Master of Environmental Engineering

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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 65% 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 code Course name Notes
CVEN4101 Problem Solving for Engineers
CVEN4102 Operations & Projects
CVEN4103 Engineering Contracts
CVEN9741 Engineering Construction
CVEN9742 Professional Civil Engineering
CVEN9743 Construction Engineering Practices
CVEN9744 Civil Engineering Practices

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9884 Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes
CVEN9625 Fundamentals of Water Engineering

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3701 Environmental Frameworks, Economics & Law
CVEN9898 Fundamentals of Sustainable Infrastructure
CVEN4705 Environmental Sustainability - Methods, Tools, Management

Choose a maximum of 2 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4104 Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201 Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4204 Ground Improvement & Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN9525 Fundamentals of Geomechanics
CVEN4202 Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4703 Advanced Water Quality Principles
CVEN4507 Advanced Water Engineering
GMAT9205 Fundamentals of Geopositioning
GMAT9600 Principles of Remote Sensing
CVEN4800 Satellite Remote Sensing and Application
CVEN4402 Transport Systems Part 1: Network Analysis

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9855 Water & Wastewater Analysis
CVEN9856 Water Treatment
CVEN9857 Wastewater Treatment
CVEN9872 Solid Waste Management
CVEN9881 Hazardous Waste Management
CVEN9888 Environmental Management
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment & Risk Analysis
GSOE9740 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management
CVEN9702 Project Planning & Control
CVEN9706 Human Resources Management
CVEN9707 Contracts Management
CVEN9710 Management of Risk
CVEN9714 Resource Management
CVEN9717 Marketing in Technology and Engineering
CVEN9718 Strategic Management for Engineering
CVEN9720 Problem Solving and Decision Making
CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9726 Legal Studies and Professional Practice
CVEN9730 International Project Management
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9511 Geotechnical Models and Site Investigation
CVEN9512 Geomechanics

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9405 Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407 Transport Modelling
CVEN9415 Transport Systems Part 2: Queuing Theory
CVEN9421 Transport Logistics Engineering
CVEN9422 Traffic Management and Control

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9610 Surface Water Hydrology
CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology
CVEN9612 Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620 Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630 Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640 Coastal Engineering
CVEN9855 Water and Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9000 Civil Engineering Design Practice Select Semester 2 version

Choose 2 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9931 Masters Project A
CVEN9932 Masters Project 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 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.