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Master of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM059

CRICOS 071201C

This degree offers students the chance to specialise in cutting edge technologies aligned to their career pathways. It is suitable for engineering graduates who wish to pursue further studies, as well as engineers with relevant work experience.

Civil and environmental engineering is concerned with assessing and managing the effects of human activity on the natural and built environments and doing it in a sustainable manner. This ensures the provision of adequate infrastructure and natural resources for current generations, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

Environmental engineers may be involved in environmental impact assessment, water resource management, pollution control, waste management or the planning and designing of engineering facilities to minimise their impact on the environment.

This program has been designed to meet the ongoing needs of society for infrastructure that is innovative and technologically advanced while still being socially and environmentally acceptable in the short-term, and sustainable in the long-term. The program includes a core of civil engineering analysis and design, along with detailed studies in environmental science and engineering.

The Master of Engineering comprises a foundation year and an advanced studies year. The foundation year consists of a set of courses designed to ensure that students acquire a level of expertise in the relevant specialisation. The program gives students the opportunity to study technical courses at an advanced level and the opportunity to engage in a research project.

An exit path will be available for students completing only the foundation year, after they satisfy a set requirement in the relevant discipline. In this case a graduate diploma will be awarded.

To remain in this program, students must maintain a high grade point average (GPA) throughout their candidature.

The Master of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) is *accredited by Engineers Australia.

*It is part of Engineers Australia's practice to only afford provisional accreditation before the first cohort of students graduates, therefore this degree is provisionally accredited.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM059
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM059

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 071201C
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Relevant Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $33,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    With the skills to plan, manage and assess the effects of major engineering projects on the natural and built environment, civil and environmental engineers should also be able to solve the associated environmental problems. In addition to environmental engineers, graduates may also find employment in a wide range of areas and organisations including multinational companies, government departments, small and large manufacturers, private consulting engineering practices and the defence, energy and information technology industries.

    Some of the more common careers include water resources engineers, coastal engineers, geotechnical engineers, and transportation and highways engineers.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) is *accredited by Engineers Australia.

    *It is part of Engineers Australia's practice to only afford provisional accreditation before the first cohort of students graduates, therefore this degree is provisionally accredited.

    Potential careers

    Coastal Engineer, Consultant, Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Researcher, Natural Resource Manager, Catchment Management, Civil Engineer, Seismologist, Harbour / Water Engineering, Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    The Master of Engineering is a 48-unit program comprising 12 units of core courses, 12 units of foundation courses, 12 units of advanced technical coursework and a project to the value of 12 units, which introduces candidates to research. Normally, students will complete the requirements for the Master of Engineering in two years of full-time study.

    Graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide or another institution whose program is equivalent to an AQF level 8 honours program will be eligible to be considered for credit allowing them to complete the master's program in less than two years, with a minimum of one year of full-time study.

    International students from non-English speaking backgrounds will be required to take an English language communications course as part of the program.

    The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.


    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 PROJMGNT 5021 Applied Project Management 1 (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7086 Engineering Management (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7029 Environmental Modelling & Management (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7077 Engineering Hydrology (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7079 Water Engineering & Design (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7057 Engineering Communication & Critical Thinking
    (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7164 Business Management Systems(3 units)

    MATHS 7025 Research Methods and Statistics (3 units)
    Year 2 C&ENVENG 7050A Masters Civil & Environmental Engineering Part 1(6 units)

    C&ENVENG 7050B Masters Civil & Environmental Engineering Part 2 (6 units)

    Elective (12 units)
    C&ENVENG 7037 Water Distribution Systems & Design (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7108 Environmental Systems Dynamics (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 5004 Managing Project and Systemic Risk (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 7012 Business & Contract Legal Studies (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7056 Linear Geostats PG (3 units) **

    C&ENVENG 7112 Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7047 Analysis of Rivers & Sediment Transport ^

    C&ENVENG 7114 Advanced Hydrological Modelling & Water Resources Management (3 units)

    LAW 7181 Introduction to Environmental Law PG (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7109 Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7110 Soil & Groundwater Remediation (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7115 Advanced Topics in Flood Hydrology (3 units)***

    PROJMGNT 7056 Enterprise Transformations (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 7043 Introduction to Geostatistics (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 7025 Introduction to Climate Change in Business (3 units)

    NOTE: To undertake the Research Project courses students must enrol in both the courses C&ENVENG 7050A and C&ENVENG 7050B. These courses must be taken in two consecutive semesters.

    ** C&ENVENG 7043 Introduction to Geostatistics is a pre-requisite to C&ENVENG 7056 Linear Geostats PG (3 units)
    ***C&ENVENG 7115 Advanced Topics in Flood Hydrology not offered in 2017

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment includes course and project work. All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience outside normal class time. Practical experience can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

    Students who have already completed equivalent practical experience that is deemed acceptable by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences may be given a partial or total exemption from this requirement.
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Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017


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