Undergraduate programs

Civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, spatial information

To become a professionally accredited engineer, you will complete five years of study, starting with an engineering major in a three-year undergraduate degree, followed by a two-year Master of Engineering.

Undergraduate majors are provided via the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Design degrees.

Full course information about all our undergraduate study options can be found on the Melbourne School of Engineering website:

Majors leading to civil and structural engineering

Civil engineering

Civil engineering provides the infrastructure for essential services (transport systems, water supply and drainage systems, ports and harbours) and in countries where infrastructure is already in place, the emphasis is on how best to upgrade and manage existing assets in a sustainable manner such that the environment is both protected and enhanced.

Structural engineering

Structural engineers apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and evaluation of materials and systems used in building load-bearing structures like roads, buildings, rail lines, dams and offshore platforms. Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles related to the design of structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire.

Majors leading to environmental engineering

Environmental engineers are responsible for managing or reducing the impacts of human activities by ensuring that the development and utilisation of natural resources occur with an acceptable environmental impact. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, water supply, waste disposal, catchment management and public health issues. Environmental engineers have a broad understanding of the environmental impacts of human activities and how to develop solutions to better manage those impacts.

Majors leading to spatial information

Spatial systems explore the science and technology of 3D measurement, mapping and visualisation.

Surveying and spatial information engineers are measurement experts, who map assets, infrastructure and cultural heritage, and track locations of moving objects. Surveying and spatial information engineers use technology such as GPS, laser scanning, imaging, mobile mapping and information systems in order to provide reliable information about the ownership of land, the built and the natural environments, change, movements, and disasters. New sensors, smarter environments and technologies, mobile computing and communication, and vast increases in data constantly transform the capacity and tasks performed by surveying and spatial information engineers.