Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) is a four-year, full-time degree that will give you the skills to shape living environments of the future. Civil engineering is one of the oldest professions in the world. However, with new, lighter and stronger materials to work with and greater challenges to be met, there’s no limit to what Civil Engineers can achieve.  

Civil Engineering is about constructing, managing and maintaining the infrastructure of modern society using mathematics, mechanics, physics and creative problem-solving. Civil Engineers work on more than just buildings and structures - bridges, roads, railways and tunnels, airports, mines, dams, harbours, water supply, irrigation and flood mitigation all rely on Civil Engineers. As a Civil Engineer, you’ll work on projects that improve the overall quality of life for millions of people.  

In this Bachelor’s degree, you’ll develop a mastery of civil engineering fundamentals and applications. You’ll study Structural, Geotechnical, Transport and Water Engineering, as well as construction and management. In your fourth year, you can choose from over 40 discipline electives to explore your interests and future career aspirations.  

Our electives include: 

  • Sustainability in construction 
  • Structural dynamics 
  • Traffic Engineering 
  • Planning sustainable infrastructure 
  • Coastal Engineering 
  • Humanitarian Engineering 
  • Reinforced concrete design 

The development of your thesis involves plenty of opportunities to take charge of your learning and focus on the areas that spark your passion. You’ll partake in student-led projects and industrial training. The broad nature of this degree and the civil engineering industry mean your career opportunities are limitless. You’ll be able to apply your specialised skills to engineer a better world.

Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) at UNSW

The latest 2020 QS World University Rankings acknowledged UNSW as the top Engineering faculty in Australia and #37 in the world. For the past four years, we’ve received a five-star rating for employability, teaching and research.  

We’re known as the leading Civil and Environmental Engineering School in Australia. Globally, we’re ranked 12th by QS Rankings and 10th by AWRU. As a leading centre for civil engineering research, we ensure the outcomes of our research are woven into our teaching, with students afforded opportunities to work alongside leading researchers.

To support our strong research focus and educational excellence, we have some of the best civil engineering facilities in the country.  When you study at UNSW, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as the Water Research Laboratory, Infrastructure Laboratory, Heavy Structures Laboratory and the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre.

Benefits of studying with us: 

  • Strong partnerships with industry in education, research, training and employment
  • The best in modern facilities with $104 million invested in cutting edge laboratory facilities that are nationally unique
  • A flexible first-year program consisting of a wide choice of electives and five core courses in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Design and Computing
  • $3 million in scholarships provided each year
  • Student exchange opportunities available for over 200 universities around the word

Study Where the Leading Minds Are

The UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has six research hubs, working across the full range of Civil Engineering disciplines. Our academic staff are recognised world leaders in their fields of expertise. The discoveries and breakthroughs made by our researchers ensure your education are up to the minute, and your knowledge is second to none.

Studying at a research-intensive School will bring elements of curiosity, discovery and exploration to your degree. You’ll be taught by the best minds in Civil Engineering to ensure your education is thorough, rigorous and certain to set you up for success. Our researchers are contributing to a global movement, providing information and advice to governments and industry around the globe. We have a range of research hubs, including the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety, the Sustainable Engineering Initiative and the Construction Innovation and Research Initiative.

Gain Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is globally recognised and is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. Part of the degree involves applying your skills through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. Your industrial training will give you a taste of a real-world professional engineering setting and the hands-on experience to become career-ready. 

Industrial Training

Your Career Opportunities 

Civil Engineers are behind a range of 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.

Graduates can pursue careers in industries and sectors, including:  

  • Transport 
  • Traffic 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Government 
  • Mining 
  • Construction 
  • Defence 
  • Consulting  
  • Water Supply