Environmental Engineering

Study Environmental Engineering at the University of Waikato for a career where you'll make a lasting impact on society by helping to protect and enhance our natural and man-made environments, while enjoying excellent job prospects.

Environmental engineers work to protect water, air, soil and built environments. They evaluate and assess options, design equipment and systems, and develop regulations and controls, seek to solve issues of water quality, water supply, waste reduction and disposal, soil and air quality management, and noise.

As the world’s demand for materials, food and energy grows, so does the need for environmental engineers. Environmental Engineering graduates with strong technical and communication skills are in demand, in New Zealand and around the world.

During your degree you will learn how to identify, monitor and solve important problems associated with the environment, resource allocation and use, and sustainability. Our programme is multi-disciplinary, combining the fundamentals of engineering, science, mathematics, and computing, with the study of water resources and quality, earth and ocean environments, environmental planning, modelling and sustainability, process energy and management.

An important part of the Environmental Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while exploring first-hand the field of Environmental Engineering you could choose for your career.

You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show. There is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.


Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Water and Sanitary Engineer
  • Public/Environmental Health Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Sustainability Engineer
  • Restoration Engineer
  • Resource/Waste Management/Engineer


Study Environmental Engineering in any of these qualifications

Year 1

Students must take the following compulsory papers

Note: Students must take one of CHEM111 or CHEM112. See Chemistry for details

Structure and SpectroscopyCHEM11115.0 Points
Chemical ReactivityCHEM11215.0 Points
Engineering MechanicsENGG11015.0 Points
Foundations of EngineeringENGG18015.0 Points
Engineering ComputingENGG18215.0 Points
Linear Algebra and Statistics for EngineersENGG18315.0 Points
Calculus for EngineersENGG18415.0 Points
Introduction to Materials Science and EngineeringENMP10215.0 Points

and 15 points from the following

Year 2

Students must take the following compulsory papers

Fluid Mechanics 1ENCV24010.0 Points
Civil Engineering ModellingENCV25020.0 Points
Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceENGG2790.0 Points
Engineering DesignENGG28210.0 Points
Engineering Work Placement 1ENGG3710.0 Points
Engineering ThermodynamicsENMP22120.0 Points
Environmental Technology 1ENMP24120.0 Points
Principles of Environmental PlanningENVP20620.0 Points
Engineering GeomorphologyERTH25110.0 Points
Research ProjectSCIE30210.0 Points

and 20 points from the following

EcologyBIOL21220.0 Points
MicrobiologyBIOL24120.0 Points
Analytical Tools for the Life and Environmental SciencesCHEM20020.0 Points
Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 1CHEM21120.0 Points
Organic and Physical Chemistry 1CHEM21220.0 Points
Environmental Chemistry and GeochemistryCHEM26120.0 Points
Geomechanics 1ENCV23010.0 Points
Earth Materials and ProcessesERTH22120.0 Points
Soils in the LandscapeERTH23310.0 Points
Soil Properties and their ManagementERTH23410.0 Points
OceanographyERTH24220.0 Points
Weather and ClimateERTH24510.0 Points
Introduction to HydrologyERTH24610.0 Points
Introduction to Environmental MonitoringERTH28410.0 Points
Maori Lands and CommunitiesGEOG21920.0 Points
Public Law ALAWS20120.0 Points

Year 3

Students must take the following compulsory papers

and 20 points from the following

Year 4

Students must take the following compulsory papers

and 30 points from the following

Note: SCIE301 and SCIE302 cannot be taken if done in Year 3

Work placements are a major feature of the Environmental Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.  They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

Coresteel Buildings Innovation Award

For students enrolled full-time in the fourth and final year of a BE(Hons) and who are currently enrolled in ENGG492. Applicants must also be completing ENGG492 in October in the year of tenure. Applications are welcome from groups enrolled in ENGG492. The Award will have a value of $5,000.

Closing Date: 2016-10-01 23:59:00

Engineering Admission Fees Scholarship

For students who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours) degree in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Waikato and are currently completing the final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

School of Engineering Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254