Master of Civil Engineering

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2 years
Feb, July
Ajay Raj Adhikari

Although the subject matter is very complex, the lecturers and tutors are extremely helpful and willing to tailor lectures to individual classes to meet the different interests and situations.

Ajay Raj Adhikari

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 two-year Master of Engineering course is for students who want to develop their technical knowledge and skills, and enter the engineering profession with a degree accredited with Engineers Australia.** Students complete at least 16 courses – including professional development in engineering management, analysis and design – and they must meet the prerequisite requirements for each. 

The Master of Engineering takes two years to complete and industrial training is a component of the program. A typical program structure includes: six Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, two Engineering and Technical Knowledge Courses, one Design course and two Research Project Courses.

The Master of Engineering is designed for those students who do not have an accredited engineering degree, but do have either a non-accredited engineering degree, or have completed the equivalent of the first three years of an accredited engineering degree.

To qualify for the Masters Degree, students should successfully complete courses that total at least 96 UOC and 60 days of Civil Engineering related industrial experience.


Required Background

Students need a three or four year equivalent Engineering degree with a minimum 65% average in one of the following:

- Civil Engineering
- Civil with Architecture
- Structural Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering

Applicants with a three or four year Bachelor degree in Engineering or Science degree with other Engineering or Science backgrounds may also be considered.

Sample Program Outlines*

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4101 Problem Solving for Engineers
CVEN4102 Operations and Projects
CVEN4103 Engineering Contracts
CVEN9741 Engineering Construction
CVEN9742 Professional Civil Engineering
CVEN9743 Construction Engineering Practices
CVEN9744 Civil Engineering Practices
CVEN9727 Construction Estimating and Tendering

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9525 Fundamentals of Geomechanics
CVEN9625 Fundamentals of Water Engineering
CVEN3303 Steel Structures
CVEN3304 Concrete Structures

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure
CVEN4104 Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4705 Environmental Sustainability - Methods, Tools, Management

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4309 Sustainable Timber Engineering
CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4201 Rock and Slope Engineering
CVEN4204 Ground Improvement and Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4308 Structural Dynamics
CVEN4800 Satellite Remote Sensing and Applications
CVEN4202 Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4301 Advanced Concrete Structures
CVEN4507 Advanced Water Engineering
CVEN4402 Transport Systems Part 1: Network Analysis
GMAT4220 Geospatial Information Science

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9000 Design Practice Semester 1 version to be selected

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9931 Masters Project A
CVEN9932 Masters Project B

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9802 Structural Stability No more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9806 Prestressed Concrete Design
CVEN9809 Reinforced Concrete Design
CVEN9818 Bridge Engineering
CVEN9820 Computational Structural Mechanics
CVEN9822 Steel and Composite Structures
CVEN9824 Advanced Materials Technology

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management No more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9702 Project Planning & Control
CVEN9706 Human Resources Management
CVEN9707 Contracts Management
CVEN9710 Management of Risk
CVEN9714 Resource Management
CVEN9717 Marketing in Technology and Engineering
CVEN9718 Strategic Management for Engineering
CVEN9720 Problem Solving and Decision Making
CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9726 Legal Studies and Professional Practice
CVEN9730 International Project Management
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9511 Geotechnical Models and Site Investigation No more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9512 Geomechanics
CVEN9513 Advanced Foundation Engineering
CVEN9514 Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN9521 Slope Instability and Stabilisation
CVEN9522 Rock Engineering
CVEN9523 Pavement Engineering and Analysis
CVEN9524 Geotechnical Engineering of Dams
CVEN9526 Earthquake Engineering and Foundation Dynamics

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9405 Urban Transport Planning Practice No more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9407 Transport Modelling
CVEN9415 Transport Systems Part 2: Queuing Theory
CVEN9421 Transport Logistics Engineering
CVEN9422 Traffic Management and Control

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9610 Surface Water Hydrology No more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
CVEN9612 Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620 Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630 Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640 Coastal Engineering
CVEN9855 Water and Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements

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Course code Course name Notes
GMAT9600 Principles of Remote Sensing No more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group

* 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.

** Provisionally accredited.

† 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.