Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
This program will deepen your knowledge in the civil engineering fields of design, infrastructure planning, sustainability, project management and transport engineering.
The Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in civil engineering to enhance your career prospects in relevant industry sectors.
The program will provide you with skills to step up into roles including project leader, designer, consultant and manager with the knowledge and skills to lead construction projects, and introduce new infrastructure and transport systems.
You will gain knowledge in high-demand areas such as:
- infrastructure planning and management
- infrastructure asset management
- railway infrastructure
- engineering geology and advanced laboratory testing
- stability of earth structures
- advanced transport infrastructure
With an emphasis on project-based and multidisciplinary learning, you will develop your professional engineering competencies in teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, communication and research.
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 incorporates blended learning, which includes face-to-face teaching and intensive and e-learning delivery modes.
You will undertake a comprehensive program of supervised laboratory work and industry visits to relevant organisations. The laboratory program will allow you to use specialist equipment in civil engineering for both testing and researching problems and solutions.
Through common core courses you will engage with the wider engineering community, enhancing your cohort experience and enabling multidisciplinary learning.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The program includes exposure to a range of Australian and international companies through industry visits and may include site visits.
Industry plays a vital role in the development, delivery and assessment of the program through membership of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which comprises industry representatives, academic staff and alumni.
The program also facilitates networking opportunities with fellow engineering masters students from a range of disciplines and industries.
The Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) consists of 192 credit points and will meet AQF level 9 learning outcomes.
In your first year you’ll share four common courses with other Master of Engineering programs as well as studying specialist civil engineering courses.
You'll study fundamental areas such as infrastructure asset management, advanced geotechnical engineering and advanced transport engineering and have the opportunity to specialise in infrastructure management, geotechnical engineering or transport engineering.
The common core courses develop skills in:
- sustainable engineering
- managing innovation and technology
- risk and project management
- modelling and simulation
These courses are project-based and structured to replicate the multi-disciplinary team approach of engineers in industry. You’ll work collaboratively with engineering students from other disciplines on real projects drawn from industry. Projects change each year and past examples include a wastewater treatment plant and road/rail separation at level crossings.
In your final semester you'll tackle a significant research project, designed to bring together the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. This project can be drawn from industry or simulate an industry environment.
Part-time students should enrol in two courses per semester, beginning with core courses in the first year of study and then moving into the cognate-specific courses in year two and three, and finally undertaking the research project in year four.
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2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
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Program code: MC257
The built environment is constantly evolving in terms of new technologies and practices, with a continuing demand for civil engineers in Australia and overseas, particularly Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Professionals with an up-to-date and specialised understanding of this field will be sought after in areas such as construction, infrastructure, mining, building services, water and transport and logistics sectors.
- A bachelor degree in engineering, engineering science, or engineering technology (or equivalent qualification) with a major study in one or more of the following relevant engineering disciplines: civil, structural, mining or environmental engineering, or engineering systems or equivalent.
- A Master of Engineering by coursework in one of the relevant disciplines listed above.
Applicants should have a Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or greater than 2.5 out of 4.0; however, applicants who have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience will also be eligible for consideration.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering, engineering science or engineering technology specialising in at least one of the following engineering disciplines: civil, structural, mining, environmental or engineering systems with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0);
An Australian Master of Engineering by coursework (or equivalent overseas qualification) in one of the following engineering disciplines: civil, structural, mining, environmental or engineering systems with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).
If you have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5, you may also be considered if you have at least two years relevant work experience in industry.
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 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 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.