Bachelor of Engineering(Honours)(Environmental and Climate Solutions) New
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 are at the forefront of developing solutions that increase the sustainability of human activities. They tackle climate change, enable the renewable energy transition, secure our water supplies, protect society from natural hazards, and redesign products to reduce waste.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental and Climate Solutions) will challenge and nurture you in a team environment. You will:
- develop skills to tackle climate change and other major environmental challenges around water, energy, food, pollution, waste, and natural hazards
- learn about connections between infrastructure, environment, society, and economy in the developed and developing world
- 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 and participate in field trips.
As an accredited engineer, you could enable the renewable energy transition, design water reuse schemes for cities or agricultural districts, increase society’s resilience to natural hazards, or design recycling schemes. You might set up your own start-up company that manufactures sustainable products, or work to eliminate poverty in Southeast Asia. Perhaps you’ll work for the United Nations, or for a bank or insurance company to assess the climate risk on major infrastructure projects.
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.
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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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP IB||44|
|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.|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|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 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 2023. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2021), 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 2019). 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|
|Intake||February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||80|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||29|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||19|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||15|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||9|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||75%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||75%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||82|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||75%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1270|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||9|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.7|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||8.0|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||3.00|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||77|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||77|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||380|
|ANU Foundation Studies||74%|
|Monash Foundation Year||72|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||75|
|UNSW Foundation Year||7.3|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.9|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||59|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.6|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||77|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||70%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs|
|Australian Year 12||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 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.|
|International Qualifications||Advanced Mathematics and one from either Chemistry, Physics or Biology|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $7,895
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $46,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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.
Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Coastal Engineer, Conservation Officer, Consultant, Consultant Engineer, Power Distribution Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Manager, Quality Control Engineer, Energy Engineer, Energy Managers, Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Structural Engineer, Harbour / Water Engineering, Harbour Engineer, Defence Engineer ...
Majors are available in Climate Solutions, Renewable Energy, and Smart Technologies. 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 six 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.
Areas of Specialisation
Majors are available across the following areas:
- Climate Solutions
As our climate changes, developing solutions to ensure humanity's sustainability is critical. In this major, students will study courses related to sustainability, the circular economy, environmental and climate change and adaption, climate risk and resilience, renewable energy systems, urban water systems, and natural hazard risks.
- 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 are available in the following:
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.
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.
Example Study Plan
Students must complete all of the following
Students must complete all of the following
|Major OR Minor
Students must choose one of the following
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 1 Dec 2021