Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Civil Engineering

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Civil Engineering

Why study Civil Engineering at JCU?

If you can imagine yourself researching, designing and building BIG projects, Civil Engineering at James Cook University (JCU) could be the course for you. Just think. You could play your part in the construction of dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers, harbours, water supplies, airports, railways.....amazing, important infrastructure and construction projects; projects that make our cities, countryside, towns and suburbs better places to live. You could also be involved in assessing the environmental or pollution impact of large projects and engage with the community. Civil Engineering students at JCU are given a unique exposure to practical engineering applications.

Your studies at JCU will see you complete a four year Honours degree, focusing on gaining advanced knowledge and practical skills that will help you stand out from your peers. Sustainability, Infrastructure and Planning, Mining and Minerals, Mathematics and Physics and Software are all minors that may be available to you at JCU. Since you'll be studying in beautiful North Queensland, you will have unique opportunities to learn about engineering issues that are particular to tropical regions.

Townsville, Cairns
Full course in Townsville
Cairns - 1st year only
Cairns - no mid-year intake
Start dates
February, July
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English, Maths B

Career opportunities

Career Opportunities

When you graduate you'll be holding an Honours degree that is valued by government departments, public utilities, private corporations and engineering consultancies throughout Australia and internationally. Your career choices will be extensive. You could work in planning, designing and developing engineering solutions for community development programs or disaster recovery, or in the design, building and maintenance of roads, railways, dams, water supplies, bridges, residences, public buildings or even water treatment facilities. Your job could see you testing building materials such as concrete, asphalt or steel, soil, or costing projects to determine whether they are economically feasible. With further studies, you could build a career in research or education. JCU Civil Engineering graduates have excellent employment opportunities working within the region, interstate and overseas.

Professional Recognition

Your JCU Civil Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia.  Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia, and following a period of professional practice may become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) - an accreditation that is recognised in all states of Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

Course highlights

Your Civil Engineering studies at JCU will see you working in small classes with leading professional engineers as your lecturers. Your lecturers will know you by name and care about your success. You'll be supported as you explore genuine structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering challenges, and you will gain valuable experience in developing solutions to real-world Civil Engineering issues.

At JCU, you'll be taught by Civil Engineering professionals, both academic and practicing engineers, who have practical engineering experience in fields including buildings (structural), water (hydraulic), soil and rock (geotechnical), roads (transportation) and environmental engineering. You'll also participate in field trips to explore Civil Engineering projects in our region, and you will work on group projects and perform laboratory and design work. You will learn how to manage engineering projects - an important skill for a professional Civil Engineer.

Course overview

As a JCU Civil Engineering student, you will learn about the design of timber, steel and concrete structures, the principles of fluid mechanics, environmental and geotechnical engineering, surveying and road design. In addition, your studies will include, project management and vacation employment with industries.

To achieve the requirements of your Honours degree, you will complete a final year thesis. Many JCU students' thesis projects are sponsored by industry or are linked with current and important research projects.

From Year 2, you'll also be able to select minors that reflect your own interests. You may choose:

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give you expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Engineering degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (314021) - Apply now
Cairns (324021) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.


BEng(Hons) - Civil Engineering Major

Major code


Credit point value

48 credit points

Other details

Must complete first year of course before choosing major

Major Structure


Level 2

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

CS2002:03 Catchment, Stream and Lake Engineering

CS2003:03 Introduction to Structural Design

CS2005:03 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

ME2512:03 Thermofluid Mechanics

Level 3

CS3000:03 Structural Analysis

CS3001:03 Concrete Engineering

CS3002:03 Soil Mechanics and Geology

CS3003:03 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures

CS3004:03 Transportation Engineering

CS3008:03 Fluid Mechanics

Level 4

CS4001:03 Foundation Engineering and Rock Mechanics

CS4002:03 Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering

CS4005:03 Civil Engineering Design

CS4008:03 Water and Wastewater Engineering

CS4010:03 Finite Element Analysis and Structural Dynamics

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded]

Course code


Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and, following a period of professional practice, may become Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng).

Course type

HON – Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection


Special admission requirements


Post admission


Closing date


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Approved exposure to Professional Engineering Practice, including required activities and industry placement, equivalent to a minimum 60 days full-time industry placement

Must hold current Senior First Aid certificate at the time of graduation

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility.  JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia.  They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability.  They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced   body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including depth in the   underlying concepts and principles in one engineering discipline
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of   engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities   for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of engineering   methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, formal project   management and decision-making strategies and their application in   engineering practice
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise, evaluate and   manage information from a range of sources for engineering practice and   research
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based   laboratory and/or field experiments, by selecting and applying methods,   techniques and tools as appropriate to the engineering discipline
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific   and/or engineering data using appropriate mathematical, statistical and   technological skills
  • Communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions   clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences, through advanced English   language skills and a variety of media
  • Develop components, systems and/or processes   to meet specified requirements, and creative approaches to synthesise   alternative solutions, concepts and procedures for unpredictable or complex   problems
  • Critically review regulatory requirements,   ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly   and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams
  • Prioritise multiple demands to achieve   personal and team goals, with regular review of performance to manage   continuing professional development
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and   methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and   scholarship with some independence.

Course Structure


Level 1

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing and Sensors

EG1010:03 Process Engineering

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations or MA1009:03  Algebra and Calculus 2

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

Level 2

MA2000:03 Mathematical Techniques

Level 3

EG3000:03 Engineering Project Management or BX2077:03 Project Management (only students taking the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Major will be required to take BX2077)

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2


Select a major from Table A at the end of first year


Select a minor from Table B (after you have selected a major) or if undertaking MA1009 Algebra and Calculus 2 select MA1008:03 Algebra and Calculus 1 plus 9 credit points of subjects from List 1

List 1

CC2511:03 Embedded Systems Design

CC3501:03 Computer Interfacing and Control

CL2501:03 Process Analysis

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

CS2004:03 Surveying and Construction

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EA3005:03 Minesite Rehabilitation

EE4000:03 Signal Processing 3

EG2010:03 Materials Science and Engineering

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV3002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment

MA2100:03 Mathematical Methods and Differential Equations

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

ME2525:03 Machine Element Design

ME4521:03 Bulk Materials Handling

PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1

PH2019:03 Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Thermodynamics

PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

48 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the majors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities.  A fee may be charged by the College for costs associated with these trips




Chemical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for Mid-Year entry

Civil Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for Mid-Year entry in Cairns

Electrical and Electronic Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for Mid-Year entry in Cairns

Mechanical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for Mid-Year entry in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering



First year only in Townsville

Not available for Mid-Year entry in Cairns


Type of minor

Optional, single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the minors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities. A fee may be charged by the College for transport or subsistence associated with these trips.







Available with all majors except Chemical Engineering Major

Intelligent Systems


Available with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Majors

Infrastructure and Planning


Available with Civil Engineering Major only

International Logistics


Available with all majors with prior approval of the Course Coordinator.  This minor is linked to an exchange program agreement.

Materials and Mechanical Design


Available with Chemical Engineering Major only



Available with all majors

Mining and Minerals


Available with all majors




Available with all majors




Available with all majors



Available with all majors

Water and Waste Water


Available with Chemical Engineering Major only





Course not available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Course available for mid-year entry

Please note: mid-year entry has an early start date. Students entering mid-year must take MA1008:03 Algebra and Calculus 1  in Study Period 7 if they wish to complete the course within 4 years.

The Chemical Engineering Major is not available for mid-year entry if students wish to complete the course within 4 years.

See TABLE A (MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Expected time to complete

4 years full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment

The engineering thesis topic must be specific to the student’s chosen engineering major

Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.-

Other restrictions

A minimum of 18 credit points (including 6 credit points of fourth year thesis) should be completed at James Cook University for each of levels 3 and 4.

If the student requests advanced standing approaching this maximum level, then the advanced standing should be predominantly from the first two levels of the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

The minor will not appear on the testamur, but will appear on the academic transcript

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

What is Civil Engineering

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.