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Environmental Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)


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.


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.


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


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.


Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked 10th by Guardian University Guide 2018


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.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: each week about 4 hours of individual or small group tutorials, project work and practical work (laboratory or field work).

Medium group teaching: 8 hours of tutorials each week.

Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time – including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements for Environmental Engineering BEng (H220)

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.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will develop your expertise, gaining valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, our Leadership Challenge programme, Skill Development and Professional Development Work placement as well as various real life projects. These will give you the chance to apply your skills to innovative and deliver exciting projects.

You’ll also receive industry talks, workshops and guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write effective CVs. Our degree provides a route into many civil and environmental engineering careers and supported by the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

Graduates from these courses will be able to work for government departments, environmental regulators (Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency), local authorities, international development agencies and non-governmental organisations. Graduates will also be equipped to work for water, waste and energy companies and environmental and engineering consultancies such as Arup, Mott Macdonald, Atkins, JBA, Hyder, and Costain, as well as research organisations like HR Wallingford and CEH.


Professional membership/accreditation

Our Environmental Engineering courses are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators – JBM (the Institution of Civil Engineers - ICE and the Institution of Structural Engineers - IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

The BEng course is accredited for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Whereas the MEng course is accredited by ICE for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Therefore, these courses are currently seeking accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

In addition, if you take the Professional Development Training option, the opportunities to become a professionally qualified Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the environmental engineering field are high.

Institution of Civil Engineers       Institution of Structural Engineers

The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation


The financial considerations of University study are of course, important, and it would be natural to worry about the possibility of having to face unexpected hidden extras. At Coventry University there is an absolute commitment to ensuring everything is clearly communicated in advance.

In each course description you will find what is included in the fees, what is not, and if there are any possible additional extras, a projection of what the possible costs would be.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning. 

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students’ knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Please visit our Add+vantage page for more information.


Environmental engineering is a global industry and the course attracts students from around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which environmental engineering takes place. You will join students from many different nationalities and cultures, which will give an international perspective to your studies and future career as an engineer.

We currently have academic and research links with many countries, providing opportunities for student exchanges and overseas field trips. We are working on student exchange agreement with international Universities, which enables students to work and study there for three months. We are also developed a range of associations with institutions across the globe to expand study abroad and collaborative project opportunities.

What field trips/visits take place?

The Group Projects modules (1, 2, 3 & 4) you will learn project planning and field operation in simulated and real field and you have to make field trips for data collection. Some of our coursework from various modules and some of the level 3 individual projects are field based.

The level 3 module such as “Energy, Environmental Management & Audit” and “Hydrology, Modelling & Water Engineering” as well as level 4 module such as “Environmental Hazards Management Techniques” and “Water & Wastewater Treatment Techniques” will have a field trips within the UK.

Another Level 4 module “Water, Sanitation and Shelter Technologies” have an international field trip.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich or study abroad
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152