Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Protecting the environment for a sustainable future.

The major future challenges for planet earth are climate change, limited resources, pollution, human population growth and loss of biodiversity.

The modern and competitive Environmental Engineering Program at EPFL prepares students for the multidisciplinary nature of environmental engineering problems and educates future engineers to address the complexities and uncertainties of natural and engineered systems. Our program focuses on environmental engineering in natural systems where solutions must be developed under conditions of incomplete information, spatial heterogeneity, and uncertainty.

We also emphasize contemporary issues related to complex interactions taking place in built and urban environments.

Program’s Objectives

The Master in Environmental Sciences and Engineering offers a wide range of courses grouped in three specializations: Environmental Chemistry and Bioprocess Engineering/ Natural Water, Soil and Ecosystems Engineering / Environmental Monitoring and Modeling.

You also can follow specializations in which the Environmental Sciences are involved such as courses on the development of Regional and Urban Planning, on Energy or Biotechnology. For more information

Study plan

Teaching Language: French and English. It is possible to complete this program in English entirely.

Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as details of the study plan may be subject to change.


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or related areas. Students with knowledge of geographical information systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

Online application

More information

You will find the complete curriculum, a list and description of courses, as well as recommendations regarding the choice of Minors or Specializations on the Environmental Sciences section’s specific pages.


In case of specific questions about this program, please contact the Environmental Engineering Section:

[email protected]

+41 (0)21 693 80 71