Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

Build Your ADF Career on Solid Ground

Civil engineering focuses on the planning, design, construction and management of civil facilities of all types, such as traffic, buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, water supply and storage, waste treatment facilities, offshore platforms, wind farms and landfills. A degree in civil engineering will provide you with professional engineering design, construction, and management skills, as well as an opportunity to focus on the interaction between civil engineering and other disciplines. 

At UNSW Canberra, our Bachelor of Civil Engineering will equip you with the skills to begin your ADF career and take a lead role in designing and transforming our world.

This degree is also available to non-defence students.

Study at UNSW Canberra at ADFA

A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) is a four-year full-time degree with an in-built Honours research project. You will study subjects such as engineering mechanics, computational problem solving, mathematics, physics, structural analysis, geotechnical design, transportation and traffic engineering, hydrology, hydraulic engineering and environmental engineering practice. You will spend at least 60 days gaining practical engineering experience in the workplace during your degree. In your final year you will undertake your own capstone research project and work in a team to complete an integrated design project. 

World-Class Teaching & Facilities

As a civil engineering student at UNSW Canberra, you’ll have access to purpose-built workshops and facilities and benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Working with experienced engineers and client representatives on industry-focused design and research projects, you’ll gain the hands-on experience required to meet the global challenges of the future. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply the theories that you study in class and have the strong support of your peers and academic lecturers to help you succeed. 

Build Your Defence Career

Your degree will be accredited with Engineers Australia, which means that you will be qualified to begin working as an engineer in Australia and many parts of the world as soon as you graduate.  

Civil engineers plan, design, construct and manage essential infrastructure as part of ADF projects and military activities around the world. At UNSW Canberra, our Bachelor of Civil Engineering will equip you with the skills to begin your ADF career and take a lead role in designing and transforming our world. 

Trainee Officers studying civil engineering have career opportunities in the Army or Air Force. 


As an Army Trainee Officer graduate, you’ll be able to join the Royal Australian Engineers Corps, where you will work on infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. You could find yourself travelling the world to develop or restore clean water supplies, accommodation and airfields.

Air Force 

As an Air Force Trainee Officer graduate, you’ll play a major role in managing the infrastructure within the Air Force. You will be responsible for the management of whole facilities or specialised projects including aircraft pavements, hangars and hospitals.  

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