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Environmental Engineering (PGDip)

PgDip|Postgraduate Taught

Environmental Engineering

Entry year
2022
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
30 (Full Time)
10 (Part Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • Overview

    The aims of the programme include to develop the intellectual, practical, and professional skills of students in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of environmental engineering principles and issues in preparation for:

    a career in the environmental, consultancy, regulatory, management, and engineering industry
    a position of leadership early in that career
    further study
    life-long learning and an appreciation of the value of Environmental Engineering to a sustainable society

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Applications for this course received after 30th June 2022 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit will be required to secure a place.

    Environmental Engineering highlights

    Applications for this course received after 30th June 2022 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit will be required to secure a place.

    Professional Accreditations

    • This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

    Industry Links

    • Teaching Staff at the School of Natural and Built Environment maintain close links to industry partners and governmental agencies across the field of Environmental Engineering. Individual modules on the programme will include day trips and site visits in collaboration with these external partners.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • You will be taught by staff with an active research profiles of international standing, with a wide range of interests across the Environmental Engineering Discipline.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Student may enrol on a Full-time or Part-time basis. –

    The PgDip is awarded to students who successfully complete the taught element of the programme in a combination of compulsory core modules (80 CATS points) and elective modules (40 CATS points).

    Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from the taught programme.

    Core ModulesLand & Water Quality (20 CATS)
    Engineering Hydrology & Hydrogeology (20 CATS)
    Assessment of Environmental Impacts (20 CATS)
    Computer Modelling of Contaminants (20 CATS)
    Course DetailsTypically full-time students complete 60CATS points worth of modules per semester.
    Elective ModulesGIS & Spatial Analysis (20 CATS)
    Introduction to Renewable Energies (10 CATS)
    Environmental Interaction Assessment of Marine Renewables (10 CATS)
    Water and Waste Water Treatment (10 CATS)
    Project Planning for Sustainability (20 CATS)

    Advances in Environmental Engineering (10 CATS)
    Module ReviewAll modules for 2022/23 are currently under review and subject to change in advance of the programme commencing in September 2022.

    People teaching you

    Dr Ulrich Ofterdinger
    Course Director

    SNBE
    Email: u.ofterdinger@qub.ac.uk

    Contact Teaching Hours

    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
    0 (hours maximum)
    Lectures: Typically 6 hours per week (full time pathway) depending on choice of elective Modules Tutorials: Typically 6 hours per week (full time pathway) depending on choice of Modules

    Teaching Times

    Teaching is typically focussed on 2-3 days per week, depending on choice of elective Modules.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    The programme provides a suitable background for careers in environmental engineering, monitoring, management and consultancy, and it establishes a basis for interdisciplinary research to a higher level. Past graduates have found employment with a wide range of employers, eg environment regulatory agencies, civil engineering and specialist contractors as well as engineering and environmental consultancies in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning and Teaching

    The programme is delivered as a combination of Lectures, Tutorials, Site Visits and Field/Laboratory practicals as well as individual and group-based self-directed study.

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    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Written examination

    Continuous assessment

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant Engineering/Science discipline, e.g. Civil Engineering. Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient mathematical background (a minimum of A-level standard or equivalent) however undergraduate courses with a high mathematical content, e.g. Statistics, will be considered on a case-by case-basis.

    A 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required for those with an insufficient mathematical background.

    Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by case-basis.

    Professional Qualifications may be considered alongside extensive relevant professional experience.

    The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2022. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

    A deposit is required to secure a place.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,167
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,167
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,833
    EU Other 3 £14,267
    International £14,267

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    Fees for 2022-23 will be published in December 2021.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Environmental Engineering costs

    Students are expected to supply their own waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear to participate in field-based activities, where applicable. Students who choose to undertake their MSc research project in collaboration with external organisation may be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33.

    How do I fund my study?

    The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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