Engineering - Environmental Engineering

The aims of the programme include to develop the intellectual, practical, and professional skills of students in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of environmental engineering principles and issues in preparation for:
• a career in the environmental, consultancy, regulatory, management, and engineering industry
• a position of leadership early in that career
• further study
• life-long learning and an appreciation of the value of Environmental Engineering to a sustainable society.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant Engineering/Science discipline (e.g. Civil Engineering). Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient mathematical background (at least A-level standard or equivalent) however undergraduate courses with a high mathematical content, e.g. statistics, may be acceptable.

A 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required for those with an insufficient mathematical background.

Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Qualifications may be considered alongside extensive relevant professional experience.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

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International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year, full-time or 2 to 3 years, part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Teaching takes place in the morning and afternoon.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The programme provides a suitable background for careers in environmental engineering, monitoring, management and consultancy, and it establishes a basis for interdisciplinary research to a higher level. Past graduates have found employment with a wide range of employers, eg environment regulatory agencies, civil engineering and specialist contractors as well as engineering and environmental consultancies in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Ulrich Ofterdinger
School of Natural and Built Environment

Subjects taught

Core Modules
• Land, Water & Air Quality (20 CATS)
• Engineering Hydrology & Hydrogeology (20 CATS)
• Assessment of Environmental Impacts (20 CATS)
• Computer Modelling of Contaminants (20 CATS)

MSc - Thesis Project (60 CATS)

Course Details
As well as compulsory and optional modules, the programme includes a research project which leads to a report (PgDip) or thesis (MSc) submission. Typically students complete 60CATS worth of modules per semester.

Elective Modules
• Construction & Business Management (10 CATS)
• Water Treatment, Flow Prediction & Control (10 CATS)
• Geotechnics & Geoenvironmental Site Characterisation (10 CATS)
• GIS & Spatial Analysis (10 CATS)
• Environmental Governance (10 CATS)
• Sustainable Transportation Systems (10 CATS)
• Tidal Energy (10 CATS)
• Geoenvironmental Site Characterisation (10 CATS)
• Nuclear Engineering (10 CATS)

Note: the availability of elective modules in a given academic year will be subject to sufficient numbers of students (typically >6) enrolling in respective modules.


Learning and teaching
The programme is delivered as a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits and field/laboratory practicals as well as individual and group-based self-directed study.

Environmental Engineering highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Professional Accreditations
• This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Assessment method

Written examination
Continuous assessment

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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