Expand your knowledge in your area of expertise or broaden your knowledge in another area of Engineering to grow professionally.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Engineering Science
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
2 Year(s)

Overview

UNSW Master of Engineering Science in (Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering) is a 2-year full-time postgraduate degree that promotes flexible learning at Australia’s leading engineering faculty. It’s designed for students who already have a four-year accredited engineering degree and want to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation. 

Water, like many natural resources, is the lifeblood of individuals and communities across the world. Effective and sustainable water and wastewater treatment are crucial for urban populations as well as environmentally responsible waste management. If you’re an engineer or professional interested in expanding your knowledge and skills in the area, this degree will cover current and future technologies for water usage, wastewater treatment and waste disposal. In this degree you’ll learn the fundamentals of current practices in this field and engage with existing and future technologies ensuring your degree is relevant today and tomorrow.   

This is a non-accredited degree and does not offer industrial training. 

Why study at UNSW?

Engineering is increasingly relying on creating human solutions for problems at the intersection of the natural and human world. When you possess expertise in water and wastewater you can shape positive futures for individuals and communities alike. We’re committed to shaping a more prosperous, safe and just society, with an emphasis on sustainability and consideration of engineering impacts. 

This degree is taught through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at UNSW Engineering. We’re internationally placed by AWRU and QS World University Rankings as the leading School of its kind in Australia and as one of the world’s top 20. 

  • We offer a constantly expanding network of engineering industry contacts and partnerships 
  • We’re leaders in research and teaching excellence both locally and internationally 
  • We’re the leading Civil and Environmental Engineering School in Australia; globally ranked 12th  by QS Rankings, and 10th by AWRU 
  • Each year our researchers work with over 100 industry and government organisations on industry and community related projects 
  • Our Alumni are consistently high contributors to Engineers Australia’s Top 100 list of Most Influential Engineers 
  • Our academic staff are recognised world leaders in their fields of expertise 

We’re Australia’s leading researchers in the development of all aspects of water technology from surface and groundwater studies to water quality and hydraulics. You’ll study in state-of-the-art laboratories including the Water Research Laboratory. This world-leading research organisation tackles the most challenging water engineering problems faced by the world today. 

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches the laboratory spans four hectares and is home to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and leading minds in their areas of research and industry. 

 

Program Code
8338
CRICOS Code
084282A
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
2,383

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Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • A recognised 4-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of engineering with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 5341 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 7320 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average.

Alternative entry pathways

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • A recognised 4-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of engineering with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 5341 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 7320 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average.

Pathway programs

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools.

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

 

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

When you choose to study a Master of Engineering Science, you’ll choose from one of 26 specialisations which will help you make your next career move.

Within these specialisations your study will include:

  • Enquiry-based courses
  • Disciplinary courses
  • Engineering and Technical Management Courses.

You’ll be able to tailor your degree to your interests by combining courses in your chosen specialisation with elective courses.

You’ll also have the chance to work on a complex, open-ended enquiry-based research project.

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

Depending on your specialisation and your previous studies/professional experience you may study:

  • At least 4 Disciplinary Courses
  • At least 4 Advanced Disciplinary Courses
  • At least 1 Engineering and Technical Management Course
  • At least 3 enquiry-based courses (which includes a research project)
  • At least 4 elective courses (across Disciplinary, Advanced Disciplinary and Engineering and Technical Management courses)

Through the Disciplinary and Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses you’ll learn the technical knowledge and skills you need for your chosen specialisation. You’ll also update your knowledge in cutting-edge developments in your area of interest.

Engineering and Technical Management courses help you build skills in communicating and justifying professional decisions, employing ethical approaches to practice, and developing the abilities required for roles more focused on project and or staff management, leadership and strategy.

You’ll complete a research project in this degree within the enquiry-based courses. In this you can choose to develop your Postgraduate Research skills to assist with the research project component of the degree or as your first step towards a Higher Degree Research (PhD) program. Or you can complete a “Launching a Startup” course where you will be equipped with the skills necessary to successfully commercialise your ideas.

Future careers

Water is a key natural resource that plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Graduates of this degree have many professional opportunities available to them including becoming a Water Treatment Specialist with a public water utility like Sydney Water or a consulting company. You could also pursue a role as an Environmental Engineer managing water and waste issues for a mining company. The degree will give you the skills to engineer and design water infrastructure. 

Career opportunities include roles in: 

  • Coastal, ocean and estuarine engineering and management 
  • River flow, floodplain management and catchment hydrology 
  • Groundwater research and management 
  • Civil engineering hydraulics  
  • Offshore renewable energy 
  • Environmental studies and climate change adaptation 
  • Wetland Restoration 

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$35,760^*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$71,760^*

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$97,040*

Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website. Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below. Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.  

Apply here and search for ‘Engineering’ in the keywords. 


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I love that everything in the world is being engineered by somebody.
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