Master of Civil Engineering

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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 75% 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 codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4101Problem Solving for Engineers
CVEN4102Operations and Projects
CVEN4103Engineering Contracts
CVEN9741Engineering Construction
CVEN9742Professional Civil Engineering
CVEN9743Construction Engineering Practices
CVEN9744Civil Engineering Practices
CVEN9727Construction Estimating and Tendering

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9525Fundamentals of Geomechanics
CVEN9625Fundamentals of Water Engineering
CVEN3303Steel Structures
CVEN3304Concrete Structures

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9898Fundamentals of Sustainable Infrastructure
CVEN4104Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4705Environmental Sustainability - Methods, Tools, Management

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4309Sustainable Timber Engineering
CVEN4310Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4201Rock and Slope Engineering
CVEN4204Ground Improvement and Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4308Structural Dynamics
CVEN4800Satellite Remote Sensing and Applications
CVEN4202Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4301Advanced Concrete Structures
CVEN4507Advanced Water Engineering
CVEN4402Transport Systems Part 1: Network Analysis
GMAT4220Geospatial Information Science

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9000Design PracticeSemester 1 version to be selected

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9451 & CVEN9452 & CVEN9543Research Thesis A, B & C 
CVEN9050 & CVEN9051Masters Practice Project A & B 

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9802Structural StabilityNo more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9806Prestressed Concrete Design
CVEN9809Reinforced Concrete Design
CVEN9818Bridge Engineering
CVEN9820Computational Structural Mechanics
CVEN9822Steel and Composite Structures
CVEN9824Advanced Materials Technology

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9701Engineering Economics & Financial ManagementNo more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9702Project Planning & Control
CVEN9706Human Resources Management
CVEN9707Contracts Management
CVEN9710Management of Risk
CVEN9714Resource Management
CVEN9717Marketing in Technology and Engineering
CVEN9718Strategic Management for Engineering
CVEN9720Problem Solving and Decision Making
CVEN9723Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9726Legal Studies and Professional Practice
CVEN9730International Project Management
CVEN9731Project Management Framework

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9511Geotechnical Models and Site InvestigationNo more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9513Advanced Foundation Engineering
CVEN9514Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN9521Slope Instability and Stabilisation
CVEN9522Rock Engineering
CVEN9523Pavement Engineering and Analysis
CVEN9524Geotechnical Engineering of Dams
CVEN9526Earthquake Engineering and Foundation Dynamics

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9405Urban Transport Planning PracticeNo more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9407Transport Modelling
CVEN9415Transport Systems Part 2: Queuing Theory
CVEN9422Traffic Management and Control

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9610Surface Water HydrologyNo more than 18UOC to be taken from any one Discipline Group
CVEN9611Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
CVEN9612Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640Coastal Engineering
CVEN9855Water and Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT9600Principles of Remote SensingNo 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 75% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 80% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.