Studying in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering's dynamic learning environment will give you the critical and creative thinking ability to solve fundamental real-world challenges.
When you study with us, you will be joining a world-leading university. The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.* It is also ranked 15th for mining engineering, 28th for water resource engineering and 31st for civil engineering.#
The School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering encompasses the most fundamental fields of engineering essential to the functioning of society, and includes disciplines linked to the knowledge of structures, infrastructure and materials, mechanics, the environment, hydrology, geography, geology and soil.
As a student, you will be part of a dynamic learning environment. Across all of our programs, we emphasise a deep understanding of current best practice.
* Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 / # Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
Our engineering degrees
We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in civil engineering, architectural and structural engineering, environmental engineering and mining engineering.
Civil engineering is an exciting field involving the design, construction and maintenance of the infrastructure underpinning modern life. Civil engineers ensure this infrastructure—such as bridges, roads, tunnels, railways, dams, airports and water channels—meets society’s needs in a sustainable way.
Architectural and structural engineers create innovative, high-technology building and infrastructure solutions. Our undergraduate degree provides you with the option of going on to study the Master of Architecture in order to become an architect.
Interested in engineering and care about our planet’s future? By studying environmental engineering, you will learn about the connections between infrastructure, environment, society, and economy in the developed and developing world, as well as the quantitative skills to solve complex problems.
Mining engineers are involved in aspects of the extraction and processing of ores from the earth that contain valuable minerals or metals. The reinvigoration of traditional mining plus new developments such as deep sea mining and space mining means there is an exciting future ahead.
Whether you intend to work in research or industry, studying a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can give you a competitive edge throughout your career. Focus your research on a topic within the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering.
Enhance your undergraduate degree with industry-relevant majors and minors
The School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering offers a range of exciting, industry-relevant majors and minors, designed to enhance your knowledge and practical skills. As an undergraduate student, you can choose from:
Get practical experience while studying
With a strong focus on design, you will have the opportunity to apply your technical knowledge on engineering projects throughout your undergraduate degree. Engineering at Adelaide includes an embedded honours year, in which you’ll complete a major project relevant to your area of specialisation. This will be showcased at South Australia’s largest student exhibition, Ingenuity.
Where can civil, environmental and mining engineering take me?
Civil engineers design, construct and maintain the infrastructure that underpins modern living standards. You could apply your skills to work in materials, coastal, construction, structural design, geotechnical engineering, water resources, earthquake or blast engineering locally and globally.
With the growing demand for sustainable buildings, architectural engineers are likely to find employment in a wide range of areas and organisations including in international companies. Incorporating your engineering knowledge and skills, you could engage in all stages of building projects.
The employment outlook for environmental engineers is excellent. Global concern about water resources, energy, food, pollution, waste, natural hazard and climate change is on the rise; and so too is demand for new industries focused on developing sustainable, engineering based solutions.
The prospects are similarly good for mining engineering graduates. They already have the highest employment rate of all engineering specialities at 92 per cent,** and that number's expected to rise. Graduates find opportunities locally and internationally as geotechnical engineers, drilling and blast engineers, ventilation engineers, mine engineers and geostatisticians.
** Graduate Careers Australia
“I’m currently working as an undergraduate civil engineer at BMD Urban, which has been incredible and made me realise this is the industry I want to be in. I’ve had the opportunity to work on-site and in the office, so I’ve seen both sides of the business.”Luisa Panuccio, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Architectural)
The University of Adelaide, along with industry and not-for-profit organisations, offers a variety of scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Whether you’re already enrolled or still considering applying, it’s well worth seeing if there’s a scholarship for you.