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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code

N/A
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.

UON program code: 40083

Study civil engineering and environmental engineering at UON

Civil engineering. A firm foundation for your career.

At UON we educate our engineers to meet the global challenges of the future. You could engineer energy-efficient buildings using the latest nano-materials, or help develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure in developing countries. Perhaps you’ll design Australia’s first high-speed train network to connect communities and reduce carbon emissions. Or even build a revolutionary water recycling plant to tackle water security issues.

What is civil engineering? Civil engineers are responsible for the physical infrastructure that enables modern societies to function. Buildings, highways and railways, tunnels, airports, power generation facilities and harbour facilities are all designed, built and managed by civil engineers.

Why complete two engineering degrees? Broaden your engineering expertise to open up a wider range of career opportunities. The environmental engineering courses will develop your knowledge of chemistry, geomechanics, hydrology and land surfaces, allowing you to find solutions for complex environmental problems, such as water pollution and soil erosion.

Why study with us?

  • Real-world insights: Connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Be workplace ready: Graduates rated us no.1 in NSW for workplace ready skills. In 2015, 89% of graduates were employed within 4 months.
  • Flexible programs: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship. Use these to diversify your studies!
  • Travel the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia. You can even start while you’re studying with international exchanges and scholarships available.
  • We’re No.1 in Australia for overall quality of the educational experience and No.2 for teaching quality.

Engineering and Built Environment Scholarships | Find out about our scholarships for domestic and international students

89% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 30 ? for mineral and mining engineering
World top 100 ? for civil engineering
No. 1 in Australia ? for overall satisfaction and skills scale
No. 1 research ? for civil engineering

What you will study

Build critical technical and engineering skills through courses in:

  • engineering mechanics
  • engineering computation
  • surveying
  • theory of structures
  • civil engineering materials
  • geomechanics
  • fluid mechanics
  • transportation engineering and design
  • calculus of science and engineering
  • reinforced concrete design
  • steel design
  • hydrology
  • water engineering
  • structural engineering
  • stress and finite element methods

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.

Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.

Develop your environmental engineering skills in:

  • chemistry for the life sciences
  • contaminant hydrogeology
  • environmental chemistry
  • environmental legislation and planning
  • environmental process technology
  • land surface process and management

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Civil engineers work for construction companies, consulting firms, project management companies, transport companies and governments. You could specialise in:

  • structural engineering - design buildings, bridges, airports, railways, and towers, and the suitability of materials for infrastructure projects
  • water engineering - design and manage water supply, control and treatment systems
  • transport and traffic engineering – plan, investigate and optimise transport systems
  • geotechnical engineering - design foundations, support structures, assess stability of slopes and tunnels.

Civil engineering is flexible and diverse. You might prefer to work onsite, in design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • civil engineering designer
  • civil engineering project manager
  • structural engineer
  • geotechnical engineer
  • transport systems engineer
  • stormwater engineer
  • urban development engineer

Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs – the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.

The combined degree advantage: Your environmental engineering skills will help you enter environmental consulting roles in contracting firms, technology transfer companies, environmental remediation companies, fisheries and forestry. Employers will value the depth and diversity of your skills and you’ll be well placed to take up leadership roles in engineering.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia (logo)

Professional recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Practical work experience

Practical work experience

All UON engineering students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.

Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

Global Engineering Education Exchange

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.