Master of Engineering Science 8338: Civil Engineering Commencing in 2015

Civil Engineering

This stream provides students with advanced study options across the breadth of streams in Civil Engineering as well as courses in transport engineering and construction management as tabled below.

Entry requirements

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 65% average* in one of the following:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering with Architecture
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Naval Engineering

Other disciplines may be considered for entry as determined by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Articulate from a Graduate Diploma of Engineering with at least a credit average or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution.

* NOTE: Minimum 65% average is determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator. Students from a non-211 university in China need a minimum 70% average. For entry details (particularly for South Asian students) please click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Program or Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Students with a four year Honours degree can obtain a maximum of 48 UOC of exemptions and must complete the following:

  1. At least 36 UOC of advanced level courses consisting of
    1. At least 24 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses.
    2. At least 6 UOC of Research-based Courses (GSOE9010).
    3. At least 6 UOC of Engineering and Technical Management Courses.
  2. A maximum of 12 UOC of other electives from the approved Electives Courses list.

Application for advanced standing or exemption would require substantiating evidence including documents such as academic records, continuing professional education, professional registration and statements of service from the employer.

Why do a postgraduate course work program?

Whether you choose to undertake a Postgraduate Coursework program straight after your undergraduate studies, a few years into your career or as part of continuous professional development, it will help you to:

  • excel in your field: by extending your knowledge with highly specialised training
  • further develop key transferable skills: such as research and analysis, problem-solving, teamwork, management and communication
  • expand your options: by complementing existing knowledge or retraining to open new career opportunities.

Modes of Delivery

Some courses within this stream are available by external mode.

Stream Structure

MEngSc students must complete a total of 96UOC of courses. Please note that the availability of the courses may vary from term to term and courses may be offered in alternate years.

Disciplinary Knowledge Courses - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:

Note: Disciplinary knowledge courses can be substituted with Advanced Disciplinary knowledge courses unless a specific course is prescribed in your offer letter or is listed as a core component of the program. (Courses that are core will be listed with an asterisks)

Project Management

  • CVEN4101 Problem Solving for Engineers
  • CVEN4102 Operations and Project
  • CVEN4103 Engineering Contract
  • CVEN4104 Sustainability in Construction

Geotechnical Engineering

  • CVEN4201 Rock and Slope Engineering
  • CVEN4202 Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CVEN4204 Ground Improvement and Monitoring Techniques


  • CVEN4301 Advanced Concrete Structures
  • CVEN4308 Structural Dynamics


  • CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys


  • CVEN4402 Transport Systems - Part 1: Network Analysis

Water and Wastewater

  • CVEN4507 Advanced Water Engineering
  • CVEN9898 Fundamentals of Sustainable Infrastructure

Advanced Specialisation Disciplinary Knowledge Courses - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:

Students may choose courses from any postgraduate stream offered from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering & Engineering Geology
  • Project Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering
  • Water Resources (includes coastal engineering courses)

Research-based Courses - 18 UOC:

  • CVEN9451 Master Project A (4 UOC)
  • CVEN9452 Master Project B (4 UOC)
  • CVEN9453 Master Project C (4 UOC)
  • GSOE9010 Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC) or GSOE9011- (Distance version) Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC). Students may also substitute GSOE9010 Eng PG Coursework Res Skills if they have advanced standing for their undergraduate research project for GSOE9220 Launching a Startup (6 UOC).

Engineering & Technical Management Courses

At least 6 UOC must be taken from the Engineering & Technical Management Courses. For the Civil Engineering stream we recommend the following Engineering and Technical management courses:

  • CVEN9701 Eng Economics & Financial Mngt
  • CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations
  • CVEN9731 Project Management Framework
  • CVEN9888 Environmental Management
  • CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning

In addition, students may select any ETM elective in the consolidated Faculty list with approval.

Electives – maximum 24 UOC

Students may choose any course for which they are eligible to enrol, as electives, including any of the courses listed above.


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