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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)1 Newcastle – Callaghan CSP 482705 4F/EqP 71.55 23 Feb 2015
27 Jul 2015
21 Jan 2015
24 Jun 2015

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Also read the information in the Engineering programs section below.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (Band 5 or above). Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program.

Recommended studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or higher, any two units of science.

Major studies: Surveying. Minor studies: Cadastral engineering, geodesy, geodetic, geomatics, geotechnical engineering, land management, photogrammetric and hydrographic surveying, satellite positioning, spatial information systems and computing, town planning and valuation, water resources.

Professional recognition: Recognised by Engineers Australia, The Institution of Surveyors NSW, the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW and the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand. The qualification can lead to registration as a surveyor throughout Australia and New Zealand. Graduates are entitled to apply for membership to Engineers Australia, The Institution of Surveyors NSW, (Australian) Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute and affiliated national and international organisations.

Career opportunities: Examples include careers in the spatial information industry throughout Australia and the world. You will be involved in the collection, manipulation, storage and sharing of spatial data in relation to land, sea, space, forensics, medicine and many areas of industry. Graduates become professional surveyors in consultancies, private practice and government organisations, and mining surveyors. They can be involved in environmental management, spatial data systems, mapping and photogrammetry, satellite imagery and surveying and hydrographic studies. Australian surveyors work in many international land-title projects in developing countries.

Additional information: B Surveying combines both academic studies and real-life surveying projects to produce graduates who have skills that are sought after by industry. With the advent of new positioning technologies, students and graduates are continually learning new skills. They will need to embrace these technologies and take leadership roles in developing alternative and innovative practices. For more detailed options about what a career in surveying can lead to, visit the Surveying & Mapping Industry Council of NSW website at

Recognition of prior learning: There are credit transfer arrangements for students who have completed a TAFE Associate Diploma or Diploma, or other university/formal study in a related and associated field. Read 'Academic credit'.

UNISS scholarships: For details, visit the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme website at or read Industry scholarships'.

1. Subject to final approval.

For all Engineering programs

Industrial experience: A minimum of 12 weeks of industrial experience during the program and the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in the final year.

Honours: All graduates will be awarded with the B Engineering (Honours); however, those with superior performance will receive a graded honours classification.

Professional recognition: Engineering degree programs offered by the University of Newcastle are accredited by Engineers Australia, and through the Washington Accord by reciprocating bodies in the United Kingdom, United States of America and other countries. Software, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering programs are also accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Additional information: For further information, call (02) 4921 5000, email or visit

Scholarships: For the latest information on the range of scholarships and cadetships available, call the University on (02) 4921 6539 or fax (02) 4960 5759. Several scholarships are available, including the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme, which provides financial support of between $25,000 and $75,000 for the duration of an undergraduate degree, combined with industry experience while you study. For details, visit or read 'Scholarships'.

Recognition of prior learning: There are extensive credit transfer arrangements for students who have completed a TAFE Certificate, Associate Diploma or Diploma, or other university/formal study in related and associated fields. Read 'Academic credit'.

Bridging courses: Applicants who have not studied science are encouraged to take a bridging course. Read 'Bridging courses' for further information.

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with Honours are four year programs available with direct entry and other programs are three year end-on Honours programs that require a 3 year Bachelor degree for admission. Check the course descriptions carefully.

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