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

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plan may be subject to change and that these are no legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.


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.

Teaching languages

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


Online application



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

[email protected]

41 (0)21 693 80 71