Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: up to 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,090 (FT) N/A (PT)
- £23,440 (FT) N/A (PT)
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a cognate subject or related discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is usually required. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students will develop an understanding of systems engineering and environmental engineering. Environmental engineering is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering concerned with devising, implementing and managing solutions to protect and restore the environment within an overall framework of sustainable development. Systems engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the development and management of large complex systems.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), a collaborative environmental systems project (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and an individual environmental systems dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
- Collaborative Environmental Systems Project
- Environmental Systems
- Systems Engineering and Management
- Systems Society and Sustainability
- Environmental Modelling
- 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.
Some funding schemes are available globally, but they are extremely competitive.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) - SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED FOR 2016/17
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Career paths for environmental systems engineers are diverse, expanding and challenging, with the pressures of increasing population, desire for improved standards of living and the need to protect the environmental systems. There are 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. Example of recent career destinations include Ford, KPMG, EDF Energy, Brookfield Multiplex, and the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.
The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focussed professionals who can take an integrated approach to complex problems.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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 (e.g. urban water systems, technologies to minimise industrial pollution). Environmental engineers work closely with a range of other environmental professionals, and the community.
Skills may be used to:
- design, construct and operate urban water systems
- develop and implement cleaner production technologies to minimise industrial pollution
- recycle waste materials into new products and generate energy
- evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects
- develop and implement sound environmental management strategies and procedures
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 institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.
Student / staff ratios › 95 staff including 43 postdocs › 200 taught students › 170 research students
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
"Located at the heart of the world's largest cluster of building design companies and a short journey from the key professional bodies (RIBA, CIBSE, IMechE, RICS) and relevant government departments, studying at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering will benefit any student. "
Dejan MumovicEnvironmental Systems Engineering MSc, Energy MPhil, Environmental Design and Engineering MPhil
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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