The University of Newcastle, Australia


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019

2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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UON program code: 40053
CRICOS code: 092855B

Study Professional Environmental Engineering

If you are an environmental engineer looking to advance your career, this program will help you develop management expertise, specialize and deepen your technical skills and be equipped to lead projects and move into more senior roles. Professionals Australia reports that engineers with postgraduate qualifications attract a 16% wage premium.

The Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in engineering. You will have the opportunity to broaden your skills base with relevant courses in chemical engineering or in a complimentary area such as business and management, environmental science, environmental risk reduction, disaster management or sustainable development. Plus you can choose a major project that’s linked to industry or focused on design and research.

Why study with us?

  • Relevant in the real world: connect with business through industry-based projects, guest lectures, mentorship and case studies.[2]
  • Ready for your future, ready for the world: our professional practice and leadership courses will help you develop skills in project management, complex problem solving, innovation and communications.
  • Recognised by industry: take your career anywhere in the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord.[3]
  • Global recognition: The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UON in the Top 300 in the World for Environmental Science and Engineering.[4]
  1. Limits apply depending on the background of the individual and the discipline they now wish to specialise in
  2. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
  3. For the MPE, accreditation from Engineers Australia is pending

What you will study

Core Courses

  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Spatial Data Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Engineering Project 1
  • Hydrology
  • Water Engineering
  • Hydrobiological Modelling
  • Land and Surface Process and Management
  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Complexity
  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B

Directed courses

From a list of directed courses, 1-year students choose a minimum of six courses and 2-year students choose a minimum of five courses. Some examples include:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Property and Facilities Management
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Theory and Practice of Disaster Management
  • Post-disaster Project Management

Program structure

2-year program: If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify.

1-year program: If you are a graduate of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year. You will take advanced engineering courses and choose electives to broaden your skill base and enhance your employability. By gaining a highly relevant postgraduate degree you will accelerate your career, opening up opportunities to work at a more senior level.

* Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Engineers work on a huge range of tasks in many different environments – industries like electronics, energy, food, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, environmental health and transportation. Engineering continues to be one of the most in-demand qualifications in the world, with many countries desperate to fill a shortage of professional skills in this field.

A Master of Professional Engineering will open up even more varied career opportunities, empowering you to take on a leadership role, start your own business or manage major engineering projects.

  • Salaries: As an engineer you’ll be valued and well rewarded. Starting salaries average around $80,000p.a. In 2015, 85% of our engineers had jobs when they graduated - making the University of Newcastle one of the top 2 universities in NSW for graduate employment rates.
  • Flexibility: Some engineers work 9-5 in an office, others fly-in-fly out from a project site. You might prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or managing people and projects.
  • Global opportunities: As a qualified engineer you can travel the world and work almost anywhere you choose. Professional recognition through Engineers Australia lets you work in places such as Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the UK and the USA.