The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
78.75
90.88 (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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UAC code

482705
Newcastle

Start dates
  • 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.

Location

Newcastle

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

AUD36,540 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40058
CRICOS code: 077826K

Study surveying

Map the world from outer space.

Our Bachelor of Surveying degree is designed to train surveyors capable of meeting the biggest global surveying and town planning challenges. As a surveyor you could work as a geodesist analysing polar motion and measuring the movements of the earth’s crust. You might be involved in preparation for the building of a new tunnel. Or you could work with local government, mapping flood areas and contributing to disaster preparedness.

What is surveying?

Surveyors specialise in the measurement, management, analysis and display of spatial information describing the Earth and its physical features. Through a range of courses you will learn to work on the local and global scale, on projects as diverse as the planning of local facilities, to the prediction of earthquakes and mapping of the ocean floor.

Why study with us?

  • Gain real-world insights: Connect with the surveying and town planning industries through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Be workplace ready: build vital professional networks and hands-on industry experience with 12 weeks of professional practice throughout your degree.
  • Diversify your degree: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship.
  • Customise your study: with an elective pathway, choose to focus on areas such as  geodesy; geotechnical engineering; industrial and cadastral surveying; satellite positioning; spatial data systems and remote sensing; or surveying techniques and computations.

91% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 26 ? for mining and mineral engineering
World Top 150 ? for civil and structural engineering
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
ERA 5 ? for civil engineering research

What you will study

Build critical surveying, technical and engineering skills by studying courses in:

  • modern surveying techniques and computations
  • cadastral surveying
  • geodesy
  • industrial surveying
  • photogrammetry and laser scanning
  • satellite positioning
  • spatial data systems and remote sensing
  • legal systems and processes for land management
  • town planning
  • hydrology and water engineering

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world surveying 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.

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.

Elective pathways

These pathways have been created to provide guidance for Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) students wishing to specialise in a study area with their elective courses.

  • Science 214.9 KB Aquatic Environments, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology and Sustainability.
  • Mathematics 168.8 KB Discrete Modelling, Signal Processing, Differential Equations and Operations Research.
  • Humanities 196.0 KB History, Language, Philiosophy, Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Business and Legal Studies 213.9 KB Pathways in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Marketing.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Surveyors are involved in the planning of almost all development and mapping of the land and earth. A shortage of surveyors in Australia means employment will be easy to find. Surveyors work in consultancies, private practice, the mining industry and government organisations.

Surveying is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, office-based computation and computer drafting, research, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • registered land surveyor
  • engineering surveyor
  • mining surveyor
  • hydrographic surveyor
  • town planning
  • geospatial specialist
  • geodesist
  • photogrammetrist
  • geographic information systems specialist

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This degree program is accredited by the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand (CRSBANZ) and the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW (BOSSI). This degree program is also accredited and recognised by the Land Surveyors Board, Malaysia.

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON surveying 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.