BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering

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Key information


BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021


Chemical and Environmental Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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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. The preliminary year enables 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 here. If your country is not listed, please email

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

Minimum age 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 provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

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. These skills are essential to pursue careers as professional environmental engineers, as well as a diverse range of different career options.

The programme responds to the increasing demand for professional engineers who are equipped to provide engineering solutions to the historical 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.

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, and management and consultancy. Your international experience will be a valuable asset to your CV.

Course structure


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 towards this globally recognised and highly sought-after professional qualification.

Year 1 modules


The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year 2 modules


The chemical engineering and environmental engineering courses share a standard 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

Process Engineering Principles
Chemistry for Engineers Mathematical Methods for Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Introductory Geology

Thermodynamics And Heat Transfer    

Year 3 modules


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 modules


In part 2, the skills and knowledge you have already gained can be applied to more practical environmental engineering problems. Project work takes you out into the field, and this time it is linked to design work associated with renewable energy, waste treatment and the 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 become 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

Careers and further study

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

Further study

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.

All 12 graduates from BEng Hons Environmental Engineering in 2020 chose to continue their studies. 91.7% of them wereadmitted into the top 50 universities in the world.

2021 QS World University Rankings



8 Imperial College London 6
10 University College London 4
11 National University of Singapore 1
  Total 11



Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

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.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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