MC257 - Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering)

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Plan: MC257 - Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
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 (Civil Engineering)
Award abbreviation: MEng(CivEng)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030901
CRICOS code: 087986M

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Purpose of the Program

The main objective of the Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) program is to develop advanced knowledge and skills in civil engineering that will enhance your career prospects in the relevant industries.  The program aims to provide you with skills to step up as project leaders, consultants and managers with the knowledge and skills to lead the introduction of new technologies and operating practices in various industries.

The program greatly enhances graduates’ employability and career prospects. Graduates of this program will have gained extensive state of the art knowledge and skills in environmental engineering and related technologies, combined with advanced oral and written communication, teamwork, design, project management and research skills. At the completion of the program you will be equipped to further your career aspirations in engineering, operations, management, or consultancy and significantly contribute to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of organisations, and the competitiveness and profitability of business and industry.

The program design reflects a formal process of program development.  One part of this process was to identify the industry trends and the graduate capabilities required of an engineering graduate to successfully engage in a professional capacity with the relevant engineering industries of the 21st century. This involved research into the literature of engineering education and consultation with a number of stakeholders, including the professional body (Engineers Australia), industry bodies, alumni and current students, and the academic staff of the school.  

As a graduate of the Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) you will be prepared to work on a range of engineering projects including major projects such as surface and underground transport systems and resource development.  You will also be capable of working on the assessment and upgrade of infrastructure in a wide range of civil engineering applications.

In this program you will undertake a capstone project with the 48 credit point course OENG1088 Master's Research Project (or the alternative of taking both of the 24 credit point courses OENG1089, Master's Research Project Part 1 and OENG1090, Master's Research Project Part 2). In this project you will consolidate and expand the knowledge gained throughout the program through an in-depth experimental and/or analytical study of a highly technical and/or engineering management application.

This program is primarily delivered in face-to-face mode at the City Campus.

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Articulation and pathways

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Engineering program in Civil Engineering, and at AQF level 8 or equivalent, where this program is accredited by Engineers Australia, you may be eligible to receive up to 96 credit points of advanced standing.

If you have completed  MC257 MEng (Civil Eng) you will meet the eligibility criteria to apply for DR218 PhD (Civil Engineering) If you require further details on programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook.


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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

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. 


A Master of Engineering by coursework in one of the relevant disciplines listed above. 

Applicants must 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 also a minimum of two years' relevant work experience will also be considered.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

 English Language Requirements

International applicants: A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0, or equivalent.

Local applicants with international qualifications: If your 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, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) is not accredited, although it has been developed to align with the Engineers Australia accreditation framework. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. More details on membership of Engineers Australia can be found here.

Industry Links
This program has strong links with industry through its Industry Advisory Committee and through research and teaching collaborations.  Many program teaching staff are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experience and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry-funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated. The Research Project course, undertaken in second year, provides opportunities for Work Integrated Learning through industry-based projects.

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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

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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 our 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 students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Services for students

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

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other forms of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Director or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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