About

There is a growing need for environmental engineers who understand the technologies for pollution control and the commercial opportunities for business. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to solve a wide range of environmental engineering challenges.

Who is it for?

Suitable for graduate scientists and engineers concerned with the protection and enhancement of human life through the improvement and protection of environmental quality at both local and global scales. 

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, an integrated group project and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students are required to complete six of the eight modules.

Why this course?

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to solve a wide range of environmental engineering challenges. The course covers municipal and hazardous waste management, process emissions, contaminated land, water, wastewater and waste disposal. The programme also addresses energy and resource recovery from waste materials.

The course will provide you with:

  • An advanced theoretical and specialist understanding of processes and practices central to environmental engineering
  • An ability to select and apply appropriate existing and emerging technologies that can achieve lower environmental impact via an integrated and cross-disciplinary approach
  • Scientific, technical and engineering principles, economic consequences and risks of environmental management options as best practice
  • Capacity to undertake successful technical research projects using appropriate methods of critical analysis.

Informed by Industry

This course was developed by the team through engagement with a number of industrial contacts. Industry practitioners contribute directly to the course by teaching alongside academics from Cranfield. This does not only provide evidence of the relevance of the programme but allows students to understand the practical implications of their learning. Sixty percent of the course is focused on applied research projects including group projects (20%) and an individual thesis project (40%); both also supported by industry and environmental sector organisations.

Your teaching team

You will be taught by industry-active research academics at Cranfield with an established track record, supported by visiting lecturers from industry. To ensure the programme is aligned to industry needs, the course is directed by its own Industrial Advisory Committee:

  • Prof Frederic Coulon - Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
  • Dr Gill Drew - Lecturer in Environmental Management
  • Dr Raffaella Villa - Senior Lecturer in Biopress Technology
  • Dr Robert Simmons - Senior Lecturer in Soil Erosion & Conservation
  • Dr Nigel Simms - Reader in Energy Materials
  • Dr Ana Soares - Lecturer in Biological Processes
  • Professor Simon Pollard - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (School of Water, Energy and Environment)
  • Dr Lynda Deeks - Research Fellow in Soil Science
  • Dr Mark Pawlett - Senior Research Fellow in Soil Biology

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). 

Course details

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through examinations and assignments. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the seven modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students are required to complete six of the eight modules.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students a dissertation or projects portfolio can replace the group project.

Individual project

The individual thesis project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability and understanding of the subject and their ability to provide solutions to real problems in environmental engineering.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Environmental Risks: Hazard, Assessment and Management
  • Circular Waste Management: Recycle, Recover and Dispose
  • Process Emissions and Control
  • Soil Erosion Control: Principles and Practices
  • Pollution Prevention and Remediation Technologies

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
  • Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Land Engineering and Water Management
  • Evaluating Sustainability through Lifecycle Approaches

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant engineering or science-based discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS Academic - 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL - 92
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 65
  • Cambridge English Scale - 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - minimum overall score of pass

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

On completion of this MSc, graduates have a broader network of global contacts, increased opportunities for individual specialism and a wide range of careers as professional scientists and engineers in the environment sector.

 

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