Environmental engineering


Become a highly sought-after graduate ready to tackle global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability and pollution.

Get work-ready

With a Deakin environmental engineering course, you'll get the chance to combine design-based learning with authentic engineering projects to prepare you for the world of work. You'll apply fundamental and technical knowledge to develop innovative solutions to real-world environmental problems, meaning you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills required to hit the ground running in this fast-growing sector.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor 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.

I've found the teaching and support staff at Deakin to be brilliant. They each have remarkable workplace expertise that help bring the academic material to life.

Vaughan Mitchell

Engineering student

Career opportunities

Environmental engineering graduates have the in-demand skills and knowledge required by engineering and construction companies, manufacturers, land developers, government and consulting firms.

You'll 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
  • environmental consultant
  • environment officer
  • environment planner
  • landfill specialist
  • water specialist.

Flexible study options

Engineering at Deakin is distinctive because our courses are available on campus and online. From 2024, you can choose to study at our state-of-the-art engineering precinct at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, our new purpose-built facilities at Melbourne Burwood Campus, or online. You can also set your own pace and switch between part-time and full-time study to fit around your work, lifestyle and other commitments.

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.


Deakin's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia. This accreditation gives our degrees international recognition, allowing graduates to practice as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

Learn in the field

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.

Facilities to inspire

Our civil and environmental facilities are designed to be versatile and to support students, researchers and staff in conducting a range of tests and research.

Learn more about our civil engineering labs

Learn more about our environmental engineering labs

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.

Learn more about researching with us

Study with the best

Engineering at Deakin is ranked in the top 1% globally.* This rating highlights Deakin’s world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

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Industry partnerships

Discover more about Deakin’s invaluable industry partnerships, and how they ensure engineering students graduate job ready.

Study environmental engineering

Our environmental engineering students discuss their learning journey and how they are helping to design sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Engineering precinct

Explore our state-of-the-art engineering facilities at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, housing some of the most advanced systems, equipment and technologies in Australia.


*2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.