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Master of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering)

Summary
Master of Engineering Science Specialisation Civil Engineering (MENS)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Design practical solutions

If you want to become a Professional Engineer, and have a 3 year engineering degree but no work experience, the Master of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) will get you there.

Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on practical experience and preparing you thoroughly for the engineering profession. In addition to the hands-on laboratory sessions and 60 days industry experience, you will complete a research project and dissertation applying all your formal knowledge to a real world problem. Whether this is the risks posed by natural disasters to structures or testing new construction materials, your project will provide insight to the profession of a Civil Engineer.

The research project and dissertation can also be a stepping stone to further research degrees, such as PhD.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) has been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible for Graduate membership at the Professional Level. 

As a civil engineering graduate your career pathway could be as a civil engineer, construction engineer, structural engineer, transport engineer or water supply distribution engineer in either the public or private sector. There are great opportunities for travel with consulting and contracting engineers often moving from one major engineering site to another. Your expertise could land you a job in some of the largest construction projects in the engineering world.

If you do not meet foundation specialisation knowledge you may need to substitute courses in the standard pattern in lieu of any course credit. 
 
Practical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete practical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience within this program.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. The dates and location of the mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Schedule or please contact us for more information.

Courses to be studied Units
7 x core courses 8
plus 6 x specialisation courses 6
plus 2 x approved courses 2
plus 5 x practice courses (0 until value) 0
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9352
Domestic full fee paying AUD 23425

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Australian university three or four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in the relevant specialisation, or equivalent.
    Or
  • Australian university four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in a non-related specialisation, or equivalent.
 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.