The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
N/A
79.30
87.73 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

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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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Fees

$35,000 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40054
CRICOS code: 018786B

Study a civil engineering degree

Civil engineering. A firm foundation for your career.

At the University of Newcastle we educate our engineers to meet the global challenges of the future. You'll learn to engineer energy-efficient buildings using the latest nano-materials and, help develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure in developing countries. Perhaps your study will lead you to design Australia’s first high-speed train network to connect communities and reduce carbon emissions. Your degree could 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. As a civil engineering student you will study buildings, highways and railways, tunnels, airports, power generation facilities and harbour facilities. Your courses will focus on preparing you to design, build and manage these structures as a fully qualified civil engineer.

Why study with us?

  • Highly employable graduates: your studies will cover the three main civil specialisations in structural, water and geotechnical engineering, giving you a competitive edge over graduates from similar degrees at other institutions.
  • Hands-on practical experience: build vital professional networks and hands-on industry experience with 12 weeks of professional practice throughout your degree.
  • Diversify your skills and knowledge: choose up to 4 elective courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design or entrepreneurship or take the opportunity to study a semester abroad.
  • Real-world insights: connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Internationally-experienced engineering graduates: the University of Newcastle is one of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global e3).
  • Fast-Track Masters: advance your career and gain a Master of Professional Engineering in just 1 year on top of your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

91% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 26 ? for mining and mineral engineering
ERA 5 ? for civil engineering research
No.1 in NSW ? for overall student satisfaction and graduate skills
World Top 150 ? for civil and structural engineering

What you will study

Build critical technical engineering skills by studying courses in:

  • Structural engineering
  • Water engineering
  • Geomechanics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Civil engineering materials
  • Steel design

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.

Diversify your skills with an elective pathway, a cluster of courses which can be used to:

  • deepen your technical competence in your engineering field
  • broaden your expertise in another area of engineering
  • specialise your skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
  • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

Advanced study options

The University of Newcastle offers a suite of Master of Professional Engineering degrees so you can take your learning to the next level. In your Masters, you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

Master of Professional Engineering

Data from the Association of Professional Engineers Australia found that Masters degrees in engineering deliver an 18.7% wage premium when compared with a Bachelor degree.


Related undergraduate degrees

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses 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
  • 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.

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 University of Newcastle engineering students have the opportunity to 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.