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Field of Study

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

This field of study is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and build tomorrow’s integrated, multi-centred sustainable cities.

In both the developed and developing world, new technologies and engineering solutions are needed for sustainable development. Many advanced economies have recognised the urgency of finding these solutions and are developing new 'sustainable infrastructure' research initiatives.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. 

These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology. Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear and demonstrable advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

You'll develop skills in specialist environmental-systems engineering along with civil engineering and be equipped to address complex, international and multidisciplinary problems.

Build a sustainable future

  • Sustainable development is an increasing priority for industries and governments and our civil and environmental engineering graduates have rewarding careers while contributing to global communities.
  • Learn how civil and environmental engineers contribute to policy development, and explore how new processes evolve to implementation.
  • This study area includes diverse electives and core subjects focusing on environmental modelling, risk management, project management, design and research.


1 in Queensland for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

47 in the world for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Design engineer

Average annual salary range

Environmental Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Engineering
  • Data Analytics in Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Analysis

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