BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering

General

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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Environmental Engineering (2+2, 4+0) BEng (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.

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Course overview

The BEng Environmental Engineering course equips graduates with core scientific and engineering knowledge, practical laboratory skills, team working, problem solving and other transferable skills needed to pursue careers as professional environmental engineers, as well as a diverse range of other career options.

The programme responds to the increasing demand for professional engineers who are equipped to provide engineering solutions to the historic and emerging human and natural impacts on the local and global environment. Environmental engineers may use their specialist expertise to tackle challenges in energy, water availability and the management of waste that we produce.

By the end of the course, you will have examined some of the more complex environmental engineering topics. On graduating you will be highly sought-after by companies worldwide to work in areas such as process and product design, management and consultancy. Your international experience will be a valuable asset to your CV.

Special features

The Environmental Engineering degree programme has been accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)

Accreditation by IOM3 is internationally recognised and represents the high standard expected of the profession. IOM3 accredited degrees’ arm graduates with a wide range of professional skills that are highly sought after by employers.

IOM3 is licenced by the Engineering Council, UK, to award the prestigious Chartered Engineer professional qualification. Graduating with the IOM3 accredited BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering degree from UNNC, is the first step in working towards this globally recognised and highly sought after professional qualification.

Course structure

Preliminary year

In Preliminary year, you will follow a foundation programme that is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge for undergraduate study in English.

  • CELEN036 Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering (10 Credits)
  • The Scientific Method
  • CELEN039 Foundation Science A: Physics (10 Credits)
  • CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)
  • CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)
  • CELEN037 Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques (15 Credits)
  • CELEN040 Foundation Science B: Chemistry (10 Credits)
  • CELEN052 UG English in Specific Academic Contexts B (Engineering; Comp Sci; Env'mental Sci & Architecture) (20 Credits)
  • CELEN082 Oral Communication Skills B (10 Credits)

Qualifying year

The chemical engineering and environmental engineering courses share a common first-year programme, and so at the end of the year, you can elect to transfer between them. The transition to university studies is carefully managed, with extensive staff support and formative feedback mechanisms.

Year one takes students with backgrounds in science and math and introduces the fundamental engineering sciences including heat and mass transfer and fluid mechanics. Safety and environmental aspects are also covered, as are the development of professional skills. Learning is enabled through a variety of methods from problem-based learning to tutorials and laboratory classes.

Typical qualifying year modules

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • CHEE1041 Process Engineering Principles (20 Credits)
  • CHEE1042 Chemistry for Engineers (20 Credits)
  • MATH1047 Mathematical Methods for Chemical and Environmental Engineering (20 Credits)
  • Introductory Geology
  • CHEE1040 Thermodynamics And Heat Transfer (20 Credits)

Year 3

The third-year is also called Part 1 in British higher education. Part 1 has a focus on the development of skills.

At the end of year two, our environmental engineering students are in a position to carry out site investigations and prepare environmental impact assessments. The year-two field course is central to the learning experience. Laboratory work continues in year two and the exposure to industry and cutting-edge research also increases.

You will begin to explore the complexities of waste management and safety engineering as well as extending your mathematical knowledge. Whilst teaching still provides a structured learning environment you will be encouraged to become more independent in your approach to learning.

Typical part 1 year modules

  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • Separation & Particle Technology
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Calculus, Probability and Numerical Methods for Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Process Design & Control
  • Analytical Measurement
  • Materials & Sustainable Processes

Year 4

In part 2, the skills and knowledge you have already gained can be applied to more practical environmental engineering problems. Project work again takes you out into the field, and this time it is linked to design work associated with renewable energy, waste treatment and provision of clean water. Project management, business and finance are covered, with a significant amount of input from industry.

The assessments allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the skills and competencies necessary to be a professional environmental engineer. 

Typical part 2 year modules

  • Multicomponent Separations
  • Reactor Design
  • Water Treatment
  • Air Pollution
  • Process Engineering Laboratories
  • Design Project
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena
  • Hazardous Waste Management

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Accreditations

The Environmental Engineering degree programme has been accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3). 

Accreditation by IOM3 is internationally recognised and represents the high standard expected of the profession. IOM3 accredited degrees’ arm graduates with a wide range of professional skills that are highly sought after by employers.

IOM3 is licenced by the Engineering Council, UK, to award the prestigious Chartered Engineer professional qualification. Graduating with the IOM3 accredited BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering degree from UNNC, is the first step in working towards this globally recognised and highly sought after professional qualification.

Careers and further study

Environmental engineering is among the top five in-demand engineering jobs of the future.

Source: http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/top-five-demand-engineering-jobs-future

Prospective Industrial Careers for Environmental Engineering

  • Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Global Engineering & Project Management
  • Government
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Sales Representative
  • Technology and Consulting
  • Water Treatment

Typical further study destinations for Environmental Engineering graduates include Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Nottingham, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge.

Among the 34 graduates from BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering in 2019, 33 chose to continue their studies. 87.9%of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world, for example, one student was admitted by the University of Monash as Juris Doctor.

2020 QS World University Rankings University Number
 8 University College London  11
 9 Imperial College London  10
 11 National University of Singapore  1
 14 Cornell University  1
 20 The University of Edinburgh  2
 21 University of Michigan  1
27 University of Manchester 1
32 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 1
38 University of Melbourne 1
 - Total   29

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email global@nottingham.edu.cn.  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.

Alternative requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less