Master of Engineering Science (Sustainable Systems)

About Master of Engineering Science (Sustainable Systems)   

The UNSW Master of Engineering Science (Sustainable Systems) postgraduate degree is designed to help you specialise and gain a deeper knowledge across a broad range of disciplines. You’ll examine how engineers discover holistic and effective solutions to unsustainable practices in the modern world. 

The degree features a range of exciting topics including sustainable systems engineering, industrial ecology, sustainability and environmental sciences, and sustainability management. It also includes a number of targeted courses in renewable energy engineering and energy efficiency and promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program. 

The typical two-year degree, sitting within the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, comprises 16 courses. It features complex, open-ended enquiry-based projects as well as many other opportunities to help you become a leader in the field. You’ll develop a systematic approach to problem-solving and learn to plan projects effectively, as well as gaining key skills in order to analyse, interpret and communicate results proficiently. 

This degree provides opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as the chance to interact with those at the cutting edge of sustainable systems engineering.      

Why Study Master of Engineering Science (Sustainable Systems) 

UNSW Engineering is committed to advancing a more prosperous, safe and just society, with emphasis on sustainability and consideration of engineering impacts. In addition, we’re acclaimed as one of the leading Civil and Environmental Engineering Schools in the world, ranked #1 in Australia and #11 globally in the 2020 QS Rankings by Subject. 

Our centres and discipline groups provide focal points for our 80 researchers to contribute to global efforts in innovative civil, environmental and geospatial engineering research. By studying at UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering you’ll gain access to world-class facilities, including a water research laboratory, heavy structures laboratory and geotechnical engineering laboratory. 

The school has six research hubs working across the full range of civil engineering disciplines and we provide research and consulting services to industry and government that focus on environmental footprint analysis, life cycle assessment and sustainable consumption and production.      

Your Career Opportunities     

Each year our academics and research centres work with business, government and community organisations on specific projects that transfer our research into practice. 

Joining the cohort within the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will enable you to take advantage of our strong links with industry partners such as: 

  • Advisian 
  • Laing O'Rourke 
  • Taylor Thomson Whitting 
  • Arup 
  • AECOM 
  • Cardno 

The proof is in the fact that our alumni are consistently high contributors to Engineers Australia’s Top 100 list of Most Influential Engineers. 

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