Engineers who apply specialist skills to humanitarian causes and emergency situations can have an incredibly positive global impact on populations in need.

Humanitarian engineering focuses on using engineering to help meet communities’ needs, not-for-profit, but for the good of humanity. Humanitarian engineers undertake projects to: help reduce poverty in disadvantaged communities, such as through housing construction; provide support in natural disasters; improve access to safe drinking water; and develop sustainable energy.


You can undertake a minor in Humanitarian Engineering in our:

A minor enables you to specialise by completing a series of courses within your degree in an area of interest. By studying Humanitarian Engineering, you will work on ideas and technologies that contribute to improvements in the living conditions and situations of developing populations. Projects will include a focus on culture, economic background, and political climate, and will enable you to develop strong community awareness.

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Careers in humanitarian engineering

As a humanitarian engineer you’ll be equipped to solve problems in complex, often life-threatening situations, allowing you to significantly enhance and even save lives. You could work domestically or internationally on: disaster response teams; community development projects; or for non-governmental organisations, such as Engineers Without Borders.

Set on engineering but don’t meet the entry requirements?

We want to ensure everyone with a passion for engineering can pursue it. If you don’t have the prerequisites to directly enter an engineering degree, but attained a Selection Rank of 70 or above and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), consider our engineering pathway program. Successful completion will guarantee you a place in your preferred Adelaide engineering degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.