Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering

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Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering

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This course is designed to provide scientific skills and understanding of the key chemical, physical and biological processes appropriate for a practising environmental engineer. Delegates have the opportunity to gain experience in practical analytical methods for assessing pollution of the natural environment (for example, river water quality) and engineered treatment systems (for example, wastewater treatment plants).

Delegates will acquire knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological sciences which underpin Environmental Engineering and sustainability of the environment.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, delegates will have:

  • an awareness of global, regional and local environmental issues, international protocols and the principles of sustainability;
  • an understanding of the key components of aqueous, terrestrial and gaseous environments and their interaction with pollutants;
  • practical knowledge of important analytical tools for monitoring and assessing pollution of water, air and solids;
  • knowledge of ecosystem management in the context of European Directives and UK Regulations;
  • proficiency in laboratory analytical techniques for standard analysis of water and wastewater samples;
  • the ability to calculate and express experimental data in standard units;
  • the ability to source relevant reference data and water quality standards, make comparisons with analytical data, draw relevant conclusions, and prepare technical laboratory reports.

Course Outline

  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics;
  • Water Chemistry Fundamentals (pH, Alk, B.O.D, etc.);
  • Water Quality Standards;
  • Water and Regulations;
  • Pathogens;
  • Biodegradation;
  • Micro - Pollutants and Ecotoxicology;
  • Freundlich Isotherms;
  • Sorption, Precipitation, Colloids, etc;
  • Measurement and Analysis (Practical).
Optional laboratory sessions

The lecture / tutorial elements of the course take place in the mornings with optional laboratory sessions in the afternoons. The laboratory sessions provide basic laboratory analytical skills for the common water and wastewater parameters (chemical, physical and microbiological) used in water and wastewater quality assessment for UK Standards.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who is the course aimed at?

Consultants, Environmental Officers, Water and Wastewater Engineers, Environment Agency and Water Utility staff.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering
    • £1125
      • We hope to offer CPD delegates the option of attending laboratory sessions, but can only confirm this when capacity is known. This optional element of the course attracts an additional fee of £150.

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8101) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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