Course Description

Gain the skills and knowledge to enter the diverse and rewarding field of environmental engineering.

This program offers the chance to specialise in civil, groundwater or chemical engineering. Land contamination, hydrogeology, wastewater treatment, and sustainable cities and infrastructure are strong focus areas.

As an environmental engineering student, you’ll learn engineering concepts and technical skills in order to:

  • preserve the environment
  • minimise water, soil and air pollution
  • assess the environmental impact of engineering projects
  • develop remediation measures for environmental degradation
  • deliver sustainable solutions through engineering processes

Elective subjects such as the China Environmental Challenges Study Tour or the Sustainable Cities for the Future France Study Tour will provide you with the opportunity to gain a global perspective of the environment.

You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • improve water quality and conserve water resources
  • develop cleaner process and production technologies for a range of industries
  • undertake rehabilitation of contaminated land and groundwater
  • design systems to manage waste
  • prepare environmental impact studies

You’ll also have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design and build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.

Why study environmental engineering at RMIT?

Studying environmental engineering at RMIT offers the following benefits:

  1. Prepare yourself for employment
    With at least 12 weeks of industry placements undertaken locally or internationally, you’ll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry, like the Engineers Without Borders Challenge Scholarship.

    Tuition Fees

    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
    International Students: $36,480 per year full-time


    4 years full time, 8 years part time

    Starting dates

    February, July

    Graduate Rating

    Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

    Teaching quality: 57.6% (national average 48.3%)
    Improved skills: 83.2% (national average 83.1%)
    Overall satisfaction: 77.2% (national average 74.4%)

    The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

    Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

    Employed full time: 70.5% (national average 76.8%)
    Studying full time: 22.9% (national average 13.7%)
    Median full time salary: $60,000 (national average $63,000)

    You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

    Course codes

    CRICOS Code: 079627A
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH080

    Entry Requirements

    The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

    Entry to this program is competitive. Applic