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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

Stream Overview

Much of the physical infrastructure of our modern society is designed and built by civil engineers. The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) will teach you about planning, designing and testing structures within the built environment.

You will develop professional technical, managerial, organisational, financial, environmental and problem solving skills in the discipline. As a civil engineer, you will be concerned with all types of structures including dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings. You may become responsible for the design and construction of our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports or railways.

Career paths for civil engineering graduates include construction and mining companies, engineering and infrastructure consultants, municipal councils, public works, airport and harbour authorities, environmental consultants, banks and project management consultants.

Course Requirements

To meet requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil), a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  1. 36 credit points from the Engineering Core Table, including all required units
  2. The Professional Engagement Program (PEP). Details of the requirements of PEP can be found on the Faculty of Engineering Student Portal
  3. 108 credit points from the Civil Stream Core Table, including all required units
  4. A minimum of 48 credit points of additional units from the Civil Stream Specialist Table, including satisfying any additional requirements specified for the Specialist Table. This may include up to 12 credit points of general electives

The completion of a major is not necessary. If a student chooses to do a major, aligned majors can be completed within the 192 credit points described above.

The best aligned majors with the Civil Stream are:

For a standard enrolment plan for Civil Engineering visit CUSP (

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Civil Engineering stream students will be able to:

No. Mid-Level Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate mastery of civil engineering analytical skills including the applications and limitations of civil engineering models.
2 Demonstrate proficiency with the tools, methods, principles, technical knowledge and conceptual frameworks of civil engineering.
3 Respond effectively to non-routine, complex civil engineering problems.
4 Apply diverse strategies to develop and implement innovative ideas in civil engineering.
5 Plan, design, and review safe and efficient infrastructure, services and policies.
6 Recognise and respond to the interdisciplinary context of civil engineering.
7 Find, interpret, evaluate and manage research to support civil engineering decision making.
8 Present compelling oral, written and graphic evidence to communicate civil engineering concepts.
9 Contribute as an individual to multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver civil engineering projects.
10 Apply relevant values, standards and judgement to contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of civil engineering systems.