Master of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)

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Civil and environmental engineers design sustainable solutions for meeting society’s needs. They build and improve the infrastructure and systems underpinning modern life, without compromising our environment or future generations.

This intensive degree is suited to high-achieving engineering graduates, as well as engineers with relevant work experience. It is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

What will you do?

Our Master of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) comprises a foundation year and an advanced studies year. You will:

  • practise advanced civil engineering analysis and design
  • study environmental science and engineering principles
  • pursue specialist topics according to your interests and career goals
  • build communication and project management skills
  • undertake a significant research project.

Where could it take you?

You might manage coastal erosion, develop policy on energy futures or come up with large-scale recycling schemes. You could supervise major urban water projects. Perhaps you’ll design high-speed railways or help with the construction of Australia’s next state-of-the-art sporting facility.


  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Undertake a major research project supervised by world-class academic staff
  • Graduates qualify for professional membership with Engineers Australia

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM059
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM059

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

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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 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

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

Potential careers

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

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 and accredited under the Washington Accord 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.

Master of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:

Foundation
Students must complete all of the following:

Electives
Students must choose four of the following (12 units):



Research project
Students must complete all of the following:

Assessment

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 may be given a partial or total exemption from this requirement.

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Last updated: Thursday, 7 Apr 2022