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Environmental Engineering, Master of Science (Technology) (2 years)
This 2-year Master's programme in Environmental Engineering responds to challenges posed by global climate change in general and reveals how to use new technologies and approaches in resource-wise, carbon neutral environmental management in water, energy, industrial, municipal, and social sectors. The Master's Programme includes three different study options:
- Industrial Environmental Engineering
- Sustainable Energy Systems
- Hydrology and Water Management
Industrial Environmental Engineering
This study option with its industry-branch-independent, phenomena-based approach provides students with excellent means to apply their learned skills into the different areas of environmental engineering. Multidisciplinary studies combine process engineering with
environmental engineering. The development of sustainable and resource-wise products, as well as carbon neutral and energy efficient processes, and the utilization of the possibilities of circular economy and bioeconomy are needed to move towards a cleaner and healthier environment (air, water, soil).
The studies contain courses on the processes which occur in the different branches of the process industry and on the phenomena related to energy systems and cleaner production methods. The students will gain an understanding of e.g. treatment and utilization of industrial gaseous and liquid emissions and side streams, catalytic processes, sustainability and circular economy, as well as renewable energy production. The students also know how to control, optimize, design and develop processes.
Sustainable Energy Systems
The Sustainable Energy Systems study option is for students who are motivated to take on the grand challenge of energy transition. The expectation is that, in 2050, the energy system will be sustainable, reliable and secure, providing efficient services to citizens and industry. In a sustainable energy system renewable energy production, infrastructures and consumption are integrated and coordinated through energy services, active users and enabling technologies.
In this study option, students will learn about alternative and conventional energy technologies, their societal and environmental impacts and economic benefits. Graduates of the programme will know how to build hybrid renewable energy systems, in which we combine several renewable energy sources and energy storage capabilities to form robust and sustainable energy systems. The energy system can be sized to suit the energy needs of a company, community, or a whole region. In addition, the curriculum contains multidisciplinary courses from across disciplines, including energy and environmental engineering, information and communication technologies and energy and environmental economics.
An interdisciplinary approach is paramount to achieving well-functioning and sustainable energy systems. Graduates of this study option will gain an understanding of the contemporary need for sustainable energy solutions and will be well-prepared to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future.
Hydrology and Water Management
The hydrology and water management study option provides students with the knowledge and the skills necessary to respond to global and local challenges in water resource management. Global climate change is likely to result in more frequent episodes of drought and water scarcity, but also in an increased likelihood of extreme events and flood hazards. Intensified land use and economic development can lead to local challenges in the water quality of streams, lakes and groundwater bodies, which are necessary for the well-being of people and the ecosystems.
The study option educates the students on the natural hydrological phenomena and causes of environmental loading. Building on this, the students get expertise in water and waste water treatment, water resources management, groundwater engineering, and environmental impact assessment. In order to practically address and solve complex environmental problems, the curriculum covers a balanced mix of methods for water monitoring and purification, water resource engineering and hydrological modeling. The multidisciplinary expertise developed in the programme equips the students with skills to reduce harmful environmental effects and mitigate future changes in water systems.
Students applying for the programme must possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a suitable field of engineering, and applicants have to choose their preferred field of specialisation (major), study option already when applying to the programme. Each option will provide its graduates with a specific set of skills and know-how, therefore each has its own criteria for the applicants.
The objective of the Master's Programme of Environmental Engineering is to train creative and co-operative academic professionals for engineering careers and as experts in their own area of specialization.
Possible titles include:
- chemical process designer
- environmental engineer
- water plant engineer
- development manager
- energy specialist
- environmental specialist
- energy production engineer
- production manager
- quality manager