Environmental Engineering


Environmental engineering plays an important role in protecting the environment from the harmful effects of human activity, looking at issues such as global warming, ozone depletion and increasing levels of pollution.

Areas of study

Research specialisations include hydrodynamics, hydraulics, hydrology, treatment technologies, water systems modelling and sustainability. Primary areas of research are river erosion around bridge foundations, remediation and treatment technologies, physical modelling of river/urban/coastal processes, rough-boundary hydrodynamics, storm water management and environmental systems modelling.

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 the potential threats to biodiversity.

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.

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