Master of Environmental Engineering

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2 years
Feb, July
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

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

The Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) is relevant for students wanting to develop their technical knowledge and skills, and enter the engineering profession with a degree accredited with Engineers Australia.** 

This program enables students to specialise, and gain a depth of knowledge across a broad range of areas, including project management, transport engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources, waste and waste water treatment.

The Master of Engineering takes two years to complete and industrial training is a component of the program. A typical program structure includes: six Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, two Engineering and Technical Knowledge Courses, one Design course and two Research Project Courses.

The Master of Engineering is designed for those students who do not have an accredited engineering degree, but do have either a non-accredited engineering degree, or have completed the equivalent of the first three years of an accredited engineering degree.

To qualify for the Masters Degree, students should successfully complete courses that total at least 96 UOC and 60 days of Environmental Engineering related industrial experience


Required Background

Students need a three or four year equivalent Engineering degree with a minimum 75% average in one of the following:

- Civil Engineering
- Environmental Engineering

Applicants with a three or four year Bachelor degree in Engineering or Science degree with other Engineering or Science backgrounds may also be considered.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose at least 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4101Problem Solving for Engineers
CVEN4102Operations & Projects
CVEN4103Engineering Contracts
CVEN9741Engineering Construction
CVEN9742Professional Civil Engineering
CVEN9743Construction Engineering Practices
CVEN9744Civil Engineering Practices

Choose all 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9884Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes
CVEN9625Fundamentals of Water Engineering

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3701Environmental Frameworks, Economics & Law
CVEN9898Fundamentals of Sustainable Infrastructure
CVEN4705Environmental Sustainability - Methods, Tools, Management

Choose a maximum of 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4104Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4204Ground Improvement & Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4310Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN9525Fundamentals of Geomechanics
CVEN4202Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4703Advanced Water Quality Principles
CVEN4507Advanced Water Engineering
GMAT9205Fundamentals of Geopositioning
GMAT9600Principles of Remote Sensing
CVEN4800Satellite Remote Sensing and Application
CVEN4402Transport Systems Part 1: Network Analysis

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9855Water & Wastewater Analysis
CVEN9856Water Treatment
CVEN9857Wastewater Treatment
CVEN9872Solid Waste Management
CVEN9881Hazardous Waste Management
CVEN9888Environmental Management
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment & Risk Analysis
GSOE9740Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9701Engineering Economics & Financial Management
CVEN9702Project Planning & Control
CVEN9706Human Resources Management
CVEN9707Contracts Management
CVEN9710Management of Risk
CVEN9714Resource Management
CVEN9717Marketing in Technology and Engineering
CVEN9718Strategic Management for Engineering
CVEN9720Problem Solving and Decision Making
CVEN9723Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9726Legal Studies and Professional Practice
CVEN9730International Project Management
CVEN9731Project Management Framework

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9511Geotechnical Models and Site Investigation

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9405Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407Transport Modelling
CVEN9415Transport Systems Part 2: Queuing Theory
CVEN9421Transport Logistics Engineering
CVEN9422Traffic Management and Control

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9610Surface Water Hydrology
CVEN9611Urban Hydrology
CVEN9612Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640Coastal Engineering
CVEN9855Water and Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements

Choose 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9000Civil Engineering Design PracticeSelect Semester 2 version

Choose from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9451 CVEN9452 CVEN9543Research Thesis A, B & C 
CVEN9050 CVEN9051Masters Practice Project A & B 

* 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.

** Provisionally accredited

† Minimum 75% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 80% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.