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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

The MSc Environmental Engineering course is aimed at students who have an interest in environmental engineering but initially undertook a more mainstream undergraduate programme. It is ideal for those who want to specialise in environmental engineering after graduating from their undergraduate degree or after working in the environmental engineering field. The syllabus covers a number of traditional subjects which you can choose from; such as air pollution, contaminated land and water treatment. The compulsory part of the programme concentrates on developing and improving research, teamwork and communication skills in a context relevant to environmental engineers.


Why choose this course?

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is a leading centre for the development of industrial processes and applications in energy, sustainability and environmental engineering.

Our taught postgraduate programmes produce high quality engineers who will graduate with the advanced skills and training demanded by industry and organisations all over the world.

Course content

You will take a mixture of module choices from a restricted list of traditional environmental engineering subjects and from free choice options from across the campus, enabling you to build your own multidisciplinary syllabus. You will also be required to complete a Group Design Project with relevance to environmental engineering. You must pass all the components in the autumn and spring semesters, comprising 120 credits, to progress to the final stage of the MSc Individual Research Project. The MSc Individual Research Project is worth 60 credits and occupies the entire summer semester.

Typical core modules

  • Environmental Field Programme
  • Group Design Project
  • MSc Research Project
  • Research Planning

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Environmental Assessment
  • Air Pollution 2
  • Chemical Product Design
  • Free Choice*
  • Nanotechnology
  • Palm Oil and Oleochemicals
  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture
  • Water Treatment Engineering

*Students may choose modules from any other course provided it is approved by the programme director.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in engineering or a related field. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we are also reviewing and accepting grades based on the minimum acceptable (and those who are holding grades with near misses). The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


80 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)
MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Supervision
  • Lab sessions
  • Computer labs

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Group coursework
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Presentation

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM54,900 per programme
International studentsRM61,700 per programme


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


Students completing this programme have undertaken jobs in a range of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, food, environmental protection, nanotechnology, consultancy and management. The programme also aims to provide a strong foundation for further study to PhD level and pursuit of a career in research.

The University has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provides students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers or training opportunities.

MSc Chemical Engineering graduates have found jobs in a range of industries including consultancy, environmental protection, food, management, nanotechnology, oil and gas, and petrochemicals.

MSc Environmental Engineering graduates are well suited for careers as environmental consultants or in-house environmental experts sought by companies in order to stay ahead of environmental restrictions and legislation. Our study programmes also aim to provide a strong foundation for further study to PhD level and the pursuit of a career in research.

This content was last updated on 14 May 2024. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.