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M.Sc. Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering programme at University of Trento aims at producing competent and skilled professionals that couple a strong engineering background with an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex interactions between human needs and natural environment that characterize the Anthropocene.

Building an environmentally sustainable future is one of the most pressing issue that mankind is tackling nowadays.

This is achieved by intermeshing traditional disciplines (hydraulics, hydrology, sanitary engineering, structural and geotechnical engineering, spatial planning) with emerging environmental issues and problem-solving skills.

With a theoretically grounded but pragmatic approach, our graduates will be able to develop innovative and sustainable solutions, based on a deep knowledge of the fundamental environmental dynamics and on the capability to quantify and simulate the effects of anthropogenic interventions.

Quick facts

Degree awarded Master of Science – “Laurea Magistrale” – in Environmental Engineering
Workload The total workload for each student is 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Duration 2 years full-time
Intake September each year
Fees and funding
(approximate rate)
EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit);
Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation)
Location TrentoItaly

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Learning Outcomes

Master’s graduates are able to design and manage works and services in various areas of environmental engineering, such as:

  • land protection from natural and anthropogenic hazards, analysis and mitigation of hydrogeological risk, protection and requalification of water bodies;
  • urban infrastructures, hydraulic structures, civil works within an environmental context;
  • sustainable management of environmental resources, treatment of emissions in solids, liquids and gases, quality monitoring, pollution prevention and remediation of environmental matrices (air, water, soil);
  • management of the territory and the built environment, even in the presence of conflicting uses of resources, with a view to environmental sustainability and in the context of specific socio-economic contexts.

Furthermore, graduates are able to:

  • select and use mathematical and numerical models;
  • acquire and analyze data for environmental monitoring;
  • analyze and interpret complex environmental data;
  • analyze and evaluate the environmental impact of civil and industrial works and develop strategic environmental assessment procedures for plans and programs;
  • interact with experts from different disciplines and cooperate to solve complex environmental problems.

Career opportunities

Graduates work as designers, managers and modellers in a wide range of areas connected with environmental issues.

Graduates can also continue their career with doctoral studies, in Italy and abroad, and within start-up companies.


Application deadlines
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  • March for NON-EU citizens permanently living
  • November: EU students and NON EU students living in Italy


  • a bachelor’s degree title obtained in Italy according to law “DM 270/04” class L-7 (or a degree title obtained according to law “DM 509/99” class 8), in which the average mark, weighted on credits, in the exams taken to obtain the degree must not be less than 22.00/30
  • or a degree title in the broad areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering (or closely related scientific disciplines) obtained abroad and considered equivalent by the selection committee.

Language Requirements

  • English language knowledge at least level B2 (EFR).

How to apply

  • Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site
  • Upload the required documents
  • Submit your online application by the deadline

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