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.

This modern and competitive study 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. This Master’s program focuses on environmental engineering in natural systems where solutions must be developed under conditions of incomplete information, spatial heterogeneity, and uncertainty.

Contemporary issues related to complex interactions taking place in built and urban environments are also emphasized.

Program’s objectives

The Master’s degree 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

It is also possible to follow specializations in which environmental sciences are involved, such as courses on the development of regional and urban planning, on energy or biotechnology.

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plans may be subject to change and that they are not legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Admission criteria

EPFL Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, or from another institution with excellent academic records.

Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in a related area with knowledge of geographical information systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

Further information about admission criteria

Teaching languages

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

Diploma and title obtained

Upon completion of their Master’s curricula, students obtain an EPFL Master of Science MSc in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. The diploma also gives graduates the right to use the title of EPF qualified Engineer.

Online application


To learn more about this program, please use the following contacts:

[email protected]

0041 21 693 80 71