MSc Environmental Systems Engineering

The MSc is accredited by The JBM, as an MSc (technical), as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See for further information.

The degree is accredited with the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, and students
are eligible for free membership while enrolled on the course.
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What is the structure of this degree?
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a collaborative environmental systems project (30 credits) and an individual environmental systems dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Click the module names below for more information on each module.

Download the full 2017 -2018 timetable (PDF).

Environmental ModellingEnvironmental SystemsSystems, Society and SustainabilitySystems Engineering and ManagementCollaborative Environmental Systems ProjectCoastal EngineeringEnergy Systems and SustainabilityEnergy Systems ModellingEngineering and International DevelopmentEnvironmental MasterplanningFinite Element ModellingHydrogeology and Groundwater ResourcesIndustrial SymbiosisLow Carbon Energy SupplyNatural Environmental DisastersPolitics of Climate ChangeProject Management for EngineersSmart Energy SystemsControl of NoiseUrban Flooding and DrainageWater and Wastewater TreatmentWaste and Resource Efficiency
When selecting optional modules, students must contact the module tutor/administrator for permission to take the course (unless offered by CEGE, in which case students can enroll directly on Portico). It is the responsibility of the student to ensure there are no timetable clashes.

Collaborative Environmental Systems Project

A large group project involving systems analysis, simulation or design. The projects are defined to meet a specific brief defined by an external partner, including industrial corporations, government agencies, NGOs, consultancies and community based organisations. The project will cover specific technical systems and the main focus is on developing students' skills in systems management and integration.

This module will include a series of seminars on the topics of team work, working with communities, business planning, project management and systems analysis. Project teams of up to six students will be supervised by an academic staff member and an industrial tutor.

Individual Environmental Systems Project
An in-depth research project which is individually supervised and assessed and may be industrially sponsored or address a problem in the student’s current workplace. The projects address well defined, specific questions or problems and may address a component or subsystem, rather than a large integrated systems problem. Individual projects will be supervised by academic staff in the Department and may be co-supervised by industrial tutors where appropriate.


What are my career prospects after this degree?

Career paths for environmental systems engineers are diverse, expanding and challenging, with the pressures of increasing population, desires for improved standards of living and the need to protect the environmental systems.

This creates local UK and international opportunities in all areas of industry, in government planning and regulation, with regional and municipal authorities, consultants and contracting engineers, research and development organisations, and in education and technology transfer.

Recent graduate career destinations include:

  • Surveyor, Nigerian National Petroleum
  • Consultant, RPS Group
  • Consultant, Land Drainage Consultancy Ltd
  • Energy and Sustainability Officer, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation
  • Engineer, EDF

More information
For more information on fees, funding, applications and entry, visit the UCL prospectus page.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact our admissions team on (+44) (0)20 3108 4046 or email or Programme Director Dr Lena Ciric.