MSc Environmental Engineering


Program Description

The MSc Environmental Engineering course provides highly employable graduates who will act as leaders and managers serving the environmental needs of the process industries. The programme examines environmental problems like toxic waste, air pollution, waste disposal, energy efficiency, contaminated land and water and equips graduates with a high-level competency in process engineering design, environmental assessment, resource management and technological innovation.

The course offers to students with BEng, BSc or non-accredited engineering degrees the skills required to be eligible for Chartered Engineer status.

Key facts

  • Offering a unique combination of engineering skills, the department provides a strong and dynamic learning environment with close links between research and teaching.
  • Relevance to industry is a strong feature of the department, with a high proportion of teaching staff being chartered engineers and/or having relevant industrial experience, as well as ongoing research links to industry.

Course details

The course follows a modular structure, with students completing 180 credits over a 12-month period. Students take 70 credits of core modules, 20 credits of optional modules, and a 30-credit development project providing skills in advanced design practice, as well as a 60-credit summer project which develops skills in research.

Students will develop:

  • important skills in harmonising the activities of industry and business with the protection and enhancement of the environment
  • the ability the evaluate the significance of environmental hazards, advise on treatment and containment and develop the technologies and regulations that help prevent and contain accidents
  • a solid understanding of existing technologies, and an appreciation of the economic, legal, social and ethical aspects of the environmental challenges
  • skills in research, project management, problem-solving and reporting, as well as exercising original thought.
  • the ability to plan and undertake a research project

The MSc Environmental Engineering is taught on a full-time basis over one year, commencing in September.

Most applicants have an engineering first degree, and the most common include environmental and/or chemical engineering.


Module availability on non-compulsory modules is subject to timetabling, pre-requisite restrictions, and prior agreement with the respective Module Convenor.

Core modules

  • Individual Research Project (summer): 60 credits
  • Accelerated Design Training (year-long): 30 credits
  • Environmental Risk Assessment (autumn): 10 credits
  • Water Treatment (autumn): 10 credits
  • Water Treatment Engineering (spring): 10 credits
  • Air Pollution 1 (autumn): 10 credits
  • Air Pollution 2 (spring): 10 credits
  • Contaminated Land (spring): 10 credits
  • Research Planning (spring): 10 credits

For students with a first degree from the University of Nottingham, the programme may have to be adapted to ensure they do not study the same module twice in accordance with university regulations. These students should contact the department for clarification.

Optional modules

Students must choose 10 credits of modules for each semester from the following:

  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture (autumn): 10 credits
  • Petroleum Engineering (autumn): 10 credits
  • Process Risk Benefit and Analysis (spring): 10 credits
  • Energy Storage (spring): 10 credits
  • Fossil Energy Resources and Utilisation: Past, Present and Future (spring): 10 credits

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


The growing recognition of the need for environmental protection has generated a high demand for good quality environmental engineers. The career options for environmental engineers align closely with those of chemical engineers, with specific roles and focus on environmental issues and aspects. This course equips students with skills suitable to a wide range of careers within UK and international companies and organisations, including, petrochemicals, foods, pollution protection, nanotechnology, academic research, consultancy, management and finance.

This programme will also provide a strong foundation should you decide to continue your studies to PhD level and to pursue a research career.

This masters course will equip you for the following careers:

  • Project engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Operations engineers
  • Development engineers
  • Engineering consultants
  • Environmental consultants
  • Research and development

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: 2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours degree or international equivalent) in an engineering related field

Other requirements: Applicants with a high 2.2 (lower second class honours degree or international equivalent) with substantial work experience may be considered.

IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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