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.

What is Civil Engineering?

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.

What You Study

Core engineering studies include systems design, mathematics, materials, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Civil engineering study areas include sustainability, environmental processes, geo-technical and hydraulic engineering, transport, and project management. Interaction with industry professionals is available through guest lectures, field and project work.

Career Outcomes

Career opportunities are plentiful in government, construction, property, infrastructure, consulting, mining, land, water, and waste. Graduates are highly employable and go on to work as professional engineers, both locally and internationally, with companies such as John Holland, SKM, Connell-Wagner, Multiplex, and others.

Civil Engineering Career Pathways brochure 948kb pdf

Accreditation

Dual accreditation with Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE® allows graduates of the Master of Engineering to practice as professional engineers virtually anywhere in the world. For more information see our accreditation page.

How to Become a Civil Engineer

Step 1

Civil Systems major in the Bachelor of Science

Civil Systems major in the Bachelor of Environments

Civil Systems sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce

Step 2

Master of Engineering
(Civil)
Graduate as an accredited Civil Engineer

Step 1: Civil Systems

The Civil Systems major may be taken as a part of either of the following degrees. You can find out more about each degree on the following websites:

Bachelor of Commerce students may choose the Civil Systems sequence, and study between eight and ten engineering subjects as the breadth component of their degree. You can find out more about the degree on the following website:


Duration

300 credit points / 3 years full-time

Fees

For information please refer to the University’s Future Students website:

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Course Structure

These example course plans are provided as a guide only. Subject availability will vary from year to year and there is no guarantee that the listed subjects will be available in future years.

Sample Course Plan — Bachelor of Science (major in Civil Systems)
Year 1 Semester 1 ENGR10004 Engineering Systems Design 1 MAST10005 Calculus 1 [1] Science major Breadth
Year 1 Semester 2 ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2 MAST10006 Calculus 2 [1] Science major Breadth
Year 2 Semester 1 ENGR20004 Engineering Mechanics MAST10007 Linear Algebra [1] Science elective Breadth
Year 2 Semester 2 ENGR20003 Engineering Materials ENEN20002 Earth Processes for Engineering MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics Breadth
Year 3 Semester 1 ENGR30002 Fluid Mechanics CVEN30008 Risk Analysis Science elective Breadth
Year 3 Semester 2 CVEN30010 Systems Modelling & Design CVEN30009 Structural Theory & Design Science elective Breadth

[1] Students who have completed VCE Specialist Mathematics with a study score ≥27, go straight into Calculus 2 and ‘replace’ Calculus 1 with a science elective. Linear Algebra is undertaken Year 1, Semester 2.

Students with ≥38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 should seek advice as to which mathematics to take.

Civil Systems subjects Electives Breadth subjects
Sample Course Plan — Bachelor of Environments (major in Civil Systems)
Year 1 Semester 1 ENVS10001 Natural Environments ENVS10007 Changing Melbourne MAST10005 Calculus 1 [1] Breadth
Year 1 Semester 2 ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments ENVS10009 Structural Environments MAST10006 Calculus 2 [1] Breadth
Year 2 Semester 1 ENGR20004 Engineering Mechanics Environments elective MAST10007 Linear Algebra [1] Breadth
Year 2 Semester 2 ENGR20003 Engineering Materials ENEN20002 Earth Processes for Engineering MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics Breadth
Year 3 Semester 1 Environments elective CVEN30008 Risk Analysis ENGR30002 Fluid Mechanics Breadth
Year 3 Semester 2 CVEN30010 Systems Modelling & Design CVEN30009 Structural Theory & Design Civil Systems major elective Breadth

[1] Students who have completed VCE Specialist Mathematics with a study score ≥27, go straight into Calculus 2 and ‘replace’ Calculus 1 with a science elective. Linear Algebra is undertaken Year 1, Semester 2.

Students with ≥38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 should seek advice as to which mathematics to take.

Civil Systems subjects Electives Breadth subjects
Sample Course Plan — Bachelor of Commerce (breadth sequence in Civil Systems)
Year 1 Semester 1 ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics [4] ECON10003 Introductory Macroeconomics [4] Commerce - level 1 MAST10005 Calculus 1 [1]
Year 1 Semester 2 ECON10005 Quantitative Methods 1 [4] Commerce – level 1 ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2 MAST10006 Calculus 2 [1]
Summer MAST10007 Linear Algebra [1] [2]      
Year 2 Semester 1 MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour [4] Commerce - level 2 Commerce - level 2 MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics
Year 2 Semester 2 Commerce - level 2 Commerce - level 2 ENGR20003 Engineering Materials ENGR20004 Engineering Mechanics
Year 3 Semester 1 Commerce - level 3 Commerce - level 3 Commerce - level 3 ENGR30002 Fluid Mechanics [4]
Year 3 Semester 2 Commerce - level 3 Commerce - level 2 or 3 CVEN30009 Structural Theory & Design [3] ENEN20002 Earth Processes for Engineering

[1] Students who have completed VCE Specialist Mathematics with a study score ≥27, go straight into Calculus 2 and ‘replace’ Calculus 1 with a science elective. Linear Algebra is undertaken Year 1, Semester 2.

Students with ≥38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 should seek advice as to which mathematics to take.

[2] Students required to complete Linear Algebra in summer do so under the Community Access Program (CAP).

[3] Students intending on undertaking Master of Engineering (Environmental) take Systems Modelling and Design

[4] Offered in both Semesters 1 and 2.

Commerce subjects Electives Breadth subjects

Step 2: Master of Engineering (Civil)

Graduates with a Civil Systems major (with a 65% average) are eligible for a two-year Master of Engineering (Civil) or a Master of Engineering (Structural).

Sample Course Plan — Master of Engineering (Civil)
Year 4 Semester 1 CVEN90049 Structural Theory and Design 2 CVEN90043 Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering CVEN90044 Engineering Site Characterisation Civil Engineering elective [1] OR
CVEN30008 Risk Analysis [4]
Year 4 Semester 2 CVEN90045 Engineering Project Implementation CVEN90051 Civil Hydraulics CVEN90048 Transport Systems Civil Engineering elective [1] OR
CVEN30010 Systems Modelling & Design [2]
Year 5 Semester 1 CVEN90057 Integrated Design (Construction) CVEN90022 IE Research Project 1 [3] CVEN90050 Geotechnical Engineering Civil Engineering elective
Year 5 Semester 2 CVEN90058 Construction Engineering Civil Engineering elective Civil Engineering elective

[1] Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Environments pathway students

[2] Bachelor of Commerce pathway students

[3] Students may take either IE Research Project 1 or IE Research Project 2; IE Research Project 2 is a 25 point semester long project; IE Research Project 1 may be commenced in either semester 1 or 2.

[4] Students who have completed QM1 or QM2 are not allowed to take Risk Analysis but should take an elective subject instead.

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Sample Course Plan — Master of Engineering (Structural)
Year 4 Semester 1 CVEN90049 Structural Theory and Design 2 CVEN90043 Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering CVEN90044 Engineering Site Characterisation Structural Engineering elective [1] OR
CVEN30008 Risk Analysis [4]
Year 4 Semester 2 CVEN90045 Engineering Project Implementation CVEN90035 Structural Theory & Design 3 Structural Engineering elective [1] (strongly encouraged: CVEN90016 Concrete Design and Technology) OR CVEN30010 Systems Modelling & Design [2] Structural Engineering elective (strongly encouraged: ENEN90014 Sustainable Buildings [1] OR CVEN90016 Concrete Design and Technology [2])
Year 5 Semester 1 CVEN90050 Geotechnical Engineering CVEN90022 IE Research Project 1 [3] CVEN90058 Construction Engineering Structural Engineering elective
Year 5 Semester 2 Structural Engineering elective CVEN90057 Integrated Design (Construction) Structural Engineering elective [1] OR
strongly encouraged: ENEN90014 Sustainable Buildings [2]

[1] Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Environments pathway students

[2] Bachelor of Commerce pathway students

[3] Students may take either IE Research Project 1 or IE Research Project 2; IE Research Project 2 is a 25 point semester long project available in both Semester 1 and 2; IE Research Project 1 may be commenced in either Semester 1 or 2

[4] Students who have completed QM1 or QM2 are not allowed to take Risk Analysis but should take an elective subject instead.

[5] Sustainable Buildings is taught in the September mid-semester break

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Joanna McMahon

Joanna McMahon

Structural Engineer, AECOM

Civil engineering graduate Joanna McMahon designs bridges and other transport-related infrastructure for AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

The highlight of my career has been driving over my first bridge. Graduating from Melbourne gave me a great technical foundation on which to build my career.