Environmental Engineering

Choose the learning environment that’s best for your career in environmental engineering.

Why choose environmental engineering at Melbourne?

Choose environmental engineering at the University of Melbourne and get access to the expertise and opportunities that only a leading engineering school can offer.

If you are interested in understanding complex environmental systems, then environmental engineering is for you. You will learn how to create the technical, management and policy solutions necessary to manage issues relevant to the protection and improvement of environmental quality.

Learn to design and build sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time, such as climate change, water scarcity and bushfire management. As an environmental engineer, you will join a profession that has a profound impact on human health and quality of life.

Our professional Master of Engineering degree is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, qualifying graduates to practice as environmental engineers in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and many more.

Courses in Environmental Engineering

How to study environmental engineering at Melbourne

It takes five years to become a professionally accredited environmental engineer. You start with either a Bachelor of Science with a major in Civil Systems or Environmental Engineering Systems, or a Bachelor of Design with a major in Civil Systems. Then you’ll choose a two-year Master of Engineering with an Environmental specialisation.

A three-year Master of Engineering program is available if you have not completed the required undergraduate engineering subjects, but have met the maths and science entry requirements.

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Environmental engineering research

As a Master of Environmental Engineering student, you will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the leading researchers in the field on projects that will potentially have significant effects on the wellbeing of the environment.

You could be a part of world-leading research in areas such as:

  • environmental disaster management
  • sustainable buildings and construction
  • indoor air quality
  • catchment management
  • water resource systems
  • environmental hydrology
  • geo-environmental and reservoir engineering
  • ocean engineering
  • geothermal energy
  • environmental water and water resource management
  • next-generation flood prediction
  • impacts of climate change
  • environmental monitoring and assessment
  • environmental sensing and modelling
  • waste management
  • waste water re-use

In a collaboration between the Melbourne School of Engineering and the CSIRO, researchers found that rain run-off into our rivers is often much less than existing models predict ­– which should prompt a rethink on how we will cope with a drier climate.

Find out more in ‘The rivers run…but less than we thought’.

Where can a master’s degree in environmental engineering take you?

Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing field with many job opportunities available in areas such as: bushfire protection, climate change mitigation, land and water management, conservation and hydrology, waste management and renewable energy.

You could work in consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, and in research, industry, government and academia.

What’s more, as environmental challenges mount, the field evolves – resulting in the emergence of new roles all the time.

The student experience

Carly Gregg and Lauren Bradshaw discuss why they chose to study environmental engineering.

Carly Gregg and Lauren Bradshaw from Melbourne School of Engineering.