MSc Track: Environmental Engineering

The world is changing. Due to urbanisation most of the rapidly growing population lives in or around the city. The need for energy, water and other natural resources rapidly increases, while climate change asks for a decrease in the use of many of these resources. The big challenge for humanity is thus to create a sustainable living environment, a so-called circular economy, where energy neutrality and recycling are key elements.   

MSc programmes per September 2022
Per September 2022 we are planning to introduce a new, comprehensive master programme Environmental Engineering. If this process proceeds as planned, i.e. subject to accreditation, parts of this track will be integrated in this programme.  Students who enroll in the current track in September 2021, can continue this track until August 2024, after which a transition into the new master programme Environmental Engineering will apply. The curriculum of the new master programme will be published on our website as of September 2021. Please consult our FAQ page or contact  the study advisors if you have urgent questions at this moment.

To be able to make the transition from a linear to a circular economy, knowledge is needed about the fundamental processes of production and consumption. For example, phosphate can be recovered from wastewater and bacteria can target soil contamination. In addition, the quality of the living environment must be improved, by diminishing air pollution and dealing with water scarcity.  The transition to a circular economy thus asks for innovations in science and technology and complex processes need to be understood at multiple scales (local, regional and global).

The focus of the master programme Environmental Engineering is on interdisciplinary technical competences in the field of design and research on environmental processes, understanding of the interaction between humans and natural environment, and the closing of water and resources loops. The master track has two specialisations:

  • Environmental Technology, dealing with the local influence and restoration of disturbed water and soil processes by technological interventions.
  • Environmental Science, where the environmental processes are described on a global scale.
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