Environmental engineering


This rapidly growing field of expertise will make you a highly sought-after graduate in careers that address global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability, recycling, public health, air and water, as well as pollution and contamination.

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

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) student

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

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.


The Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) has been designed in accordance with Engineers Australia professional accreditation requirements. Deakin has been awarded provisional accreditation with Engineers Australia.

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.

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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 facilities

Explore our future-focused 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.