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5038F - Environmental Engineering MSc

Environmental Engineering MSc

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Start in: September 2021

The Environmental Engineering MSc provides you with advanced understanding, technical knowledge and practical skills.


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:

  • engineering
  • science
  • physical geography
  • maths
  • physics

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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

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

Your future

Graduate destinations

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
  • academia

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.

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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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.

These include:

  • Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
  • Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories
  • Water hydraulics Laboratory
  • Computing Laboratory

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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

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  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

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