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Structures Engineering Major


Taking the Structures Major will give you much greater depth of knowledge in this field along with breadth of skills across all disciplines in Civil Engineering. In the Structures Major you will complete advanced units of study in areas such as advanced structural analysis and structural behaviour with particular focus on steel, concrete and composite steel-concrete structures. Structural engineers take into account natural forces such as wind, waves and earthquakes and their effects when designing and planning for building. Certain stresses caused by the modern environment, including the traffic of both cars and people, also need to be considered. Innovative solutions to these problems are researched, developed and tested by structural engineers.

As a structural engineering graduate, you can specialise in one area of work, such as bridges and tunnels, buildings, or large constructions such as oil installations. Engineers who have both studied and taught at the University of Sydney were involved in the construction of major structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Aquatic Centre at Homebush Bay, and the Anzac Bridge in Sydney and many are finding placements in current infrastructure projects such as North West Rail Link, Light Rail and WestConnex.

This major best aligns with the Civil stream.

Unit of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Structural Engineering Major

Unit of study table

Complete 24 credit points of units of study as follows:
Select a minimum of 18 credit points from the following units of study:
Structural Analysis
6    A CIVL2110, (CIVL2230 or CIVL1900) AND MATH2061
Semester 2
Steel Structures - Stability
6    A There are no prerequisites for this unit of study but it is assumed that students are competent in the content covered in Structural Mechanics, Steel Structures, and Structural Analysis.
Semester 1
Advanced Concrete Structures
6    P CIVL3205 OR CIVL9205
Semester 2
Structural Rehabilitation and Timber Design
6    A (CIVL2201 AND CIVL3205 AND CIVL3206) OR (CIVL9201 AND CIVL9205 AND CIVL9206)
Semester 2
Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
6      Semester 1
Advanced Research and Analysis
6    A CIVL2201 AND CIVL2611 AND CIVL2410
Semester 1
A maximum of 6 credit points from any other CIVL 3000-level, 4000-level or 5000-level unit from the Civil Engineering Stream Core or Specialist table may be taken.