Environmental Engineering


Environmental protection is an important issue for society today as scientific research provides evidence of increasing global warming, ozone depletion and higher levels of pollution.

Environmental engineers play an important role in protecting the environment from the harmful effects of human activity.

Areas of study

The Environmental Engineering specialisation seeks to provide technical knowledge of a high order, as well as experience in teamwork, management, creativity and communication skills.

Parts II and III of the specialisation cover fundamentals of structural engineering, environmental principles, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, hydrology, hydraulic engineering, materials, management and geology.

You can study Environmental Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

As an Environmental Engineering student you will learn how to design, develop and evaluate structures, equipment and systems to provide practical solutions to problems caused by increasing consumption, increasing waste and potential threats to biodiversity. Emphasis is placed on the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to solve environmental pollution problems.

Projects include learning how to clean up toxic material that has seeped into the ground and designing an effective wastewater treatment plant.

You will learn the fundamental principles of several natural and applied sciences such as ecology, microbiology, water and soil chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, and pollutant transport processes as they apply to environmental pollution control strategies in the natural environment.


Career opportunities

Tougher environmental regulations and efforts to prevent problems before they occur will mean a growth in jobs for environmental engineers.

Graduates find employment in consulting engineering, environmental agencies, government departments and as designers and advisers for many engineering projects

Opportunities will be strong in design, construction and maintenance of earth structures for highways, dams and urban developments, construction of earthquake resistant structures in steel, concrete and timber, use of water resources and protecting the environment, and the supervision and management of large projects.

More information

For more information see Environmental Engineering.