Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBE/BArchDes
CRICOS code075586D
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Visit the Engineering contacts page

Art, Design and Architecture: telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator



  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students will normally expect to complete the course in five years. This is achieved by undertaking one additional unit (above the standard four units - 24 credit points) per semester twice in the later stages of the degree.
  • The engineering component of this course is offered on the Clayton campus, and the architectural design component is offered on the Caulfield campus. The course is timetabled, where possible, to allow whole days at one or the other campus.


This double degree program is designed for students who are interested in civil engineering with a thorough understanding of how buildings function. The architectural design component enables students to express their building design in an innovative way whereas the civil engineering component enables students to understand the load path and design safety issues associated with the architectural design.

The Bachelor of Architectural Design component offers a program of education in the discipline of architecture and provides the first of two degrees required for professional registration. The engineering component of the program is only available to students in the discipline of civil engineering.

Graduates from this program, while not eligible for architecture registration, will be qualified engineers and highly skilled designers and design thinkers. They will work closely with architects to develop solutions to client's projects that integrate form and appearance with practical functionality leading to sustainable, innovative solutions, and be able to provide leadership in the design and construction of the built environment, collaborating with clients, builders and other design professionals. They will also be able to provide solutions to a wide variety of engineering and social problems through creative thinking and realistic applications to building in a sustainable way, and will be equipped with contemporary knowledge and technological skills to critically analyse problems and research solutions.


Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit

Upon completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design component and the Master of Architecture, students will have achieved the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Competency Standards applicable to university courses and will comply with the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture (RAIA) Education Policy Performance Criteria.


This course consists of:

(a.) 138 points of civil engineering studies, incorporating core units and electives

(b.) 114 points of core studies in architectural design.

The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

The course progression outlined in the requirements for this degree is recommended; students should adjust their yearly enrolment program as needed, based on prerequisites and timetable restrictions.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.


Stage one

  • ARC1001 Foundation studio 1 (12 points)
  • ARC1002 Foundation studio 2 (12 points)
  • ARC1301 Architecture communications 2
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1
  • ENG1020 Engineering structures
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • TAD1101 Introduction to visual culture in art design and architecture

Total: 48 points

Stage two

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2207 Computing and water systems modelling
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • one foundation unit (if required) or one of the stage two electives below

Foundation units

Depending on the VCE subjects completed, no units or one foundation unit from:

Stage two electives

If not required to complete a foundation unit choose one elective from:

Total: 48 points

Stage three

  • ARC2001 Architecture design studio 3 (12 points)
  • ARC2002 Architecture design studio 4 (12 points)
  • ARC2301 Architecture communications 3
  • ARC2401 Contemporary architecture
  • ARC2402 19th and 20th century architecture
  • CIV2242 Geomechanics 1
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A

Total: 60 points

Stage four

  • CIV3204 Engineering investigations
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geomechanics 2
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering

Total: 48 points

Stage five

  • ARC3001 Architecture design studio 5 (12)
  • ARC3002 Architecture design studio 6 (12)
  • ARC3401 Architecture and the city
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • one 6-point civil engineering elective unit chosen from list below

Civil engineering electives

Total: 48 points

* Departmental approval only.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design component with a minimum of 144 credit points as prescribedand, and wish to practice as an architect, will need to complete 3120 Master of Architecture.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with only one of the single degrees providing all requirements for that degree have been met.


Bachelor of Architectural Design
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.