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MSc Environmental Engineering: units for 2022 entry

View unit details for our MSc Environmental Engineering course.

Environmental science and engineering

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

This unit develops your understanding of the scientific foundations of environmental processes and environmental engineering. You'll learn about the behaviour of contaminants, the processes for their avoidance and removal, and the motivations and priorities of stakeholders. You will also explore social, economic, cultural, ethical, regulatory, and political implications that engineers must navigate professionally. Finally, you will evaluate and assess the sustainability of processes and consider this in decision making.

The bioeconomy

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit focuses on how biobased technologies are applied in response to the needs of society including alternative feedstocks, technologies and processes. You'll carry out computational and experimental tasks to understand how biologically based technologies are developed and used over a range of production scales.

Water management

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

In this unit you'll evaluate the water quality, performance, environmental impact and cost of industrial and municipal water supply. You'll use your findings as a basis to design and integrate a water supply, and wastewater and water re-use systems. You'll also optimise municipal and industrial water supply and wastewater systems, troubleshoot, and report back on water quality and performance.

Environmental engineering design

Credits: 30 CATS/15 ECTS

In this unit, you'll learn about design practices used in developing sustainable, complex and uncertain chemical engineering processes. This will include exploring the computer modelling approaches and tools used. Working in multidisciplinary groups, you'll apply critical thinking and interpersonal skills such as leadership and time management to design a sustainable chemical plant. You'll map the outcomes to the UN sustainable development goals.

Professional and research development

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

This unit develops your knowledge of commercial awareness, continuing professional development (CPD) and change management. You'll be given a range of research ideas from which to choose one as the basis of a project. Your project will be related to the UN sustainability goals with the aim to better understand how to reduce our environmental impact on the planet while allowing society to continue with the services and resources that we are used to. You'll identify any gaps in the research, evaluate problems, while considering context and how to mitigate potential complexities and uncertainties.

You will present your project in the form of a competitive pitch to demonstrate your understanding of commercial, sustainable and research thinking.

Emergent and emerging technologies

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit introduces you to the technologies used in energy generation and process intensification to minimise anthropometric environmental impact. You will adapt design processes and methodologies to produce innovative designs while balancing environmental, social and economic requirements. You'll also evaluate ways to convert, store, transmit and deliver energy and produce the products society needs. Finally, you will do this in the context of and referring to the UN sustainability goals.

Environmental economics, politics and management

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

A real-world case study allows you to think about the impact of economic, legislative and political steering tools on the protection of the environment and natural resources. You'll also apply traditional and advanced concepts and models of environmental economics and politics to a range of engineering applications.

Waste management

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

In this unit, you'll explore mass and energy fluxes in industrial, urban and environmental processes. You'll characterise, classify and quantify these fluxes to find inefficiencies and opportunities for resource recovery and valorisation. Furthermore, you'll study waste legislation and environmental law, considering their impact on the operation of companies and industrial waste management.


Credits: 60 CATS/30 ECTS

You'll work both independently and as part of a research group to carry out critical data acquisition, analysis and research. You'll combine different approaches such as computational, laboratory or literature based. Working with academic staff, you'll deliver environmental engineering research that enhances the sustainability and environmental credentials of new or existing technologies.