Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural)


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description


The Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural) will equip you with the necessary skills to address the demands of the structural engineering industry. Students with a background in civil, construction, transport and systems engineering will especially benefit from this programme as it prepares them for further career development in the structural engineering industry. Upon completion of this programme you will gain:

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

Programme Details

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.

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 programme 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.

The 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 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

Successful students are thus likely to spend approximately 20 hours per week in order to cover the material adequately and to gain sufficient knowledge in each unit. This includes the preparatory reading, attendance at each webinar and the time necessary to complete the assignments and laboratory work.

Potential Job Outcomes

Potential job roles include engineering and management positions in the following areas of expertise:

  • Construction
  • Roads
  • Railway
  • Transportation
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Waterworks
  • Earthworks
  • Irrigation
  • Town planning
  • Environmental

Who Will Benefit from this Prestigious Programme

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 engineers
  • Project engineers

Industrial Experience

In terms of industrial or practical experience, EIT's Master of Engineering programmes 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 with 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.

Entry Requirements - Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural)

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

  • a recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice
  • an EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree in a congruent** field of practice.
  • 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.
  • 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 programme.


  • 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.

* 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 Civil Engineering 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
  • Urban Engineering
  • Material Systems
  • Project Engineering

***Applicants may have a maximum of one individual band of 5.5 and be granted entry subject to the provision of English language support by EIT.

Please note: All documents submitted as part of your application must be certified.

Programme Structure

Students must complete 48 credit points comprising 12 core units and one (1) capstone Thesis. There are no electives in this programme. The programme duration is two years. Subjects will be delivered over four (4) terms per year, and students will take 2 subjects per term. There will be a short break between years.

Year Term Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
Year 1 Term 1 MCS501 Structural Analysis 3
Year 1 Term 1 MCS502 Advanced Engineering Materials 3
Year 1 Term 2 MCS503 Structural Design Part 1 - Advanced Topics on Reinforced Concrete Design 3
Year 1 Term 2 MCS504 Project, Design and Construction Management 3
Year 1 Term 3 MCS505 Advanced Structural Engineering Methods Part 1 3
Year 1 Term 3 MCS506 Structural Design Part 2 - Advanced Topics in Steel Design 3
Year 1 Term 4 MCS507 Structural Dynamics 3
Year 1 Term 4 MXX501/601 Engineering Research and Practice 3
Year 2 Term 1 MCS602 Advanced Structural Engineering Methods Part 2 3
Year 2 Term 1 MCS603 Earthquake Structural Design 3
Year 2 Term 2 MCS604 Structural Refurbishment and Structural Failure 3
Year 2 Term 2 MCS605 Design of High Rise Structures and Bridges 3
Year 2 Term 3 & 4 ME700 Project Thesis 12

Additional Mandatory Units

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 programme 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 qualification after exiting at the Graduate Diploma level, they will need to re-enrol and relinquish the Graduate Diploma testamur.

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.

Why Study With EIT?

  • Industry-Oriented: EIT programmes 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 programmes are accredited by the exacting standards of the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Through the Washington Accord, this online programme is also recognized by many authorizing bodies around the world. Together with its sister organization IDC Technologies, the group has trained over 500,000 engineers, technicians and technologists globally over the last 30 years.
  • Flexibility: Our innovative online delivery model ensures that you have access to the best instructors and resources 24 hours a day. You can participate from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection.
  • Dedicated Support: You will be supported by dedicated Learning Support Officers and Course Coordinators for the duration of your studies, giving you a greater chance of success. Global Reach EIT’s current students join from over 140 countries, with expert lecturers based around the globe, providing you with a truly international perspective.
  • Engineering Specialist: EIT is one of the only private colleges in the world specializing in engineering.

Online Delivery Mode

  • Delivery: EIT uses an innovative, online approach to ensure that you have a supportive, interactive and practical education experience. Our delivery model involves live, interactive online tutorials, remote laboratories, simulation software, and assignments with support from dedicated Learning Support Officers and Academic Staff. Tutorials are conducted using our own specialized, live, interactive software system. You will receive course materials and assessments through an online Learning Management System which is available 24 hours a day. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.
  • Why Online? EIT recognizes that many students have work and/or family commitments which makes pursuing further study very challenging. Our online programmes have been specifically designed to reduce the significant financial, time and travel commitments often required by on-campus programmes.
  • Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories: You will participate in laboratory practical assignments using remote laboratories and simulation software, to ensure you receive the requisite hands-on experience. The hardware equipment connected to most of the computers, both industrial and educational, allows you to perform the real implementation of engineering activities by interfacing the computers, software and simulators to real-world hardware.

How to Apply

Domestic and International Students

Once you have reviewed the above entry requirements for this course, you can commence the application process by completing the form. You will then receive an email with detailed course information and access to our application portal.


It has been interesting and rewarding studying at EIT. The teaching and learning methodology is modern and simply out of this world. When I completed an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation at EIT several years ago, I knew I would be back for more academic pursuits. Now, having completed a master's degree programme in the same field, I cannot wait any longer to commence a PhD study in the same field at EIT. 
Abimbola Adegoke Ogunlade, South Africa

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

The key objective of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is to provide an outstanding practical engineering and technology education; from Diplomas through to Masters Degrees. The finest eng ... Read More

The key objective of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is to provide an outstanding practical engineering and technology education; from Diplomas through to Masters Degrees. The finest engineering lecturers and instructors, with extensive real engineering experience in the industry, are drawn from around the world. The learning is gained through face-to-face classes as well as synchronous, online (eLearning) technologies. Read less
Perth , Melbourne , Bentley + 2 More Less