The College of Engineering & Science offers courses in engineering, building, information technology and science. All courses are designed to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in a high-demand industry, and that you will enjoy studying in a field that you're passionate about.

The College also offers postgraduate courses by coursework and connections to VU research institutes.


The College of Engineering & Science encompasses four disciplines.


  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical and Sports Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Built Environment

  • Building Construction and Management
  • Building Design
  • Surveying

Information Technology

  • Computer Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Cyber Security


  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science
  • Nutrition & Food Science

Our facilities

Our students gain ‘hands-on’ experience in our state-of-the-art laboratories and through industry placements and projects with our research partners and over 2000 industry affiliates.

Partners include:

  • City West Water
  • Departments of Health, Primary Industries, Sustainability and Environment
  • Racing Analytical Services
  • Modern Olive
  • Nufarm
  • Clariant
  • Fosters

We have specialised labs in areas such as:

  • fire test facilities
  • geomechanics
  • hydraulics
  • thermodynamics
  • analytical chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • microelectronics
  • information technology
  • power engineering
  • mechanics.

Our Werribee Campus is part of a modern technology precinct with cutting-edge science facilities and a research centre, part of the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

VU students also have a range of opportunities to study and take placements in international settings. For example, our sports engineering students have been to the UK as part of a mobility program.

Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE)

CESARE is one of only two educational centres in Australia that offers postgraduate courses in Performance-Based Building and Fire Codes.

Our courses are developed in association with the Building Commission, Victoria and tailored to meet the needs of industry. Study in state-of-the-art research and testing facilities for safety engineering.

You will collaborate and network with students from various academic and work-related backgrounds including building surveying, chemistry, fire fighting, physics and various engineering and science disciplines.


Student placements & internships

One of our greatest strengths as a university is our links with industry. We are one of the most industry connected universities in Australia with over 4,000 industry connections university-wide. Employers value our graduates because we provide them with many opportunities to be engaged with industry, from industry-relevant curriculum to workplace learning, that give real-life work experiences.

Our key college partnerships are with leading organisations such as City West Water, CSIRO, Departments of Health, Primary Industries, Sustainability and Environment, Shimadzu, Jemena, National Measurement Institute, and Racing Analytical Services.

"I’ve targeted VU students for the best part of two decades. They show so much practical training during their studies, they’re ready to take on anything.

"The lecturers are real-life practitioners which is implicitly important. This is central to the strength of the courses."

Adjunct Professor Michael Jackson – Director, Woodburne Consulting

Find out more about work placements and industry projects for engineering, science & IT students.


Our engineering and information technology courses are accredited by:

  • Engineers Australia Accreditation Board
  • Australian Computer Society.


Our staff are experts and respected researchers in their field. For example, Professor Peng Shi was named one of the world’s leading researchers in the Thomas Reuters list of Highly Cited Researcher, 2014 and 2015.

"The lecturers were more than teachers – they were mentors. The course provided a sound basis of technical knowledge and we put our learning into practice, solving real problems with our peers. We did a lot of projects that involved real building, so I felt well-equipped to enter the workforce."

Laura McKenzie – Civil Engineer, Aurecon Group

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)

Contact us

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Phone: +61 3 9919 6100 or 1300 VICUNI (1300 842 864)

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