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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental)

Engineer our planet’s future

Want to design solutions to some of the planet’s most challenging problems?

As populations expand and humanity demands more of our natural resources, environmental engineers work to combat negative impacts of human activities on the environment. They reduce waste, promote eco-design and strive to improve our environmental systems.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental) will challenge and nurture you in a team environment. You will:

  • learn about connections between infrastructure, environment, society, and economy in the developed and developing world
  • build technical skills for tackling complex problems around water, energy, food, pollution, waste, and natural hazards
  • work with award-winning academics who are global experts in their field
  • apply your knowledge to real-world projects based on industry needs
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.

Majors are available in:

Defence systems
Renewable energy
Smart technologies.
Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

As an accredited engineer, you could manage coastal erosion, develop policy on energy futures or design recycling schemes. You might address development issues in Southeast Asia. Perhaps you’ll work for the United Nations or monitor the impacts of climate change on populated regions.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
With global concern about water resources, energy, food, pollution, waste, natural hazards, and climate change on the rise —and the development of new industries focused on developing sustainable solutions—the employment outlook for environmental engineers is excellent. 

Students work with industry experts, undertake real-life projects and internships, and develop skills and networks for a successful career.

This degree prepares graduates for careers across a range of fields—including water resources, energy, recycling, pollution, natural hazards, transport, natural resources, infrastructure, defence and information technology—with multinational companies, engineering consulting firms, government departments, water authorities, and research organisations.

Industry Placement
Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience

Potential careers
Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Coastal Engineer, Consultant Engineer, Project Manager, Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Structural Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Conservation Officer, Consultant, Power Distribution Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Defence Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Energy Engineer, Energy Managers, Entrepreneur, Sustainability Manager

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 75%

ISBE [India] 85%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169

International Qualifications Mathematics and Chemistry