The Master of Engineering Science (Civil) is a 72 unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.

The Master of Engineering Science (Civil) articulates with the 36 unit Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (specialisation in Civil Engineering - C1-C3).

In addition to being taken as a stand-alone degree, it can also be used as a pathway by graduates without an engineering degree to the University's accredited Master of Engineering (Civil) degree. Such a transfer can be done after completing at least one year of study with an average grade of credit or higher.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the award are one of the following:

  • an engineering degree
  • a science degree
  • an Australian TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma (AQF Level 5) qualification in an appropriate field plus 7 years relevant work experience
  • an equivalent overseas qualification.

In addition, whatever qualification is held, students are expected to be able to demonstrate previous study or recognised prior learning in communication and planning skills, mathematics (equivalent to first year university mathematics) and science (equivalent to university undergraduate topics in chemistry and physics). Some basic knowledge of other relevant sciences will be assumed.

Credit Transfer Arrangements

Students who have completed the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (specialisation in Civil Engineering - C1-C3) will be eligible for 36 units of credit.

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree may receive up to 18 units of credit towards the Master's degree. This credit will be calculated on a like-for-like topic basis.

Course aims

The course provides graduates with:

  • advanced study in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering that builds on a student's previous knowledge and experience
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future roles as a technical specialist.

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

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • critically evaluate problems and use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex engineering systems
  • communicate effectively with other science and engineering professionals and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge has been developed
  • understand the engineering fundamentals needed to generate a solution appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Engineering Science (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.

Students who have completed 36 units with a grade of credit or higher will be eligible to transfer to the Master of Engineering (Civil).

The topics selected depend on the entry qualifications. Students must consult with the Director of Studies regarding their program of study.

Core - Year 1 topics**

36 units comprising:

ENGR8752 Engineering Physics and Materials GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8761 Engineering Mathematics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8812 Engineering Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8851 Infrastructure Systems Engineering GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8922 Civil Engineering Design GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8932 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Project Management and Innovation (4.5 units)

Plus one topic from Table A*

Core - Year 2 topics***

18 units comprising

 ENGR8791 Mechanics and Structures GE (4.5 units)
 ENGR8862 Structural Engineering 1 GE (4.5 units)
 ENGR9710A Masters Project (4.5/9 units)
 ENGR9710B Masters Project (4.5/9 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Plus 18 units selected from:

ENGR7951 Advanced Infrastructure Engineering Design 1 (4.5 units)
ENGR7872 Advanced Infrastructure Engineering Design 2 (4.5 units)
ENGR8801 Fluid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8861 Structural Engineering 2 GE (4.5 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)

*The option topic from Table A must be selected from those labelled as civil engineering (Group V)

**Students who have completed an engineering degree may undertake an alternative program of study. Students who complete this alternative program of study with an average grade of credit or higher will be able to transfer to the Master of Engineering (Civil) and complete in 2 years. Students should discuss their program with the Director of Studies.

***For students who have achieved an average grade of credit or higher at the end of Year 1, an alternative second year program that includes an 18 unit Masters thesis and advanced coursework is available that will facilitate entry to a postgraduate research degree. Students are advised to discuss an alternative program of study with their Director of Studies. Note that students who wish to use their masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to complete an 18 unit thesis.