MSc Environmental Engineering

General information

Environmental Engineering is a broad, interdisciplinary programme focusing on the technical and environmental sciences.

The study programme aims to provide students with the competencies to develop sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues, while also taking into account legal, societal, financial, and resource aspects. 

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points. It aims to provide students with the skills to develop sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems while taking into account social, legal, economic and resource issues. The degree is research-based and focuses on the technical and environmental sciences.

Study programme focus

During the period of study, you will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes causing local and global environmental challenges. You will be involved in experimental projects and learn about the processes through mathematical models and statistical analysis of data and measurements. 

You will be provided with problem-solving techniques designed to avoid or minimize environmental impact. You will also have the opportunity to study the latest technologies used in western society and gain insight into the challenges facing the developing countries. In addition, you will learn about urban planning, occupational health and safety, environmental regulations, and environmental management.


Environmental Engineering is a broad, interdisciplinary study programme allowing you to specialize in a wide range of environmental issues. For instance, you can choose to concentrate on methods for waste and wastewater management or purification of contaminated soil and groundwater. You can also focus on the utilization of natural resources, the production of drinking water, or methods and tools for use in industry designed to reduce environmental impacts. 

The choice of courses in the students’ individual study plan offers a high degree of flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study programme by choosing from the wide range of courses. However, you can also choose to specialize in one of the five study lines:

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Management
  • Residual Resource Engineering
  • Urban Water Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

The structure of the programme comprise four categories of courses:​

General Competences (30 ECTS) Technology Specialization (30 ECTS) Electives
(30 ECTS) 
(30 ECTS)
Modelling of Environmental Processes and Technologies
Chemicals in the environment
Environmental Management and Ethics
Environmental Economics


Urban Water Engineering

Urban water engineers aim to manage the urban water cycle in quantitative and qualitative terms. Focus areas are technical systems for water supplies for domestic, municipal, industrial and recreational use, the collection of domestic and industrial sewage, the management of storm water and treatment processes.

Urban water engineers have skills in hydraulics, urban hydrology, environmental chemistry and micro- biology, physicochemical and biochemical unit operations, process engineering and computational and analytical techniques, and they can apply them to the quantitative analysis of urban water problems.

Requirements for obtaining a study line in Urban Water Engineering

Students wishing to obtain a MSc in Environmental Engineering, with a diploma in Urban Water Engineering must complete at least 30 ECTS from within the following group of courses:

  • 12121 Water supply
  • 12124 Urban Flood Risk Modelling
  • 12131 Wastewater Biotechnology
  • 12122 Urban drainage systems
  • 12140 Integrated Urban Water Quality Management
  • 12233 Water pollution
  • 12342 Uncertainty and Variability in Hydrologic Applications  

Water Resource Engineering

Water Resources Engineering is concerned with the quantity and quality of water in surface and groundwater systems. Candidates work at all scales, ranging from small-scale process-oriented laboratory and field studies up to basin-scale and global hydrological systems. They are able to acquire data that can be used to characterize water-resource systems and contamination problems in soil and groundwater.

Advanced modelling skills are developed, including the ability to integrate field and experimental data into these models. On this basis candidates are able to design technical solutions to water- resource problems and develop remedial technologies.

Requirements for obtaining a study line in Water Ressource Engineering

Students wishing to obtain a MSc in Environmental Engineering, with a diploma in Water Resources Engineering must complete at least 30 ECTS from within the following group of courses:

  • 12233 Water Pollution 
  • 12326 Field Course in Applied Geophysics
  • 12331 Field investigations of contaminated sites  
  • 12335 The Groundwater Resource
  • 12330 Contaminated Sites
  • 12333 Water Resources Management
  • 12342 Uncertainty and Variability in Hydrologic Applications
  • 12343 Surface Water Hydrology
  • 30532 Introduction to Digital Mapping and GIS

DTU encourages all its students to study at least one semester at a foreign university.

DTU offers a double MSc degree programme in Environmental Engineering called eNviro5Tech in collaboration with the Nordic Five Tech alliance of Scandinavian Technical Universities. Read everything about the Dual Degree here

Learning outcome:

As a graduate MSc in Environmental Engineering you will be able to design, conduct, and interpret laboratory and field experiments and can quantify the hazards, risks, and uncertainties of environmental problems.

Career. Environmental engineers propose and compare mitigation, treatment and substitution measures and can conceive, design, implement and operate appropriate technologies for a sustainable use and management of environment, water and resources. Thus, an MSc in Environmental Engineering provides you with many future career options in e.g. public administrations, companies, or organizations offering environmental and construction consultancy in Denmark and abroad. 

Contact Person: Stefan Trapp (Head of Studies) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0731 - Surveying", "0532 - Marine Geology


Venue: Technical University of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark

Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Building 101A
2800 Kgs. Lyngby



EU/EEA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees to enrol in degree programmes in Denmark as their tuition fees are covered by the Danish state. If you are not an EU/EEA citizen in addition to the participation fee you have to pay a tuition fee of DKK 762 per ECTS-point as well. The tuition fee covers educational expenses such as courses, academic supervision, exams, counselling and administrative services, etc.


Degree Requirements 

Students with any Danish or foreign Bachelor degrees in technological or natural science can be admitted according to the academic requirements following below.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering should hold a bachelors degree in engineering in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, BSc Engineering (Chemistry biotechnology or other relevant areas). A strong, working knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences is a prerequisite.

Language Requirements
Students with a bachelor degree who seek admission to MSc programs at DTU must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level for students from Nordic countries, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test for international students). The test must not be older than two years:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL: internet-based 88; paper-based 573; Computer-based 230
  • Pearson: 59

Detailed information on general admission and requirements can be found here

Application Procedure:

Applicants for MSc programmes at DTU must apply using the new online application system. Through this system it will be possible to upload your documents, i.e. you do not need to send any documentation by post. Citizens from outside the EU/EEA are required to pay 100€​ application fee before your application is processed. If your application is successful, the application fee will be deducted from the first tuition fee payment that you make to DTU. You will need to upload on the application system the following documents:

  • Supporting documents uploaded as one document
    • copy of passport or national ID card
    • statement of purpose (A 400 - 600 Word statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
    • CV
    • two recommendation letters
    • diploma supplement (optional)
  • Description of the grade scale used at your home university and how the scale is applied (optional). 
  • English language certificates.
  • Transcript of records (in original language and translated into English)
  • Diploma (in original language and translated into English)

Application Deadlines

  • EU/EEA citizens: 1 March
  • Danish citizens: 1 April
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens: 15 January


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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