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Focus on practical skills and outcomes across sustainability, climate change and infrastructure when you study environmental engineering at Deakin. Gain a broad knowledge across the industry, with solutions-led technical skills to put you in high demand in this ever-changing field.
Want to design and create ground-breaking engineering ideas for a sustainable future?
Climate change is an increasing area of concern for many of the world’s industries, and when you study environmental engineering at Deakin, you’ll join a challenging, rewarding and diverse career path.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) emphasises the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to produce industry-ready environmental engineers prepared to tackle the major environmental challenges of our time.
Students gain a breadth of knowledge across the environmental engineering discipline and the technical skills to develop sustainable engineering solutions to current and future environmental problems, such as water security, waste and recycling, pollution and contamination, and public health.
This course equips students in a range of environmental engineering disciplines related to environmental health, water, air and soil quality, water resource management and waste management.
This is underpinned by the fundamentals of environmental engineering and the natural and physical sciences including geography, chemistry, mathematics, environmental science, ecology and hydrology.
By combining design-based learning with authentic engineering projects, students learn how to apply fundamental and technical knowledge to develop innovative solutions to real world environmental problems, while also promoting the ethical, social and cultural responsibilities of the modern engineer.
This type of project-based learning further promotes growth of students’ communication, teamwork, project management and leadership skills, better equipping them for their future roles, whether they choose careers in industry, government, or the humanitarian sector.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 or 2 credit points, sometimes abbreviated as cps. Most students choose to study units amounting to 4 credit points (or cps) per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:
- 31 credit points of core units (including SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice (12 weeks)*
- 1 elective unit (1 credit point)^
- Completion of SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0-credit point compulsory unit)
- Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
- Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
- Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
*For students without year 12 Chemistry (or equivalent) 32 credit points of core units, including SLE133 Chemistry in our World.
^Option for students with year 12 Chemistry (or equivalent)Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
^Note: Students without Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent will be required to undertake SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1 (prior to SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences)
Molecular science is integral to modern environmental engineering. For this reason, knowledge of chemistry is important for all students in the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) course. Students who have a weak or no knowledge of year 12 Chemistry must study SLE133. Students who have a strong knowledge of Chemistry may choose an elective instead of SLE133, and proceed directly to SLE155. Alternatively, students who have a strong knowledge of year 12 Chemistry may choose to study SLE133 in order to strengthen and consolidate their chemistry skills and understanding.
Level 2 - Trimester 1
Level 2 - Trimester 2
Level 3 - Trimester 1
Level 3 - Trimester 2
Level 4 - Trimester 1
Level 4 - Trimester 2
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)
~ SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is available in trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3. Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study.
+ Note: Students are expected to undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters. Students will be required to seek approval from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SEJ441 and SEJ446 consecutively.
^ Available from 2021
Select one elective unit.
2020 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.
Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Through SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice, you’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace, developing and enhancing your understanding of the environmental engineering profession, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL and a study score of at least 20 in one of maths: mathematical methods (any) or maths: specialist mathematics. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience: Prerequisites of English and mathematics as for year 12 school leavers (or equivalent). Entry will be based on their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Recognition of prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Frequently asked questions
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Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
Graduates will be in high demand in this rapidly evolving industry, addressing global issues like climate change and sustainability in roles such as:
- waterways manager
- green design professional
- engineering technologist
- design engineer
- stormwater engineer
- environmental health officer
- hazardous waste manager
- noise control monitor
- natural resource manager
- sustainability analyst
- sustainability consultant
- waste management coordinator
- water quality tester.
The Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) has been designed in accordance with Engineers Australia professional accreditation requirements. Deakin has been awarded provisional accreditation for the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) with Engineers Australia (EA).
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Design, develop, manage and evaluate the sustainability of established and innovative engineering solutions for real-world environmental problems by integrating and applying well-developed knowledge and skills in natural and physical sciences, engineering and project management, and by assessing environmental, social and economic consequences of implementation. Apply professional engineering and scientific techniques to environmental engineering problems, evaluate the benefits, risks and uncertainty associated with the use of specific environmental engineering approaches and tools, and evaluate the effectiveness of designs and experiments that are used to determine solutions. Plan and execute practice-based research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of environmental engineering and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and scholarship.
Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical engineering information using oral, written, visual modes. Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in comprehending diverse viewpoints from technical and non-technical stakeholders and present arguments and justifications for representing an engineering position.
Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to environmental engineering to use, manage, generate and share information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes. Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate and share information, laws, policies and regulations that pertain to the air, water and terrestrial environment, their management and impacts on human health.
Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.
Apply knowledge of natural and physical sciences, and environmental engineering skills and techniques to identify and define complex problems in a variety of contexts. Evaluate and use established engineering methods to identify potential solutions to independently and collaboratively resolve complex, real-world environmental engineering problems and realise solutions. Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and solutions to environmental engineering problems that are constrained by local, national, global and contemporary issues and show capacity for planning, designing, executing and managing environmental engineering projects.
Evaluate own knowledge and skills, professionalism and ethical development using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance. Work responsibly and safely in engineering environments to demonstrate ethical conduct and professionalism.
Undertake various team roles, work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve team objectives. Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared knowledge and creative capacity to optimise engineering outcomes.
Formulate sustainable engineering practices by integrating aspects of design, development, management and research competencies through concern for and appreciation of economic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives, including those of indigenous peoples. Engage with global traditions and current trends in environmental engineering practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.
Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019