Environmental Engineering in UK
‘Carbon footprint’ is the latest buzzword in the world today and several countries and corporate companies are taking involved measures to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment and earn carbon credits as a barometer of social responsibility. This awareness is a result of study, accumulation and sharing of knowledge in the sphere of environment science and has opened up several avenues for research and application. The study of environment engineering involves criss-crossing multiple disciplines including civil and chemical engineering, and subjects like air and water quality, water supply, waste water, solid waste disposal, hazardous waste management, storm water management etc, are covered extensively. Being a specialised field, undergraduate programme are rarely offered. The IITs offer a four-year engineering course in the subject at the Bachelor’s level.
The School of Civil Engineering & the Environment, University of Southampton
The course curriculum at the Schoolof Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton involves interactions with industry, government and regulatory agencies to provide the students with a 360° perspective on the study of Environmental Engineering and Applied Environmental Science. Owing to the inter-disciplinary nature of the subject, the School has set up the Centre for Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Schools of Biology, Geography, and Ocean & Earth Science. Post-graduate programmes offered by the School are designed for the professional development of environmental scientists, as well as aid their career growth as specialists in the field. The department is equipped with the latest facilities including laboratories for heavy structures, model structures, geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics, environmental engineering and science, and materials testing. Emphasis of the curriculum is mapped towards resolving real-world problems, and the School works with industry at several levels to impart the right kind of education and training to each student. Industry partnerships have been built for research, guest lectures, sponsorship, internship and placement. Programmes at the post graduate level involve taught courses and research in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Sciences leading to MSc/MRes/PhD degrees. These include the following: MSc in Sustainable Waste Management and PhD in Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Management Program leading to MSc/MRes degrees and PhD in Environmental Science. The annual tuition fee for an international student is about Rs 10 Lac.
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham
Environmental Engineering at Nottingham takes a multi-disciplinary approach towards facilitating the right balance of education and research opportunities to the students. The Department is one of the most renowned research centres in Europe, affording its students best-of-class instruction in the application of technology for the betterment of the environment. The curriculum equips the student with the required skills to be placed at industries such as petrochemicals, food, pollution control management and nanotechnology, as well as in academic research and even consultancy. Research work is all-inclusive from fundamental studies to real development, and very inter-disciplinary, aided by advanced and well-equipped laboratories. Collaborative research work is intense, so is the interface with industry and other universities. Programmes offered at the post graduate level include Environmental and Resource Engineering (MSc), Environmental Engineering (MRes), Environmental Engineering (MSc), and Petroleum and Environmental Process Engineering (MSc - research). Research projects are currently on in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Fluids and particles, Industrial microwave processing, Fuel, energy and CO2 mitigation, Green chemical and water technologies and Nanoparticle processing. Tuition fee for the one-year full time program amounts to about Rs 11 Lac.
School of Process, Environmental & Materials Engineering (SPEME), University of Leeds
The School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering or SPEME as it’s called, is one of the largest integrated engineering schools in Europe encompassing study of multiple streams of engineering including Aviation Technology, Materials and Process Engineering. It is a unique blend of education, research and knowledge transfer and has been rated highly by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Run at a commercial scale, the School earned £9 million through knowledge transfer activities. Large investments have been made to facilitate industry-standard research activities. The School offers a taught programme in Energy and Environment leading to an MSc degree. The course enables students from various engineering and science backgrounds to gain knowledge and training in emerging streams like energy technology, waste recycling, pollution studies, and fire and explosion protection, equipping them to seek solutions for future energy demands, climate change and global warming, and frame energy and pollution policy. Compulsory modules include Pollution Sampling and Analysis, Atmospheric Processes and a research project under the guidance of a supervisor. Optional modules are required to be taken to add up the credits towards acquiring the Master’s degree. Eligibility for admission into the program is a second class degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics. Tuition fee for the full time course is about Rs 10.5 Lac.
Environmental Engineering Research Centre, School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen's University
The Environmental Engineering Research Centre at Queen's University is one of three research clusters at the School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, and has established a name for itself globally for its integrated multi-disciplinary research activities. Current projects at this award-winning centre include study of Classical and Applied Geotechnical Engineering, Coastal Engineering and Marine Renewable, Contaminated Land and Groundwater Remediation, Environmental Forensics, Crime & Human Health, Hydrogeology and Geophysics, and Water Quality and Environmental Tracers. Research is undertaken across the span of fundamental theory to industry-applicable products and solutions, and focuses not only on excellence, but also relevance. Post graduate programmes offered at the centre include MEng in Environmental & Civil Engineering, MSc/PGDip in Environmental Engineering, MSc/PGDip in Environmental Forensics and MSc/PGDip in Water Resources Management. Each program has specific requirements of eligibility, and prospective students are advised to look up detailed information on the Centre’s website. Environmental Engineering covers study of hydrogeology, contaminated land, landfills, environmental pollution and regulatory controls. Water Resources Management imparts knowledge on integrated water resources, management of inland and coastal waters, and the role of the water resources manager in society. An interesting and unique programme is offered in Environmental Forensics which involves the study of analytical techniques and development of practical skills to identify sources of pollution. The curriculum strikes a balance between subject expertise and regulatory practices and legislations. Tuition fee is charged in the range of Rs 7.5-9 Lac per annum. The Master’s programme duration is one year.
Careers in Environmental Engineering
As the world moves into greater development, the borders of this course of study are expanding everyday to accommodate newer technologies. Most courses have also incorporated environmental management in the curriculum so that students acquire knowledge of policy matters and are equipped to make decisions on practices and regulations. Career opportunities abound in environmental engineering, water resources management, monitoring and consultancy, recycling and waste management, regulatory agencies, infrastructure development companies, as well as in academic research and teaching. The demand-supply gap is in favour of the student in the current scenario and salaries start at over Rs 4 Lac per annum in India.