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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)

F4-K002 (07/16)

Total Fee*



Malaysian students: RM26,120 annual
International students: RM32,240 annual

4 Years

Feb, Aug, Octa

*The indicative course fees shown here applies to students studying on-campus in Malaysia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

a Degree intake for Swinburne Foundation Studies, Year 12, STPM, A Level or equivalent.

About the course

Course description

Civil engineers are concerned with the design, construction and improvement of our built environment. This degree provides you with the technical expertise and management skills needed to plan, design, construct and maintain facilities such as buildings, bridges, dams, water supply systems, waste treatment systems, road and rail networks, and air and sea ports. You will gain comprehensive civil engineering theory as well as hands-on practical work and real-life projects to get you job-ready or use the course as a pathway into research or further learning.

Course objectives

The following six objectives are the typical skills and abilities that Swinburne graduates will have a few years after graduation as they develop their professional engineer careers.

  1. Manage complex Civil Engineering projects that are motivational, entrepreneurial, research and/or industry linked
  2. Take leadership and mentoring roles during the design and implementation phases of Civil Engineering projects
  3. Work in local and/or international organisations demonstrating an understanding of global engineering issues
  4. Apply Civil Engineering technical expertise to industry-related fields
  5. Work autonomously and in teams within organisations or as a consultant
  6. Apply ethical standards, principles of design for sustainable development, and environmental consideration to conceptualising and implementing industry-related projects

Course outcomes

At the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) / Bachelor of Commerce course, graduates should be able to demonstrate the attainment of the following Civil Swinburne Engineering Competencies, required for external professional recognition:

  • K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools in complex engineering activities.
  • K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of Civil Engineering within that context
  • K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Proficiently applies research principles and methods on current or emerging complex problems of Civil Engineering.
  • K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the societal, environmental and other contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
  • K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
  • S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications and complex engineering problems.
  • S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses current or emerging knowledge and research methods to undertake independent research in solving complex engineering problems and as preparation for research higher degrees.
  • S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in designing solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing project work including finance.
  • A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
  • A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences including in complex engineering activities.
  • A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
  • A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
  • A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism and life-long learning.
  • A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
  • A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Course structure

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours), students must complete a total of 400 credit points (32 credit bearing units and a non-credit point units), as follows:

  • 10 x Foundation Studies units (125 credit points)
  • 9 x Technical Studies units (162.5 credit points)
  • 6 x Advanced Engineering units (must be completed at Swinburne) (75 credit points)
  • 3 x Management and Business Studies units (37.5 credit points)
  • 4 x Elective units (50 credit points)

In addition students must complete a compulsory, non-credit point unit (0 credit point)

Unit of study

Foundation Studies

Technical Studies

Advanced Engineering units

Management and Business Studies

Elective units

  • Elective Unit 1
  • Elective Unit 2
  • Elective Unit 3
  • Elective Unit 4

Compulsory, non-credit point unit

Students must successfully complete EAT20008 Professional Experience in Engineering (12 weeks of approved relevant industrial practical experience) before the last semester of study.

Students have the option to undertake Industry-Based Learning (IBL) which is full-time pad placement in industry for 6 (EAT20010 Industry-Based Learning 1) or 12 months (EAT20010 Industry-Based Learning 1 and EAT20011 Industry-Based Learning 2) in an area relevant to engineering studies after Semester 5 or Semester 6. An administrative fee may apply for this option. The successful completion of IBL can be used to fulfil the requirements of EAT20008 Professional experience in Engineering.

Employment Outcomes

Career opportunities

There is high demand for civil engineers in Malaysia and overseas. Civil engineers work as planners, designers, construction managers, administrators, investigation and research engineers and consultants. They have the opportunity to work for public authorities, municipalities, consulting firms and in the construction industries, or are self-employed.

Civil engineering is also an excellent preparation for many general managerial positions in business and industry, not directly related to civil engineering.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to register as Graduate Engineers with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and to apply for graduate membership with the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) and Engineers Australia (EA).

How to apply

Apply for this course by following the step-by-step process from the links below.

English Language Requirement

Academic Requirement

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A range of scholarships are available to local (Sarawakian, Sabahan & West Malaysian) and International students either at commencement or on the continuation of a course.