The aims of the programme include to develop the intellectual, practical, and professional skills of students in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of environmental engineering principles and issues in preparation for:

  • a career in the environmental, consultancy, regulatory, management, and engineering industry,
  • a position of leadership early in that career,
  • further study,
  • life-long learning and an appreciation of the value of Environmental Engineering to a sustainable society.

Environmental Engineering Highlights

Please note: A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Professional Accreditations

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Core Modules

  • Land & Water Quality (20 CATS)
  • Engineering Hydrology & Hydrogeology (20 CATS)
  • Assessment of Environmental Impacts (20 CATS)
  • Computer Modelling of Contaminants (20 CATS)
  • Thesis Project (60 CATS)

Course Details

As well as compulsory and optional modules, the programme includes a research project which leads to a report (PgDip) or thesis (MSc) submission. Typically students complete 60CATS worth of modules per semester.

Elective Modules

  • Introduction to Renewable Energies (20 CATS)
  • GIS & Spatial Analysis (20 CATS)
  • Project Management, Planning and Control (20 CATS)
  • Sustainable Rural Economics and Policy (20 CATS)
  • Advances in Environmental Engineering (20 CATS)

Note: the availability of elective modules in a given academic year will be subject to sufficient numbers of students (typically >6) enrolling in respective modules.

Module Review

All modules for 2019/20 are currently under review and subject to change in advance of the programme commencing in September 2019.

Career Prospects


The programme provides a suitable background for careers in environmental engineering, monitoring, management and consultancy, and it establishes a basis for interdisciplinary research to a higher level. Past graduates have found employment with a wide range of employers, eg environment regulatory agencies, civil engineering and specialist contractors as well as engineering and environmental consultancies in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered as a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits and field/laboratory practicals as well as individual and group-based self-directed study.


  • Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
  • Written examination
  • Continuous assessment

Entrance requirements


Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant Engineering/Science discipline, e.g. Civil Engineering. Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient mathematical background (a minimum of A-level standard or equivalent) however undergraduate courses with high mathematical content, e.g. Statistics, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A 2.1 Honours degree or above, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required for those with an insufficient mathematical background.

Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard (or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Qualifications may be considered alongside extensive relevant professional experience.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
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Last updated May 9, 2019
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Sep 2019
1 - 2 years
20,200 GBP
International | UK/EU: £5,900
June 30, 2019
Places are filled on a first come, first served basis. Application before 30th June is advised.
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