Research course

Environmental Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a 2:1 Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification, a Masters degree or equivalent qualification, or both. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria, but who hold a Bachelor's degree with Lower Second Class Honours or equivalent qualifaction, may be admitted to the degree of MPhil in the first instance. Subject to satisfactory acheivement progression onto PhD may be possible if desired.

Months of entry


Course content

Research Groups

Energy, Environment and Climate Change Group

Energy, environment and climate change research are strongly interlinked. The challenges for energy research will increase against a background of climate change, changing energy provision within uncertain world politics, increasing world population, increasing pollution and need for control and remediation. The group's environmental research covers hydro/morphodynamic and geotechnical processes, particularly associated with pollution dispersion/migration and sediment transport, the built environment and urban aerodynamics. There is strong underpinning capability in computational fluid dynamics and soil mechanics, multi-phase flows, sprays, turbulence modelling and heat transfer.

Nuclear Group

Nuclear energy is the only large-scale provider of low-carbon electricity in the UK, accounting for 22% of our current electricity production. In 2006 there were 23 nuclear reactors operating the in UK including: eight Magnox reactors, the last due to close in 2010, fourteen Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGRs), the last due for decommissioning in 2023, and one Pressurised Water Reactors due for decommissioning in 2035.

Before and beyond this the UK Government must not rule out the possibility that new nuclear build might be necessary at some point in the future in order to meet our ambitions on reducing carbon emissions.

Information for international students

IELTS or TOEFL and attain a minimum of IELTS 6.5 ( with no sub test less than 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Computer-based 230 or above or Internet-based 88-89 or above).

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44 (0) 161 275 4345