Our engineering fields
Buildings, roads, transport, waterways, you name it – if it’s ‘constructed’ there’s an engineer involved at every step along the way. Whether it’s in the planning stages of a project, designing how the project will come together, selecting the perfect materials, or ensuring the impact on the environment is minimised, engineers meet every challenge placed before them. Find out more about the varied roles of civil, environmental, geospatial engineers and surveyors.
Studying at UNSW
A degree in Civil, Environmental Engineering or Surveying at UNSW sets you up for a rich and challenging experience on all levels. You’ll be surrounded by engineering students and teaching staff who are inspiring, passionate, and driven. You’ll have access to facilities that bring your degree to life. And you'll become well qualified for a broad range of rewarding career opportunities in Australia and around the world.
Research
UNSW Engineering researchers are bold thinkers, challenging the most complex issues of our time. Our academic staff are recognised world leaders in their fields, supported by 70 full time researchers, and supervising 200 higher degree research students. Each year our research centres work with over one hundred industry and government organisations on projects which focus on real-world outcomes and uses.

Latest News & Events

Xiu Yuan
4 September 2014

Xiu Yuan (Joyce) was awarded her PhD a couple of months ago and has been granted “the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Study Abroad” by the China Scholarship Council.  This award was founded by the Chinese... read more

Instrumented Vehicle Technology
26 August 2014

Three successful industry partnered research and education projects at the School have reached the finals in four categories in the upcoming Sydney EA Engineering Awards for Excellence.

The peak conference in coastal engineering September 2020
15 August 2014

The peak conference in coastal engineering, the International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE), is coming to Sydney in September 2020.

30 October 2014
8.45am

CURRENT STUDENTS

Conrad Wasko

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Conrad Wasko

PhD Candidate (Water Engineering)

" In the first 12 months of my PhD I have travelled to conferences in Melbourne and Brisbane and later this year will be presenting my research at an international conference in San Francisco, USA."

Lettow Chilongo

Lettow Chilongo

Lettow Chilongo

Postgraduate Coursework: MEngSc (Wastewater and Waste Specialisation)

"The UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers very good standards of study, course materials & learning facilities, in a friendly multicultural environment."

Duc Tran

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Duc Tran

BE Civil  Engineering

"The main reason I decided to study at the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is because of its strong reputation not only in Australia, but globally."

Mónica Sotelo

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Mónica Sotelo

Postgraduate Coursework: MEngSc (Project Management)

"At UNSW I don't feel like a foreigner. I am part of a big family. Here every student has the same opportunities and we all can be as much involved as we want."

Anthony Ferraro

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Anthony Ferraro

BE Civil Engineering/Law

"The most interesting about learning concepts from such independent disciplines is that you learn how it all comes together so that you can build important structures that help society function."

Han Zhang

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Han Zhang

BE Civil Engineering with Architecture

"I really enjoyed architecture, but I was much better with math, so the Civil Eng with Architecture seemed like the best option. I was able to become an engineer but get an understanding of the architectural world."

Aaron Hargraves

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Aaron Hargraves

BE Civil Engineering

"I have been interested in building things ever since I can remember, whether it was toy car tracks, Lego or sand castlesI had an interest in maths and physics at School. I realised that engineering let me put all these together."

Sergey Tsarev

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Sergey Tsarev

PhD in Environmental Engineering

"This is the only place I could do this research with its radiation lab and strong connections with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)."

Lam Ho

Lam Ho

Lam Ho
PhD in Environmental Engineering

The School has well-equipped labs, highly trained staff, an experienced research admin team and, most importantly, diverse research interests. Doing research can be difficult, but having the facilities and resources has made my PhD much easier. 

Kun Wu

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Kun Wu

Postgraduate Coursework: MEngSC (Environmental Engineering)

"I chose to do the MEngSC with Environmental Engineering Plan because environmental problems are increasingly severe in recent years. It is the responsibility of environmental engineers to learn more about environmental issues and remediate pollution sites."

Year 10 Work Experience

UNSW Civil and Environmental Engineering Year 10 Work Experience

The UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVEN) in conjunction with its Industry Advisory Committee organises an annual work experience program to promote engineering career options to high school students. The program runs for five days usually in Week 8 of Term 2 and is available to Year 10 students across NSW.

CVEN UNSW ALUMNI

Jamie Ruprecht

Jamie Ruprecht

Jamie Ruprecht - Project Engineer, Water Research Laboratory -  UNSW WRC

BE Civil Hons 2009

"All I can say is that you will not look back after completing a BE (civil) degree at UNSW. I haven't. Jump in, do the work, but enjoy yourself along the way!"

Janet Salem

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Janet Salem - Program Officer at UNEP,  the United Nations Environment Program

BE Environmental Hons 2007, MEngSc 2008

"Enjoy your time at university, it’s precious time to have fun and make friends you’ll have for life."

Jing Guan

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Jing Guan - Chief Scientist and Deputy Director of R&D at Origin Water, Beijing

PhD'99

“The biggest engineering challenges for my work are how to develop a right, proper technology as well as ensure it is able to apply to solve the water problem.”

Kate Fairlie

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Kate Fairlie - Geoinformation Analyst, Shell
BE Hons Surveying and Spatial Information Systems 2008

“There are limits to where an engineering degree can take you but these consist of only yourself and your own initiative.”

Kourosh Kayvani

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Kourosh Kayvani - Building Structures Leader & Head of Innovation, Aurecon

MEngSc 1992, PhD 1997

"I developed a strong interest in structural engineering which led me to complete my postgraduate degrees at UNSW as an overseas student. I chose UNSW for the reputation of its academic staff and its diverse research programme."

Mehreen Faruqi

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Mehreen Faruqi - MLC. Member of the NSW Legislature
MEngSc ’94, PhD ’00

"I did my post graduate study (Master and PhD) in environmental engineering. We had an amazing cohort of research students from all over the world. The professional and social networks we formed continue to this day."

Robert Care

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Rober Care - Chair and CEO Arup UK, Middle East & Africa

BE Civil (Hons 1) ’73, PhD’78

"Upon reflection I was at the School for almost eight years, I learned a lot, and I graduated with two excellent degrees. I enjoyed myself, made many friends. A great School, a great reputation, and a lot to be thankful for."

Samantha Ashton

Samantha Ashton

Samantha Ashton - Senior Contracts Manager, Leighton Contractors

BE Civil Hons 1998

"The satisfaction experienced when you drive on a road or enter a building that you have built is quite tangibly unique, and experienced only by the special few who follow a career in engineering."

Steve Hare

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Steve Hare - Strategic Maintenance Planner, State Water Corporation

BE Civil Engineering Hons/BCom 2011

"I strongly encourage students with an interest in science and maths to take up engineering as a career. There is a huge variety of varied roles that are available to people with an engineering degree."

Tania Milinkovich

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Tania Milinkovich

BE Civil Engineering with Architecture, 2011

"Be warned of the level of mathematics involved in engineering. I feel lucky that I was interested in both arty and creative things as well as the technical/problem solving side."

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Voo Yen Lei - CEO and Executive Director, DURA Technology

Be Hons 1 '01, PhD '04

The breakthrough (in longest trafficable bridge using ultra-high performance concrete) followed many years of research & development, close collaboration and fruitful scientific discussion with Prof Stephen Foster