This course provides consultants, operators, regulators and managers with the professional skills and training to contribute to the provision of environmentally sound and economically sustainable systems in the fields of clean water supply, wastewater treatment, and the management of solid waste, including wastes from the oil industry.
It is intended for those who find themselves in management positions with little experience of the techniques necessary to manage the range of projects for which they have responsibilities, or people with a background in management who feel they lack up-to-date technical knowledge in the rapidly changing field of environmental engineering.
You’ll build your knowledge of key issues such as water resource, solid waste or health management. Taught by experts in a research-intensive environment, you’ll gain an insight into the latest developments in this exciting field and prepare to meet the challenges they bring.
You’ll study a broad programme informed by an employers’ group and our Industrial Advisory Board, ensuring that we equip you with the skills you need in the modern engineering industry.
You’ll also benefit from using our specialist facilities, such as our public health labs with separate areas for solid waste, water and wastewater, and a class II microbiology lab and clean room. We have all the specialist software you’ll need for your programme, and you’ll have access to a dedicated study suite for Masters students.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level.
A series of core modules that run throughout the year will develop your knowledge of a wide range of topics.
You’ll explore the diversion of organic wastes from landfill and how energy is recovered from them, as well as water supply systems, the challenges of water resource management and the different landfill, mechanical-biological and thermal treatment options available for solid waste.
You’ll also consider wastewater treatment, solid waste management and issues such as controlling emissions. The ways in which legislation is used to protect the environment and the role of public health engineers are also among the topics you’ll cover.
Over the summer months you’ll also research a topic of your choice in environmental engineering and project management – this independent research project will demonstrate your skills, and could even lay the groundwork for your future career specialism.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Environmental Engineering and Project Management module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Water Resource Management 15 credits
- Indoor and Urban Air Quality 15 credits
- Advanced Wastewater Management 15 credits
- Solid Waste Management 15 credits
- Groundwater Pollution and Contaminated Land 15 credits
- Environmental Engineering and Project Management Dissertation 60 credits
- Environmental Microbiology 15 credits
- Circular Economy and Resource Recovery from Waste 15 credits
- Project and Asset Management 15 credits
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in engineering or a science-based subject. We will also consider applicants with equivalent academic or professional qualifications in engineering or a natural science.
Given the broad range of skills needed by professionals in these fields, graduates from other disciplines, such as architecture or economics, will also be considered if they have a proven track record of work. If a candidate has at least two years’ relevant experience, a bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will usually be considered.
All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for taught postgraduate programmes. The Faculty of Engineering will only consider applications made before the dates below, subject to places being available;
31 July – International applicants
10 September - UK/EU applicants
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: £10,500 (total)
International: £22,750 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
The School of Civil Engineering offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships.
This programme will equip you with a variety of knowledge and skills that are in demand from a number of professions.
Graduates are likely to work for consulting and contracting engineers, water companies, utility companies and regulators as well as other environment-related companies. Previous graduates have gone to work in a range of roles for companies such as Veolia Water, Lilongwe Water Board, Enviro Care India Pvt. Ltd and a range of national and governmental bodies in countries worldwide.
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual STEM Careers Fair provides further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.
The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Project by students in MSc Environmental Engineering and Project Management have included:
Potential impacts of climate change for wastewater treatment
Membrane bioreactors for industrial applications
The use of recycled glass in wastewater treatment
Settlement of activated sludge and the influence of ballasted settlement aids
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and may include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.