Why study Environmental Engineering?

How can we develop fair and efficient systems to supply water, materials, energy, shelter and other needs to people around the world, without degradation of the natural environment? This is the role of Environmental Engineers – we design and implement appropriate technology-based solutions to provide a healthy environment, especially unpolluted air, water and soil. This is a highly multi-disciplinary field that will inspire many students with wide-ranging interests.

What will you learn?

The environmental engineering minor will give students an introduction to the aspects of science and technology required to develop systems and technologies that protect and restore the environment, as well as opportunities to put these skills to use in a context of real-world problems and sustainable development. In our programme, challenging technical concepts are embedded in the context of a variety of stimulating environmental problems. Study, practical work, and collaborations with industry are all vital parts of the course.


Module 1 (Year 2, Term 2) – Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Find out more about the global challenges presented by pollution of air, water and land, and its impact on human health and the natural environment. Discover the key environmental cycles that underpin human life and natural ecosystems. Learn to develop engineering solutions to make the best use of our materials and energy resources, provide fair access to clean air and water, and protect and restore the environment.

This module is now linked to the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge, an exciting UK-wide competition where students will work on developing solutions to a real-life international environmental project

Module Outline – Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Module 2 (Year 3, Term 1) – Water and Wastewater Treatment

Understand the technologies and processes behind provision of clean drinking water and treatment of sewage for safe emission into the environment. Explore the physical, chemical and biological processes that are the basis of these treatments. Design your own treatment processes, ranging from filtration to anaerobic digestion.

Module Outline – Waste and Wastewater Treatment

Module 3 (Year 3, Term 2) – Waste and Resource Efficiency

The waste we generate in our households represents only a small proportion of the waste generated by our society. Learn how our use of resources generates different types of waste, and the environmental and social impacts of wasting these resources. This module explains how policy, legislation and technology can help us build systems to manage resources more efficiently.

Module Outline – Waste and Resource Efficiency

Lead Academic

Dr Aiduan Borrion
Dept Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Email: ku.ca1547984692.lcu@1547984692noirr1547984692ob.a1547984692

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