Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

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:

  • commercial and industrial buildings
  • water supply and wastewater systems
  • irrigation, drainage and flood protection systems
  • bridges, roads and transport systems
  • port harbour and airport facilities.

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.

We have the largest international exchange program in Victoria with an extensive network of partners. We offer both long study exchanges, and short-term programs.

Travelling increases your independence and international understanding, preparing you for the global workplace.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Women in engineering

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.

 

Careers in civil engineering

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:

  • structural engineer
  • water engineer
  • civil engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • geotechnical engineer
  • project engineer
  • construction engineering
  • roads and transport engineer.

Salaries

Civil engineers earn an average salary of A$87,000 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

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).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering), students will be required to complete a total of 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core First Year studies;
  • 240 credit points of Core Civil Engineering studies;
  • 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.

Accreditation:
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:

  • A minimum weighted average of 60% over year levels 1 to 3;
  • A minimum weighted average of 80% in year level 4;
  • A HD grade for the final year NEF4202 Capstone Project 2.

Core First Year Units

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 3

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 4

Semester 1:

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the selected Minor

Semester 2:

36 credit points (equivalent to three units) from the selected Minor

Minors

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:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

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.  

What's a unit?

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.

Credits

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.

Fees & scholarships

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.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma)
    OR
    Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: 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
    PLUS
    Units 3 and 4, with a study score of at least 20 in the following: Mathematics (any).
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

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 degree. 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 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 48 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.

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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