Water engineering

Water is one of the essential resources for the sustainable future of humanity, yet fresh water is diminishing at an alarming rate due to increases in industrialisation and urban developments. Understanding the availability, treatment, distribution, management and reuse of water resources is paramount for anyone interested in working in this industry.

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Postgraduate degrees
Master of EngineeringCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Engineering (Professional)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study water engineering at Deakin?

Postgraduate opportunities

Our postgraduate engineering programs with specialisations in civil and water engineering aim to strengthen, build on and extend your understanding of the engineering principles required for successful engineering careers in Australia and overseas.

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Engineer a sustainable future

Water is one of the essential resources for the sustainable future of humanity, yet fresh water is diminishing at an alarming rate due to the exponential increase in industrialisation and urban developments. Specialising in this field of engineering provides you with an excellent platform to work in this exciting and developing industry.

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Diverse study areas

Water engineering covers a range of areas including the availability of water resources; aquatic chemistry; treatment and distribution of drinking water; collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater; and more.

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Practical experience and project management

You will gain technical skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to work as part of a team while focussing on practical experience and a supervised research or industry project that provides you with the advanced project management skills required to tackle complex, industrially-focused problems head on.

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Gain industry experience

As an undergraduate engineering student you will have the opportunity to take part in industry-based work-integrated learning (WIL), internships and final-year industry-based projects.  Industry experience is normally undertaken between trimesters and enables you to acquire practical workplace skills and experience whilst developing valuable professional networks.

Growing demand

The demand for engineers is fuelled by multiple issues, including a massive increase in infrastructure expenditure, an increasing global demand for engineers and an ageing engineering workforce in Australia. With an emphasis on practical learning, strong industry links and flexible delivery, our courses prepare graduates who are highly sought-after by employers


Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) provides some of the best future-focussed engineering facilities in the Australian university sector. It houses virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to concept and reality in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, fuel efficient vehicles or robotic aids, CADET provides the key elements to imagineer the ultimate solution.

Great career outcomes

With strong demand for professional engineers continuing to increase, engineering graduates can be selective about the location and type of employer they want to work for. Employers are looking for graduates who are fully equipped with advanced engineering skills and capable of starting work projects immediately. Deakin's courses produce the job-ready graduates that industry is looking for.

Industry focus

Deakin's postgraduate engineering programs have been developed using input from industry leaders to ensure the courses are relevant and up-to-date with demand. Continual consultation with industry ensures our program is designed to meet future industry requirements.

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