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Civil engineering

Civil engineers make modern life possible. They are responsible for the design, construction and project management of roads, airports, railways, water supply and sewerage systems, water resources management, buildings and other infrastructures.

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Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of EngineeringCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Engineering (Professional)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study civil engineering at Deakin?

New in 2016!

From Trimester 1 2016, students will have the opportunity to commence a Deakin engineering degree at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. Discover the full range of engineering study options available to you as you complete the first year of your engineering degree at Burwood. After completing your first year, you can either transfer to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or to Cloud (online) learning to continue your studies.

Design Based Learning

Project-Oriented Design Based Learning (PODBL) in collaboration with industry is a key feature of our engineering degrees. Beginning in the first trimester of study and continuing throughout your degree, you will have opportunities to work independently and in groups, to actively develop ideas and design products that satisfy industry client needs.

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Diverse study areas

Civil engineering at Deakin covers the broad range of civil engineering disciplines including engineering materials, structural engineering, water engineering, geotechnical engineering and transport engineering.

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Flexible study options

Deakin gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle, work and other commitments. You can study civil engineering on or off-campus, and even switch between study modes to choose the option that suits you best.

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Professional recognition

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

Gain industry experience

As an undergraduate engineering student you will have the opportunity to take part in industry-based work-integrated learning (WIL), internships and final-year industry-based projects.  Industry experience is normally undertaken between trimesters and enables you to acquire practical workplace skills and experience whilst developing valuable professional networks.

Career opportunities

Civil engineering graduates can expect to gain employment in design, construction and project management of roads, airports, railways, harbours, water supply and sewerage systems; with water authorities, government bodies, public works departments and in consulting.

Postgraduate opportunities

Our postgraduate engineering programs with specialisation in civil engineering aim to strengthen, build on and extend your understanding of the engineering principles required for successful engineering careers in Australia and overseas. You will gain technical skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to work as part of a team while focussing on practical experience and a supervised research or industry project that provides you with the advanced project management skills required to tackle complex, industrially-focused problems head on.


Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) provides some of the best future-focussed engineering facilities in the Australian university sector. It houses virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to concept and reality in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, fuel efficient vehicles or robotic aids, CADET provides the key elements to imagineer the ultimate solution.

Want to study overseas as part of your degree?

Maybe you should apply for the Global Science and Technology Program. The program enables students to achieve their dreams of a truly global education and includes a $3000 scholarship. Visit the Global Science and Technology Program website to find out more about the program, how it works and where our students are studying overseas. You will also find information about how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

Engineering scholarships

Scholarships in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment for engineering students include the IGNITED Scholarship.

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