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Environmental Engineering and Project Management MSc (Eng)
There are many challenges we face globally. But one of the most pertinent is how to protect and maintain our environment. That’s why governments worldwide are looking for environmental engineers to provide solutions in areas such as public health, air pollution, waste and water.
Our Environmental Engineering and Project Management MSc will deliver the core foundations in environmental engineering, including key issues in water resources, solid waste and controlling emissions. You’ll also be trained in project management, equipping you with a professional skill set that can contribute to providing environmentally sound solutions and economically sustainable systems.
You’ll study in the School of Civil Engineering which ranks highly globally and is actively involved in developing ‘internationally excellent’ research — much of which shapes the course.
This means you’ll be learning industry-relevant knowledge and developing transferable skills sought after by almost every industry worldwide, opening the door to many career paths in areas like engineering, environment, construction, energy, transport and education.
Why study at Leeds:
- Learn the latest innovations in engineering and sustainability from the impactful, world-leading research conducted right here in our School which feeds directly into the course.
- Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry such as project and asset management, water resource management, air quality, groundwater pollution and environmental microbiology.
- Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in managing a project that focuses on a real-world problem, whilst building professional skills in research, decision making and planning.
- Access research-grade equipment and facilities including our public health laboratories, a class II microbiology laboratory and specialist software you’ll need throughout the course.
- Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and industrial experience across many relevant areas such as microbiology and aerobiology.
- Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in related positions, working for organisations like ARUP, Thames Water and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
- Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council 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.* See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
*It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor's degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.
This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at bachelor’s and Masters level.
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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 work with your supervisor to complete your independent research project which is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained, focusing on a real-world problem that explores your specific interests and/or relates to your career ambitions.
Example projects by Environmental Engineering and Project Management MSc students have included:
- Potential impacts of climate change on 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
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Environmental Engineering and Project Management MSc (Eng) in the course catalogue
- MSc Dissertation 60 credits
- 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 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. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from a structured support system, with a personal tutor who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.
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 benefit from using our specialist facilities, such as our public health laboratories 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.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
The Programme Leader, Dr Louise Fletcher, is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering and whose research interests encompass a range of different areas within the fields of microbiology and aerobiology.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
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.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant engineering, natural science or science-based subject.
Applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates will also be considered. A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will be considered for candidates with at least three years’ relevant environmental experience.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 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 Civil Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Civil Engineering (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
30 July 2023 - international applicants
10 September 2023 - UK applicants
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page 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.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
- UK: £13,000 (total)
- International: £28,000 (total)
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For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
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
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Studying this MSc with build your technical knowledge in an exciting and relevant profession, whilst helping you develop a holistic professional skill set that is largely transferable across almost every industry and sought after by corporations worldwide.
From water to energy, transport to engineering, the career opportunities open to you with the experience you’ll learn on this course are wide-ranging and will give you a lot of options when you graduate.
Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.
Our graduates from this course have secured positions at companies such as:
- Water Engineer, Federal Ministry of Water Resources
- Project Practitioner, Primetals Technologies
- Environmental Analyst, Riverside Environmental Services Ltd
- Project Coordinator, EFC Group
- Sustainability Engineer, ARUP
- Catchment Planner, Thames Water
- Construction Engineer, Parsons Corporation
- Business Development Engineer, Amazon Energy Limited
- Process Engineer, Veolia Water
- Water, Sanitation and Environmental Engineer, Air Water Earth (AWE) Ltd Consulting Engineers
- Project Engineer, Aquatec-Maxcon
At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.
- Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
- MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
- Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
- Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.
Find out more about career support.