Environmental Systems Engineering MSc
Options: PG Diploma
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible up to 5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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.
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:
International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
For prospective Master's students from the Nigerian Delta States. Students must be applying for the Chemical Process Engineering MSc, the Civil Engineering MSc or the Mechanical Engineering MSc, and must not have aleady had the chance of studying in the UK or another developed country. Students must not be current or former employees of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Ltd, or be a the relative of a current employee, and must intend to return to Nigeria after completion of the degree. These awards are based on intellectual ability and leadership potential.
Founded in 1976 by Dr K.K. Gupta as a memorial to Mr R.C. Vaughan who was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1940 to 1952
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
Career paths for environmental systems 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. This creates local UK and international opportunities in all areas of industry, in government planning and regulation, with regional and municipal authorities, consultants and contracting engineers, research and development organisations, and in education and technology transfer.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Nigerian National Petroleum, Surveyor, 2011
- RPS Group, Consultant, 2011
- Land Drainage Consultancy Ltd, Consultant, 2011
- Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, Energy and Sustainability Officer, 2010
- EDF, Engineer, 2010
Environmental Systems Engineering is growing rapidly with international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focussed professionals who can take an integrated approach to complex problems.
"My degree demonstrates my expertise gained through working with some of the best researchers in my field, and people in the industry recognise it."
Research Associate, UCL
"Many academics I spoke to at conferences helped me to understand the multifaceted issues faced when setting up my enterprise. They asked the right questions and helped me find solutions."
Director, Bright Green Futures Ltd