Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics)
DurationFull-time 1 year, Full-time 2 years
Develop your structural engineering skills and learn methods to deal with complex structural challenges.
The program is specially designed to up-skill your existing structural engineering capabilities, allowing you to specialise in emerging advanced methods of structural materials and design practices.
You’ll gain expertise in structural forensics and methods of extending the life expectancy of existing structures.
In the past 50 years, structural engineering has focused on creating new landmark structures including bridges, buildings, dams, seaports and tunnels.
However, a need has emerged to manage existing infrastructure, predict and extend the life expectancy of structures and minimise the risk of failure and associated catastrophes.
The program addresses this gap in knowledge and will open up new career opportunities. It also provides professional development and career stability, allowing you to specialise with an advanced structural engineering qualification.
RMIT University is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities in civil and structural engineering (2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject).
This program blends lectures and workshop sessions, online forums and team-based activities.
Lectures and tutorials are typically delivered in the evening.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice.
You'll undertake an range of work-integrated learning activities, including a final research thesis based on industry-relevant research.
As part of this program you'll collaborate on practical projects and research-based learning in areas of urban, commercial and civil infrastructure, specialising in:
- design of future urban infrastructure
- practice of advanced structural assessment, refurbishment and retrofitting existing structures
- structural failures, forensics engineering and lessons learned
- dynamic response of structures and post-elastic performance under extreme loading environments
- systems engineering for structural engineers and asset managers to analyse complex systems
- ethics, liability and law
You'll extend your views of the role of future structural engineers in designing, maintaining and assessing resilient and sustainable urban infrastructure.
You will also have the opportunity to conduct an industry-relevant and industry-supported research project to specialise in one of the above areas of your choice.
Within the program you will complete the following core courses:
- Advanced Structural Assessment
- You will be introduced to the techniques and processes adopted in assessment of existing structures covering structural inspections, estimation of loads, understanding current state of material and structural properties using non-destructive techniques, establishing a limit state for analysis and advanced computational techniques for assessment of structural robustness and resilience.
- Research Methods
- This course represents the initiation phase of a research project. You will plan your project, conduct a critical review of relevant published material and undertake sufficient work to produce some initial findings.
- Forensic Engineering (Structural)
- Using major structural failures as case studies and tools for learning, this course will introduce you to the life cycle of creation and operation of major civil structures with a focus on elements that have the potential to cause a catastrophe.
- Research Project
- This course involves a significant research project sourced from industry and addressing a major structural forensics-related research question. The project will have an industry consultant as a co-supervisor.
You will complete the following two courses:
- Structural Refurbishment and Retrofitting
- Vibration and Dynamic Response of Structures
You will also complete one from the following:
- Ethics and Legal Studies
- Design of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
- Systems Engineering for Civil Engineers
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Program code: MC207
As buildings around the world continue to age, there will be increased demand for professionals with the skills to manage existing infrastructure, predict and extend the life expectancy of structures and minimise the risk of failure and associated catastrophes.
Graduates of this program may find employment with:
- structural engineering consultants
- local councils
- road authorities
- civil infrastructure design consultants
- asset managers
- engineering consultants
- assets managers in the mining industry
- An Engineers Australia-accredited four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering, at AQF level 8, or equivalent, that satisfies Engineers Australia's Stage 1 competency standards with a GPA of at least 2.0, out of 4.0, or equivalent.
- An Engineers Australia-accredited four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering or equivalent, that satisfies Engineers Australia's Stage 1 competency standards and a minimum of one year of relevant industry experience, or equivalent. The grade and discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- A four-year international Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering or equivalent, recognised by the Washington Accord, where qualifications are considered equivalent to Australian engineering programs fully accredited by Engineers Australia, with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0.
- A four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree that satisfies the above condition, but the title does not specify the specialisation is in civil engineering; however, relevant structural engineering prerequisites have been completed in undergraduate studies. Such applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
You must have successfully completed:
An Engineers Australia accredited four-year bachelor of engineering degree, in civil engineering, at AQF8 level, or equivalent, that satisfies Engineers Australia's Stage 1 competency standards with a GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4.0), or equivalent;
An Engineers Australia accredited four-year bachelor of engineering degree, in civil engineering or equivalent, that satisfies Engineers Australia's Stage 1 competency standards and a minimum of one year of relevant industry experience, or equivalent. The grade and discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis;
A four-year international Bachelor of Engineering degree, in Civil Engineering, or equivalent, recognised by the Washington Accord, where qualifications are considered equivalent to Australian engineering programs fully accredited by Engineers Australia, with a GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4.0
A four-year bachelor of engineering degree that satisfies the above condition, but the title does not specify the specialisation is in civil engineering, however, relevant structural engineering prerequisites have been completed in undergraduate studies. You will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).
In 2018, if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754.
The indicative annual tuition fee for full-fee places in 2018 is AU$30,720.
How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place or a full-fee place. Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
Fees shown above apply to 2018 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
In 2018, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754. As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
For further information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.