Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

From smart cities to sustainable sanitation to modular components, the future of civil engineering extends far beyond steel and concrete.

You’ll design integrated innovations to connect smart communities, streamline transport and prepare infrastructure to withstand the challenges of climate change.

Specialisation overview

Model high-capacity transportation systems. Deploy modular components. Lead large commercial projects. Develop cleaner water systems. Fast track construction with robotics.

Don’t simply navigate the future. Create it, with civil engineering

You’ll explore the potential of prefabricated construction, expand your knowledge of geomechanics, model complex transport and water systems, and learn advanced computational methods.

Acquire the technical knowledge to design, construct, improve and lead major infrastructure projects.

Plus, be mentored by experienced civil engineers who know the industry inside out.

See the course map and handbook for an outline of the course structures, units and electives.

Mishadi Herath

Practical experience is very important in engineering, and the Work Integrated Learning internship gave me the opportunity to do research in fields closely related to my specialisation, such as sanitation, groundwater and water purification.”

Mishadi Herath

Master of Civil Engineering (water)

Graduate Civil Hydropower Engineering, Entura

Careers in Civil engineering

With your civil engineering expertise, you’ll enter Australia’s construction boom with envious employability. You’ll have the opportunity to make your mark across a range of industries, including:

  • Government infrastructure programs
  • Construction and mining projects
  • Roads and traffic improvements
  • Marine and resort developments
  • Water management and flood mitigation
  • Property and land development
  • Consulting firms

Backed by your deep knowledge and practical experience, what you do next is up to you. You might:

  • Build sustainable prefabricated housing
  • Design earthquake-resistant schools
  • Create systems to protect against floods
  • Design sanitation systems
  • Construct high-speed railways
  • Devise solutions for improved traffic flow
  • Develop large-scale recycling schemes.

What you will learn

Civil Engineering

What passion area would you like to pursue? Direct your development, grow your knowledge and expand your capabilities as you focus on one of the following streams:


Cover topics like bridge design, structural analysis, infrastructure dynamics, rehabilitation and monitoring. And see what’s next as you explore the latest trends in robotic construction, fibre-reinforced polymer composites and modular design.


The future of transport is connected, smart and automated. You’ll explore intelligent transport systems, advanced traffic management and transport planning – to design smarter, integrated cities.


Gain the knowledge to improve sanitation, monitor pandemics through wastewater and build sustainable water systems. From flood hydrology to stormwater design and surface water hydrology.


Includes infrastructure geomechanics, advanced geomechanics and ground hazards engineering.

Management and practice

Includes professional engineering in society, project management and infrastructure information management.

Design and research

Includes advanced data analysis, integrated design, research methods and the application of theory in industry.

Ready to apply?

Are you ready to start your Master of Engineering journey?

Got a question?

If you have any queries about the Master of Engineering, or if you’d like to find out more, please contact us:

Domestic students

Telephone: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)
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International students

Telephone: +61 3 9903 4788
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2024 Engineering Graduate course guide

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