Civil engineering



Learn how to design, construct and project-manage the building of cities and the structures of civilisation. Studying this course will develop you into a design-driven, innovative and entrepreneurial engineering professional with skills for a rapidly changing and ever-evolving industry.

Deakin’s course developed my problem-solving and analysis skills, which are essential in the work environment. The work experience programs were a rewarding aspect of the course and enhanced my employability, helping me gain my graduate position.

Beaula Benny

Civil engineering student

Project-oriented design based learning

Project-oriented design based learning is a key feature of our engineering degrees. This teaching method weaves practical learning experiences through each degree. Students do team-based projects and develop solutions to industry needs.

Flexible study options

Engineering at Deakin is distinctive due to our courses being available in both on and off-campus mode. Students are given the flexibility to fit their studies around their work, lifestyle and other commitments.

Civil engineering courses

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Innovative engineering research

Engineering at Deakin is research led, rather than simply research informed. Deakin is a significant leader in a number of research areas, notably manufacturing and materials. Engineering research themes include sustainable infrastructure, advanced design and manufacturing, and health and education.

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Recent Deakin research

Effect of residual stress on the bending of aluminium

Skin passing or temper rolling introduces a strain gradient through the thickness of the sheet which, in turn, results in a residual stress profile through the thickness. The results show qualitatively how the material is softened in bending after rolling and demonstrate that this is partly due to the residual stress gradients in the material.


Deakin's Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia. This accreditation gives our degrees international recognition, allowing graduates to practice as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

Leading the way in engineering

Deakin engineering is ranked highly by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), a national research evaluation framework. ERA awarded Deakin the highest ranking possible of 5 in the categories of Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. 

Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering were awarded a ranking of 4 (classed above world standard), highlighting Deakin’s strength in engineering related research. 

Our research excellence helps to inform our teaching curriculum to ensure undergraduate students are aware of the developments that will shape the engineering industries of the future.

Career opportunities

Our graduates get jobs. With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand both here in Australia and further abroad. Not only that, employers seek out Deakin graduates for their forward thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial qualities. 

As a civil engineering graduate, you can gain employment with:

  • consulting firms
  • government bodies and departments
  • water authorities 
  • public works.

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