The Master of Engineering (Civil) is a 72-unit program offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

Applicants normally must hold with an average grade of credit or higher:

  • the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (specialisation C1-C3) or
  • equivalent progress in the Master of Engineering Science or
  • a relevant Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or
  • an equivalent overseas qualification.

Students without such a qualification should apply for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Students who have completed a relevant Washington Accord accredited Bachelor of Engineering with honours or have passed the same topics in a Flinders University Master of Engineering Science may receive up to 36 units of credit towards the Master of Engineering degree.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of civil engineering
  • an understanding of advanced civil engineering practices
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of civil engineering
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information critically and solve civil engineering-related problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to undertake research in civil engineering and/or relevant areas
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future management roles.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner to solve problems related to civil engineering
  • apply professional skills and knowledge competently in the systematic development of solutions to complex and advanced civil engineering problems
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge has been developed
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of civil engineering
  • demonstrate knowledge of the research process, and be able to conduct research in civil  engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management
  • design and conduct experiments for a research project, and analyse data using relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • apply research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Engineering (Civil), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 topics

27 units comprising:

ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation* (0 units)
ENGR8931 Geotechnical Engineering GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8951 Hydraulics and Water Engineering GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8971 Transport Systems Engineering GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8862 Structural Engineering 1 GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9742 Standards, Ethics and Compliance (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Project Management and Innovation (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Plus 9 units of option topics from below:

EASC8702 Global Climate Change GE (4.5 units)
EASC8732 Geological Processes GE (4.5 units)
EASC8741 Fundamentals of Groundwater GE (4.5 units)
EASC9772 Groundwater Hydrology (4.5 units)
ENVS8732 Environmental Impact Assessment GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8700 Geographical Information Systems GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8731 GIS Modelling GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8732 Spatial Information Management GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8751 Advanced Spatial Statistics GE (4.5 units)
MATH7701 Finite Element Methods (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

13.5 units comprising:

ENGR7951 Advanced Infrastructure Engineering Design 1 (4.5 units)
ENGR7872 Advanced Infrastructure Engineering Design 2 (4.5 units)
ENGR8861 Structural Engineering 2 GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9403 Engineering Work Experience * (0 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Plus 4.5 units of option topics from below:

ENGR7742 Advanced Concrete Design and Analysis (4.5 units)
ENGR7941 Advanced Foundation Design and Analysis (4.5 units)
ENGR7772 Transport Planning and Modelling (4.5 units)

Plus Either **

ENGR9700A Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND 
ENGR9700B Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND  
ENGR9700C Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND  
ENGR9700D Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)


ENGR9710A  Masters Project (4.5/9 units) AND  
ENGR9710B  Masters Project (4.5/9 units) AND

9 units of option topics taken from the Year 1 and Year 2 option topics listed above

* Students who can demonstrate equivalent work experience may be exempted from this topic. ENGR9403 may be taken any time after completing 36 units of MEng study.

** The Masters Thesis can only be taken by students who have achieved a credit average or higher in the coursework topics completed for this degree. Students are advised to discuss thesis ideas with suitable supervisors before selecting this option. Note that students who wish to use their masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed an 18-unit thesis.

Students who have already completed studies with considerable overlap with topics listed above should choose alternative topics in discussion with the Director of Studies.