Water Waste & Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering involves the application of engineering and scientific principles to solve or prevent environmental problems. This programme allows you to gain competencies in the design of facilities to treat water, wastewater and wastes; in the development and protection of water resources; in the design of flood protection system; in the analysis of environmental data; and in the design of infrastructure that respects the principles of environmental sustainability. It is delivered by a culturally diverse group of internationally renowned academic staff deliver the programme.

Vision and Values Statement
This MEngSc is a twelve month programme that prepares graduates to work in the broad field of Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering, including environmental protection and management. This programme is suited to both Civil Engineering graduates or graduates from closely related disciplines, such as Science or Physical Geography. Through a mixture of core and optional modules and a research project you will gain advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding in areas of water, waste and environmental engineering. With optional modules and our research project you will have the ability to personalise your learning to those aspects that most interest you, such as environmental data analysis, environmental modelling, hydraulic modelling, water and wastewater treatment and solid waste management, amongst others.

Competencies in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering are developed through a mixture of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and group/individual projects in the Autumn and Spring Trimesters and through your individual research project during the Summer Trimester, with teaching methods varying to suit the range of subjects covered. A key competency expect from this programme's graduates is the ability to work with colleagues from a range of disciplines, and this is fostered through the mixed cohort of engineers and scientists that take many of the modules together. These competencies are then assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and end of trimester examinations.

Graduates from this programme can expect possible career opportunities both nationally and internationally, in both engineering and environmental consultancies, regulatory authorities and in research.

Related Programmes
MSc Environmental Science FT
MSc Environmental Technology FT

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 1 CVEN40220
Water Waste and Environmental Modelling CVEN40570
Environmental Research Project CVEN40590
Environmental Impact Assessment ENVB40040
Quantitative Methods for Engineers STAT40690

Stage 1 - Option
Waste Management BSEN30240
Life Cycle Assessment BSEN30360
Advanced Air Pollution BSEN40110
Environmental Engineering CHEN40010
Water & Wastewater Treatment Processes CVEN40070
Hydraulic Engineering Design CVEN40080
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 2 CVEN40230
Civil Engineering Systems CVEN40690
Freshwater Resources Assessment ENVB40120
Geographic Information Systems FOR30430
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PLAN40220

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with minimum 2:1 award or international equivalence in civil engineering, other related engineering (such as chemical engineering, environmental engineering, agriculturial engineering), physical science or environmental related degree programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MEngSc Water, Waste & Environmental Engineering FT (T277)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MEngSc Water, Waste & Environmental Engineering PT (T278)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


1 year full-time (T277), 2 years part-time (T278).

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
Graduates from the programme will find employment as engineers in the private sector (e.g., engineering consultancy, engineering design, project management, risk assessment,waste management), in the public sector (e.g., environmental protection, regulation, standards development, local government, river basin management), and in the non governmental sector (e.g., environmental advocacies, NGO's), or may wish to pursue further qualifications (e.g., PhD, MBA) to become even more specialised.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills that allow them to be lifelong learners, whether in the pursuit of knowledge for personal use or in connection with their engineering careers. Employers of environmental engineers include commercial firms, engineering consultancies, government agencies, and non-governmental organisations, all well known in Ireland and many with global operations.

Some of these include:
• RPS Group
• White Young Green
• Nicholas O'Dwyer
• Atkins
• Greenstar
• Arup
• McKinsey and Company
• Mazars
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Local Authorities
• Engineers Without Borders
• Engineers Against Poverty
• Friends of the Earth

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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