Environmental Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Vanessa Calderon - Master of Engineering Science (Transport Engineering)

I realised that to progress my career I needed to formalise my professional knowledge. There are so many interesting courses to choose from, and those I’ve taken so far are practical and reflective. This is more efficient from a real world perspective.

Vanessa Calderon - Master of Engineering Science

Environmental engineering is concerned with the safe, ecological, sustainable and ethical development of urban infrastructure. It’s a fantastic discipline for students who want to move their engineering career in the direction of environmental engineering or gain formal qualifications.


The Master of Engineering Science (Environmental Engineering) provides students with advanced study options in Environmental Engineering. It develops skills in analysis and design of sustainable urban infrastructure, ideally suited for practising engineers and recent graduates.


The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.


The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% average in any engineering discipline.


Sample Program Outlines*

Choose at least 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4102Operations & Projects
CVEN4103Engineering Contracts
CVEN4104Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4310Deformation Monitoring Surveys

Choose 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9884Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes
CVEN9885Transport and Transformation of Contaminants
CVEN9888Environmental Management
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment & Risk Analysis

Choose 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9931Masters Project AStudents who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
CVEN9932Masters Project BStudents who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
GSOE9010Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220Launching a startupGSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9701Engineering Economics & Financial ManagementRecommended for this stream.
CVEN9731Project Management FrameworkRecommended for this stream.
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose maximum of4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9405Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407Transport Modelling
CVEN9415Transport Systems Part 2: Queuing Theory
CVEN9610Surface Water Hydrology
CVEN9611Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
CVEN9612Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640Coastal Engineering
CVEN9855Water & Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements
CVEN9856Water Treatment
CVEN9857Wastewater Treatment
CVEN9872Solid Waste Management
CVEN9881Hazardous Waste Management
CVEN9888Environmental Management
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning
GSOE9740Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.