Environmental engineering


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

Explore your study options

Delve into design-based learning and authentic engineering projects with a Deakin environmental engineering course. You'll apply fundamental and technical knowledge to develop innovative solutions to real-world environmental problems. As a graduate, you'll possess 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.

Choose an environmental engineering degree that will get you work ready

Design and innovation are at the heart of engineering at Deakin. Our future-focused courses go beyond theory to provide the skills and experience you need to create innovative engineering solutions to tackle global environmental issues.

Become a sought after professional

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

Invaluable industry experience

As an undergraduate you'll undertake at least 60 days of practical work experience, so you can enhance your skills and understanding of environmental engineering and develop valuable professional networks before you graduate.

Professional recognition

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.

Top professional roles in environmental engineering

According to the World Economic Forum, climate change mitigation and environment management technologies will be among the top drivers for job growth over the next three years, with over one million new sustainability and environmental protection roles worldwide.^

By studying environmental engineering at Deakin, you'll be well prepared to address global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability, waste disposal and recycling, public health, pollution and contamination. Potential positions include:

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

Study with the best

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

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

Vaughan Mitchell

Engineering student

World-class teaching experiences

Our civil and environmental facilities are designed with versatility in mind and will support you in conducting cutting-edge research. Our Environmental Engineering Labs offer students a wide range of equipment, including water quality meters, balances, drying ovens and furnaces.

Innovative engineering research

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

Learn in the field

Participate in off-site activities that give you hands-on, practical experience on projects similar to those tackled by professional engineers. If you choose to join the international engineering study tour, you'll also get the opportunity to engage in project work overseas while gaining a global understanding of environmental engineering.

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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.


*2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
^World Economic Forum, Future of jobs Report 2023

Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our environmental engineering courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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1800 693 888
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+61 3 9034 6205
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