MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)
Issues concerning the environment and sustainable development will continue to be high on the international agenda for a long time to come. We therefore need engineers with sound knowledge in ecology and the ability of nature to cope with our use of its natural resources and the effects of society on the environment. We also need engineers with a deep understanding of the relevance of these issues.
The programme in Environmental Engineering aims to provide graduates who can:
- act as specialists in various areas of engineering employing their specialist
competence in ecology, chemistry and the geosciences
- work specifically with environmental issues, and who have an advantage over
other environmentalists who do not have a good understanding of engineering
and its restrictions, demands and conditions
The first three years are spent studying basic courses in mathematics and science, including ecology and engineering. The last two years are devoted to one of six areas of specialisation providing students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one or more fields. The programme is characterised by its international flavour (several of the courses are given in English), its focus on pedagogics, and the even distribution between male and female students.
Areas of specialisation
The way in which society satisfies its need for energy is strongly related to large-scale and long-term environmental problems. Courses such as Energy, the Environment & Natural Resources, and Renewable Energy Sources provide different perspectives of energy generation, with the ambition of giving a general view of the situation. These courses are combined with others in energy use, energy supply and fuel gas engineering given by mechanical engineering, and solar energy and solar electricity, given by the school of architecture.
Environmental protection and ecotoxicology
The courses in this area provide deepened knowledge on terrestrial ecosystems and the interactions between plants and soil organisms. In the more applied parts of the specialisation, the effects of society on Swedish nature are studied, together with the means available for nature conservation and protection. Environmental protection is combined with two extensive courses in ecotoxicology, the aim of which is to provide a comprehensive picture of environmental toxins, from their spread, chemical properties, and persistence in nature, to their effects on cells, organisms and the ecosystem. Risk analysis is also included.
Environmental systems analysis
Knowledge on policy control and skills in the use of instruments in environmental management are in demand in both public administration and the private sector. Courses given by the Division of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies aim at the critical examination of environmental issues and their elucidation from a multidisciplinary perspective. The intention of these courses is also to help students develop skills in dealing with environmental instruments, including political control instruments and methods and tools used in commerce and industry.
The courses offered in this area of specialisation provide good opportunities to gain the insight and skills required by an engineer wishing to work in the chemical processing industry in areas such as plant operation, product development or industrial environmental protection. They also provide a basis for those wishing to move into other areas such as marketing and sales, or wishing to continue to postgraduate studies.
Water protection and ecotoxicology
The aim of this area of specialisation, apart from deepening the student’s knowledge on water as a resource, is to provide practical experience of water protection problems and prepare the student for a career in water protection. Water protection is supplemented with two extensive courses in ecotoxicology, the aim of which is to provide a comprehensive picture of environmental toxins, from their spread, chemical properties, and persistence in nature, to their effects on cells, organisms and the ecosystem. Risk analysis is also included.
Water resources management
This area of specialisation provides students with advanced knowledge and tools for international work in issues connected with water, including supply systems, resource management and environmental problems. Water resource management is not only an area of specialisation for students taking the programmes in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering, but is also one of LTH’s International Master’s Programmes. This means that all teaching is carried out in English, and that students will have the opportunity to make valuable contacts for future international projects.