Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code4633
Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBE(Hons)/BArchDes
CRICOS code075586D
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT

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 maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)

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.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Engineering: visit contactscontacts ( 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.
  • Engineering studies in this course are only available in the branch of civil engineering.


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.


Refer to the two single degree entries for 4632 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and 3119 Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Vacation work/industrial experience

The Faculty of Engineering strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enrolled in four, five and six year engineering single or double degrees complete 12 weeks of engineering vacation employment. Vacation employment is an integral part of student development, and is an excellent avenue to prepare for future engineering careers by gaining experience in an industrial setting and establishing industry networks.

Professional recognition

Refer to the Faculty of Engineering's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.

Upon completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design component and 3120 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.


Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Engineering component

Students must complete 138 points of civil engineering studies:

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2207 Computing and water systems modelling
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2242 Geomechanics 1
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • CIV3204 Engineering investigations
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geomechanics II
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • 6-point foundation unit or one stage-two elective
  • 6-point civil engineering elective
Foundation units

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.

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics are required to select one or two appropriate foundation units(s) from:

Stage two electives

* This unit may be chosen from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty. The elective should not substantially duplicate a unit already studied and must be approved by the course adviser. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Civil engineering electives

* Departmental approval only.

Architectural design component

Students must complete 114 points of architectural design studies:

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art design and architecture
  • ARC1001 Foundation studio 1 (12 points)
  • ARC1002 Foundation studio 2 (12 points)
  • ARC1301 Architecture communications 2
  • 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
  • ARC3001 Architecture design studio 5 (12 points)
  • ARC3002 Architecture design studio 6 (12 points)
  • ARC3401 Architecture and the city
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design component with a minimum of 144 credit points as prescribed and, 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 (Honours) in Civil Engineering