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Studying engineering

Learn as a part of a diverse, dedicated community of Student Engineers, starting your study on campus and complete online while working in industry.

Topic Tree

For information about the core of our curriculum, our innovative and agile Topic Tree, and to access the Prospective Student Branch of the Tree.


Hosting a Student Engineer can provide a number of benefits to your company, contributing to the success of tertiary education at the same time.


Find out how you can help make CSU Engineering a reality. We’re on the lookout for community donors to contribute to our program.

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Studying Engineering at CSU

CSU Engineering gives you so much more than the ability to be an engineer. Working as a Student Engineer while you complete your undergraduate and postgraduate studies means you will have the chance to take on greater responsibility and be challenged. Our innovative curriculum combined with the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities will allow our Student Engineers to gain valuable industry experience from the start.

CSU Engineering will give you opportunities to develop your skills and explore new ways of doing things in the engineering profession. You will learn as a part of diverse, dedicated community of Student Engineers, building knowledge and expertise in areas like communication, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our engineering program is designed to meet industry’s demand for entrepreneurial engineers who can make a difference in their communities, so when you graduate, you’ll be ready to tackle industry head on.

CSU Engineering is the top Australian emerging leader in engineering education worldwide. *The global state of the art in engineering education, 2018. Commissioned by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

How we're different

Entrepreneurial graduates

As the only Australian Engineering program hosted within a business faculty, we are able to bring together technical excellence with communications, financial and management skills that will enhance our graduates’ ability to make a difference as leaders in the workplace and society.

Practical experience

The program will offer a Masters level qualification, over a 5.5-year period, with your first 18 months of study based in our custom built, state-of-the-art facilities at CSU in Bathurst. Then you’ll join your industry as a paid Student Engineer, completing four, year-long placements while finishing your study online.

Testimonial: The CSU Engineering program is the most exciting development in Engineering education in Australia at this time. There is no other program like it offered in any other Australian University. Greg Ewing, General Manager of Engineers Australia's Sydney Division

Innovative curriculum

CSU Engineering has been developed in collaboration with industry and engineering education experts from around the world, allowing us to be at the leading edge of learning and teaching. Our program incorporates the latest education technology to meet your current and future needs, ensuring that what you are learning will be relevant in your career.

A diverse cohort

At CSU, we are committed to developing a diverse cohort of students, dispelling any ‘typical engineer’ stereotype. The boutique nature of our programs allows us to ensure that female, non-school leaver, first in family, Indigenous and regional students are well represented among our Student Engineers.

A head-start on Chartered status

CSU Engineering includes undergraduate and postgraduate study and industry experience, giving you much more than the minimum requirements to become an engineer. This means you will have opportunities to accelerate your progress towards acquiring competencies of a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) prior to graduation, which can help fast-track you towards Chartered status.

Career opportunities

CSU Engineering could prepare you for a career working in:

  • • rail, road, airport, bridge, dam, pipeline and energy distribution
  • • agricultural innovation
  • • land and water management within established drought, flood and pest control practices
  • • manufacturing in fields such as food and mining
  • • your own technology company.

Infographic: The graduate salary of a Civil Engineer is approximately $62,000

CSU Engineering Topic Tree – Prospective Student Branch

Engineering... but not as you know it

About our Topic Tree

The CSU Engineering Topic Tree is at the core of our engineering degree. Covering around 1,000 topics averaging three hours in length, the Topic Tree gives you access to a range of civil engineering specialties.

As a CSU Student Engineer, you’ll complete subject branches on the tree with interconnecting topics within each branch. The completion of your first 240 topics will ensure you are ready for work as a Cadet Engineer once you’re on placement.

Experience the Topic Tree

Do you want to get a real feel for what it’s like to be a CSU Engineering student? Here’s the good news – we are opening up sections of the Topic Tree to prospective students so you can! Our CSU Engineering Topic Tree – Prospective Student Branch will help prepare you for your future as a CSU Student Engineer.

Get a head start on your degree

Topics you complete within the CSU Engineering Topic Tree – Prospective Student Branch will be credited to you when you begin your journey with CSU Engineering so you can start ahead of the rest. What better way to start uni than with a solid foundation in the material you’ll be studying under your belt?

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What topics are available?

Below is a list of topics you can complete within the CSU Engineering Topic Tree – Prospective Student Branch:

Infographic: topic tree topics - Introductory Engineering, Water Engineering, Materials Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering

To start climbing our Topic Tree

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CSU Engineering is seeking Industry Partners who share our vision of creating innovative and entrepreneurial engineers who can make a difference as leaders in industry. Employing a CSU Student Engineer provides the opportunity to contribute to local industry. During their time on placement at your company, our Student Engineers will work to solve problems by applying academic expertise to new projects, working to broaden business growth opportunities.

The nature of our cohort means that students learn from diversity, building new skills and expertise not previously associated with being an engineer. They will be innovative thinkers who are entrepreneurial, can communicate will all people and who are passionate about the industry. Employing a Student Engineer can provide a range of benefits to not only your company but to the broader community, creating skilled, work-ready graduates.

Our Student Engineers may present the fresh perspective your company is looking for, providing an opportunity to take infrastructure business and expertise to the next level and beyond.

For more information contact:
Professor Euan Lindsay
Foundation Professor of Engineering
Email: elindsay@csu.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6338 6314
Mobile: +61 477 772 966


Supporting CSU Engineering

At CSU, we know our communities are just as passionate about building the future of tertiary education in regional Australia as we are. Our Student Engineers will live and work in the community while studying, meaning they will have the opportunity to develop strong ties, form industry relationships and be challenged to think outside the engineering box.

We are committed to developing a diverse cohort of engineers and are developing a range of scholarships to support the participation of students from all backgrounds including first in family, non-school leaver, Indigenous and regional students. Through the generosity of donors, CSU Engineering is able to improve the outcomes of students and the accessibility of our program.

You can directly support our engineering program through CSUGive, with every contribution helping us build a wider cohort of students ready to explore new ways of doing things.

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Check back in on this web page as CSU Engineering develops further and we'll keep you updated with important events, announce industry partners and scholarships, and update you on all CSU Engineering news.

Our award winning building incorporates the latest technology, encourages teamwork and provides facilities where students can physically build things. This includes a collaborative learning zone, maker studios, project spaces, workshops and a gallery, as well as a 'pitch zone' for fine-tuning entrepreneurial skills.

Read more about CSU Engineering in the December-January edition of Engineers Australia's Create magazine.

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