Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering at Birmingham embraces the key topics of water engineering (its purification, energy generation from waste water through anaerobic digestion and how we manage the natural water cycle to serve our needs), geotechnical engineering (engineering in harmony with the ground) infrastructure monitoring and assessment and, more generally, urban living (managing and designing effective cities which will serve us in the future).

Underpinning all of this activity, we are looking for solutions for a sustainable, resilient future – one where scarce natural resources are used effectively and where the ever-increasing urbanisation of the world means we have cities which work for their inhabitants, not the other way round!

Draining the cities of the future

The scale of the challenge facing civil engineers is clear and has significant impact – how to develop a sustainable drainage strategy for cities of the future.

Making the underworld visible

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are working on ways of identifying more accurately what is below the ground, saving time and money.

Novel development of quantum sensors to 'Map the Underworld'

EPSRC invested in a major multidisciplinary, multi-university project to prove the concept of technologies that could explore the underworld of buried pipes, cables and utilities beneath our feet in 2005. Since then a team of Birmingham civil engineers have played an important role in developing multi-sensor approaches to map underground utility systems as part of the 'Mapping the Underworld' project.

Opportunities in this theme

This active research group is always looking for good postgraduate research candidates. For general enquiries, please contact us (details below) or search on the Postgraduate Research Degrees web pages. PhD and MPhil opportunities are available.

Dr Nicole Metje introduces the work of the Environmental Engineering group

We also offer taught postgraduate programmes, including


For postgraduate research opportunities, please contact ther Postgraduate Support Team
Email: engineeringsupport-research@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4160 / +44 (0)121 414 4233

For postgraduate taught courses and MScs, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email: pg-admissions-eng@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Telephone:  +44 (0)121 414 5089

To discuss a new research project or to explore applying the group’s research to your business, please contact
Dr David Boardman, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Tel +44(0)121 414 5086, Email d.i.boardman@bham.ac.uk