Master of Engineering (Environmental)
This program teaches engineering approaches to the sustainable solution of environmental challenges.
The Master of Engineering (Environmental) program is designed to provide students with a formal qualification in engineering at the masters level. Environmental engineers create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Students in this discipline learn from staff active in research areas such as hydrology, irrigation and water management. The course has a strong focus on sustainability and project management. Guest lecturers and seminars by industry professionals are available to students, as well as community project work, technical society meetings and site visits that combine theory with practice.
Graduates work in a range of roles relating to sustainable land, water, waste management and structural engineering, for local and international organisations such as, consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, local, state and federal government, mining companies, management consulting firms, and in research and academia. Environmental engineering graduates may find work with companies such as GHD, Golder Associates or Alluvium.
With growing interest and job opportunities, as well as new kinds of jobs being developed, in environmental areas such as bushfire protection, carbon management, climate change, sustainable systems, land and water management, conservation and hydrology, waste management, renewable energy, it has never been a better time to gain an environmental engineering qualification, and the need for qualified environmental engineers has never been greater.
- 2–3 years full-time
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- Local CSP: $8,363 per annum
International: $33,184 per annum
Further Fees Information
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|Prior Qualification||Entry Requirements|
|University of Melbourne Engineering Pathways|
|Any Undergraduate Degree||
Note: Students with a Bachelor of Engineering who seek to specialise in the same field of engineering in which they majored, are likely to receive the maximum of 100 points (one year) of credit (advanced standing). Exact advanced standing can only be determined on application.
English Language Requirements
All students studying at the University of Melbourne must satisfy the University’s English language entry requirements. For graduate entry, Engineering offers an alternative.
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These course plans are examples only and provided as an indicative guide. They will vary according to a student’s undergraduate degree and the time of commencement.
Master of Engineering (Environmental) Sample Course Plan
Preliminary year (or part there of): Required only for students entering from non-Environmental Engineering backgrounds.
Graduates from corresponding University of Melbourne undergraduate pathways enter at second year.
|Year 1 (Prelim)||Sem 1||Engineering Mechanics||Engineering Mathematics||Fluid Mechanics||Risk Analysis|
|Sem 2||Earth Processes for Engineering||Engineering Materials||Systems Modelling and Design||Engineering Communication|
|Usual entry point for applicants with 100 points of advanced standing.|
|Year 2||Sem 1||Quantitative Environmental Modelling||Engineering Site Characterisation||Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering||Elective|
|Sem 2||Engineering Project Implementation||Civil Hydraulics||Environmental Analysis Tools||Monitoring Environmental Impacts|
|Year 3||Sem 1||Integrated Design||Research Project||Environmental Engineering elective||Environmental Engineering elective|
|Sem 2||Environmental Engineering elective||Environmental Engineering elective|
Environmental Engineering electives are chosen from a prescribed list.
For further information on course structures, subjects and electives:
Rodney Springer decided to do the Master of Environmental Engineering because he had a keen interest in water resource management and wanted to work as a specialist in water management. Rodney is enjoying learning to research and analyse efficient water use, prioritise allocation, and deliver water to meet urban, rural, agricultural, industry and environmental needs.
I would like to work within a team of lateral-thinking specialists and creative people to brainstorm, develop, design and deliver water-efficient products and implement state-of-the-art water-use programs. Highlights of the course so far have been meeting the course staff, guest lecturers and my peers, as well as learning from industry specialists about what water efficiency products and ideas do not work, and what does or may work, or has not been tried before.
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