MSc Environmental Engineering

We are planning to start this new, comprehensive master programme Environmental Engineering in September 2022. Please bear in mind that this Master Programme is subject to accreditation.


The world is changing. Due to urbanisation most of the rapidly growing world population lives in or around cities. The need for water and other resources increases, while climate change asks for engineering solutions to keep cities liveable.

The task of environmental engineers is to develop solutions to cope with the effects of environmental change; to protect citizens against environmental hazards such as air, soil and water pollution, heatwaves, floods and droughts, and to safeguard water supply and sanitation. The challenge for humanity is to ensure a sustainable and healthy urban and natural environment, based on the principles of a circular economy.

Coping with this challenge requires a new kind of engineers: engineers focusing on the interaction between humans and their living environment and protecting the public from the risk of environmental hazards.

Relevant questions

➨ How can we make the living environment resilient towards floods and droughts?
➨ How can we ensure sufficient water supply and improve water quality?
➨ How can we treat our sewage so well, that we can use its product as drinking water?
➨ How can we create a healthy atmosphere in urban areas?
➨ How can we improve the air quality by intensifying natural ventilation in cities and houses?
➨ How can we sustainably manage the water infrastructure of a low-lying country?
➨ Can we improve resource recovery from waste?
➨ How does the ecosystem influence the available resources and vice versa?

In the master programme Environmental Engineering you learn how to cope with shortage and abundance of resources such as water and waste, the effects of climate change on liveability in cities, air pollution and the depletion of natural resources, such as groundwater. These challenges are of utmost relevance in a world under change that is experiencing population growth and demanding more clean resources than ever.

As an Environmental Engineer you will study these challenges and develop engineering solutions in the fields of air quality, hydrology and water resources management, water technology and urban water infrastructure, fields in which TU Delft has a long-standing history. Future challenges in recycling, long-term storage of waste, urban heat islands, air pollution and noise will be part of this programme.

During the master Environmental Engineering you will choose between three master tracks, that offer you more specialised knowledge into specific fields of environmental engineering.