The two year Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering gives you a challenging and exciting education for the future. Environmental Engineering is an ideal specialization for first-degree engineers with technological interests combined with environmental concern. This is an education that provides innovative, professional challenges and lead to a variety of career possibilities. The study program offers two options: The first year is spent at NTNU and the final year at Chalmers University of Technology or vice versa.
The challenge of the environment
The Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering offers two international options in this Master of Science study program:
Water and wastewater treatment
All water can be made clean, it is just a question of how much we are willing to pay. It is important to find a balance between that which is technically possible, and cost. Topics include development of new treatment processes as well as optimization of treatment processes both for:
- drinking water
- industrial process water (for instance in aquaculture)
- municipal and industrial wastewater
- sludge treatment.
Currently the focus is on membrane filtration, a unit process that probably will revolutionize the water and wastewater treatment sector during the next decades. A lot of emphasis is put on biofilm processes.
In the area of water hygiene focus is on rapid techniques for detection of bacteria in contaminated water aiming at development of rapid techniques for determining bacterial water quality and disinfection efficiency, and for assessment of bacterial viability. Disinfection of water and wastewater is another activity, working with traditional (ozone, UV) as well as new (e.g. membrane technology) disinfection processes for removal of microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, protozoa) from water.
Water and wastewater systems engineering
Traditional water and wastewater systems are built using one pipe infrastructure for the supply of clean water, and one pipe infrastructure for transporting wastewater. Future developments in city planning are likely to adopt decentralized solutions. New development schemes will attempt to achieve self sustaining supplies of fresh water. This will be achieved through extensive treatment and
With the increasing trend towards urbanization, management of surface water runoff in urban areas is an important challenge, especially in relation to urban hydrology in cold climate regions. A major achievement in this area is the Risvollan Urban Hydrological Field Laboratory close to the NTNU campus. The field station is used for educational as well as research activities, directed towards developing mathematical models and processes to prevent flooding and pollution of the environment.
Computer aided rehabilitation of sewer and storm water networks are complex problems and an attempt to resolve them in a realistic and scientific way requires tapping into advanced tools that are already common in other industries.
Nordic Five Tech alliance
NTNU is a member of the Nordic Five Tech, an exclusive, strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The universities involved have a strong capacity and a long-standing tradition within research and education. The alliance currently offers two joint MSc.programmes.