Australia is a world leader in the green building industry, with over 12 million square metres of Green Star certified or registered green building space.
Prepare for a career designing practical and sustainable community infrastructure, with a degree in civil engineering from VU.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering) covers the planning, design, construction and management of essential infrastructure. This includes:
VU’s civil engineering graduates are known in the industry as well-rounded, accredited engineers. Our focus on practical teaching and work experience will have you job-ready on graduation. We offer industry placements and high-tech engineering laboratories.
As a civil engineer, you can run your own practice or work for government authorities, private industry consulting firms, or major construction companies.
VU's College of Engineering and Science follows a teaching method of problem-based learning. Our students learn to approach engineering problems independently, resolving issues with creative and practical solutions.
Our focus on local engineering examples, site visits, and input from external industry-based lecturers will help you graduate job-ready for a career in civil engineering.
You’ll also benefit from work placements and industry projects that give you the practical experience needed to confidently begin your career. Students are required to complete 12 weeks of industry placement.
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia. When you complete the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for graduate membership.
Engineers Australia provides a national engineering forum, and professional development opportunities.
As a student or graduate member, you’ll gain access to EA Connect to find more work placement opportunities in the engineering industry.
VU offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate students who are in financial need.
The College of Engineering and Science provides additional scholarship opportunities, including 10 scholarships to undergraduates to conduct supervised research during the summer.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
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To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.
Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
Female engineers excel in solving problems of social significance, making a positive impact on society and the environment.
Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.
As a civil engineer, you can run your own practice, or find work in a wide range of government departments, private consulting firms, or major construction companies. Consulting and contract engineering roles include planning and design, operations and construction.
Job titles in civil engineering include:
Civil engineers earn an average salary of A$87,000 (Job Outlook).
Four months after graduation, almost 80 per cent of civil engineering graduates across Australia were in full-time employment (Graduate Careers Australia).
Employment for civil engineers rose strongly over the past decade and are set to remain steady over the next five years (Job Outlook).
To attain the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering), students will be required to complete a total of 384 credit points consisting of:
48 credit points of Minor studies (from the list below)
Students are required to produce documented evidence of the completion of 12 weeks professional experience.
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership.
First Class Honours:
To be eligible for completion with First Class Honours, students must achieve:
We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.
From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.
All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.
You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:
You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.
Find out more about our First Year Model.
* Melbourne-based campuses only
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Integrate conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences with advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the civil engineering discipline;|
|2.||Exhibit expertise and professional judgement in engineering design practice which acknowledges contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline;|
|3.||Adapt theoretical knowledge applicable to the discipline and propose creative, innovative and sustainable engineering practices;|
|4.||Critically evaluate both sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management;|
|5.||Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence base within the engineering discipline;|
|6.||Discriminate and defend the application of established engineering methods and processes to promote systems which resolve existing and emerging complex engineering problems (including those that require cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills);|
|7.||Present clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;|
|8.||Exemplify the requisite characteristics for team leadership and membership appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts;|
|9.||Apply professional ethics and accountabilities in their engineering practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.|
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
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Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.
The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.
We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria
You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Units 3 and 4 with a study score of 20 in Mathematics (any).
This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).
This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:
Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
Completion of two units of Higher Education studies.
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.
This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.
Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Construction or similar.
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
Units 3 and 4 with a study score of 20 in Mathematics (any) (or equivalent).
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.
You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.
You will be guaranteed entry only.
You will be guaranteed entry only.
Find out more about pathways and credits.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
You should apply through VTAC if you:
VTAC timely applications are due 27 September 2018.Apply via VTAC
We encourage students who would like their life circumstances to be given special consideration during the application process to also submit a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.
You should apply direct to VU if you are:
If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.
Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.Apply direct to VU