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Water Waste & Environmental Engineering

MEngSc Water, Waste & Environmental Engineering
This programme prepares graduates to work in the broad field of environmental protection and management. Students in this programme will gain advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding in the area of environmental engineering on topics such as engineering hydrology, environmental modelling, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental data analysis, among others.

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to a recognised bachelor's degree (honours) in engineering (minimum 4-yr, 240 ECTS), preferably in civil engineering or environmental engineering, or equivalent with high academic grades, i.e. a minimum 2H1 Honours level or its equivalent (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken); names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
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.

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Katie O'Neill
Contact Number:+353 1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 1 CVEN40220
Science and Technology for Sustainable Development CVEN40470
Water Waste and Environmental Modelling CVEN40570
Environmental Research Project CVEN40590
Environmental Impact Assessment ENVB40040
Quantitative Methods for Engineers STAT40690

Stage 1 - Option
Remote Sensing ARCH41070
Advanced Air Pollution BSEN40110
Unit Treatment Process in Water Engineering CVEN40070
Hydraulic Engineering Design CVEN40080
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering 2 CVEN40230
Integrated Municipal Solid Was CVEN40580
Civil Engineering Systems CVEN40690
Freshwater Resources Assessment ENVB40120
GIS and Data Analyses ENVB40230
GIS and Remote Sensing FOR30310
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PEP40100
Applied Statistical Modelling STAT40510


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is designed for graduates from recognised 4-year (240 ECTS) honours level bachelor of engineering programmes (or equivalent) who wish to specialise in environmental engineering. (Graduates from "first cycle" (3-year, 180 ECTS) engineering programmes should see the related ME in Civil and Environmental Engineering.)

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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

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