Why study architecture, building and construction

Ranked in the Top 100 in the world for Architecture and the Built Environment, here you'll be encouraged to think differently about how to shape infrastructures and our environments and be inspired to build a better world. See yourself here.

98% Employed ? of Construction Management graduates found employment within four months
No.1 in NSW ? for overall student satisfaction
World Top 150 ? for Architecture and the Built Environment

About architecture, building and construction

From the corporate high-rise to the suburban apartment complex and everything in between, they all start from the ground up. And so do our building and construction degrees. You will build the foundational skills needed to excel in a range of roles in the construction industry. You’ll use your experience to coordinate diverse and challenging infrastructure projects – from leading the on-site team to managing the overall construction process.

  • Our graduates get jobs, with 94.2% employment rate for Architecture and Built Environment students four months after graduating (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018)
  • Be recognised – gain professional accreditation with numerous major bodies and professional organisations including Australian Institute of Building (AIB)Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
  • Make a difference working on projects with social impact. Like helping Indigenous communities in Alice Springs or designing and constructing facilities to help improve underprivileged communities in Salvador, Brazil.
  • Harness our valuable industry connections – our partnerships with leading companies in the industry informs our teaching and provides work experience opportunities.
  • Learn from the best: such as Construction Management (Building) Lecturer, Dr Trevor Hilaire, who negotiated a $2.6 million-dollar agreement with world-leading construction industry software providers, Buildsoft.
  • We are a recognised global leader – The University of Newcastle is ranked in the Top 100 in the world for Architecture and Built Environment (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • We are No.1 in NSW for overall quality of education (students) (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018)

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Undergraduate architecture, building and construction degrees

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree or course you'd like to pursue, but you know which field or major excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

All degrees

Degree name Selection rank
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (Singapore)
Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours)
Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)


Architecture is the study of designing buildings and spaces. Architects don’t just design and shape the physical spaces of our cities and buildings; they use architecture to stimulate the places we live and work, engage the community and improve our world. Architecture is now, more than ever, part of the public consciousness and immersed in popular culture through frequent glimpses in movies, advertising campaigns, TV shows like Grand Designs, and the rise of celebrity architects. Studying a degree in architecture can take you to unexpected opportunities.

Career examples

  • Architectural Technician
  • Architect
  • Drafter
  • Designer


  1. Bachelor of Design (Architecture)


The surveying degree focuses on the measurement, management, analysis and display of spatial information describing the Earth and its physical features. The work of surveyors know no bounds and could see you play an important role not only within your local community, but also across countries and continents. Locally you could be involved in projects like preparation for building of a new tunnel or mapping of flood areas for disaster preparedness. Globally your work as a surveyor could see you involved in the prediction of earthquakes and mapping of the ocean floor.

Career examples

  • Registered Land Surveyor
  • Mining Surveyor
  • Town Planning
  • Geospatial Specialist


  1. Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)


Construction managers plan, lead and coordinate projects – they play no direct role in hands-on building. By studying a degree in Construction Management, you will learn how to schedule and coordinate all of the design and construction processes including selecting, hiring and supervising trade contractors. You will also learn the requirements for handling the legal and financial aspects of construction projects.

Career examples

  • Project Manager
  • Property Developer
  • Estimator
  • Certifier


  1. Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours)

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.

With the study of civil engineering, you could engineer energy-efficient buildings, or help develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure in developing countries. Or perhaps you’ll design Australia’s first high-speed train network to connect communities and reduce carbon emissions.

Career examples

  • Civil Engineering Designer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Water Engineer


  1. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Combined degrees

Studying a combined degree in civil engineering or surveying and a related field gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also get an important boost in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.


  1. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)
  2. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
  3. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

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Why study at the University of Newcastle?

Student lifestyle

Over the course of our 55-year history, more than 148,000 students have called Newcastle their home. And why wouldn't you want to? Our laid-back lifestyle, picture perfect beaches and thriving arts scene are just some of the reasons to love Newy.

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Experiences across the globe

Are you keen to take your studies around the world? There are opportunities for international experiences across every area of study, whether it’s an overseas exchange program, study tour or work placement.

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We have over 100 scholarships available which support around 1000 new students at the University of Newcastle per year.

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