Environmental engineering

Learn how to develop practical engineering applications to protect our environment. This rapidly growing field of expertise will make you a highly sought-after graduate for a range of areas including energy, water, construction and waste management.

Get access: to some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the southern hemisphere

Worldwide education: take part in overseas study and project work

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will have the knowledge and skills highly sought after by engineering and construction companies, manufacturers, land developers, government and consulting firms. 

You will be well prepared to address global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability, waste disposal and recycling, public health as well as pollution and contamination. 

Potential positions include:

  • environmental engineer
  • environment planner
  • environmental consultant
  • environment officer
  • landfill specialist
  • water specialist.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

As pressure on the environment grows, environmental engineers will be at the forefront of reducing our environmental footprint. Deakin's new environmental engineering degree will enable you to create a more sustainable future.

Professor Karen Hapgood


Learn in the field

Participate in off-site activities that will give you hands-on, practical experience on projects similar to those tackled by professional engineers. You will also have an opportunity to undertake an international engineering study tour, engaging in project work overseas while gaining a global understanding of environmental engineering.

Professional industry experience

In our undergraduate course, you will undertake at least 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering organisation. This will enable you to enhance your skills and understanding of environmental engineering and develop valuable professional networks before you graduate.

Innovative engineering research

Engineering at Deakin is research led, rather than simply research informed. Deakin is a significant leader in a number of research areas, notably manufacturing and materials. Engineering research themes include sustainable infrastructure, advanced design and engineering, and engineering education.

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Deakin's Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) has been designed in accordance with Engineers Australia professional accreditation requirements. Deakin University is currently seeking professional accreditation for this course by Engineers Australia.

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