Engineering education at the University of Adelaide began over 130 years ago, and grew particularly strong under the leadership of Professor Robert Chapman (later Sir Robert) who undertook to ensure that engineering should be accorded professional status.
With his encouragement, joint courses were developed by the University of Adelaide and the School of Mines and Industries, with Mining Engineering beginning in 1903. By 1907, he had also introduced Civil Engineering as a separate field of study. Although this award was discontinued in 1963, it was reintroduced in 2007 in response to increasing demand and specialisation in the discipline.
The Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees were established in 1913.
The School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering supports the Missions of the University of Adelaide and the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences in achieving wide international recognition, by:
- conducting research of international standard
- maintaining our position as one of the leading educators in civil and environmental engineering in Australia by producing graduates who will take their place as leaders in the profession and the community
- providing opportunities for high quality postgraduate education consistent with internationally recognised research
- providing excellence in teaching which is accessible to other disciplines and teaching institutions
- providing the community with specialised expertise and experience through consulting and testing services
- providing a safe and rewarding work environment for its staff.
Students in one of the early classes at the University of Adelaide. This classroom is in what is now the Mitchell Building near the current President and Vice-Chancellor's Office. The whole of the University began in that one building and now occupies 14 hectares on the north side of North Tce. while also having space in many other buildings in Adelaide, as well as the Waite and Roseworthy campuses.
Notice the three girls in the class, at the back of the picture (front of the room). Adelaide was the first University in Australia to admit women (1881).
The School offers Bachelor degrees in:
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Mining Engineering
that are accredited by the Institution of Engineers Australia.