Civil and Structural Engineering

Reimagine our cities in a growing world with a degree in civil or structural engineering at Melbourne. Gain the skills to design, plan and construct the infrastructure to handle increasing populations, finite resources and extreme events.

As a civil engineering student, you will 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.

In structural engineering, your focus will be on designing and developing the materials and systems used to build resilient, load-bearing infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, or buildings.

At Melbourne, we focus on real-world problem-based learning. Be guided by experts in infrastructure protection, earthquake and blast-resistant technologies, water resource management and transport engineering.

Our civil and structural engineers are working on projects like prefabricated housing for a more efficient and sustainable construction industry, geothermal energy for greener and cheaper heating and cooling, and smarter transport infrastructure for a safer future.

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The Melbourne advantage

  1. Be inspired by world leading academics at Australia’s top university for engineering and technology
    No.1 in Australia. No. 27 in the world.*
  2. Maximise your career opportunities around the world
    Internationally accredited degree through Engineers Australia and European accrediting body, EUR-ACE®.
  3. Be industry connected
    No. 7 worldwide for graduate employability.**Our industry-aligned curriculum ensures that you have access to internships, industry projects and innovation challenges.

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

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

Other undergraduate degree

Step 1: Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution with relevant maths, science and English language requirements. (3 years)

Step 2: Complete a Master of Engineering (Civil), (Civil with Business) or (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 degree.

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 chemical or biochemical engineer, you could work in a diverse range of industries, such as petrochemicals, minerals processing, mining, chemical manufacturing, natural gas, environmental consulting, 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
** QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018

** The Master of Engineering (Chemical) and Master of Engineering (Biochemical) are accredited by Engineers Australia, EUR-ACE® and IChemE. The Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) is accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE® only.