Civil engineering


Discover what it takes to design, build and manage the construction of our cities and supporting civil infrastructure. Become a practical and innovative engineer with the skills to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.

Explore your study options

With some of the best engineering facilities in Australia, project-oriented design-based learning and industry experience, you'll graduate job-ready with the skills and expertise you need to succeed as a civil engineer.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

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


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

Choose an engineering degree that will get you work ready

With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in high demand in Australia and abroad. Thanks to our world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact, you'll enter the field at the top of the pack.

Project-oriented design-based learning

A key feature of our engineering degrees, project-oriented design-based learning is a teaching method that weaves practical learning experiences throughout your degree. You'll undertake team-based projects and develop solutions to current industry needs, so you can hit the ground running when you graduate.

Inspiring facilities

Our civil engineering facilities are designed to be versatile and support students, researchers and staff in conducting a range of tests and research projects. In your second and third years of study, you'll develop hands-on knowledge using hydraulic benches, soil charactisation and hydrology equipment to put your ideas to the test.

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and online. Though not currently accredited at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, we're working towards accreditation as we prepare our graduates for transition to employment. Accreditation provides recognition against international benchmarks, allowing graduates to practice as professional engineers around the world.

Top professional roles in civil engineering

Employers seek out Deakin graduates for their forward-thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial qualities. In fact, recent surveys found that over 93% of our recent graduates found full-time employment within four months of completing their course.*

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

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

Study with the best

Engineering at Deakin is ranked in the top 1% globally.^ This rating highlights our world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Deakin's structure has a more industry-oriented approach than the traditional course offered at many other universities. We had industry professionals visit and give insights into real-life scenarios on how what we learn in class relates to those scenarios.

Raveena Dewage

Engineering student

Leading the way in engineering research

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

Mechanical Engineering received a ranking of 4 (classed above world standard), showcasing our strength in engineering 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.

Guaranteed paid work placement

We aim to ensure our graduates are as job-ready as possible when they enter employment. To make this a reality, we've designed our Bachelor of Engineering (Industry) (Honours) to incorporate a guaranteed year-long work placement. This means you'll not only graduate with a competitive edge but also be compensated for your efforts.

Flexible study options

From 2024, you can study at our state-of-the-art engineering precinct at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, our new purpose-built facilities at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, or online. You can also set your own pace and switch between part- and full-time study to suit your work, lifestyle and other commitments.

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Industry partnerships

Discover more about Deakin’s invaluable industry partnerships, and how they ensure engineering students graduate job ready.

Study civil engineering at Deakin

Hear why our students love studying civil engineering at Deakin with practical, design-based learning opportunities and hands-on industry experience.

Engineering precinct

Explore our state-of-the-art engineering facilities at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, housing some of the most advanced systems, equipment and technologies in Australia.


*2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
^QILT 2022 Student Experience Survey.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our engineering courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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