The MSc in Environmental Engineering is aimed at students who have an interest in environmental engineering but initially undertook a more mainstream undergraduate course. It is ideal for those who wanted to specialise in environmental engineering after graduating from their undergraduate degree or after working in the environmental engineering field for a time. The syllabus covers a number of traditional subjects from which you can choose from, such as water treatment, air pollution and contaminated land. The compulsory part of the course concentrates on developing and improving research, team working and communication skills in a context relevant to environmental engineers.
The year-long course is made up of three semesters. The autumn and spring semesters are taught, although they also contain a group project with relevance to advanced environmental engineering. You will take a mixture of module choices from a restricted list of traditional environmental engineering subjects and from free choice options across the campus, enabling you to build your own multi-disciplinary syllabus.
You must pass the taught component, which comprises 120 credits, to progress to the final stage of the MSc project. The MSc project is worth 60 credits and occupies the entire summer semester. It is made up from a group design element and individual research elements.
An increasing number of companies are hiring environmental consultants or in-house environmental experts in order to stay ahead of environmental restrictions and legislation. New projects need to be assessed from an environmental view point and existing operations continuously improved to meet environmental management standards. The combination of a mainstream engineering or science degree and the MSc in Environmental Engineering will equip you to contribute to these activities from the minute you take up employment. There is a severe shortage of engineers who combine conventional engineering with a broad awareness of a range of environmental aspects. The research aspect of the course also makes a good foundation to seek employment in a research environment, either industrial or academic.
An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in engineering or science subjects.
Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 55 (with no less than 51 in each element)
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test