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There is a growing need for environmental engineers who understand the technologies for pollution control and the commercial opportunities for business. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to solve a wide range of challenges in a career in an environmental engineering sector. Why study Environment at Cranfield? - hear from Tim Brewer.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for graduates of science, engineering, and geography who are concerned with the protection and improvement of environmental quality alongside enhancing the quality of human life. If you are a graduate currently in employment but keen to extend your qualifications or to pursue a career change, or an individual with other qualifications but possess considerable relevant experience this course would be suitable for you. This course teaches principles of environmental improvements, including the protection of environmental quality at both local, landscape and global scales. The knowledge and skills gained will enable you to solve a wide range of environmental engineering problems including municipal and toxic waste management and disposal, process emissions, contaminated land and water, waste disposal, and energy and resource recovery.

Why this course?

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to solve a wide range of environmental engineering challenges. The course covers municipal and hazardous waste management, process emissions, contaminated land, water, wastewater and waste disposal. The programme also addresses energy and resource recovery from waste materials.

The course will provide you with:

  • An advanced theoretical and specialist understanding of processes and practices central to environmental engineering
  • An ability to select and apply appropriate existing and emerging technologies that can achieve lower environmental impact via an integrated and cross-disciplinary approach
  • Scientific, technical and engineering principles, economic consequences and risks of environmental management options as best practice
  • Capacity to undertake successful technical research projects using appropriate methods of critical analysis.

 Hear from student Adam Cockayne on studying Environmental Engineering MSc part-time.

Informed by Industry

This course was developed by the team through engagement with a number of industrial contacts. Industry practitioners contribute directly to the course by teaching alongside academics from Cranfield. This does not only provide evidence of the relevance of the programme but allows students to understand the practical implications of their learning. Sixty percent of the course is focused on applied research projects including group projects (20%) and an individual thesis project (40%); both also supported by industry and environmental sector organisations.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Benefits of accreditation include: complementary student membership while on the course, the opportunity to join Young Professional Project Groups thus giving access to mentoring opportunities, career talks, increased employability, access to free events, and free publications such as CIWEM’s magazine called The Environment.

Your career

On completion of this MSc, graduates have a broader network of global contacts, increased opportunities for individual specialism and a wide range of careers as professionals in this sector.

Successful graduates have been able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as:

Research Consultant, Environmental Scientist, Waste Consultant, Environmental Consultant, Site Engineer, Environmental Quality and Compliance Consultant, Risk Prevention & Environmental Engineer, Project Engineer, Research Engineer, Environmental Engineer and Environmental Project Manager.

Visit the Environmental Engineering (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!






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