MSc Environmental Engineering
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.
➨ 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?
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Full-time on campus
120 ECTS, 24 months full time
Expected number of first year students: 120
Expected % international students: 30%
Name ranking: Shanghai Ranking by subject
Position: Water Resources: 9th in 2021. Environmental Sciences and Engineering: 20th in 2021
Name ranking: QS World University Rankings by Subject: Environmental Sciences
Position: TU Delft scores 12th in 2022
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.
Water Resources Engineering
Worldwide, water problems are increasing. The world’s population is growing and with it the demand for fresh water. Climate change and pollution are a great threat for our limited fresh water resources. In this track you will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to address these challenges.
Atmospheric Environment Engineering
In the track Atmospheric Environment Engineering you learn to develop engineering solutions for the management of a sustainable and healthy urban living environment. Due to dense population and urban morphological complexity, urban climate has physical and chemical characteristics which are very different from their rural counterparts.
Resource and Waste Engineering
The track ‘Resource and Waste Engineering’ teaches you to develop engineering solutions to minimise the depletion of natural material resources and the impact of waste on human health and the environment. The track prepares you to contribute to a true circular society.