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In civil engineering you will study how to plan, design, construct and maintain infrastructure such as buildings, dams, airports and transport networks. You will also learn how to protect and improve the natural environment while meeting the changing needs of society.

The civil engineering specialisation enables you to develop technical skills in building materials, the design of structures, hydrology, geotechnical engineering, fire safety and transport systems.

This is complemented with an understanding of natural systems and the analysis techniques used to examine how both the built and natural environments perform and adapt to environmental challenges such as climate change and associated shifts in rainfall, wind, flooding and natural disasters, as well as future population needs.

With a focus on applying engineering expertise to develop practical solutions, combined with regular interactions with the civil engineering industry and world-class academic staff, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry links that will enable you to immediately contribute to the engineering profession.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2021

30 in the world for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Civil engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Transport engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Coastal engineer
  • Design manager

Early-career salary

Civil Engineer

$48K–$76K

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Late-career salary

Civil Engineer

$74K–$193K

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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