Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Choose Civil Engineering at La Trobe

Our Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) combines industry-standard engineering studies with design and business units so you’ll graduate ready to begin your career as an innovative engineering professional. You will:

  • Develop the civil engineering skills to design and manage construction projects and teams of people.
  • Become an engineering problem solver who can manage competing demands such as materials, budgets and public safety regulations.
  • Increase your value to organisations with an understanding of the business side of engineering.

Combine study with six months of industry experience via opportunities for work-integrated learning placements.

Career opportunities in civil engineering

The current shortage of civil engineers in Australia means graduates will have great employment prospects. Our graduates have found work with public and private organisations in Australia and overseas.

As a civil engineer you may be providing expert advice to businesses or government organisations. You could play a vital role in providing technical expertise and using your design-based skills on civil engineering projects. You may lead a team of engineers, business people and other professionals in a large organisation.

You might find a career working in design, construction and maintenance of:

  • bridges
  • multi-storey buildings
  • smart buildings
  • railways
  • tunnels
  • water supplies
  • and much more.

You could work on:

  • large-scale structural projects
  • oil rigs
  • mining company projects
  • water infrastructure
  • local government projects.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • design, plan and manage large-scale projects
  • understand the principles of sustainability
  • test your own construction ideas and work as a team
  • apply business acumen to engineering projects
  • work both creatively and analytically to solve engineering challenges.

International prerequisites

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher; or approved international equivalent.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$9,048 per year (indicative 2017 annual tuition fee, based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

AUD$30,500 (indicative 2017 annual tuition fee). Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Fees are based on a standard annual credit point load (e.g. 120 credit points per year). If you change your student load, your course fees will also change.

You should also consider the costs of:

  • living in Australia
  • overseas student health cover fees
  • banking in Australia
  • working while studying.

All fees on our website are in Australian dollars and don't include expenses like text books, accommodation, transport or medical costs.

Tuition fees are subject to change each year. The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year.

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Course structure

Your subjects will cover:

  • engineering practice
  • engineering CAD
  • physics
  • materials and engineering science
  • earth science
  • hydraulics
  • structural design and construction

First year subjects

Semester 1 Semester 2
Engineering Design and Problem Solving Engineering Computer Aided Design
Number Systems and Linear Algebra Calculus and Differential Equations
Principles of PhysicsIntro to Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Programming for Engineers and ScientistsMechanics of Solids

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or membership, please refer to the course details.

For full details on course content, see the handbook entries for Melbourne and Bendigo.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.


The Work Integrated Learning placement program offers $10,000 scholarships in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours). This scholarship will support you throughout a six-month work placement.

During your placement you’ll get real-world engineering experience, expand your technical skills, develop first-hand understanding of a business environment and build your industry contacts.

Placements in the Work Integrated Learning program are limited, and dependent on industry partners. To be eligible to apply for a Work Integrated Learning placements, you must have an above average Weight Average Mark (WAM) as appropriately set by the Department of Engineering.

To be awarded a Work Integrated Learning placement and associated scholarship, you must:

  • provide a CV, cover letter and any other requested documentation such as academic transcript presented to a professional standard
  • complete a first round interview with La Trobe staff
  • be short-listed selected for one or more Work Integrated Learning places, based on your first round interview performance
  • interview for the relevant Work Integrated Learning position/s with the industry partner/s
  • be selected as the successful candidate by industry partner for a Work Integrated Learning position, based on the industry interview, CV and cover letter.

The industry partner makes the final decision to determine who will be awarded a Work Integrated Learning placement with their organisation. Scholarships are usually funded by the industry partner in conjunction with each Work Integrated Learning placement.

Work-integrated learning is guaranteed for students on the Bendigo Campus. Limited places are available on the Melbourne Campus.

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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