The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading faculties of its kind in Australia, internationally recognised for outstanding research

Faculty research overview

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading faculties of its kind in Australia. We are internationally recognised for our outstanding research record, which places our engineering schools, with their state-of-the-art facilities, among the best in Australia.

The Faculty achieved outstanding results in the Australian Research Council 2012 ERA ratings. We were one of only five universities to receive a top rating of 5 (well above world standard) for the two digit Engineering category. We also received a rating of 3 (at world standard) for Built Environment and Design. Other results included top ratings of 5 for Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy. We also achieved ratings of 3 in Interdisciplinary Engineering, Architecture and Building.

Our research-intensive environment has helped to attract academic research staff of the highest callibre from across the country and around the world. Many of our staff are leaders in their fields, carrying out internationally recognised work in pure and applied research that invariably attracts high levels of funding.

Research capabilities 

Research capabilities

Research conducted within each of the three schools of our Faculty is often directly linked to business and industry. From data mining and bioinformatics to geotechnical engineering, from spatial visualisation to bulk solids handling - the breadth of our research capabilities reflects the huge scope of the engineering and built environment industries.

Research Higher Degrees

PhD and Research Masters

Completing a research degree is a unique opportunity to engage in an in-depth exploration of your interests and make a significant contribution to knowledge in your research area. Whether you're preparing for a career in academia, or want to become a leader in your industry, a research degree will help you meet the challenges of the future.

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Geotechnical Science and Engineering

The Faculty is home to the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering, which pioneers new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design underpinning Australia's energy and transport infrastructure.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

NIER is leading research in sustainable energy production and use to benefit the community, the economy, and industry. Significant areas of the Faculty's research are located within in NIER, particularly in Bulk Solids, Iron Making and Materials, Intelligent Electricity Networks, Advanced Particle Processing and Chemical Engineering.

Hunter Medical Research Institute

Hunter Medical Research Institute

HMRI supports the Hunter's internationally recognised health and medical research. HMRI is a multidisciplinary partnership between the University and Hunter New England Local Health District and the community. The Faculty's research in Bioinformatics, Biomarker and Information-Based Medicine is located at HMRI.