Bachelor of Engineering(Honours)(Environmental and Climate Solutions) New

Engineering for the 21st Century

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.
Majors are available in:

Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

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.
  • Ranked in top 100 worldwide for energy science and engineering^
  • Graduates qualify for professional membership with Engineers Australia
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

^Australian Ranking of World Universities, 2021

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 www.satac.edu.au
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.
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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 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
How to Apply
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au


Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $7,895

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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

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 ...

Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental and Climate Solutions) provides students with the skills, knowledge and application of scientific and engineering principles that will enable them to take a holistic view of engineering problems and to solve them in a systematic and sustainable manner.  The degree emphasises the connections between infrastructure, people, the environment and the economy in the context of water resources and supply, storm water management and reuse, water and wastewater treatment, soils and geology, resource and waste management, air and noise pollution and energy systems.

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
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
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 six elective courses in areas such as: environmental change, environmental policy, environmental science and environmental modelling.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following
Research Project
Students must complete all of the following
Major OR Minor
Students must choose one of the following
Majors:

  • Defence Systems or; 
  • Renewable Energy or; 
  • Smart Technologies or;
  • No Major or;

Minors:

  • Humanitarian Engineering or;
  • Entrepreneurship


Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

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

It has been one of the most life changing and wonderful experiences I have ever had. I have met amazing friends, learnt a range of different subjects in politics, Asian studies, history and Japanese.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 1 Dec 2021