The Master of Engineering Science (Civil) is a 72 unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The course articulates with the 36 unit Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (major in Civil Engineering) and the sequentially developed topics allows progression through the awards.
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.
Applicants must normally hold:
- a Bachelor degree in engineering or an equivalent qualification: or
- a Bachelor degree in science or an equivalent qualification: or
- an Australian TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate field plus 7 years of relevant work experience.
A knowledge of mathematics (equivalent to first-year university mathematics) and science (equivalent to a university undergraduate topic in physics and other relevant sciences) is assumed.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
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.
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 Course Coordinator 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 Engineering Management (4.5 units)
Plus 4.5 units selected from:
ENGR7961 Finite Element Methods (4.5 units)
ENGR8841 Hydrostatics GE (4.5 units)
EASCxxxx Earth Sciences (EASC) topics with approval from the Course Coordinator (4.5 units)
ENGRxxxx Engineering (ENGR) topics with approval from the Course Coordinator (4.5 units)
ENVSxxxx Environmental Studies (ENVS) topics with approval from the Course Coordinator (4.5 units)
STEMxxxx Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM) topics with approval from the Course Coordinator (4.5 units)
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 Design: Transport and Structural Engineering (4.5 units)
ENGR7872 Advanced Infrastructure Design: Geotechnical and Water Engineering (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)
*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 Course Coordinator.
**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 the Course Coordinator. 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.