Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)

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

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) is a four-year, full-time degree that’ll help you develop the expertise to work side by side with Construction professionals and Infrastructure Engineers in urban and rural environments. Surveying is using a range of techniques to map the natural and built environments. Surveying land has been the basis of all civilisations which have built or farmed on land. Surveying is still a fundamental aspect of every piece of architecture, infrastructure, rural, urban or mining development. 

Surveyors work alongside other engineers, architects and land developers to define legal land boundaries and provide essential engineering support for urban development, large infrastructure projects, the development and operation of mines and the management of the environment and resources.  

In this degree you’ll learn how to use a range of high-tech surveying tools such as GPSs, laser scanners, mapping drones and surveying robots to create high definition 3D models of the built and natural environment. You’ll also learn how to apply maths and powerful software to deliver products for a range of applications. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industry training. 

You’ll get to choose a targeted final year thesis project, many times in conjunction with an external industry partner. Your thesis will help you understand real-world industry needs and form crucial professional networks you can leverage after graduating. Your thesis project will also help you develop sought-after research skills and let you broaden your knowledge in an area that sparks your interest. 

 Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) 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.  

Benefits of studying with us: 

  • We are committed to advancing a more prosperous, safe and just society, with emphasis on sustainability and consideration of engineering impacts 
  • Our Alumni are consistently high contributors to Engineers Australia’s Top 100 list of Most Influential Engineers 
  • Our academic staff are recognised world leaders in their fields of expertise 
  • Study in the best in modern facilities with $104 million invested in cutting edge laboratory facilities that are nationally unique.  
  • $3 million in scholarships provided each year 
  • Student exchange opportunities are available for over 200 universities around the world 

Take Your Learning Beyond the Classroom

To give you a broad range of experience in Surveying, part of your degree includes a one-week off-campus survey camp. This is where you’ll take part in comprehensive survey projects involving control survey design and implementation, detail surveys, contour surveys, the setting-out of a rural road, and other selected projects. 

You’ll also process field data and prepare plans and reports during this off-campus experience. Participants work in small groups of students working as a team to complete the design and execution of selected tasks in Surveying and Spatial Information Systems.  

This one-week immersive learning experience spans: 

  • cadastral surveys 
  • the remote sensing analysis of the environment from satellite images 
  • a digital photogrammetric mapping task 
  • setting up a precise geodetic control network, the use of precise GPS techniques 
  • collection of data for and design of a GIS system 
  • a precise engineering survey or the development 
  • analysis of a geospatial database of a region 

Gain Professional Accreditation

This degree is recognised by the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of New South Wales as meeting the requirements for entry as a candidate to become a Registered Surveyor. The degree is also recognised by the Institution of Surveyors, New South Wales, the Spatial Sciences Institute and Engineers Australia, for admission as corporate members. 

Experience the Cutting-Edge Technology & Facilities

When you study Surveying at UNSW, you’ll have access to the Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Laboratory (SAGE Lab). The SAGE Lab is a central space for teaching and research in surveying and geospatial engineering. It has state-of-the-art surveying instruments and up-to-date software packages to keep up with the latest technology development in surveying and geospatial engineering.  

Our students also have access to the Satellite Navigation and Positioning Laboratory (SNAP Lab). UNSW’s SNAP Lab has over 20 years research experience in wireless, ground-based and satellite-based positioning technology and applications. SNAP Lab is now a collaborative research initiative between the Schools of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, combining expertise in geodesy, surveying & geospatial science, with electronics, signal processing and space engineering. 

Your Career Opportunities 

Surveying is an in-demand global profession with excellent opportunities in industries that are closely linked to land markets, urban and rural development and engineering construction. Upon graduation as a professional surveyor you may design and manage major new land developments, ensure complex infrastructure is built to specifications, optimise mining operations and more. 

There are different types of surveying that graduates can pursue: 

  • Engineering Surveying  
  • Mining Surveying  
  • Hydrographic Surveying  
  • Cadastral Surveying 
  • Geodetic Surveying 
  • Photogrammetric Surveying