Bachelor of Engineering Honours - Civil Engineering University of Sydney
Learn from leading experts about how to manage the design and construction of crucial modern infrastructure, including buildings, roads, transport and railways, bridges, tunnels, dams and ports, as well as systems for managing water, irrigation, sewage and floodwaters.
This course is accredited by Engineers Australia. Our graduates are recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.
Why study with us?
- One-year exchange programs are available with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.
- We’re ranked 45th globally for engineering and technology (2022 QS University Rankings by Subject).
- Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th globally for employability (2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings).
- We’ve invested over $200m into our new engineering and technology precinct to support leading research and student learning.
- Access to more than 1200 industry, not-for-profits and government partners to gain real-world work experience before you graduate.
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What you’ll study
The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) is an undergraduate coursework degree that will develop your ability to plan, design and test structures within built and natural environments. A suite of embedded professional skills will equip you to contribute to the infrastructure that improves lives in Australia and worldwide.
This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and other major professional engineering institutions. You will complete degree foundational core units in mathematics and computing, along with a suite of multidisciplinary project units.
You will also complete stream core and specialist elective units in civil engineering, and can choose to complete an optional specialisation. Additionally, you will complete elective units as needed to make up the requirements of the course from either the Engineering disciplinary pool or the shared pool.
In your final year, you will complete an honours thesis in civil engineering. Throughout your degree, you will undertake professional engagement activities as part of the Professional Engagement Program, including engineering work experience in the final year.
Our award-winning Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career.
It consists of two main components; a series of zero credit point units of study completed each semester and 600 hours of professional engagement integrated continuously throughout the degree.
The required professional engagement is flexible in nature and can be customised to a stream or area of interest, however, the below minimum requirements must be met within the total:
- a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (volunteering, casual or part-time work, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills)
- a minimum of 200 hours of engineering-focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
- a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in the industry (typically in the final year). This is the mandatory work component.
The following mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements and is undertaken as part of PEP.
Mandatory work hours
This course requires you to complete the following number of work hours:
200 Total hours
- Design, plan and test infrastructure that improves the way we live
- #1 in Australia/#4 globally for graduate employability (QS, 2022)
As a graduate, you will have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in such areas as:
- Airport and harbour authorities
- Construction and mining companies
- Municipal councils
- Project management and public works
- Transport systems
- Gas and water supply and sewerage systems
- Water and sanitation in developing countries
- International aid and development
- Humanitarian aid
- Facade drafter
- Emergency management specialist
- Sustainability specialist
- Town planner
- Structural engineer
- Transport operations planner