Civil engineering

Learn to design, build and manage the construction of our cities and supporting civil infrastructure. Become a design-driven, innovative and entrepreneurial engineer with skills to succeed in a rapidly-changing, ever-evolving industry.

CADET: some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities

Practical experience: industry-linked projects from your first year

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:

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


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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.

Engineering discipline civil engineering

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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.

What do our students and staff say?

Engineering at Deakin – a student perspective

Find out what our engineering students love about studying at Deakin.

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