MC207 - Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics)

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Plan: MC207 - Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics)
Award abbreviation: MEng(StructForen)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time
Location: City Campus and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030903
CRICOS code: 078874E

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Purpose of the Program

The program is designed for engineers seeking specialist knowledge and skills in the emerging field of structural engineering and structural forensics.  

The program will develop your capability in problem identification, diagnosis and treatment of whole-of-life performance of the built urban environment. You will be exposed to the global trends and issues facing complex urban settings where design for resilience, safe construction and the reliability of ongoing condition monitoring, retrofitting, capacity enhancement and adaptability require innovative engineering solutions. While developing specialised expertise in structural engineering, you will be required to work collaboratively with a range of professionals and other stakeholders. You will apply the specialised expertise to design and conduct research that addresses a practical challenge facing engineers in this field.

On completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Apply specialised structural engineering principles in design and construction of the future built environment.
  • Maintain existing urban infrastructure to be sustainable, healthy and resilient for the benefit of society and the environment. 
  • Engage with the processes of innovation in the context of global change and future challenges confronting the field of structural engineering
  • Take a leading role in researching, developing and evaluating innovative structural solutions and dissemination to engineering and non-engineering professionals and the broader community.

The program will prepare graduates for local councils, road authorities, civil infrastructure design consultants, asset managers, designers of industrial and commercial buildings, road infrastructure designers and managers. It will also provide the opportunity to undertake a PhD by research.


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including PhD in Engineering by research, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements for local applicants
Recent Graduates without relevant industry experience:  Engineers Australia accredited four year Bachelor of Engineering degree specialising in Civil Engineering, at AQF8 level, or equivalent, which satisfies Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 competency standards with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0, out of a maximum possible GPA of 4.0.
Experienced Structural Engineers: Engineers Australia accredited four year Bachelor of Engineering degree, in Civil Engineering or equivalent, which satisfies Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 competency standards and a minimum of one year of relevant industry experience. The grade and discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Entrance requirements for international applicants  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 minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 out of a maximum possible GPA of 4.0.
If you have a Bachelor of Engineering degree which satisfies the above condition, but the title does not specify the specialisation is in Civil Engineering, you are eligible to apply, provided you have completed relevant Structural Engineering pre-requisites in your undergraduate studies. Such applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
If your four year International Bachelor degree was not taught in English you must undertake an IELTS test and achieve a score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalence web page. (;ID=dpfi0k5w9x9fz)

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External accreditation and industry links

The Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics) is a specialisation Master's program of one year duration.

To gain entry to the program requires you to have Engineers Australia - accredited four year Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

Engineers Australia is the national authority representing engineers in Australia. Under the Washington Accord, international recognition is offered by countries such as the USA, United Kingdom, Hong Kong (SAR), New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and South Africa. Engineers Australia is responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs. Accreditation ensures academic institutions consistently meet national and international standards. For Further information visit:

The current policy of Engineers Australia is to admit engineering graduates based on their undergraduate program to membership at the relevant career grade, and allow reciprocal privileges by equivalent professional bodies overseas. In general, Engineers Australia does not accredit postgraduate programs (such as this one). However, you can be admitted to membership of Engineers Australia as:

  • A graduate from an accredited undergraduate program. The career grade and discipline will depend on your undergraduate degree; or
  • A graduate from a non-accredited degree and completing a competency report. The career grade and discipline will depend on your undergraduate degree; or
  • An experienced engineering professional. The career grade and discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All engineering programs offered by the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at RMIT have strong links with the industry through their Program Advisory Committees, research and teaching collaborations. Many of the teaching staff within the program are practicing (or have been) industry professionals with extensive industry experience, well developed contact networks, who currently engaged with many industry funded research projects. These attributes ensure, when integrated in to teaching and courseware development, that your learning experience is industry relevant and work-integrated.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University, you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the library. You can access books, journals and other course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service, you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments, or you can work through web-based tutorials or use online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University student have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Structural and Forensics Engineering, refer to

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT:

Master of Engineering (Structures and Forensics) - specific software is also available for students use in many computer labs across the City campus.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your leaning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and carrier goals.

Services available to face-to-face and online assisting with:

·         study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant

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