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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture combined degree will provide you with the skills to analyse the forces within a structure and to design its skeleton to support these forces, complemented by the conceptual and aesthetic essentials of the design process.

A pathway into both the engineering and architecture professions, this combined program caters to the emerging need for professionals who can work fluidly across architectural and structural engineering design.

In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil), you will learn from leading experts about managing the design and construction of crucial modern infrastructure, including buildings, roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, dams and ports. You will gain a deep understanding of systems for managing water, irrigation, sewage and floodwaters. Underpinning this technical knowledge are professional skills in management, finance and problem solving.

As part of your engineering degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Design in Architecture is a studio-based degree that explores the aesthetic, theoretical, technical and social aspects of architecture. You will take a core program in studios, history and theory, communications, technology and design workshops, before pursuing electives spanning the arts, digital design, sustainability and urban design.

You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Important information for students commencing in 2021

As part of our continual effort to improve our academic offering, we are making some exciting changes to the Bachelor of Engineering Honours.

What’s changing?

Taking effect Semester 1, 2021, students in the Bachelor Engineering Honours will undertake enhanced foundation studies in data and computation, and a sequence of real-world project units throughout their degree, which will enable them to apply technical knowledge in practice.

Why are we changing?

The future of work is increasingly dynamic and digital. These changes have been made in response to the rapid advancements in computational tools and the utilisation of rich data in engineering practice. They will ensure our students continue to graduate job-ready and at the forefront of engineering innovation.

What does this mean in practice?

Degree and stream names will remain unchanged, however, from 2021, specialisations will replace majors. We have created a number of new exciting specialisations to choose from. There is however, no change to the graduate outcomes or to the duration of the degree.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details. 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements; however, applications for Semester 1 may be accepted subject to the availability of places. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

To complete the combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture you must undertake 240 credit points (cp) worth of units (ie, subjects), which will take 5 years of full-time study.

Detailed course structure:

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture

A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year.

During the degree you will study:

  • 18 cp of foundational units in Maths and Computing
  • 24 cp of project units, including a thesis in the final year
  • 96 cp of core units in Civil Engineering
  • 6 cp of Civil Engineering electives
  • 90 cp of Architecture core units
  • 6 cp of Architecture electives

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP) - see Work Component section.

Work component

Mandatory work component = 200 hours.

The work component must be completed as part of the award requirements and is undertaken as part of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP).

Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Mathematics Architecture Studio 1A (12 credit points) Architectural History/Theory 1 Safety Induction and Competency Unit (0 cp)
  2 Mathematics Architecture Studio 1B (12 cp) Architectural Technologies  
2 1 Engineering Project  Computing Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit
3 1 Engineering Stream unit Architectural Technologies 2 Architecture Studio 2A (12 cp)  
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Architecture Studio 2B (12 cp)  
4 1 Engineering Project Engineering Stream unit Architecture Studio 3A (12 cp)  
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Architecture Studio 3B (12 cp)  
5 1 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Architecture Elective
  2 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Architectural to Structural Design

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course. For Architecture: English (Advanced)

Applying for honours

This course has an integrated Honours program, with all students undertaking an Engineering research thesis in the final year.

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.


This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and the School of Architecture, Design and Planning offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering and architecture student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Students in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture make use of dedicated design studios and the Architectural and Technical Services Centre.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

For students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or equivalent), the next step towards becoming a registered architect is the Master of Architecture, a two year professional program that prepares students for the complex and challenging architecture profession.

Graduates who hold the degree of Master of Architecture will be entitled to register as architects under the Architects Act 1921 (NSW), subject to obtaining two years of approved practical experience, at least 12 months of which must be subsequent to graduation, and passing an architectural practice examination before registration.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Airport and harbour authorities
  • Architecture
  • Architectural technology
  • Banks
  • Construction and mining companies
  • Engineering and infrastructure consultants
  • Interior and spacial design
  • Municipal councils
  • Project management
  • Property development
  • Public works
  • Urban design
  • Registered architect (need to complete the Master of Architecture)
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics. Following the completion of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year, or to the Master of Architecture. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

Domestic students

International students

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