Bachelor of Civil Engineering - CDF (Honours)

Build Your ADF Career on Solid Ground

Civil engineering focuses on the planning, design, construction and management of civil facilities of all types, such as traffic, buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, water supply and storage, waste treatment facilities, offshore platforms, wind farms and landfills. A degree in civil engineering will provide you with professional engineering design, construction, and management skills, as well as an opportunity to focus on the interaction between civil engineering and other disciplines.  

At UNSW Canberra, our Bachelor of Civil Engineering will equip you with the skills to begin your ADF career and take a lead role in designing and transforming our world. 

Chief of the Defence Force Programs - Engineering

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) programs offer the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard bachelor degree programs. 

The range of CDF programs are characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.  

Throughout the program, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events. 

Study at UNSW Canberra at ADFA

A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) is a four-year full-time degree with an in-built Honours research project. You will study subjects such as engineering mechanics, computational problem solving, mathematics, physics, structural analysis, geotechnical design, transportation and traffic engineering, hydrology, hydraulic engineering and environmental engineering practice. You will spend at least 60 days gaining practical engineering experience in the workplace during your degree. In your final year you will undertake your own capstone research project, and work in a team to complete an integrated design project. 

World-Class Teaching & Facilities

As a civil engineering student at UNSW Canberra, you’ll have access to purpose-built facilities and benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Working with experienced engineers and client representatives on industry-focused design and research projects, you’ll gain the hands-on experience required to meet the global challenges of the future. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply the theories that you study in class and have the strong support of your peers and academic lecturers to help you succeed.