Master of Engineering Science 8338: Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering Commencing in 2015

Water program 2017

For students who started in 2015 & 2016 please click on the program outline below:

Program Oultline Commencing 2015 & 2016

This stream provides students with advanced study options in Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering. It is designed to develop skills in analysis and design of water, wastewater and waste treatment facilities. It is ideally suited for both practising engineers and recent graduates planning a career in water, wastewater and waste engineering.

Entry requirements

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in Engineering with a minimum 65% average.*

Other engineering disciplines or a Bachelor of Environmental Science or other Science backgrounds may be considered for entry as determined by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Articulate from a Graduate Diploma of Engineering with at least a credit average or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution.

* NOTE: Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator. Students from a non-211 university in China need a minimum 70% average. For entry details (particularly for South Asian students) please click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Program or Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Students with a four year Honours degree can obtain a maximum of 48 UOC of exemptions and must complete the following:

  1. At least 36 UOC of advanced level courses consisting of
    1. At least 24 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses.
    2. At least 6 UOC of Research-based Courses (GSOE9010).
    3. At least 6 UOC of Engineering and Technical Management Courses.
  2. A maximum of 12 UOC of other electives from the approved Electives Courses list.

Application for advanced standing or exemption would require substantiating evidence including documents such as academic records, continuing professional education, professional registration and statements of service from the employer.

Why do a postgraduate course work program?

Whether you choose to undertake a Postgraduate Coursework program straight after your undergraduate studies, a few years into your career or as part of continuous professional development, it will help you to:

  • excel in your field: by extending your knowledge with highly specialised training
  • further develop key transferable skills: such as research and analysis, problem-solving, teamwork, management and communication
  • expand your options: by complementing existing knowledge or retraining to open new career opportunities.

Modes of Delivery

Some courses within this stream are available by external mode.

Stream Structure

MEngSc students must complete a total of 96UOC of courses. Please note that the availability of the courses may vary from term to term and courses may be offered in alternate years.

Disciplinary Knowledge Courses - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:


  • CVEN9625 Fundamentals of Water Resources
  • CVEN4503 Groundwater Investigations
  • CVEN4703 Advanced Water Quality Principles
  • CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys


Advanced Specialisation Disciplinary Knowledge Courses - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:

  • CVEN9884 Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes**
  • CVEN9872 Solid Waste Management
  • CVEN9881 Hazardous Waste Management
  • CVEN9856 Water Treatment
  • CVEN9857 Wastewater Treatment
  • CVEN9855 Water & Wastewater Analysis


Research-based Courses - 18 UOC:

  • CVEN9451 Master Project A (4 UOC)
  • CVEN9452 Master Project B (4 UOC)
  • CVEN9453 Master Project C (4 UOC)
  • GSOE9010 Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC) or GSOE9011- (Distance version) Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC). Students may also substitute GSOE9010 Eng PG Coursework Res Skills if they have advanced standing for their undergraduate research project for GSOE9220 Launching a Startup (6 UOC).

Engineering & Technical Management Courses

At least 6 UOC must be taken from the Engineering & Technical Management Courses. For the Water/wastewater/waste Engineering stream we recommend the following Engineering and Technical management courses:

  • CVEN9888 Environmental Management
  • CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning

In addition, students may select any ETM elective in the consolidated Faculty list with approval.

Electives – maximum 24 UOC

Students may choose any course for which they are eligible to enrol, as electives, including any of the courses listed above.

Recommended Electives - Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses

  • CVEN9885 Transport and Transformation of Contaminants
  • CVEN9888 Environmental Management
  • CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning
  • CVEN9610 Surface Water Hydrology
  • CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology
  • CVEN9612 Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
  • CVEN9620 Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
  • CVEN9630 Groundwater Engineering
  • CVEN9640 Coastal Engineering