Water, Wastewater and Waste 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.

Vanessa Calderon - Master of Engineering Science

Effective and sustainable water and wastewater treatment are crucial for urban populations, as is environmentally responsible waste management. For engineers and other professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills, our programs cover current and future technologies for water usage, wastewater treatment and waste disposal.


This specialisation provides technical professionals with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of current practices in this field and to engage with existing and future technologies.


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 EngineeringStudents without an adequate background in Water Engineering must complete this course
CVEN4310Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4503Groundwater Resource Investigation
CVEN4703Advanced Water Quality Principles

Choose at least 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9855Water and Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements
CVEN9856Water Treatment
CVEN9857Wastewater Treatment
CVEN9872Solid Waste Management
CVEN9881Hazardous Waste Management

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

Maximum of 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9610Surface Water Hydrology
CVEN9611Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
CVEN9612Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640Coastal Engineering
CVEN9884Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes
CVEN9885Transport and Transformation of Contaminants
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 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.