Taught course

Environmental Engineering

Coventry University · Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics and Science or specified equivalents.

A Levels:
BBB-BBC to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM-DMM in Engineering or Construction to include a Merit in Maths and Further Maths for Technicians.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31-30 points to include Mathematics Higher level.
Access to HE Diploma: Assessed on an individual basis
Essential Entry Requirements for Environmental Engineering MEng (H222)
5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics and Science or specified equivalents.

A Levels: ABB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM in Engineering or Construction to include a Merit in Maths and Further Maths for Technicians.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31-30 points to include Mathematics Higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

This course runs in 2017/18.

Are you looking for an Engineering Course that use core Civil Engineering skills and a deep understanding of environmental science, numerical and management principles to assess, prevent and control natural and man-made environmental disasters and protect, enhance, recover or rebuild the environment; and to lead on sustainable development at local and international level?

Our following courses are ideal for you and can be studied as an MEng with the course code H222 or as a BEng with the course code H220:

  • MEng - H222: 4 Stages - 4 years full-time; 5 years sandwich (study abroad or professional development work placement)
  • BEng - H220: 3 Stages - 3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)

Environmental engineering skills are in high demand and the UK jobs advertised for the environmental risk and sustainability sector in the first three months of last year is 50% more than in the whole of previous year. The Institute of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management have joined with UK Government to attract more flood & coastal engineers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, the careers in the field of Environmental Engineering are expected to grow in USA by 15% by 2022. According to the UN, increasing climate, demographic (urbanisation), socio-economic and environmental changes are increasing the Engineering skill shortage worldwide to deliver UN’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals.

Why choose this course?

Our Environmental Engineering course has been designed to meet the needs of niche and highly specialised national and international markets, tailored to the requirements of an integrated civil and environmental engineering sector.

You will study subjects that can give you the necessary skills to assess, analyse and manage the natural and man-made impacts and risks on the built environment. In addition, the course aims to train you in decision-making to protect the built-environment and to initiate and lead on sustainable development.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • Environmental engineering knowledge, understanding and skills to make the most of existing and emerging science and technology for environmental risk, health & safety management, sustainable design & development in both urban and rural areas.
  • The ability to apply advanced theoretical and appropriate practical methods to the analysis and solution of environmental engineering problems at local, national and global scale.
  • An understanding of the environmental engineering (e.g. water, wastewater/flooding/pollution and energy) industry, regulation, organisation and roles, and technical and commercial management skills with social, economic/financial, environmental legal and ethical context
  • Studying with students on a wide range of courses covering other professional disciplines in an integrated school of energy, construction and environment which reflects the interdisciplinary nature of civil and environmental engineering projects.
  • A teaching team who are active in research and have industrial experience, who bring their expertise into their teaching to ensure it is relevant to the needs of industry.
  • Use of the unique Coventry University Construction Simulation Centre; as well as guest lectures, laboratory and fieldwork and local and overseas field trips.

What will I learn?

Our MEng/BEng Environmental Engineering degree is built on three key threads 1) Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management, 2) Sustainable Development and 3) Design.

MEng/BEng Environmental Engineering Stage 1 and 2 of this programme will provide core knowledge and understanding of hydraulics, geo-technics/soil, environmental pollution prevention and energy as well as structural analysis, design and materials. Stage 3 will provide advance knowledge and skills on the core subjects.

Our MEng/BEng degrees begin with a firm foundation of maths, environmental science and core civil engineering skills such as laboratory, design, analytical (technical, social, economic/financial, environmental, managerial, legal and ethical context) skills. These skills will be enhanced by group projects with inter/multidisciplinary activates, at each stage, using appropriate environmental and humanitarian engineering with computer and field simulations as well as building information modelling (BIM).

The students will gain an insight into the full breadth of technology to minimise the socio-economic and environmental impacts by collaborating with the other international students with inter/multi-disciplinary skills. The individual project also improves the research and innovation skills. The Stage 4 is only for the MEng students and you will further specialise in environmental risk, sustainable development, failure analysis and design of hydraulic/seismic structure.

Course structure and Topics list

Stage 1

  • Engineering Analysis and Materials A
  • Structural analysis and Mathematics A
  • Design Studies (Civil Engineering)
  • Introduction to Environmental Pollution Science
  • Group Project 1
  • Add+vantage

Stage 2 (Direct entry for relevant HND or similar degree holders)

  • Geo-technics and Hydraulics A
  • Structural Analysis and Materials A
  • Structural Design
  • Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control
  • Nuclear and Renewable Energy
  • Group Project 2
  • Add+vantage - A year Sandwich option (Study abroad or work placement) for BEng students only

Stage 3 (Final year for BEng)

  • Hydrology, Modelling and Water Engineering
  • Geo-technics
  • Energy, Environmental Management and Audit
  • Individual Project
  • Group Project 3
  • Add+vantage - A year Sandwich option (study abroad or Professional Development placement) for MEng

Stage 4 or M (Final year for MEng only for them to specialise further in Environmental Engineering)

  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
  • Environmental Hazards Management Techniques
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Techniques
  • Water, Sanitation and Shelter Technologies
  • Structural Failure Analysis and Design
  • Group Project 4

How will this course be taught?

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated tutorials, workshops, lab and fieldwork as well as few field trips or visits. In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions at the cutting edge science and appropriate technical research. You will work with staff on real-world problems with engineering and environmental analysis and good practice guidance from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.

How will I be assessed?

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 40%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 10%;
  • practical or project work 20%;
  • group work etc. 20%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 24 7765 2222