At Australia’s no 1 engineering school you will learn from the top researchers in civil and structural engineering.

Why choose Civil and Structural Engineering at Melbourne

Access to real-world industry and research projects will provide you with the problem-solving and team work skills crucial to a successful career in industry.

Our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, enabling graduates to practice as civil and structural engineers in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Civil and structural engineers plan, design and construct the built environment, providing essential services and infrastructure. From restoring infrastructure after natural disasters to building structures that can withstand extreme events, civil and structural engineers have a huge impact on the world.

Courses in Civil and Structural Engineering

How to Study Civil and Structural Engineering at Melbourne

To become a professionally accredited civil or structural engineer, you will complete five years of study. You start with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Design with a major in Civil Systems. This is followed by a two-year Master of Engineering with a Civil, Structural or Civil with Business specialisation.

A longer Master of Engineering program, of up to three-years duration is available for students who have not completed the preliminary engineering subjects required in their undergraduate degree, but who meet the maths and science entry requirements.

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Civil and Structural Engineering Research

Civil and structural engineering research is focussed on solving large infrastructure problems, such as improving building construction, transport, water resource systems, catchment management and agriculture.

Areas of research strength include: infrastructure protection, geo-environmental and reservoir engineering, project management, energy efficiency in buildings, disaster management, geothermal energy, environmental monitoring and assessment, water resource management, ecohydraulics, hydrological processes, next generation flood prediction, impacts of climate change.

Professor Majid Sarvi’s team are using mice, ants and virtual reality to study crowd behaviour so infrastructure can cope with attacks and other disasters.

Read the pursuit article 'Stopping the stampede: Planning for urban emergencies'

Your career opportunities in Civil and Structural Engineering

As a civil engineer you could design and create a range of solutions, in areas ranging from sustainable urban development, environmental protection, conservation of energy and water resources, to geotechnical, hydraulic or transport engineering.

As a structural engineer you could design, develop and evaluate materials and systems used in constructing load-bearing infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and buildings.

Our internationally recognised expertise in structural engineering, in areas such as high-rise buildings, earthquake and blast-resistant technologies, will provide you with access to some highly specialised subjects.

The Student Experience

Master of Engineering (Civil) student Alexandra Weisenberg discusses her final year research project with Engineers Without Borders, in which she developed a sustainable housing material selection tool for urban poor communities in Cambodia.

alexandra-weisenberg from Melbourne School of Engineering on Vimeo.