Civil engineering


Learn 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, ever-evolving industry.

Get work-ready

Engineering at Deakin is ranked in the top 1% globally.* With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in high demand in Australia and abroad. You'll enter the field at the top of the pack thanks to Deakin’s world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.


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.

Career opportunities

Employers seek out Deakin graduates for their forward-thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial qualities. In fact, recent surveys found that over 92% 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.

Flexible study options

Engineering at Deakin is distinctive because our courses are available on campus and online. From 2024, you can choose to study at our state-of-the-art engineering precinct at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, our new purpose-built facilities at Melbourne Burwood Campus, or online. You can also set your own pace and switch between part-time and full-time study to fit around your work, lifestyle and other commitments.


Deakin's Bachelor of 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.

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.

Project-oriented design-based learning is very helpful for students to find the match between their class learnings and real-world experiences.

Raveena Dewage

Engineering student

Learn more about Raveena's experiences

'As I was finishing my diploma of Engineering, equivalent to first year, I was searching for universities to start my second year. I compared course structures of different universities and Deakin's structure seemed to have a more industry oriented approach than the traditional course offered at many other universities.

For some units, we had industry professionals visiting and giving insights into real life scenarios on how what we learn in class relates to those scenarios. Through my study, I discovered my ability to build up through the concepts that I learn and to employ those concepts and skills in working out complex problems through self-study and research.

The flexibility and availability of an online platform to connect with on-campus, cloud students and also the unit teaching staff on one platform and share ideas, insights and help each other is an exciting thing about my study.'

Facilities to inspire

Our civil and environmental facilities are designed to be versatile and to support students, researchers and staff in conducting a range of tests and research.

Learn more about our civil engineering labs

Learn more about our environmental engineering labs

Leading the way in engineering research

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 Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering was 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.

Research with us

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

Discover engineering at Deakin

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.


*2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject
^QILT Student Experience Survey 2020 and 2021
#Deakin University’s Bachelor of Engineering (Industry) (Honours) is currently seeking provisional accreditation by Engineers Australia.