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Civil Engineering Civil Engineering is the practice of improving and maintaining the built environment to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering is the practice of improving and maintaining the built environment to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time


Civil engineers primarily plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain physical infrastructure, including water and waste management facilities, transportation and communications infrastructure, and structures and public buildings.

This all-important infrastructure supports people’s basic needs, while enabling and driving economic development.

In the first two years of study, you will focus on developing competencies in mathematics, science, computing, communication, and engineering design/problem solving.

In third and fourth years, you will take courses in Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Infrastructure Planning and Management, Structural Engineering, and Construction Materials.

  • Bridge Engineer
  • Earthquake Design Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Hydrologist
  • Structural Engineer
  • Water Resource Manager
First year
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Engineering Profession
  • Engineering Analysis and Design IA and IB
  • Engineering Mathematics IA and IB
  • Engineering Physics IA and IB
  • Applied Mechanics for Engineering
  • Elective from Faculty of Humanities
Second year
  • Mathematics II
  • Geology for Civil Engineers
  • Engineering Computing
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Economics and Infrastructure Planning
  • Materials and Structures I and II
  • Numerical Methods
  • Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics for Engineers
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Practical Training
  • Vacation Work I
Third year
  • Construction Materials I
  • Geotechnical Engineering I
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Hydrology
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
  • Structural Analysis I and II
  • Transport Engineering
  • Systems Analysis and Optimisation
  • Vacation Work II
Fourth year
  • Construction Materials II
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering II
  • Investigational Project
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Hydraulic Engineering

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5

Level 5

Physical Sciences
Level 5

  • Students with English, Mathematics and Physics at Level 5 will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in English, Maths and Physical Science stand a greater chance of being accepted.
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