MSc Environmental Engineering

Why will a new MSc Environmental Engineering (ENV) replace the current track Environmental Engineering?

The reuse of resources, sufficient clean water, climate adaptation and mitigation of air pollution are important societal environmental topics, now and in the future. These topics deserve an engineering approach in a dedicated programme, instead of a track. The programme combines the long-standing history of and focus on water (resource) management, water technology and urban water infrastructure with waste and resources engineering, and mitigation of soil and air pollution.

The MSc programme Civil Engineering (CE) focuses on structures, whereas the MSc programme ENV focuses on water and environmental issues, which requires different knowledge and skills, hence a new programme is needed.

If I do an MSc ENV, will I get a different diploma?

If you have enrolled in the current MSc Environmental Engineering track (so before 2022), you can choose whether you want to get a CE or Applied Earth Sciences (AES) MSc degree. If you enter the MSc programme ENV as from September 2022, you will receive an MSc ENV degree.

Which jobs on the labour market are linked to the MSc ENV?

Due to developments such as making the economy more sustainable, there is a growing need on the labour market for MSc ENV graduates. Environmental engineers will find jobs in both the public and the private domain. They will be working in design, project management, research & development, (international) consultancies and corporations, pilot plant operations, problem solving, model studies, policy making, sales and higher education.

Is the MSc ENV internationally oriented? Is the focus also on the global south?

The domain of the environmental engineer is international; rivers, groundwater or air do not stop at borders and laws and regulations are often international as well. The research projects of the lecturers are spread all over the world, especially in the global south. As a student, you can participate in this in a multidisciplinary project, internship or MSc thesis. Examples and projects within the modules will also have international themes.

Are there comparable MSc programmes to MSc EnNV  at other universities and what are the differences?

The following programmes are the most closely related to the MSc programme ENV, although there are essential differences:

  • Earth and Environment (WUR)
  • Environmental Sciences (WUR)
  • Environmental Sciences (UU)
  • Civil Engineering and Management (UT)
  • Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (WUR, TUD)
  • International Land and Watermanagement (VU)
  • Water Technology (joint degree: WUR, UT, RUG)

The MSc ENV from Delft University of Technology distinguishes itself from related programmes by its strong focus on technical knowledge and skills to design and realise technical solutions for environmental issues.

The various topics of the new MSc ENV in many related programmes are more divided over different Beta engineering programmes or are not even offered within current Dutch MSc programmes. In the MSc ENV at TU Delft, the aspects of water, waste processing and recycling, soil, air quality, heat stress and noise come together in one coherent engineering programme. Entering students are expected to have a solid technical and mathematical basis at the start of the programme; the admission requirements are geared to this.

Which electives and minors in the current BSc programmes could be useful for students to follow, if they would like to enrol in the MSc ENV programme later on?


  • Bend and break
  • Environmental engineering and sustainable design
  • Delta expert: Water for the future
  • Georesources for the future

Key courses:

  • Hydrology
  • Stedelijk water en milieutechniek

Will there be enough students for the new MSc ENV?

Yes. Based on the numbers of students in the current tracks, enough students are expected. The MSc ENV will start once the programme is accredited in September 2022, regardless of student numbers.

Is the Faculty planning for a BSc ENV?

The Faculty is currently not planning a BSc ENV. The BSc CT and BSc AES prepare for the MSc ENV.