Civil Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September

Also available: Graduate Diploma of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) - CVENAT5341

                          Graduate Certificate of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) - CVENGT7320

Vanessa Calderon

I realised that to progress my career I needed to formalise my professional knowledge. There are so many interesting courses to choose from, and those I’ve taken so far are practical and reflective. This is more efficient from a real world perspective.

Vanessa Calderon

Civil Engineering is one of the oldest and largest fields in this discipline and it offers graduates the opportunity to get involved in projects that enhance humanity’s quality of life. As the broadest engineering discipline at UNSW, it also offers an incredible range of specialisation options.

The Master of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) is a flexible program, with advanced study options across a wide range of Civil Engineering disciplines. It allows students to tailor their study in areas such as project management, transport engineering, water and wastewater, surveying and construction.

The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.

The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

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.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose at least 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4101 Problem Solving for Engineers
CVEN4102 Operations & Projects
CVEN4103 Engineering Contracts
CVEN4104 Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201 Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4202 Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4204 Ground Improvement & Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4301 Advanced Concrete Structures
CVEN4308 Structural Dynamics
CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4402 Transport Systems Part 1: Network Analysis
CVEN4507 Advanced Water Engineering
CVEN4701 Sustainable Infrastructure

Choose at least 4 courses from the following specialisations

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

Choose 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9931 Masters Project A Students who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
CVEN9932 Masters Project B Students who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220 Launching a startup GSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9888 Environmental Management Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning Recommended for this stream.
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose up to 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.