MC254 - Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

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Plan: MC254 - Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
Award abbreviation: MEng(EnvEng)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 039901
CRICOS code: 087983C

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Purpose of the Program

The main objective of the Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) program is to develop advanced knowledge and skills in environmental engineering that will enhance your career prospects in the relevant industries.  The program aims to provide you with skills to step up as project leaders, consultants and managers with the knowledge and skills to lead the introduction of new technologies and operating practices in various industries.

The program greatly enhances graduates’ employability and career prospects. As graduates of this program, you will have gained extensive state of the art knowledge and skills in environmental engineering and related technologies, combined with advanced oral and written communication, teamwork, design, project management and research skills. At the completion of the program you will be equipped to further your career aspirations in engineering, operations, management, or consultancy and significantly contribute to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of organisations, and the competitiveness and profitability of business and industry.

The program design reflects a formal process of program development.  One part of this process was to identify the industry trends and the graduate capabilities required of an engineering graduate to successfully engage in a professional capacity with the relevant engineering industries of the 21st century. This involved research into the literature of engineering education and consultation with a number of stakeholders, including the professional body (Engineers Australia), industry bodies, alumni and current students, and the academic staff of the school.  

At the completion of the program you will be equipped to further your career aspirations in environmental engineering, operations, or consultancy in fields like processing, water engineering, aid & development and sustainability.

  • Team Leader implementing new technology and operational strategies
  • Operations Manager responsible for the competitive performance of a business unit.
  • Consultant providing specialist technical advice to industry.

In this program you will undertake a capstone project with the 48 credit point course OENG1088 Master's Research Project (or the alternative of taking both of the 24 credit point coursesOENG1089 Master's Research Project Part 1 and OENG1090 Master's Research Project Part 2). In this project you will consolidate and expand the knowledge gained throughout the program through an in-depth experimental and/or analytical study of a highly technical and/or engineering management application.

This program is primarily delivered in face-to-face mode at the City Campus. While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have completed a Bachelor of Engineering program in Environmental Engineering, at AQF level 8 or equivalent, where this program is accredited by Engineers Australia, you may be eligible to receive up to 96 credit points of advanced standing.

If you have completed the MC254 MEng (Environ Eng) you may be eligible to apply for DR219 PhD (Environmental Engineering)  If you require further details on programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook.


For domestic students, the following exit award is available:

  • GC200 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering is available if you choose to exit the Master's program after 48 credit points. This excludes any courses awarded as advanced standing.

The capabilities developed by the Graduate Certificate are consequently less comprehensive than those developed by the Master's program.

Note: GC200 exit award is not registered with CRICOS and therefore not available for international students

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in Engineering, Science or Technology with a major in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Engineering Systems with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0.

Applicants who have a successfully completed a relevant degree (as above) with a GPA of at least 1.5 out of 4.0, will be considered if they have at least 3 years of relevant industry experience.

Successful completion of an Australian postgraduate qualification (or international equivalent) in a related discipline (as above).
Applicants without any relevant prior qualification will be considered if they have at least 10 years of relevant industry experience.

International qualifications are assessed for parity to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). 

English Language Requirements

International applicants: A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0, or equivalent.

Local applicants with international qualifications: If your international bachelor degree was not taught in English you must undertake an IELTS test and achieve a score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Engineers Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord. This means that the program is internationally recognised and graduates are able to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world. Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) are eligible for graduate and/or professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Industry Links
This program has strong links with industry through its Industry Advisory Committee and through research and teaching collaborations.  Many program teaching staff are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experience and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry-funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated. The Research Project course, undertaken in second year, provides opportunities for Work Integrated Learning through industry-based projects.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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