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MSc Environmental Engineering: units for 2022 entry

View unit details for our MSc Environmental Engineering course.

Foundations of sustainability and environmental science

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

This unit develops your understanding of the scientific foundations of environmental processes and ecology. You'll learn about the behaviour of contaminants and the processes for their avoidance and removal. You will also explore social, economic, cultural, ethical, and the political context that engineers work within, and be able to assess the sustainability of processes. Working in multi-disciplinary groups you will conduct a case study to explore motivations and priorities of different stakeholders.

Bioprocess Engineering

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals and the application of bio-based technologies to current societal needs, selecting from alternative feedstocks, technologies and processes. Through a series of experimental, mathematical and computational tasks, you will apply skills and knowledge to understand how biologically based technologies are developed and implemented.

Water engineering

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

You'll develop your understanding of water resources, water quality, contaminants, and water monitoring. Working on real case studies, you'll explore different technologies for water supply and wastewater treatments in municipal and industrial contexts. You will advance your understanding of complex water and wastewater treatment systems and critically assess their performance through appropriate indices. A site visit to a water treatment works may be included.

Environmental engineering design

Credits: 30 CATS/15 ECTS

Working on multi-disciplinary problems, you will develop knowledge of process design, economic analysis as well as modelling software and simulation tools, which assist process design practices. Working in small groups and using critical thinking and interpersonal skills, such as, leadership and time management you will holistically design different unit operations for a sustainable chemical engineering process, mapping the outcomes to the UN sustainable development goals.

Professional and research development

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

You will advance your knowledge of professional skills in areas such as employability, commercial awareness, continuing professional development (CPD) and change management. You will develop skills to evaluate problems in the face of complexity and uncertainty and identify gaps in research in preparation for your dissertation. Working with a member of staff, you will develop the research proposal for your dissertation.

Emergent and emerging technologies

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

You will develop your understanding of emergent and emerging technologies for energy generation and advanced processing, process integration or process intensification aimed at minimising anthropometric environmental impact. You will adapt processes and methodologies balancing environmental, social and economic requirements, and evaluate ways to convert, store, transmit and deliver energy and produce the products required in society, with reference to the UN sustainability goals.

Environmental economics, politics and management

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

You will apply your knowledge of traditional and advanced environmental, economic, and political concepts and models to a range of environmental engineering applications. You will consider the impact of economic, legislative and political steering tools upon the protection of the environment and natural resources.

Waste management

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

You will develop an understanding of waste and emissions legislation with a particular focus on environmental law and waste management in an industrial context. You will learn how to characterise and classify waste and emissions in industrial, urban and environmental processes to recognise process inefficiencies and opportunities for resource recovery and valorisation. You will become familiar with a range of established and emerging technologies for waste management and emissions control.


Credits: 60 CATS/30 ECTS

Undertaking critical data acquisition and analysis, you will work both independently and as part of a research group to undertake research using a combination of different approaches which could be computational, laboratory, or literature based. Working directly with academic staff you will develop and deliver research focused on enhancing the sustainability and environmental credentials of new or existing technologies or techniques relevant to Environmental Engineering.