Bachelor of Design (Civil Systems Major)

3 years full-time, Parkville and Southbank — International students. CRICOS code: 090744C

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Course Description

When completing a Civil Systems major you may choose between a graduate pathway to Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering.

  • Civil Engineering

    Imagine helping to plan how Australia best uses its valuable water resources, designing and planning for our future transport needs, or designing eco-friendly and sustainable buildings.

    Civil engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the built environment and the provision of essential services and infrastructure. Civil engineers use their sophisticated understanding of these concepts to create solutions to improve the quality of life. Construction of the built environment, which includes structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels, requires engineers at the forefront of technology with a breadth of knowledge and experience. Similarly, our transport systems, water supply, drainage systems, ports and harbours are all examples of essential services where civil engineers are vital in providing the most effective way of interacting with the natural environment.

    How to study Civil Engineering

    1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Design (3 years)

    Complete a Civil Systems major within the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Science.

    More information about the Bachelor of Design.

    2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)

    To graduate as a Civil Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete either:

    Career outcomes

    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.

    Career opportunities exist in construction, property, infrastructure, consulting, mining, land, water and waste, for a wide range of organisations including manufacturing companies, research organisations, academic institutions, mining companies, energy agencies, local, state and federal governments and local authorities. Equipped with a diverse skill set across a range of areas, you will be highly employable and have opportunities to work both locally and internationally with companies, such as John Holland, Jacobs, Aurecon, Brookfield Multiplex, CPB Contractors and many others.

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    Civil Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]
  • Structural Engineering

    Structural engineers apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and evaluation of materials and systems used in building load-bearing structures like roads, buildings, rail lines, dams and offshore platforms.

    Structural engineers perform roles related to the design of these structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire.

    How to study Structural Engineering

    1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Design (3 years)

    Complete a Civil Systems major within the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Science.

    More information about the Bachelor of Design.

    2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)

    To graduate as a Structural Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete the Master of Engineering (Structural).

    Career outcomes

    Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles related to the design and development of structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes, such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire, and the risk assessment of infrastructure, for government, consultancies and industry.

    You will find employment with national and global companies such as Arup, Bonacci Group, Brookfield Multiplex, GHD, WorleyParsons and AECOM.

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    Structural Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]

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