BEng Environmental Engineering (Year in Industry)

Course Overview

BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry)

Environmental Engineering at Swansea University is based on the rationale that environmental engineering is important for all human endeavour and not simply about construction within the environment.


You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

Making our environment sustainable for generations to come

With the world’s population set to reach nine billion in 2050, obtaining enough clean water, air, land and food becomes even more pressing. It is to environmental engineers that we turn for solutions.

Environmental engineers optimise the use of natural resources, help develop renewable energy sources, maximise the use of materials and make our environment sustainable for generations to come.

Why study Environmental Engineering at Swansea University?

At Swansea University we offer innovative courses that are based on the rationale that environmental engineering is important for all human endeavour and not simply about construction within the environment.

Our Environmental Engineering degrees equip graduates to be 21st century engineers prepared to meet the environmental challenges of industry and society.

Our schemes provide knowledge of physical, chemical and biological processes and encourage development of the analytical and creative skills necessary for the economic and safe design, safe operation and management of environmental process facilities. 

On the BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) scheme modules are supported by visits to industrial processes. Both design and research projects in the third year have direct relevance to sustainable resource management.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

HE Level 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-E01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Industrial Placement Year (Engineering)

Year 4 (Level 6)


As a student on the BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to be a 21st century engineer who can meet the environmental challenges of industry and society.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements of the BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course are:

AAB - BBB at A level (including Mathematics).

Other recommended subjects include:
Further Mathematics
Design Technology

Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.

Or 32 at IB (preferably to include good marks at HL Mathematics).

Students studying for BTEC qualifications require DDD - DDM plus B grade at A level Mathematics. Studying A level Mathematics alongside a BTEC qualification is our strongly recommended entry pathway for those studying BTEC qualifications. Students not studying A level Mathematics, alongside their BTEC qualification, require D*DD-DDD with D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’, plus minimum GCSE grades of B in Mathematics and 2 x B grades in Science/Engineering/Manufacturing.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time (with a year in Industry) £9,000 £16,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) degree do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs. Students on this course will need to meet the costs of the item below:

  • Pair of safety boots for industrial site visits. £20 maximum cost.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


The BEng Environmental Engineering (with a Year in Industry) at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

This degree is accredited as:

1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Year in Industry

The year in industry can be undertaken in the UK or overseas. The advantages of the placement year are extensive. 

For example, not only will you gain valuable industrial experience, you will also be paid a salary for that year. Currently, the average annual salary is over £15,000.

Support and guidance is provided to help you secure a placement. There are CV writing workshops, presentations from students and companies. Plus advice on job hunting and application tips.

Find out more on our Year in Industry website:

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the Environmental Engineering Level 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Environmental Engineering Year 1

What do our students say?

Daniel Course Environmental Engineering Watch Daniel Course talk about studying Environmental Engineering at Swansea University. Daniel graduated with a First Class Honours degree and is now a Graduate Chemical Engineer at Zeon Chemicals.

Nicola Gawne Environmental Engineering Nicola Gawne, Environmental Engineering, Swansea University

“I decided to study engineering at Swansea as my favourite subjects at school were physics and maths and I also loved problem solving.
My course has involved chemistry such as organic chemistry and biochemistry, how chemical plants work and, most importantly, a lot about renewable energy.
My future plan is to follow a career in renewable energy and become a Chartered Engineer. Studying at the College of Engineering has helped me by giving me lots of career advice."

What are my career options?

A wide range of rewarding career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors.

This is in a wide range of areas such as waste and water treatment, energy generation, recycling and resource management, as well as in health, safety and environmental agencies.

The demand for environmental engineering graduates remains high with excellent starting salaries offered to graduates.

Environmental Engineering lab Environmental Engineering students at Swansea University in the lab

Final year project

The course features a major project where students design a process plant with a focus on its environmental impact. 

As a student on the course, you will gain vital training and experience in working in a team environment on a large scale, industry relevant project.

Environmental Engineering student Environmental Engineering student at Swansea University

Industrial site visits

Site visits to some of our industrial partners are included in the degree to provide experience with day-to-day operation of process and environmental plants.

Examples of industries that our students visit include:

  • Welsh Water
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aberthaw Power Plant
  • First Milk
  • Tata Steel

Our student societies

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs an Engineering student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other Engineering disciplines through events, socials, and industrial visits. 

Chemical Engineering Society logoWe also have an active Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering Society, which is open to all Environmental Engineering students at Swansea. As part of the group, you can attend events, be part of a like-minded group for discussions about your course, and be involved in professional development activities.

You can find out more about both Societies at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.

Our Environmental Engineering facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

In the second year of the degree scheme, Environmental Engineering students develop skills in basic concepts of environmental chemical analysis and gain practical skills on a range of common analytical and sampling techniques of relevance to environmental engineers.

Examples of laboratory experiments include:

  • Analysis of soil exchange capacity
  • Development of adsorption isotherms on activated carbon, environmental chemical equilibria, and metal analysis in water

Find out more about the facilities used by Environmental Engineering students at Swansea University.

Our research is ranked in Top 10

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Meet Daniel, Environmental Engineering graduate