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Mrs Ewa Kedzierska

Email: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Environmental Systems Engineering MSc

The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with an international demand for multi-skilled professionals who can take an integrated approach to solving complex environmental problems. This programme aims to produce graduates who can provide sustainable solutions that will be useful to all members of affected communities and industries.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme examines the relationships between the environment, people, processes and technologies, allowing for the holistic management of environmental systems and technologies to achieve sustainable outcomes. Students develop an understanding of systems thinking and systems engineering, and can evaluate their validity and usefulness in the analysis of complex environmental problems.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore Environmental Systems Engineering.

Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

This MSc presents environmental issues and technologies within a framework of systems engineering, bringing together the two disciplines to devise and implement solutions which manage interrelated elements of the environment, industry and society to work towards the goal of sustainable development.

The MSc is CIWEM accredited for all students and JBM accredited for those students that hold a Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) degree on entry.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (modular 1–5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two options (30 credits), a group project (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Compulsory Modules

  • Collaborative Environmental Systems Project
  • Environmental Systems
  • Systems Engineering and Management
  • Systems Society and Sustainability
  • Research Methods


  • Options may include the following:
  • Urban Flooding and Drainage
  • Energy Management and the Control of Noise
  • Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Social Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Energy Systems Modelling
  • Science and Politics of Climate Change
  • Environmental Masterplanning
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • Advanced Building Simulation
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability


All MSc students undertake an independent research project addressing a problem of systems research, design or analysis, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and projects. The individual and group projects in the Synthesis element involve interaction with industrial partners, giving students real-life experience and contacts for the future. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, and group and individual projects.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science or another relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is usually required. All other degrees and non-degree holders with relevant professional experience will be considered.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc is suitable for students and professionals with a first degree and/or work experience in engineering, environmental science or a related field, who wish to develop the skills necessary to progress in the diverse, expanding and challenging field of environmental systems engineering.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Environmental Systems Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Environmental Systems Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career paths for environmental engineers are diverse, expanding and challenging, with the pressures of increasing population, desires for improved standards of living and the need to protect the environmental systems, providing local and international opportunities. Such opportunities are readily identified in all areas of industry, in government planning and regulatory control, with regional and municipal authorities, consultants and contracting engineers, research and development organisations, and in education and technology transfer.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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