Environmental Engineering MSc

Environmental Engineering MSc

Full time: 12 months, part time: up to 48 months
CPD modules available


The Environmental Engineering MSc provides you with the advanced understanding, technical knowledge and practical skills required to enable you to develop a successful career in the environmental industries worldwide.

Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

About this course

Environmental Engineers create the infrastructure, technologies and policies. They are at the heart of a healthy sustainable society. You will study how to apply scientific and engineering principles to protect the environment and public health.

You'll learn how to:

  • provide clean water, treat wastewater, manage solid waste
  • remediate pollution from mining, industrial and agricultural activities
  • control air pollution
  • design appropriate environmental engineering interventions in low, middle and high income countries

We have a global outlook and seek to train engineers to work anywhere in the world. We also want to incorporate the global imperatives of climate change and the circular economy into your thinking and design.

This well-respected course has been running since 1963. Its rich history of teaching and research assure the quality of the experience for you. More than 1000 alumni from our course are now working across the world, many in senior governmental, academic and scientific positions.

Several modules incorporate extensive laboratory practical experience. These will be carried out through small group teaching or via alternative online video demonstrations in our labs.

Our MSc is designed for both practising professionals and graduates in:

  • engineering
  • science
  • physical geography
  • maths
  • physics

Who are seeking careers in:

  • water companies
  • engineering companies
  • environmental consultancies
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • environment agency and other authorities
  • academia

Our strong industrial engagement means our degree programme is shaped by industry and government policy. You'll benefit from this engagement through:

  • industry guest lectures
  • study tours
  • site visits
  • industry and research focused individual projects
  • placements and employment opportunities with added support from the careers service

Our graduates are in high demand and you will graduate with the enhanced skills and knowledge preparing you for a wide range of careers.



Student Profile

After my undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering, I asked myself if I could contribute to solving present technical challenges in my field based on the knowledge I had gained; my ‘yes’ to this question didn’t convince me. I had some doubts and unanswered questions. At this point, it was crystal clear that I needed further training to develop expertise in my chosen field.

Adeola's Student Profile


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2021 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduate destinations

Graduates on this programme are in high demand from employers in the UK and internationally. Graduate destinations include:

  • Atkins
  • Citelum Groupe
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
  • DustScanAQ
  • Forschungszentrum Neu-Ulrichstein
  • Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Future Biogas Ltd
  • Haigh Workman Ltd
  • Mott MacDonald Bentley
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Southern Water
  • World Bank
  • WSP
  • Yorkshire Water

Our MSc also provides a route into further study at PhD level.

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.



Full time: £11,400
Part time: £5,700* 

*per year for the first two years of study


Full time: £24,300

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in subjects such as:

  • engineering
  • science
  • physical geography
  • maths
  • physics

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications if they have at least two years of relevant experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

You need to submit a personal statement with your application. This should highlight why you would like to undertake the course.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.