Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental) at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental) is a four-year, full-time degree at Australia’s top engineering faculty. This bachelor's degree will equip you with the necessary skills and expertise to become an Environmental Engineer. You’ll combine a broad knowledge of engineering and environmental processes to identify environmental problems and develop effective solutions.

As an Environmental Engineer, you’ll play one of the most important roles in modern society. You’ll work to ensure communities have access to clean water, adequate sanitation. You’ll also explore ways to eliminate pollution and contamination. The outcomes of Environmental Engineering can be lifesaving for vulnerable communities. You’ll have the chance to take part in Humanitarian Engineering projects, where disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Your study will build on a fundamental understanding of Engineering while embracing elements of Civil Engineering. When studying at the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, you’ll focus on Management, System Design, Water, Geotechnical and Transport Engineering. Overlaid with these elements will be aspects of Chemical Engineering, Biological Sciences and Environmental Engineering.

The need for Environmental Engineers has increased to align with the shift in focus of sustainable engineering and more equitable engineering solutions. These professionals are needed across a range of industries, from construction to government, and often work with other types of Engineers to ensure projects are environmentally viable.

Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental) at UNSW

The latest 2020 QS World University Rankings acknowledged UNSW as the top engineering faculty in Australia and #37 in the world. For the past four years, we’ve received a five-star rating for employability, teaching and research.

We’re known as the leading Civil and Environmental Engineering School in Australia. Globally, we’re ranked 12th by QS Rankings and 10th by AWRU. With over 2,000 students and 60 years of teaching and learning excellence, we offer some of the best Environmental Engineering degrees you can study.

As a leading centre for environmental research, we ensure the outcomes of our research are woven into our teaching. Our work includes environmental footprint analysis, life cycle assessment and sustainable consumption and production.

To support our strong research focus and educational excellence, we have some of the best Environmental Engineering facilities in the country. When you study at UNSW, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as the Water Research Laboratory, Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, and the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre.

Benefits of studying with us:

  • Combination of online teaching technology and face-to-face interaction
  • Student-led projects and industry-based training
  • Strong partnerships with industry in education, research, training and employment
  • The best in modern facilities with $104 million invested in cutting edge laboratory facilities that are nationally unique
  • A flexible first-year program consisting of a wide choice of electives and five core courses in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Design and Computing
  • $3 million in scholarships provided each year
  • Student exchange opportunities are available for over 200 universities around the word

Teaching Not Only ‘What’ But ‘How’

The UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the most awarded schools for teaching excellence. We believe a balance theory and practice will prepare you for a career as an engineer. You’ll graduate with the vital technical fundaments as well as sought-after problem-solving skills.

Our degrees are not just about the ‘what’ but about the ‘how.’ This emphasis begins from the first-year subject “Design and Innovation:” a team-taught, activity-based unit where you’ll be introduced to the ‘big picture’ of the Engineering industry. This course facilitates your shift in thinking from a high school student with interest in the field to an emerging Engineer with a clear career pathway to possibility.

Gain Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is globally recognised and is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. Part of the degree involves applying your skills through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. Your industrial training will give you a taste of a real-world professional engineering setting and the hands-on experience to become career-ready.

Industrial Training

Your Career Opportunities

Environmental engineering is arguably one of the most pivotal areas of engineering in today’s world. Access to clean water, sanitation, bushfires, flood and drought are real and emergent issues. Environmental Engineers can pursue a range of rewarding careers across the water, construction, energy and manufacturing industries, as well as within all levels of government.

As an Environmental Engineer, you may find yourself working with a water company on water loss initiatives, consulting on major tender projects such as recycling or desalination plants or planning sustainable infrastructure. Due to the collaborative nature of environmental engineering, many Environmental Engineers go on to management roles in their careers, working successfully in teams.

Graduates can pursue careers in industries and sectors, including:

  • Waste and Water Management
  • Oil and Gas
  • Management
  • Consultancy
  • Mining
  • Energy
  • Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Resource Planning and Management