MSc in Environmental Engineering

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The MSc in Environmental Engineering has been designed to meet the needs of urban regeneration, environmental protection, and infrastructure investment portfolios in Scotland and Worldwide.

Curriculum has been designed to provide the contemporary, interdisciplinary training required for many environmental professions in engineering and sciences.


The Programme and its International Context

A distinctive feature of this course is that it is highly topical. Glasgow is the host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and therefore there is an extensive urban regeneration programme in progress. This includes building on land that has been contaminated in the past. Therefore students on this course will have challenging 'real world' issues to study 'on the door step' of the University. The real-world input ensures that the curriculum is relevant to industry's needs and assists with graduate employment.

The Institution of Civil Engineers introduced the CEEQUAL Awards in 2003 to encourage the attainment of environmental excellence in civil engineering projects and thereby to deliver improved environmental performance in project specification, design and construction. Thus the entire profession now acknowledges the need for environmental engineering, and with the investment in new infrastructure in the west of Scotland and throughout Europe there will be a continuing increase in demand for well-qualified graduates.

Closely aligned with industry's needs, this MSc aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a career in environmental engineering. The course has a modern approach to environmental engineering, integrating modern applied techniques and giving students a thorough grounding in European environmental policy. The course prepares students to think and act holistically with regard to environmental and sustainability issues, by developing their ability to make sound judgements in relation to the built and natural environments, while meeting the principles of sustainability.

Entry Requirements

MSc: Normally a First or Upper Second-class Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent Overseas qualification, in engineering, earth sciences, environmental management, or a background in the chemical, physical, biological or mathematical sciences.  Students with a Lower Second-class Honours degree will be considered with relevant experience.

Two supportive academic references and/or appropriate professional experience or achievements.

Open Access route: Alternative qualifications or professional experience may be considered by the course leader (UK/EU students only).

In all cases, for candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of English proficiency are an IELTS score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level.

Normal MSc course length

12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Open Access

UK students can choose study via Open Access - taking a couple of classes per year, adding up eventually to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc (up to the max of 5 years). For more information contact Additionally, UK/EU students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme, are welcome to apply for Open Access modules instead.

Programme Structure

The MSc involves a curriculum of five core modules (totalling 50 credits) and a wide range of optional modules (minimum of 70 credits). Each module is taught two to three hours per week over 8 to 12 weeks. In addition, MSc students undertake a dissertation (60 credits). Progress to the MSc is dependent on performance in the instructional modules.

For part-time study the modules can be taken over two years (attending classes typically one day per week) with the dissertation completed in years two or three. In addition to the dissertation topics proposed by course leaders and industrial partners, students may propose topics themselves that can be of relevance to their employer.

Please click on MSc Environmental Engineering  for full details regarding course content and module summaries.

Career Prospects

The career prospects of graduates are excellent due to the significant skills shortages in the environmental engineering field both in the UK and Overseas. The course has also been designed to enable home candidates from industry to continue in employment and complete the course part-time over two years or via Open Access up to five years.

Key Delivery Team

Course coordinator:

Key lecturers:

Contact Information


Dr Charles Knapp
Course Leader
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
t: +44 (0)141 548 3351




The MSc in Environmental Engineering 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) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.  See for further information. 


Online Applications

Online applications are open for September 2014 entry (2014/15) via the link below. Please refer to further details below and the Entry Requirements section.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please upload copies of supporting documentation when submitting your MSc application (including full degree transcripts, CV and Supporting Statement) - see 'Frequently Asked Questions' for further details on documents and tuition fees. We advise applications are submitted in time to fulfill all academic and financial conditions by end of July 2014.

(High-calibre students with a 1st Class honours degree who wish to apply for university scholarships, would need to also submit a separate formal scholarship application - see 'Funding Opportunities' for details.)

HOME/EU STUDENTS:  When submitting your application, please upload full copies of degree transcripts, CV, a Supporting Statement and academic reference letters if available.  Due to the limited number of home/EU places, a waiting list may operate for Sept 2014 applications closer to the start of term.


To apply for this course, follow the links below.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc environmental engineering (Admission Code : CEEVEM)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc environmental engineering (Admission Code : CEEVM1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2016 entry to full-time MSc environmental engineering (Admission Code : CEEVEM)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc environmental engineering (Admission Code : ENVDL)

Study Location : OFF CAMPUS

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

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MSc Environmental Engineering  

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