Major in the

Engineering Systems

Studies in Engineering Systems can lead to careers in Civil, Environmental and Structural Engineering and are available in the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Environments.

Engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the built environment for the provision of essential services and infrastructure in a manner that respects and works with the natural and social environmental contexts in which it occurs. Engineers use their sophisticated understanding of these concepts to create solutions to improve quality of life.

This major provides you with the interdisciplinary skills necessary to succeed in this complex and exciting field. Given the critical link engineers create between society, the built and natural environments, this major draws upon one of the key strengths of the Bachelor of Environments – its interdisciplinary approach to problem solving – to build your teamwork skills. You will learn how to work with a range of specialists, such as architects, biologists, ecologists, natural resource managers, planners, community groups, farmers and other engineering disciplines, in order to establish sustainable and resilient human-environment systems.

This major is based on a strong ability in mathematics and science to learn how to develop predictive models of complex systems to allow design of engineered systems.

This major can lead to the Master of Engineering (Civil, Environmental or Structural), and professional accreditation as an engineer.

Applicants for this major must have completed Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.


If you complete this major and the Master of Engineering (Civil) at Melbourne, you could pursue a career as a civil engineer.

Civil engineers can specialise in:

  • Structural engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Water resources engineering
  • Transport and land use planning
  • Project management.

Employment opportunities are available with a wide range of organisations including:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Research organisations
  • Academic institutions
  • Mining companies
  • Energy agencies
  • Local, state and federal government.