MSc Environmental and Energy Engineering

Course overview 

Going Green is more than just a fashionable phrase. Waste disposal, energy production, waste water treatment and the minimisation of pollution are the key problems facing the sustainable cities of the future.  In our world of finite resources, witnessing a population explosion, a lot of effort is being made to change the way in which developed societies consume energy and materials and dispose of waste.

On this course you'll gain a clear and fundamental knowledge of environmental issues from a technological and engineering point of view. You'll become part of a next generation of engineers and scientists who are aware of the up to the minute issues surrounding this sensitive and controversial field. You'll be taught by international renowned specialists and become a member of a leading, research active department - which is one of the largest and most successful engineering faculties in the UK. You'll earn a degree that commands respect nationally and internationally from industry and academia alike.

Environmental and Energy Engineering is offered on a full-time basis over one year, starting in September and requires completion of 8 modules and a major research project dissertation.

The course is modular, allowing students some flexibility in the design of their degree. The MSc(Eng) consists of:

  • 5 compulsory modules
  • optional modules (choose 3)
  • a major research project

Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date.


Core modules

Introduction to Fuel and Energy
Environment - Gaseous Emissions
Environment - Liquid Effluents
Environment - Particulate Emissions
Applied Energy Engineering
Research Project

Optional Modules

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Environmental Impacts & Protection
Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Energy from Biomass and Waste
Oil and Gas Origins and Utilization
Low Carbon Energy Science & Technology
Fires and Explosions Dynamics

Major research project

Every student is required to complete a research-based dissertation, you will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study. You will select your research topic through consultation with our academic staff based on your personal interest, projects can be diverse, reflecting the expertise our academic staff. This is an opportunity for you to address real-life problems the world faces, and opportunities exist for dissertation studies to be carried out in collaboration with other university research centres or with industrial organisations, such as:

  • Sheffield University Waste Incineration Centre (SUWIC)
  • Environmental Consultancy Centre (ECUS)
  • Centre for Analytical Services (CAS)
  • Waste Management and Technology Centre (WAMTEC)
  • Tata Steel.
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Our graduates will have expertise designed to improve their employability within a wide-ranging field of interest, graduates have secured positions in consumer, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, oil and gas, petrochemical and energy companies, processing and recycling plants as well as water companies, environmental and government agencies. It also an excellent stepping stone towards undertaking a PhD in energy or environmental engineering.

Find out more about our graduates prospects

Application and entry requirement

A recognised graduate, attained good honours degree in engineering, technological or science subject or deemed qualified as a result of wide work experience
IELTS with an average of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

If you have any further application questions please contact Postgraduate Admissions Officer Maria Soto.

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moCourse Director 
Dr Mark Odgen
T: +44 (0)114 222 7504