Civil and Structural Engineering

Reimagine our cities in a growing world with a degree in civil or structural engineering at Australia’s top university for engineering and technology.*

Gain the skills to design, plan and construct the infrastructure to handle increasing populations, finite resources and extreme events.

Be guided by experts in infrastructure protection, earthquake and blast-resistant technologies, water resource management and transport engineering. From prefabricated housing for a more sustainable construction industry to smarter transport infrastructure for a safer future, you will be learning from researchers who are at the cutting-edge of their field.

At Melbourne, we focus on real-world problem-based learning. Benefit from an industry aligned curriculum, with access to internships, industry projects and innovation challenges with industry mentors.

What’s the difference between civil and structural engineering

Civil engineering Structural engineering
Gain expertise in sustainable urban developments, environmental protection, water resource and energy conservation. Develop skills in transport systems and traffic engineering, ports and harbour, and construction engineering. Focus on designing and developing the materials and systems used to build resilient, load-bearing infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, or buildings.

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How to study civil and structural engineering at Melbourne

Our educational model is an Australian first, aligned with the top international universities. We designed it to help students develop the flexible mindset and complex problem-solving skills required to solve future challenges and make a difference on a global scale.

You start with an undergraduate degree, focusing on engineering from day one, while also exploring subjects outside your discipline to develop a breadth of skills that will give you a competitive edge in the workplace.

To become a professionally accredited engineer, you complete the Master of Engineering, an internationally recognised qualification.

University of Melbourne pathway

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Start with a Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science, majoring in civil systems (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Civil), Master of Engineering (Civil with Business) or (Master of Engineering Structural) to become a professionally accredited engineer.** (2 years)

Other undergraduate degree

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution with relevant maths, science and English language requirements. (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Civil), Master of Engineering (Civil with Business) or Master of Engineering (Structural) to become a professionally accredited engineer. (2–3 years)


Further study for qualified engineers

If you are a civil or structural engineer looking to advance your knowledge in the field, find out more about our one year Master of Engineering Structures.

If you are working in the port and coastal engineering industry and would like to upskill, find out more about our Graduate Certificate in Port Engineering.

Your career opportunities

As a civil or structural engineer, you could work in fields like sustainable urban development, environmental protection, water resource conservation, transport engineering, and more.

Our graduates work in areas including:

Industries Companies Job roles
Chemical manufacturing
Food and beverage Production
Minerals and energy
Oil and gas
Waste and water treatment
Bulla Dairy Foods
Carlton & United Breweries
Fonterra Australia
Macquarie Group
Mars Chocolate Australia
Melbourne Water
Mondelez International
Origin Energy
Rio Tinto
SPC Ardmona
Chemical Engineer
Development Chemist
Operations Analyst
Process Engineer
Quality Control Engineer
R&D Scientist
Project Engineer
Control System Engineer
Production Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Technical Development Engineer
Supply Engineer

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
** The Master of Engineering (Civil), Master of Engineering (Civil with Business) and Master of Engineering (Structural) are accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®.