Environmental Engineering is a modern discipline subjected to particular emphasis over the past twenty years. Prior to becoming a fully-fledged sector in the field of engineering, it was included as part of the course on Sanitary Engineering, pertaining to the quality of water supply, wastewater treatment and management of solid wastes. However, society today no longer demands mere sanitation measures; the field has therefore evolved to envisage an interaction between physical, biological and chemical processes taking place in the environment. The aim of these studies is to educate engineers capable not only of developing programmes for the treatment and disposal of liquid, solid and gas wastes, but also of preventing degradation and environmental risks, recovering contaminated sites and assessing and monitoring the quality of the environment. The University of Padova proposes two programmes in Environmental Engineering:

  • First Cycle Degree Programme (Bachelor level) in Environmental Engineering (180 ECTS): a three-year course in Italian. Lessons normally commence at the beginning of October.
  • Second Cycle Degree Programme (MSc level) in Environmental Engineering (120 ECTS): a two-year course in English. Lessons normally commence at the beginning of October.

The teaching areas cover the following subjects:

  • Solid waste treatment and management
  • Remediation of contaminated sites
  • Wastewater treatment and management
  • Water supply
  • Environmental geotechnics
  • Water resources
  • Soil protection
  • Regulation of rivers
  • Quality management

All our graduates are well-equipped to apply for jobs in the private or public environmental sector as consultants/managers, or may choose to apply for a doctoral study.