The University of Newcastle, Australia
Target cohort

Available to local and international students studying in Singapore.


BCA Singapore

Start dates
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

Further information is available through UON Singapore.

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

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40231

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 today and into the future. You’ll learn to engineer energy-efficient buildings using the latest nano-materials and design and develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Perhaps your study will lead you to be part of the team developing the Tuas mega port project in Singapore’s growing maritime sector. Maybe working on civil infrastructure required for the forthcoming Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project appeals to your desire to help connect communities in your part of the world. Whatever your area of interest, your Civil Engineering degree will enable you to take an active role in helping solve local, national and global challenges.

Our Singapore program incorporates courses developed specifically for the local context, including Virtual Design and Construction and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly. You’ll be provided with numerous opportunities for industry collaborations and visits throughout your degree.

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 16 weeks of industrial experience at the end of your program.
  • 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 from our Callaghan Campus and gain a Master of Professional Engineering in just 1 year on top of your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

94% ? of Engineering undergraduates found employment within four months
World top 30 ? for Mining and Mineral Engineering
ERA 5 ? for civil engineering research
No.1 in NSW ? for educational experience and median salaries (Engineering)
World Top 100 ? 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.

After you have been working as an engineer in industry for a few years, you will have met the longer-term Program Educational Objectives for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours). This means you will, at a minimum, be able to:

  1. Create, innovate, design and manage engineering systems in both the public and private sectors
  2. Communicate effectively in written and oral formats with both professional and broader communities, with appropriate respect for cultural, national and ethical norms
  3. Pursue life-long learning: appreciate new directions and knowledge in engineering, and understand developments within modern tools of analysis, synthesis and design
  4. Incorporate interdisciplinary concepts and perspectives into engineering solutions
  5. Practice engineering in an ethical and sustainable manner, respecting regulatory concerns and the broader impacts of engineering solutions in both a local and global context

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.

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 the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (Singapore) program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. 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

University of Newcastle engineering students in Singapore have the opportunity to complete 16 weeks of industrial experience as part of their degree. Through your work placement you will 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.