Environmental Engineering and Management
Degree awarded: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering (industrial, chemical, electrical, mechanical, materials, civil, etc).
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 7 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
Industrial production has an enormous impact on the environment, and society’s awareness of such effects is constantly growing. The course offers an integrated approach towards current and long term strategic environmental issues, focusing on technologies and concepts in environmental planning and management for the sustainable development of industrial production systems. This programme provides interdisciplinary solutions in a market-based economy through the integrated management of water, wastewater, solid wastes, and air pollutants.
The curriculum offers knowledge and skills in various fields of environmental technology (air protection, water management, waste handling) that enable graduates of Masters to:
• advise, guide the company in introducing environmentally friendly and sustainable engineering solutions, increasing material, water- and energy efficiency and reducing emissions;
• successfully work as an enterprise environmental councillor, environmental specialist in local municipalities, water service companies, consultancy firms, public institutions (ministries, environmental boards, inspectorates, research and scientific institutions as well as applying for doctoral studies.
The program aims to provide students with needed skills to enable interdisciplinary approach when applying environmental technologies and using environmental management tools, based on the principles of sustainable development and environmental sustainability. The curriculum aims also to deepen knowledge and understanding of the major trends in environmental technologies, environmental protection and sustainable production, linking environmental problems with engineering and economic aspects.
Dr. Karin Pachel is working as a professor of water engineering at TTU, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. She is the Head of Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group and Head of Study Program of Master’s curricula Environmental Engineering and Management. Karin Pachel has participated as a principle investigator/project manager in several national and EU founded projects. Her research area is wastewater treatment and urban wastewater systems, including stormwater runoff management, monitoring and monitoring technics. She has more than 20 scientific publications on her interest area. Dr Pachel is a member of the Estonian Centre for Standardisation Technical Committee EVS/TK48 Water and Wastewater Engineering, member of the Estonian Association of Water Supply and Wastewater Engineers Council and Water Sampling Personnel Evaluation Commission.
Dr. Arvo Iital is a professor of environmental system analysis at TTU, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He has an experience of more than 20 years in monitoring of surface water quality, environmental assessment and environmental policy. He has more than 50 scientific publications and have been involved in numerous international and national R&D projects. Dr Iital has be a supervisor for more than 20 master and PhD theses. He is an expert at the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and a member of several environmental and water associations. He is also an editorial board member and external reviewer of several research journals.
Rd. Viktoria Voronova is working as a senior lecturer of environmental management and engineering at TTU, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. She is a member of Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group. Her research area is environmental management, waste management and treatment techniques, life cycle assessment, air pollution and prevention. She has more than 20 defended master theses and supervising PhD students. Dr. Voronova actively participates in international and national R &D projects and has scientific publications on her interest area. She has provided quality assurance check for Estonian national GHG inventory report in waste sector.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering: industrial, chemical, electrical, mechanical, materials, civil, etc.
- Motivation letter (1-5 points)
- Online interview (1-5 points)
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- What and where have you studied, how does your academic background fit to the degree programme you are applying for?
- Why do you think you are the right person for this programme? Previous experience, interest in the special field. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Describe your professional goals. How does the degree programme you are applying for will support your professional profile?
- Why do you apply for the chosen programme? Which of the courses offered in this programme are particularly beneficial in pursuing your professional goals?
- Why do you want to study at the Tallinn Technical University? How do you see your future after graduation?
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
Candidates who obtained 2 points or more for motivation letter will be invited to interview.
- Describe the key issues, problems in the field and your role in solving them.
- What were the main criteria for selecting a specialty?
- What you can give to our study program?
- What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses in acquiring a specialty, e.g. learning ability, language, teamwork, etc.?
- What is your opinion about the need for environmental engineering and management specialist in your home country, anywhere else in the world?
Threshold 5 points - applicants receiving at least 5 points get admission to TTÜ.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
Students have possibility to take part of research projects.
Some of the topics for thesis have been:
- “Preliminary feasibility study of MSWI fly ash utilization“ Hakan Berber
- „Evaluation on Estonia's success in implementing the EU Directives for landfilling“ Gero Schumacher
- „ Influence of Same Additives on the Thermal Behavior of Ammonium Nitrate“ Evelin Edro
- „Biogas Potential of Crude Glycerol and its Suitability for Co-Digestion“ Andra Paltser
"Choosing TUT for study destination was on of the best decisions in my life. The programme provided me with the academic knowledge and skills I needs for my future career".
"I feel happy I chose to study at Tallinn Tech and move to Estonia. The programme not only gives theoretical principles of sustainable development, but also provides advanced study of practical. With those engineering and economic management capabilities I can easily deal with some significant environmental issues in real life."
Susu Wu, China
Alumna of the Environmental Management and Cleaner Production programme