Water Engineering: Catchments to Coast

Master of Engineering Science
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Ajay Raj Adhikari, Master of Engineering Science (Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology)

Although the subject matter is very complex, the lecturers and tutors are extremely helpful and willing to tailor lectures to individual classes to meet the different interests and situations

Ajay Raj Adhikari, Master of Engineering Science

This discipline looks at the full cycle of water in natural and engineered systems. It’s best suited to practising water engineers and recent graduates planning a career in large-scale water engineering.


Taught by industry leaders, this program provides advanced study options in large-scale water engineering such as surface water hydrology, urban hydrology and stormwater management, catchment and water resources modelling, groundwater investigations, and hydrodynamics of rivers and estuaries. Students will study Coastal Engineering related to waves, beaches and infrastructure.


The Master of Engineering Science 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
CVEN9625Fundamentals of Water EngineeringMust be chosen by students without an adequate background in Water Engineering
CVEN4102Operations & Projects
CVEN4103Engineering Contracts
CVEN4104Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4202Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4204Ground Improvement & Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4301Advanced Concrete Structures
CVEN4308Structural Dynamics
CVEN4310Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4503Groundwater Investigations
CVEN4507Advanced Water Engineering

Choose at least 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9611Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
CVEN9612Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640Coastal Engineering

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.
CVEN9888Environmental ManagementRecommended for this stream.
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment and Risk AnalysisRecommended for this stream.
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

Transport Engineering

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9405Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407Transport Modelling
CVEN9415Transport Systems Part 2
CVEN9422Traffic Management and Control

Project and Construction Management

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9710Management of Risk
CVEN9723Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9701Engineering Economics & Financial Management
CVEN9731Project Management Framework
CVEN9888Environmental Management
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning

Geotechnical Engineering

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9511Geotechnical Models and Site Investigation
CVEN9513Advanced Foundation Engineering
CVEN9514Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN9521Slope Instability and Stabilisation
CVEN9522Rock Engineering
CVEN9523Pavement Engineering and Analysis
CVEN9524Geotechnical Engineering of Dams

Structural Engineering

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9802Structural Stability
CVEN9806Prestressed Concrete Design
CVEN9809Reinforced Concrete Design
CVEN9820Computational Structural Mechanics
CVEN9822Steel and Composite Structures
CVEN9824Advanced Materials Technology

Water Engineering

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

* 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 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.