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Environmental Engineering

BSc Circular Engineering

3 years

€2530 pa

Programme profile

To ensure a healthy planet and strong economy for current and future generations, a transition to a circular economy is needed. A circular economy is characterised by a system of closed loop processes. Ideally no waste is created, renewable energy sources are used, and raw materials, components and products retain their value.

This programme prepares you to be an engineer of the future. In a circular economy, resources are reused and waste is minimised. Both are needed to create a long-lasting healthy planet and a strong economy. Circular engineers play a key role in the transition towards the circular economy as they have the knowledge and skills to design, develop and optimise products, processes and services to enhance circularity for a sustainable society and industry.

The programme Circular Engineering is for highly motivated students with a passion for engineering and a drive to contribute to a more sustainable society and industry. More specifically, circular engineers assess and optimise the entire lifecycle of products, processes and services. They use the concepts of reduce, reuse, remake, repair and recycle to generate technical solutions that reduce or eliminate the ecological footprint. Throughout the bachelor’s programme, you are faced with real-life challenges of increasing complexity in which you apply these concepts.

Programme content

Year 1

The first year of the programme provides you with a solid foundation with courses in mathematics, physics, chemical engineering and biotechnology. Courses such as Life Cycle Assessment and Engineering in a Circular Economy complement the core courses and provide you with methods to assess product or process circularity and sustainability. In addition, you develop hands-on engineering research experience in two projects.

Year 2

The second year enables you to select courses and skills trainings you are genuinely interested in through a variety of electives. This allows you to play to your strengths, interests and future ambitions. For example, if you set your goal to focus on chemical circular engineering you can select electives such as Artificial intelligence or Sustainable Agronomy. These courses expand your 'tool box' and give you a broader perspective that is much needed in a circular economy. Academic advisors aid you in your choice of electives. Each semester ends with a project.

Year 3

In the third year, you select one specialisaton:

- Circular Chemical Engineering
- Sustainable Biotechnology
- Engineering Physics for Sustainable ManufacturingY

ou finish your bachelor with a thesis on a circularity challenge within one of these specialisations. The concentrations are directly connected to developments at the university's  Brightlands campuses and relevant companies, industry and non-profit organisations in the region

Entry Requirements

Three A-Levels (Maths, Physics AND Chemistry OR Biology)

Six subjects at Leaving Cert (inc H5 in Maths, Physics AND Chemistry OR Biology)




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