Course at a Glance
Schedule Start Date: 13th July 2020
Code: MCSOC
Course Length: 2 Years

CRICOS Provider Code: 03567C | CRICOS Course Code: 0100461

The Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural) addresses the specific core competencies and associated underpinning knowledge required of Structural Engineers. This course offers twelve units and a project thesis to provide the knowledge and skills required to become competent and confident engineers. Students with a background in civil, construction, transport and systems engineering will especially benefit from this program as it prepares them for further career development in the Structural Engineering industry. Upon completion of this program you will gain:

  • Skills and knowledge in the latest and developing technologies in civil: structural engineering
  • Practical tuition  from experts around the world
  • Global networking contacts in the industry
  • Improved career choices and income
  • A valuable and accredited Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural)** degree

** A note regarding recognition of this program in the Australian education system: EIT is the owner of this program. The qualification is officially accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.

Program Details

Overview

Society has come to enjoy and rely upon the benefits that engineering and technology bring to our daily lives. The society in which we live today is fundamentally dependent on the structures that Structural Engineers design and deliver. This Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural) therefore addresses a very fundamental requirement in our society, the ability to provide Structural Engineering services which deliver safe and reliable structures.

The curriculum addresses a diverse range of topics geared to producing well-rounded graduates who are equipped with the knowledge that employers require in order to put graduates to work. The aim of this master’s program is to equip the student with a multitude of tools and techniques, including those that tackle specific organizational problems and also those required to design and implement engineering structures.

Theory forms the crucial foundation in any Master degree and is crucial to successful mastery. Thus it is required that the graduate students of the Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural) will have a general undergraduate knowledge and/or prior work experience in the Structural Engineering field.

The Project Thesis is the capstone unit of the course and draws on the topic and reinforces the knowledge and skill base developed in the preceding units. As a significant research component of the course, this project will facilitate research, critical evaluation along with the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative, enabling students to critique and potentially enhance current professional practice in the Civil industry. The Project Thesis requires a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.

Time Commitment

Each unit is composed of 10 hours of study per week. Full-time on-campus students will study 4 – 4.5 units per semester and are required to be on campus for a minimum of 20 hours per week for tutorial, lecture, lab/workshop and self-study sessions.

Potential Job Outcomes

A Civil engineer has a doorway into a variety of engineering sectors and industries, such as: construction, roads, railway, transportation, geotechnical, structural, water works, earthworks, irrigation, and town planning.

Potential job roles include :

  • Graduate civil engineer
  • Construction engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Transport engineer
  • Civil engineer (3-5 years’ experience)
  • Project manager (3-5 years’ experience)
  • Construction project manager (3-5 years’ experience)
  • Lead engineer (10+ years’ experience)
  • Principal engineer (10+ years’ experience)
  • Senior engineer (10+ years’ experience)

Who Will Benefit from this Prestigious Program

Those seeking to achieve advanced knowledge and expertise in civil: structural engineering, including but not limited to:

  • Civil engineers
  • Construction engineers
  • Transport engineers
  • Urban engineers
  • Material and mechanical systems engineers
  • Project engineers

Rules of Progression

The Project Thesis can only be attempted once all other units have been successfully completed.

All engineering disciplines are built up of individual bodies-of-knowledge that together target a specific application. It not only relies on the combined body of knowledge from the undergraduate degree, specifically mathematics, physics, and discipline knowledge, but also on the various units that form this course. The ‘500’ level units are designed at AQF level 8 (Graduate Diploma). The knowledge from each unit allows students to be able to investigate difficult problems, analyze and synthesize complex solutions, and communicate their solutions and ideas. This will enable successful progress to the ‘600’ level units at AQF level 9 (master's degree). All this knowledge is brought together as the students tackle complex application problems in their final Thesis.

The content of each unit is designed to provide a graduated increase in knowledge and skills from the ‘500’ level units to the ‘600’ level units culminating in a Project Thesis. All units must be passed, or have exemptions, to achieve the qualification.

The Graduate Diploma of Engineering is nested within the master's degree as an exit point only after successful completion of all the ‘500’ level units of the program. Both qualifications have the same entry requirements. The second year of the master's degree does not serve as an entry point.

Industrial Experience

In terms of industrial or practical experience, EIT's Master of Engineering programs require the completion of 240 hours of relevant industrial experience (i.e. internship, paid/unpaid work) in an engineering environment under professional supervision. In addition, the course will also entail some hands-on workshops through BXX001-004 units, which will be used to provide you hands-on work skills. The course also requires the completion of Professional Practice Workshop through MXX001 unit, which has engineering student project teams working on a discipline related comprehensive industrial case study. If you already have some work experience in the relevant engineering field, you may apply to have credit granted by completing the associated recognition of prior learning form to demonstrate that your experience is of a sufficient nature and standard.

Students will have the opportunity to complete a 12-week internship, subject to meeting eligibility criteria determined by the host company.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements - Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural)

To gain entry into this program, applicants need one of the following:

a) a recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice.

b) an EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree in a congruent** field of practice.

c) a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent), that is recognized under the Washington Accord or Engineers Australia, in a congruent**, or a different field of practice at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

d) a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent)* that is not recognized under the Washington Accord, in a congruent** field of practice to this program.

AND

An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no individual band less than 6.0), or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.

AND

Evidence of mathematical competence by means of completion of courses/units which include:

  • Complex Numbers,
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) and Series,
  • Multivariable Calculus, and
  • Linear Algebra

* With integrated compulsory 12-week professional industry experience, training or project work of which 6 weeks are directly supervised by a professional/eligible professional engineer as determined by EIT.

** Congruent field of practice means one of the following with adequate content (fields not listed below to be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis):

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Transport Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Urban Engineering
  • Civil Railway Systems

International students who wish to study on-campus in Australia will need to have a valid international student visa.

Maths Bridging Test/Exam

Maths bridging test/exam (non-proctored/invigilated): to be completed by all Higher Education students during orientation week, to be administered through Moodle. If the student fails again they will be considered a student at risk and managed in accordance with EIT’s Student at Risk Policy.

English

All CRICOS applicants will be subject to a phone interview as a condition of their Letter of Offer (This is in addition to the English Language Proficiency requirements stated above).

An English proficiency test must be completed by all Higher Education students studying on campus. This will be adminsitered through Moodle during orientation week. If a student fails the initial test they must complete additional English language support classes. If the student fails again they will be considered a student at risk and managed in accordance with EIT’s Student at Risk Policy.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Exemptions

EIT can give you credit for units where you can demonstrate substantial prior experience or educational background. An assessment fee may apply. For more information, please see EIT's Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Please note: meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry to our programs. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Program Structure

Program Structure

Students must complete 48 credit points comprised of 12 core subjects and one capstone Thesis. The Thesis is the equivalent of one full semester. There are no electives in this program. The program duration is two years full time. Subjects will be delivered over 2 semesters per year. Students will take 4 units per semester and will be able to complete 8 units per year. There will be a short mid-semester break and extended breaks between semesters. For the detailed academic calendar, please see below:

Semester Unit Code Subjects
Year One
Semester 1 MCS501 Structural Analysis
Semester 1 MCS502 Advanced Engineering Materials
Semester 1 MCS503 Structural Design Part 1 - Advanced Topics on Reinforced Concrete Design
Semester 1 MCS504 Project, Design and Construction Management
Semester 2 MCS505 Advanced Structural Engineering Methods Part 1
Semester 2 MCS506 Structural Design Part 2 - Advanced Topics on Steel Design
Semester 2 MCS507 Structural Dynamics
Semester 2 MXX501/601 Engineering Practice and Key Research Methods
Year Two
Semester 1 MCS602 Advanced Structural Engineering Methods Part 2
Semester 1 MCS603 Earthquake Structural Design
Semester 1 MCS604 Structural Refurbishment and Structural Failure
Semester 1 MCS605 Design of High Rise Structures and Bridges
Semester 2 ME 700 Project Thesis (taken over 1 semester)

 

Additional Mandatory Courses

Units Credit Points
`BXX001 - Hands-on Workshop 1

0

`BXX002 - Hands-on Workshop 2 0
`BXX003 - Hands-on Workshop 3 0
`BXX004 - Hands-on Workshop 4 0
MXX001 - Professional Practice Hands-on Workshop 0
MXX510 - Professional Experience 0

` Applicable to students gaining entry under option a) or d) of the Entry Requirements.

* Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Civil: Structural;): Students who elect to exit the program after successfully completing all of the first year units, as outlined above, can opt to receive EIT's Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Civil: Structural). If students wish to finalize the master's qualification after exiting at graduate diploma level, they will need to re-enrol and relinquish the graduate diploma testamur.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

This master's degree is accredited by the Australian government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), which is an independent statutory authority. TEQSA regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s large, diverse and complex higher education sector. Details of the courses that EIT have accredited can be seen here.

Why Study With EIT?

Industry-Oriented

EIT programs are specifically designed by an international body of industry experts, ensuring you graduate with cutting-edge skills that are valued by employers around the world.

Experienced Lecturers

Our lecturers include highly experienced engineers, with real-world knowledge, not just academics.

World-Class Education

Like all Australian higher education providers and universities, EIT programs are accredited by the exacting standards of the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Together with its sister organization IDC Technologies, the group has trained over 500,000 engineers, technicians and technologists globally over the last 30 years.

Job Ready

EIT has built strong links with industry over many years. We ensure that course content will remain current with rapidly changing technology.

Affordable Education

EIT is one of the most affordable colleges in Australia offering world-class engineering degrees.

Engineering Specialist

EIT is one of the only private colleges in the world specializing in engineering.

On-Campus Delivery Mode

Delivery

EIT on-campus programs include classroom sessions, practical lab exercises, assessments, class discussions and self-study. Additionally, our students have access to industry experts based around the globe through live and interactive online presentations. Our students have access to a personalized Learning Management System where all course materials are available 24/7.

Practical Exercises, Remote Labs and Assignments

All EIT programs provide access to remote laboratories and cutting-edge simulation software. Hands-on laboratory practicals are an essential component of EIT’s programs to ensure our students put theory into practice. These hands-on workshops cover the major discipline-specific applied skills required for competency in engineering practice.

Learning Support

Remote and on-campus students need support, encouragement and a go-to person. Our students are supported by dedicated Learning Support Officers (LSOs) and Course Coordinators for the duration of their studies, giving them a greater chance of success. Students studying our degrees will have a committed LSO for each unit of study.  

The Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural) is also available to study online.

How to Apply

Domestic and International On-campus Students

Once you have reviewed the above entry requirements for this course, you can commence the application process by completing the contact form below. You will then receive an email with detailed course information and a Course Advisor will contact you to explain the application process.  Please note that you will be required to provide certified documents to complete your application.

Brochure

Brochure

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