Environmental engineers create the infrastructure, technologies and policies. They are at the heart of a healthy sustainable society. You'll study how to apply scientific and engineering principles. This will help 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 train our engineers to help them develop a successful career in the environmental industries. 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.
Our Environmental Engineering MSc is for both practising professionals and graduates in:
- physical geography
We have strong industrial engagement. Industry and government policy shape this degree programme. You'll benefit 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. You'll graduate with the enhanced skills and knowledge preparing you for a wide range of careers.
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What you'll learn
This course provides you with advanced training and knowledge in:
- the theory and practice of investigative methods appropriate to environmental engineering
- core concepts from the physical, chemical and biological sciences. These underpin pollution control technologies and environmental stewardship
- environmental engineering design principles and project management
- cross-cutting issues and appropriate technologies in developing countries
- health and safety issues in environmental engineering
- research methods
- presentation and writing
You'll benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You will have the opportunity to engage with fellow students across all engineering disciplines through lectures, group work and other activities. This provides a rich and diverse learning experience.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You take the following compulsory modules:
Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering
Introduction to Practical Hydraulics
Water Supply and Treatment
Solid Waste Management
Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries
Project Skills and Professional Development
Environmental Engineering Design and Project Management
MSc Project and Dissertation in Environmental Engineering
How you'll learn
You will be required to complete a total of 180 credits throughout the course. Including 120 credits in semesters 1 and 2 with 60 credits as part of a dissertation project in the third semester. You'll be taught through a combination of:
- practical classes
- online materials
- coursework tasks with individual feedback
- site visits and field trips
You'll study a variety of taught modules, and work closely with academic mentors throughout the year on an environmental engineering design challenge, followed by a research dissertation project.
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.
Practical training, industrial site visits and field trips are an integral part of the course.
You'll be working closely with academic mentors throughout your course on:
- integrated environmental engineering design challenges
- your dissertation research project
All taught modules provide direct access to course tutors through small group face to face meetings or via alternative online meetings.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Practical lab report
- Problem-solving exercises
- Research proposal
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Project design work
Central to our course is the 30 credit integrated design module running through semester 1 and 2 in which you'll work closely with academic mentors to develop sustainable solutions to protect the environment and public health.
In the Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries module you'll work in small teams to find environmental engineering solutions appropriate to low- and middle-income countries.
Your fieldwork will be integrated with Newcastle University’s Urban Observatory, which provides the UK’s largest set of publicly available real time urban data in the UK, and the UK’s National Green Infrastructure Facility.
You'll put your specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice undertaking a significant individual research project and written dissertation.
Your project might involve you working within one of the School's world-class research groups. We have well-equipped laboratories and pilot-scale research facilities.
Or you might work elsewhere in collaboration with another academic or industrial partner where we have strong links. Overseas field research may also be possible.
Wherever you work, you will be supervised, throughout your project, by an experienced scientist or engineer. They will also support you on your collection/analysis of data, and will guide you in producing a well-written dissertation.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
At the end of the course you'll be able to:
- apply environmental engineering technologies appropriate for urban and rural situations in developed and developing countries
- use laboratory analytical techniques for standard analysis of water and wastewater samples
- calculate and express experimental data in standard units, assess experimental uncertainty and test the statistical significance of treatment effects
- select and design appropriate water treatment unit processes
- source relevant reference data and water quality standards, make comparisons with analytical data, draw relevant conclusions, and prepare technical laboratory reports
- use initiative in acquiring and using information from a wide range of sources
- effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders
- implement a strong health and safety culture, including risk assessment
- understanding of scientific principles to develop sustainable solutions to practical problems
- successfully plan and execute research projects
- use advanced instrumentation and methods for chemical and microbial analysis of environmental samples
- use IT tools such as GIS, air pollution models and instrumental software
More than 1000 alumni from our course are now working across the world, many in senior governmental, academic and scientific positions. Our master's in Environmental Engineering enables those seeking careers in:
- water companies
- engineering companies
- environmental consultancies
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- environment agency and other authorities
Graduates on this programme are in high demand from employers in the UK and internationally. Graduate destinations include:
- Citelum Groupe
- Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
- Forschungszentrum Neu-Ulrichstein
- Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
- Future Biogas Ltd
- Haigh Workman Ltd
- Mott MacDonald Bentley
- Northumbrian Water
- Southern Water
- World Bank
- Yorkshire Water
Our MSc also provides a route into further study at PhD level.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.
- Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
- Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories
- Water hydraulics Laboratory
- Computing Laboratory
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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