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This programme prepares graduates to work as professional engineers in the broad field of environmental protection and management. It is the first university level taught masters programme in the Republic of Ireland to focus exclusively on environmental engineering, with a particular emphasis on water. The programme is designed for Irish and international students who already possess a BEng (Honours) degree (240 ECTS) and who wish further qualifications in the growth area of environmental engineering. This degree programme also provides a suitable pathway to meet Engineers Ireland’s educational standard for the title of Chartered Engineer.

Who is the MEngSc Water Waste and Environmental Engineering for?
This programme is designed for graduates from recognised 4-year (240 ECTS) honours level bachelor of engineering programmes (or equivalent) who wish to specialise in environmental engineering. (Graduates from “first cycle” (3-year, 180 ECTS) engineering programmes should see the related ME in Civil and Environmental Engineering.)

What will I learn?
Students in this programme will gain advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding in the area of environmental engineering on topics such as engineering hydrology, environmental modelling, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental data analysis, among others.

How will I benefit?
A master’s degree in engineering facilitates a person’s career as a professional engineer by helping him or her advance further and faster than those possessing only bachelor’s degrees. In addition, from 2013 in Ireland, completion of a master’s level of academic study, or its equivalent, will be required in order to become a Chartered (Professional) Engineer.

What is the programme about?
Environmental engineering involves the application of engineering and scientific principles to solve or prevent environmental problems. This programme allows you to gain competencies in the design of facilities to treat water, wastewater and wastes; in the development and protection of water resources; in the design of flood protection systems; in the analysis of environmental data; and in the design of infrastructure that respects the principles of environmental sustainability.

Programme Highlights
*Consists of core (60 ECTS) and optional (30 ECTS) modules
*Involves lectures, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, and a major research project
*Includes planning and undertaking independent research, writing a major thesis that describes what was done and what was discovered, and defending the research in an oral examination

Where can I go?
Graduates from the programme will find employment as engineers in the private sector (e.g., engineering consultancy, engineering design, project management, risk assessment, waste management), in the public sector (e.g., environmental protection, regulation, standards development, local government, river basin management), and in the non-governmental sector (e.g., environmental advocacies, NGO’s), or may wish to pursue further qualifications (e.g., PhD, MBA) to become even more specialised. Graduates will be equipped with the skills that allow them to be “lifelong learners”, whether in the pursuit of knowledge for personal use or in connection with their engineering careers.
Employers of environmental engineers include commercial firms, engineering consultancies, government agencies, and non-governmental organisations, all well known in Ireland and many with global operations. Some of these include:

RPS Group
White Young Green
Nicholas O’Dwyer
McKinsey and Company
Environmental Protection Agency
Local Authorities
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Against Poverty
Friends of the Earth

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