Civil Engineering - CVENZS8338

Stream Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact: School

Program: 8338 - Engineering Science


Master of Engineering Science (Specialisation)

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Stream Outline

Civil Engineering is one of the oldest and largest fields of engineering, and offers graduates the opportunity to get involved in projects that enhance our quality of life. As the most broadly based engineering discipline, it also offers many options to specialise.

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


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.

* NOTE: Minimum 65% average is determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator 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.

Stream Structure

MEngSc students must complete a total of 96UOC of courses.

Please note that the availability of the courses may vary from semester to semester 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 Disciplinary knowledge course is prescribed in your offer letter or is listed as a compulsory component of the program.

Project Management

Geotechnical Engineering




Water and Wastewater
ADVANCED SPECIALISATION DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE COURSES - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:

Students may choose courses from any postgraduate specialisation offered from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering with approval:
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering & Engineering Geology
  • Project Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering
  • Water Resources (includes coastal engineering courses)
Specific course information can be found on the school website below:

Master of Engineering Science

Research-based Courses - 18 UOC:
Note: GSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing Masters Thesis A & B.

Electives - 24 UOC

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

At least 6 UOC must be taken from the Engineering & Technical Management Courses. For the Civil Engineering specialisation we recommend the following Engineering and Technical management courses:
In addition, students may select any ETM elective in the consolidated Faculty List with approval.

Exemptions or Advanced Standing

Exemptions and advanced standing rules for the stream follow the program rules. A student may apply for exemptions. Students with a four year honours degree (for example in Civil Engineering) may obtain a maximum of 48UOC of exemptions, Full details are noted on program 8338 handbook page.

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