Masters in Civil Engineering in Australia

If you're looking to pursue a Masters in Civil Engineering then Australia is definitely an option you should consider as there are ample job opportunities for civil engineers and designers due to major infrastructure projects in key Australian states including Victoria and New South Wales.

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the top Australian universities for MS in Civil Engineering and highlight some key points that you need to keep in mind while selecting a course and university. We'll also cover the current state of the industry in Australia and your job prospects after you complete the Masters course.

Top Universities for Masters in Civil Engineering in Australia

Clearly, the first step for you is to identify the right universities so we have compiled a list of Australian universities that offer the degree. It contains all the essential details of the course including fees for international students, duration and location and is sorted by rank. (If finances are one of your major concerns, there is another list a little later in the article that is sorted by cost.)

University Course Rank Cost/ Fees per year Years Location
Monash University Master of Civil Engineering 53 A$ 37,900 2 Melbourne
University of Melbourne Master of Civil Engineering 56 A$ 37,376  2 Melbourne
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Master of Civil Engineering 68 A$ 36,960  2 Sydney
University of Sydney Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 73 A$ 38,000  1.5 Sydney
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Master of Civil Engineering 109 A$ 30,060 2 Sydney
University of Adelaide Master of Civil & Structural Engineering 116 A$ 38,000 2 Adelaide
University of Western Australia Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 122 A$ 37,000 2 Perth
University of Wollongong Master of Civil Engineering 163 A$ 30,576 2 Wollongong
University of South Australia Master of Civil & Infrastructure Engineering 182 A$ 32,250 2 Adelaide
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Engineering Science (Civil) 224 A$ 32,250 2 Melbourne
Griffith University Master of Civil Engineering 358 A$ 29,500 1.5 Gold Coast

* The 'Ranking' refers to the 2015 Times Higher Education Subject ranking for 'Engineering and Technology'. Wherever the Times Higher Education Subject ranking is not available the QS Faculty ranking is used. Universities not featured in both ranking systems are not included in the list.

Key points to keep in mind while selecting your course

You should keep a few essential things in mind when you are selecting your course and university.

For starters, did you know that as an international student, you can apply for a post study work visa in Australia? BUT - and this is the important part - you will only be eligible for a post study work visa if your course in Australia meets certain criteria. If this is something that you might be interested in then you need to make sure that you are completely familiar with the post study work visa criteria before you make a decision about your course and university.

Read our simple, detailed guide to post study work visas in Australia to learn the latest post study work visa rules.

Another thing you should be aware of is the dual degree options that are available. As you can see in the list, the duration for most courses is 2 years. Some Australian universities have dual degree options where you can also complete another related course in the same 2 year span.

For instance, the MS in Civil Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has a duration of 2 years but UTS also offers a dual degree - MS in Civil Engineering + Masters in Engineering Management - which is also just 2 years in duration. Similarly, Swinburne offers a double degree with the Master of Construction Management and Griffith offers a double degree with the Master of Project Management.

Basically, if you opt for the double degree you will graduate with 2 qualifications instead of just 1 at the end of 2 years.

Now that you are familiar with the post study work rules, you have obviously have realised that you need 2 years of academic study in Australia if you want to be eligible for it. Given this scenario, you might as well get 2 Master's degrees in those 2 years and broaden your job prospects after graduation.

Industry trends and job prospects after Masters

Here's something you probably did not know: The Australian Government has an investment plan that delivers over $50 billion in infrastructure for the period from 2013-14 to 2019-20 onwards.

In fact, the 2016 Budget in Australia includes over $33 billion in forward estimates for critical infrastructure and this is expected to generate tens of thousands of jobs. A number of projects are planned across key states including the $5.6 billion Pacific Highway duplication in New South Wales, the $500 million Monash Freeway in Victoria, the $518.4 million Moreton Bay Rail Link in Queensland and more. Take a look at this report for a more comprehensive list of projects in each state and territory.

Most affordable Masters in Civil Engineering in Australia

And finally, we come to costs, an important consideration for most international students. Here we have taken the same list as above as sorted it based on the annual tuition fees for international students.

University Course Rank Cost/ Fees per year Years Location
Griffith University Master of Civil Engineering 358 A$ 29,500 1.5 Gold Coast
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Master of Civil Engineering 109 A$ 30,060 2 Sydney
University of South Australia Master of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 182 A$ 32,250 2 Adelaide
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Engineering Science (Civil) 224 A$ 32,250 2 Melbourne
University of Wollongong Master of Civil Engineering 163 A$ 30,576 2 Wollongong
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Master of Civil Engineering 68 A$ 36,960  2 Sydney
University of Western Australia Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 122 A$ 37,000 2 Perth
University of Melbourne Master of Civil Engineering 56 A$ 37,376  2 Melbourne
Monash University Master of Civil Engineering 53 A$ 37,900 2 Melbourne
University of Sydney Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 73 A$ 38,000  1.5 Sydney
University of Adelaide Master of Civil & Structural Engineering 116 A$ 38,000 2 Adelaide

* The 'Ranking' refers to the 2015 Times Higher Education Subject ranking for 'Engineering and Technology'. Wherever the Times Higher Education Subject ranking is not available the QS Faculty ranking is used. Universities not featured in both ranking systems are not included in the list.

Conclusion

You now have a comprehensive overview of the popular universities that offer the MS in Civil Engineering course in Australia as well as detailed course information. Hopefully, this will help you pick a university that suits your requirements.

Remember, as an international student, you need to keep current post study work rules and industry trends in mind while you make your decision.

If you need any further information or have a specific question just fill out this enquiry form.

Good luck!

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