Civil engineering

Why study a civil engineering course?

Civil engineers should be creative, curious, analytical and detail-orientated. Graduates trained in civil engineering can specialise in construction, environmental and transport engineering, or managing people and projects.

Our Bachelor of Civil Engineering prepares you to work in the design, construction and maintenance of almost all basic types of contemporary infrastructure, including bridges, multi-storey buildings, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, water supply and waste collection systems.

You can combine this course with either science or business courses in double degree programs.

Industry scholarships

We offer industry-supported scholarships unique to our Bachelor of Civil Engineering, backed by a wide range of industry partners. Get financial support and fully-paid vacation work experience as part of your degree.

Career opportunities

There is currently a shortage of civil engineers in Australia. You're likely to find work in a variety of public and private organisations within Australia and overseas.

La Trobe graduates work on diverse projects all over the world, such as large-scale structural projects and oil rigs, with mining companies, water authorities and local government.

Upon completion of your civil engineering course, you will be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia, and other professional bodies depending on your specialisation.

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo 61.75
Melbourne 70.45
Year
2015
Course description
Combining theory and on-the-job training, this four-year Honours degree gives you the skills to find creative solutions to engineering challenges.

Our focus is on balancing industry-integrated learning with theory. You'll develop high-level engineering skills in sustainable infrastructure, civil construction, water resources, structural engineering and surveying, along with knowledge of Computer Aided Design. At the same time, you'll have the chance to undertake paid work experience, which generally leads to employment straight after graduation.

Your studies will teach you how to plan and manage large-scale projects, test your own construction ideas and work as a team. You'll examine the environmental challenges facing today's construction industry, and participate in a research subject to refine your knowledge of areas like sustainability, irrigation in urban environments and advances in concrete technologies.

You can complete your work experience during semester holidays, at the end of your degree or over a full year. Industry-supported scholarships from civil engineering companies are also available. These scholarships provide financial support and paid work experience.
Career opportunities
Fields that employ civil engineers include construction, engineering consulting, water supply and irrigation, as well as government and council departments. In fact, anywhere that requires a specialist understanding of infrastructure, building materials and design will benefit from your skills.
Professional recognition
The course is accredited by Engineers Australia, and graduates are eligible for membership.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Download this information about the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (PDF 478k).
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're a current Year 12 student or you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not currently studying Year 12 and intend to apply only to La Trobe, you can apply direct to the University until Friday 5 December. Late applications may be accepted from 6 December.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Civil Engineering (Honours)Melbourne
Civil Engineering (Honours)Bendigo

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Business

Duration :
5.5 years full time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo N/A
Year
2015
Course description
This double degree allows you to combine your love of building and construction with the skills you need to manage projects and run a business.

Along with studying sustainable infrastructure, civil construction, water resources and structural engineering, you'll explore economics, business law, marketing and human resources.

You'll gain practical skills through research projects, which you'll present to peers and industry experts. You'll also have opportunities for paid work experience with our industry partners, allowing you to build networks in the engineering industry and develop your skills and confidence. We also offer industry-supported scholarships and opportunities to study overseas.

'I really enjoy the engineering course because you get to see the practical side of engineering with many lab classes and site visits,' says civil engineering student Nathan Treloar. 'During the summer holidays, I did part-time work with a local engineer. I got to experience the practical side of engineering and apply a lot of what I had learned in the first two years of my course.'
Career opportunities
Australia currently has a shortage of civil engineers. You'll graduate with the skills and experience you need to take on jobs in Australia or overseas in civil engineering, mining and construction. You could also work in sustainable energy and aid work, providing sanitation, clean water, shelter and roads.
Professional recognition
On graduation, you'll be eligible to join Engineers Australia.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Business, Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're a current Year 12 student or you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not currently studying Year 12 and intend to apply only to La Trobe, you can apply direct to the University until Friday 5 December. Late applications may be accepted from 6 December.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Civil Engineering/BusinessBendigo

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science

Duration :
5.5 years full time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Bendigo N/A
Year
2015
Course description
Develop your interest in building and construction and gain specialist knowledge in areas like biomedicine and biotechnology with this combined Honours degree.

You'll study sustainable infrastructure, civil construction, water resources, structural engineering and environmental engineering along with science subjects including biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

You'll also have the chance to complete up to one year of paid work experience under the supervision of experienced engineers, allowing you to put theory into practice and build industry contacts that can lead to employment straight after graduation. We also offer industry-supported scholarships to give you financial support while you study.
Career opportunities
Whatever your specialisation, the high demand for civil engineers in Australia - together with our industry contacts and work placement programs - could lead you to jobs that pay well above the graduate average. You could find work in civil engineering, mining, humanitarian aid, transport infrastructure, or even in biotechnology industries building machines to improve quality of life.
Professional recognition
Once you complete your course, you'll be eligible to join Engineers Australia and other industry bodies, depending on your specialisation.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're a current Year 12 student or you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not currently studying Year 12 and intend to apply only to La Trobe, you can apply direct to the University until Friday 5 December. Late applications may be accepted from 6 December.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Civil Engineering/Science Bendigo

Bachelor of Science and Society

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne 50.9
Year
2015
Course description
Use your interest in science to make a difference in society with this degree. You'll have the opportunity to combine your science major with a sub-major in a field such as business, communications or a language, preparing you to work in areas where science and society meet.

Different combinations of science and society are offered at three of our campuses. Combinations include psychology and community development (Albury-Wodonga), biotechnology/environmental analysis and sustainable development (Bendigo), and microbiology and languages (Melbourne).

Your first year begins with foundation studies in science and your non-science field. In second year you'll specialise in up to two science majors and complementary studies in a non-science field. Subjects include agricultural science, mathematics, environmental management, archaeology, biotechnology, psychology, accounting , marketing, information technology, ecology, chemistry and professional communication.

Alongside lectures and lab work in relevant science subjects, you'll go on excursions relating to botany, biology and zoology to places like the Otways, Mt Hotham and Wilson's Promontory. You'll also have access to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, which is made up of 30 hectares of bushland and is home to protected fauna, as well as have opportunities for paid work placements and international study.
Career opportunities
You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills to work in science, business, government and education. With your understanding of science and its social applications, this course is designed to prepare you for roles in environmental advocacy, working with corporations towards sustainable business practices, or helping disadvantaged communities to improve living standards.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Applicants described in the Admissions Tests section must complete the STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Business, any Humanities, any Information Technology, Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Students who meet entrance requirements may proceed to the honours year, in which they have the opportunity to take specialised subjects at an advanced level.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not currently studying Year 12 and intend to apply only to La Trobe, you can apply direct to the University until Friday 5 December. Late applications may be accepted from 6 December.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Science and SocietyMelbourne
Science and SocietyBendigo
Science and SocietyAlbury-Wodonga

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2015

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (078469G)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 350
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Combining theory and on-the-job training, this four-year Honours degree gives you the skills to find creative solutions to engineering challenges.

Our focus is on balancing industry-integrated learning with theory. You'll develop high-level engineering skills in sustainable infrastructure, civil construction, water resources, structural engineering and surveying, along with knowledge of Computer Aided Design. At the same time, you'll have the chance to undertake paid work experience, which generally leads to employment straight after graduation.

Your studies will teach you how to plan and manage large-scale projects, test your own construction ideas and work as a team. You'll examine the environmental challenges facing today's construction industry, and participate in a research subject to refine your knowledge of areas like sustainability, irrigation in urban environments and advances in concrete technologies.

You can complete your work experience during semester holidays, at the end of your degree or over a full year. Industry-supported scholarships from civil engineering companies are also available. These scholarships provide financial support and paid work experience.
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; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

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.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 70.45, Bendigo: 61.75
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 7
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 8
MICSS (UEC) - 5.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 65
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 3.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
WASSCE - 5
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.3
GAOKAO - see: the website


If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information, visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Additional information
Only students with Advanced Standing (credit) can commence in Semester 2 (July).
Professional recognition
The course is accredited by Engineers Australia, and graduates are eligible for professional membership.
Career opportunities
Professional engineers participate in careers across many fields. Graduates work in private industry, consultancies, research, and in local, state, and federal government organisations. Career paths lead through general engineering practice and management roles to the highest positions.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Civil Engineering (Honours)Melbourne
Civil Engineering (Honours)Bendigo

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (078465M)

Duration :
5.5 years (or 5 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
26 600
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
This double degree allows you to combine your love of building and construction with the skills you need to manage projects and run a business.

Along with studying sustainable infrastructure, civil construction, water resources and structural engineering, you'll explore economics, business law, marketing and human resources.

You'll gain practical skills through research projects, which you'll present to peers and industry experts. You'll also have opportunities for paid work experience with our industry partners, allowing you to build networks in the engineering industry and develop your skills and confidence. We also offer industry-supported scholarships and opportunities to study overseas.

'I really enjoy the engineering course because you get to see the practical side of engineering with many lab classes and site visits,' says civil engineering student Nathan Treloar. 'During the summer holidays, I did part-time work with a local engineer. I got to experience the practical side of engineering and apply a lot of what I had learned in the first two years of my course.'
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; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

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.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - N/A
International Baccalaureate - 28
GCE A Levels - 9
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 9
MICSS (UEC) - 4
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.2
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information, visit the La Trobe Melbourne website
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 20 in one of Specialist Mathematics or Physics.
Additional information
Students with Advanced Standing (credit) may commence in Semester 2 (July).
Professional recognition
This course is accredited by Engineers Australia, and graduates are eligible for membership.
Career opportunities
Many engineers find themselves working in management positions relatively soon after graduation. For these graduates the Bachelor of Business provides invaluable management expertise.

Project management, for example, is an important area of employment for engineers. It requires, in addition to technical engineering skills, a comprehensive understanding of the financial and human resource management aspects of projects.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Civil Engineering/BusinessBendigo

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (078464A)

Duration :
5.5 years (or 5 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 650
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
Develop your interest in building and construction and gain specialist knowledge in areas like biomedicine and biotechnology with this combined Honours degree.

You'll study sustainable infrastructure, civil construction, water resources, structural engineering and environmental engineering along with science subjects including biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

You'll also have the chance to complete up to one year of paid work experience under the supervision of experienced engineers, allowing you to put theory into practice and build industry contacts that can lead to employment straight after graduation. We also offer industry-supported scholarships to give you financial support while you study.
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; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

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.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - N/A
International Baccalaureate - 28
GCE A Levels - 9
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 9
MICSS (UEC) - 4
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.2
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Satisfactory completion in two but no more than two of Maths: Specialist Mathematics and Physics equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 3 points.
Additional information
Students with Advanced Standing (credit) may commence in Semester 2 (July).
Professional recognition
The course is accredited by Engineers Australia, and graduates are eligible for membership. Graduates may also be eligible for membership of the relevant scientific professional association, depending on your choice of studies.
Career opportunities
Graduates with civil engineering and science studies (either biotechnology or chemistry majors) are well placed to work in the growing water and wastewater industries. See online individual course entries for further details.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Civil Engineering/Science Bendigo

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Ethan Guo,
Bachelor of Civil Engineering

"Site visits and experiments in my course provide a better understanding of how civil engineering works."

Civil engineering placements and employment-linked scholarships

The Industry-Based Learning component of the civil engineering course gives you paid work in industry under the supervision of experienced engineers. It offers you:

  • Industry contacts that may lead to a job after graduation
  • Pay rates generally between 60-80 per cent of a graduate salary
  • An opportunity to put theory into practice
  • A chance to build confidence and maturity
  • Improved communications skills.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. You can view staff in Civil engineering or search all staff in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.