Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental)

  • 80
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    4 years full-time
    or part-time equiv.
  • Start Dates

    February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.

Engineer our planet’s future

Want to design solutions to some of the planet’s most challenging problems?

As populations expand and humanity demands more of our natural resources, environmental engineers work to combat negative impacts of human activities on the environment. They reduce waste, promote eco-design and strive to improve our environmental systems.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental) will challenge and nurture you in a team environment. You will:

  • learn about connections between infrastructure, environment, society, and economy in the developed and developing world
  • build technical skills for tackling complex problems around water, energy, food, pollution, waste, and natural hazards
  • work with award-winning academics who are global experts in their field
  • apply your knowledge to real-world projects based on industry needs
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.

Majors are available in:

Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

As an accredited engineer, you could manage coastal erosion, develop policy on energy futures or design recycling schemes. You might address development issues in Southeast Asia. Perhaps you’ll work for the United Nations or monitor the impacts of climate change on populated regions.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334191
2019 CSP ATAR 85.05
2019 CSP IB 31
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
Minimum eligibility score 80
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics plus one of Physics or Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) Please note: From 2021 pre-requisites will be: SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Chemistry (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)

Unsure if you will meet prerequisites or ATAR? Check out our Engineering Pathway.

MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.

Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334191

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
<5 N/A
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students <5 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,525

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Scholarships

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

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Careers

Career Readiness

With global concern about water resources, energy, food, pollution, waste, natural hazards, and climate change on the rise —and the development of new industries focused on developing sustainable solutions—the employment outlook for environmental engineers is excellent.

Students work with industry experts, undertake real-life projects and internships, and develop skills and networks for a successful career.

This degree prepares graduates for careers across a range of fields—including water resources, energy, recycling, pollution, natural hazards, transport, natural resources, infrastructure, defence and information technology—with multinational companies, engineering consulting firms, government departments, water authorities, and research organisations.

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

Industry Placement

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience

Professional Accreditation

Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Potential careers

Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Coastal Engineer, Consultant Engineer, Project Manager, Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Harbour / Water Engineering, Harbour Engineer, Structural Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Conservation Officer, Consultant, Power Distribution Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Defence Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Energy Engineer, Energy Managers, ...

Degree Structure

A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. All graduates—irrespective of major—qualify as environmental engineers and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession. Majors are available in Defence Systems, Renewable Energy, and Smart Technologies.

Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas. Minors are available in Entrepreneurship and Humanitarian engineering.

Students who do not choose a major or minor can tailor their degree to suit their needs, having the option to choose 6 elective courses in areas such as: environmental change, environmental policy, environmental science and environmental modelling.

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

Academic Program Rules

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

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

Areas of Specialisation

Majors

A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. All graduates—irrespective of major—qualify as environmental engineers and can pursue a career in any specialist fields within the profession.

Majors are available across the following areas:

Defence Systems

South Australia is Australia’s defence state and home to many important defence investments and industries. Students learn and apply the integrated systems approach—which is at the core of environmental engineering and is invaluable when dealing with defence systems—and study courses across environmental impact assessment, circular economy and strategic planning.  


Renewable Energy

The field of renewable energy is rapidly changing as the industry works to secure the world’s energy future in a sustainable way. In this major, students are exposed to a broad range of topics and develop skills and knowledge to work with current and future energy infrastructure.

 
Smart Technologies

Smart technologies used in the planning, design, management and monitoring of integrated social, environmental, and technological systems. The Smart Technologies major covers computer modelling of environmental and infrastructure systems, smart water systems, and integrated and strategic planning.

Minors

Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas.

Minors are available in the following:

Entrepreneurship

Take the technical knowledge from the degree and create ventures in areas from large corporations, to small businesses, the not-for-profit sector, and community organisations through an Entrepreneurship minor. All technology advances in the past decade were once an idea that is now a reality through entrepreneurs. Students learn the processes, risks, rewards, motivations and societal impacts of innovation and entrepreneurship within regional, national and global perspectives.

Humanitarian

Learn how to work in emergency and humanitarian fields while having a positive global impact on developing populations through the Humanitarian Engineering minor. Students conduct design work with a focus on culture, economic background, and political climate, while developing a strong awareness of communities and the people who reside in them. Graduates are equipped to solve problems in complex environments, allowing them to make real-world change.


Students who do not choose a major or minor can tailor their degree to suit their needs, having the option to choose 6 elective courses in areas such as environmental change, environmental policy, environmental science and environmental modelling.

Example Study Plan

Assessment

Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

Testimonial

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Sarah Hamlyn

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21 Jul 2021