundamental structures and functions that society relies on. The range of career possibilities for a Civil Engineer are extensive. Civil Engineers can pursue careers in many specialist areas, including Engineering Construction and Management, Environmental, Geotechnical, Water, Structural and Transport Engineering.
Civil Engineers are employed in specialist consulting firms, construction companies, large public companies, government organisations that construct, manage and maintain public utilities, and in financial and management consultancies.
Civil Engineering graduates can pursue careers in industries and sectors, including:
Professional consulting firms
Large public companies
Financial and management consultancies