Master of Engineering Science (Water Engineering: Catchments to Coast)

About Master of Engineering Science (Water Engineering: Catchments to Coast) at UNSW 

UNSW Master of Engineering Science (Water Engineering: Catchments to Coast), is a two-year full-time or part-time equivalent postgraduate degree at Australia’s top engineering faculty. This degree is for students who’ve completed a recognised undergraduate degree or have relevant professional experience and want to re-train, specialise or deepen their knowledge in the field.  At UNSW Engineering we’re focused on working with and harnessing natural resources to create human solutions that benefit both humanity and the environment. We’ll give you the skills and knowledge to engineer a better future. 

This degree is designed for practising Water Engineers and graduates pursuing career in large-scale water engineering. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in the full cycle of water in natural and engineered systems. You can tailor this degree to your own passion and career aspirations as you undertake an extensive research project in a specific area of interest to you. Through this project you’ll learn valuable skills in project planning and management and the critical analysis, interpretation and communication of results. 

In this postgraduate degree you’ll develop advanced analysis and design skills from industry leaders in areas of large-scale Water Engineering such as: 

  • Surface water hydrology 
  • Urban hydrology and stormwater management 
  • Catchment and water resources modelling 
  • Hydrodynamics of rivers and estuaries 
  • Groundwater investigations 
  • Estuary and port engineering 
  • Coastal and marine engineering 

Why Study Master of Engineering Science (Water Engineering: Catchments to Coast) at UNSW 

You’ll study in Australia’s number one school of Civil and Environmental Engineering that’s consistently ranked among the world’s top twenty schools, according to both the QS World University and AWRU Rankings in 2019. 

Benefits of studying with us include: 

  • More postgraduate specialisations and engineering opportunities than any other Australian university, allowing you to develop career paths in multiple industries 
  • An internationally leading Water Research Centre (WRC) including seven specialised laboratories and a purpose-built offsite Water Research Laboratory on Sydney’s Northern Beaches 
  • Close links to industry, engaging with over 100 industry and government organisations every year    

 Your Career Opportunities     

Water Engineers work across all aspects of the water cycle in natural and engineered systems. This includes the provision, quality and management of clean water, flood management and stormwater systems, and coastal engineering. Increasing opportunities are available for Water Engineers as global challenges such as climate change, population growth and living standards require innovative approaches to safeguarding the world’s water future.  

Our graduates have gone on to develop rewarding careers in a range of areas, such as: 

  • Water licensing and compliance 
  • Water sanitation and hygiene 
  • Water research 
  • Infrastructure maintenance and planning 

Water Engineers are qualified to work for industry and government organisations, with our graduates employed by a range of companies in Australia and internationally including: 

  • Sydney Water 
  • AECOM 
  • Veolia  
  • State Water Corporation 
  • Aurecon 

What Our Graduates Say

"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 Graduate