At UNSW Canberra, our Bachelor of Civil Engineering will equip you with the skills to begin your ADF career and take a lead role in designing and transforming our world.

This degree is also available to non-defence students.

 

Faculty
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Semester 1
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

Civil engineering focuses on the planning, design, construction and management of civil facilities of all types, such as traffic, buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, water supply and storage, waste treatment facilities, offshore platforms, wind farms and landfills. A degree in civil engineering will provide you with professional engineering design, construction, and management skills, as well as an opportunity to focus on the interaction between civil engineering and other disciplines. 

At UNSW Canberra, our Bachelor of Civil Engineering will equip you with the skills to begin your ADF career and take a lead role in designing and transforming our world.

Why study this degree at UNSW Canberra?

As a civil engineering student at UNSW Canberra, you’ll have access to purpose-built workshops and facilities and benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Working with experienced engineers and client representatives on industry-focused design and research projects, you’ll gain the hands-on experience required to meet the global challenges of the future. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply the theories that you study in class and have the strong support of your peers and academic lecturers to help you succeed. 

 

Program Code
4473
Campus
Canberra
UAC Code
450050 - Defence451050 - Non Defence
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
85.00 + Defence Selection
2021 A levels
14 + Defence Selection
2021 IB Diploma
31 + Defence Selection
2021 Lowest ATAR
81.65
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Additional Selection Criteria

Undergraduate entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is open to Australian residents who are members of the Australian Defence Force and selected members of overseas Armed Forces. Trainee Officers are selected by one of the three services (Navy, Army or Airforce) in the Australian Defence Force and must also meet academic entry requirements for UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Applying for ADFA is a dual application process. As selection for the Australian Defence Force is a competitive process, which can take up to 12 months, it is preferable that you apply to Defence Force Recruiting in Year 11. Visit this site for more information on both application processes.

This degree is also available to non-defence students.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics, Physics

English Language Requirements​

 

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 you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

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. Learn more.

Program structure

A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) is a four-year full-time degree with an in-built Honours research project. You will study subjects such as engineering mechanics, computational problem solving, mathematics, physics, structural analysis, geotechnical design, transportation and traffic engineering, hydrology, hydraulic engineering and environmental engineering practice. You will spend at least 60 days gaining practical engineering experience in the workplace during your degree. In your final year you will undertake your own capstone research project and work in a team to complete an integrated design project. 

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Future careers

Your degree will be accredited with Engineers Australia, which means that you will be qualified to begin working as an engineer in Australia and many parts of the world as soon as you graduate.  

Civil engineers plan, design, construct and manage essential infrastructure as part of ADF projects and military activities around the world. At UNSW Canberra, our Bachelor of Civil Engineering will equip you with the skills to begin your ADF career and take a lead role in designing and transforming our world. 

Trainee Officers studying civil engineering have career opportunities in the Army or Air Force. 

Army  

As an Army Trainee Officer graduate, you’ll be able to join the Royal Australian Engineers Corps, where you will work on infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. You could find yourself travelling the world to develop or restore clean water supplies, accommodation and airfields.

Air Force 

As an Air Force Trainee Officer graduate, you’ll play a major role in managing the infrastructure within the Air Force. You will be responsible for the management of whole facilities or specialised projects including aircraft pavements, hangars and hospitals. 

Accreditation

Engineers Australia

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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