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Universidade Santiago de Compostela Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering
Universidade Santiago de Compostela

Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

1 Years

Spanish, Galician

Full time

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Oct 2024

EUR 1,089

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Introduction

Environmental Engineering is the branch of engineering that studies environmental problems in an integrated manner, taking into account their ecological, social, economic and technological dimensions, with the aim of promoting sustainable development.

Thus, Environmental Engineering uses the scientific bases of environmental sciences as well as the principles of Engineering, with the aim of studying environmental problems quantitatively, analyzing their causes and proposing methods for their reduction or elimination.

Currently, most developed countries have degrees in environmental engineering, both at the undergraduate and master level. The assumption of the concepts of sustainable development and circular economy, implicitly or explicitly, begins to penetrate at all levels of all sectors of human activity. It implies not only applying technologies to treat waste produced by industrial activity ("end of pipe" philosophy) but also transforming production processes to reduce their generation, increase overall efficiency in the use of natural resources and, ultimately, ensure that the industrial activity is increasingly efficient and respectful of our environment ("integral" philosophy).

While the final pipeline philosophy requires specialists in the treatment and use of waste (once it has been produced), the comprehensive philosophy (which includes the first) requires the contribution of technicians from different fields and a modification of the collective attitudes and productive and transformation methods, as well as the modification of planning tools and territorial occupation and the reconsideration of concepts of growth and development.

At the educational level, Environmental Engineering implies knowing the processes in depth, having the capacity to transform them, knowing their interactions with the environment and being prepared to work in multidisciplinary teams, with the capacity to formulate solutions and solve problems with a holistic approach.

As a conclusion, Environmental Engineering uses a systematic approach to address problems related to the environment as a whole and in a holistic and comprehensive way. The main task of the Environmental Engineer is to minimize the negative effects on the natural environment of each process or human activity, both in the short and long term.

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