Civil and Structural Engineering

Build your ideal career at Australia’s top engineering school with expert academics in civil and structural engineering.

Why choose civil or structural engineering at Melbourne?

When you choose engineering at the University of Melbourne, you are choosing the expertise and opportunities that only a leading engineering school can offer.

As a civil and structural engineering student, you will learn how to plan, design and construct the infrastructure that is essential to our modern and ever-evolving world. You will also equip yourself with the ability to make genuine, positive contributions to society as you learn how to restore infrastructure after natural disasters and build structures that can withstand extreme events.

At the University of Melbourne, you will gain expert knowledge from leading academics. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside these professionals through involvement in real-world industry and research projects, providing you the problem-solving and teamwork skills crucial to a successful career as an engineer.

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

Civil and Structural Engineering Courses

How to study civil and structural engineering at Melbourne

It takes five years to become a professionally accredited civil and structural engineer. You start with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Design with a major in Civil Systems. Then you’ll choose a two-year Master of Engineering with a Civil, Structural or Civil with Business specialisation.

A three-year Master of Engineering program is available if you have not completed the required undergraduate engineering subjects, but do meet the maths and science entry requirements.

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Civil and structural engineering research

As a Melbourne School of Engineering student, your research will focus on solving large infrastructure problems, such as improving building construction, transport, water resource systems, catchment management and agriculture.

Our civil and structural engineering students work in collaboration with some of Australia’s top researchers in areas including:

  • 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.

Current structural and civil engineering students are working with Professor Majid Sarvi – using mice, ants and virtual reality to study crowd behaviour so infrastructure can cope with attacks and other disasters.

Stopping the stampede: Planning for urban emergencies

Where can a master’s degree in civil and structural engineering take you?

As a civil engineer, you will have the opportunity to design and create a range of solutions in a variety of industries. You could work 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 skyscrapers, bridges and dams. You will learn from our internationally recognised experts in structural engineering in a range of highly specialised areas such as high-rise buildings and earthquake-resistant technologies, providing you with sought-after knowledge in the industry.

The Student Experience

Master of Engineering (Structural) alumni and graduate engineer Elizabeth Stavrakis explains why she chose to study structural engineering at the University of Melbourne.

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