Objectives and competences
The master's degree in Environmental Engineering provides advanced training related to the control of environmental pollution and the protection of public health, which will allow graduates to tackle the environmental problems affecting society today, many of which are related to air, water and soil pollution and the generation of waste. The goal of the program is to teach participants to analyse and diagnose problems and to adopt the most appropriate solution as well as to be able to conceive and design facilities and services and ensure optimum operating efficiency.
The master's degree program has a clear orientation towards research, which will allow participants to conduct applied research in the field of environmental engineering from a global perspective, covering all aspects of evaluation, minimization, management, optimization, process efficiency and treatment technologies.
The program has a total study load of 60 ECTS credits and is intended for graduates with scientific or technical backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career related to innovation and the development and application of technologies for the diagnosis and resolution of environmental problems.
Graduates with a university master's degree in Environmental Engineering will be able to carry out their professional activity in both the private (production or treatment plants, laboratories, engineering firms, etc.) and public sectors (public administration and or other public bodies).<br>
Objectives and competences
The general objective of this master's degree is to provide students the skills to:
- analyse and formulate solutions to environmental problems;
- adopt the most appropriate solutions through modern and eco-efficient management practices;
- conceive and design facilities and services;
- ensure that such facilities and services operate at optimum efficiency.
One of the principal objectives of this master's degree is provide a detailed practical understanding of environmental technology. However, given the increasing environmental demands and the wealth of technological challenges our society is witnessing, research and development of new tools for environmental evaluation, minimization, management and, above all, treatment has become an equally important objective.
Therefore, this master's degree has a strong orientation towards research, which will enable graduates to conduct applied research in the field of environmental engineering from a global perspective, including all aspects of evaluation, minimization, management, optimization, process efficiency and treatment technologies for all types of effluents and wastes which will prevent or alleviate the effects of human activities on the environment.
- Capacity for comprehension and correct spoken and written communication, including the comprehension and use of specialized language.
- Capacity to work as part of a group and in multidisciplinary and international teams.
- Capacity to formulate creative solutions to problems involving consideration of social or ethical responsibility.
- Adaptability, initiative, capacity for independent learning, the ability to manage frustration, and emotional intelligence.
- Understanding of the Best Available Technologies (BAT) compatible with use in environmental contexts.
- Understanding of and ability to apply environmental assessment and management methodologies.
- Ability to identify, enunciate, analyse and solve the most common environmental problems related to liquid effluents, gaseous effluents, solid waste and contaminated soils.
- Ability to propose and select the most appropriate technologies for the tasks at hand.
- Capacity to design facilities and services for solid, liquid and gaseous waste treatment plants and ensure maximum operating efficiency.
- Ability to interpret and correlate the evolution of the operational variables of treatment processes.
- Capacity to carry out R&D+i projects in the sphere of environmental engineering, including designing and conducting experiments, analysing results and drawing conclusions.
Full list of competences
Applicant profile and access requirements
Recommended applicant profile
The master's degree in Environmental Engineering is intended for graduates with scientific or technical backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career related to innovation and the development and application of technologies for the diagnosis and resolution of environmental problems.
During their previous scientific or technical education, graduates who wish to enrol in the master's degree in Environmental Engineering must have acquired skills in mathematics, physics and chemistry at a level equivalent to the compulsory content of EHEA bachelor's degree in engineering and architecture, and must have completed at least one subject on the basics of chemical engineering. Moreover, applicants must have basic knowledge of English in order to acquire the competences that make up the master's degree program.
Access requirements and conditions
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:
- Official Spanish university degree.
- A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
- A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.
Applicants wishing to enrol in the master's degree in Environmental Engineering must hold a degree from a Spanish or foreign university in chemical engineering, environmental sciences, chemistry, industrial engineering or other similar fields of study and meet the requirements in mathematics, physics, chemistry and chemical engineering indicated in the applicant profile, which will enable students to make the most of the master's program.
Students should also have a sufficient knowledge of English, at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
These specific requirements are essential for admission to the master's degree, since no bridging courses are offered.
First period: 18 March - 19 July 2023.
Second period: 26 August - 15 September.
- Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
- Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.
- 1. Official degree that gives access to the master's degree. Credit is given for having completed subjects related to chemical engineering and environmental sciences and technologies, as well as for professional experience in the field of environmental engineering (60%).
- 2. Competences related to the languages of instruction of the master's degree. Credit will be given for a knowledge of English above level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (20%).
- 3. Academic record (10%).
- 4. Attitude and motivation (assessed through a statement of interest and/or a personal interview) (10%).
Admissions and selection of students is managed by the Coordination Committee for the Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering. The Committee evaluates each application received, and notifies the applicants individually of the resolution by email.
Candidates that have been granted admission and received notification by email, who wish to reserve a place in the course, must send a declaration (affidavit) of commitment to enrol to email@example.com.
As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned
Specific information about the faculty
Subjects and course plans
Distribution of credits
List of subjects
Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.
Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record. There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 750 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.
What can you work on ?
Graduates of the Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering will be prepared for careers in both the private sphere ' at processing and treatment plants, laboratories, and engineering firms, for example ' and in the public sector ' in tasks related to waste management, wastewater treatment and management, air pollution, soil remediation, renewable energies, applied research in the field of environmental engineering, etc.
Access to the labour market
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