EduCorner: Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure

In my previous Edu Corner posts, I gave you an insight into research and group work in Swedish Universities. With this post, I want to give you an outline of my Master program.

I’m in the final period of my first year at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. I’m pursuing a 2 year Master’s program in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure. I completed my undergrad degree in Civil Engineering in 2016. I left to Sweden in the fall of 2016 to study my dream course. Here is an insight into my Master’s program. 

So why did I want to study Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure (EESI)?

As most of you know, a Civil Engineer deals with the construction of the built environment. From building construction, to infrastructure construction like transportation infrastructure, water management infrastructure, anything that falls under the umbrella of the built environment is the focus of a civil engineer. This is what I studied in my Bachelor’s degree and I loved it. But, I didn’t want to be an engineer who only constructs. I wanted to be an engineer who protects as well.

In today’s day and age, it is important to take into account environmental issues. With this goal in mind, I choose KTH’s master programme.

What exactly am I studying now?

So there are two major tracks in my master degree as you can see from the programme title.

Under environmental engineering, we learn tradition environmental (Civil) engineering. This involves:

-Advance water treatment and management, waste water treatment and foundation engineering.

-Environmental and Civil consultancy: Big projects like a big bridge construction needs an environmental clearance to be constructed. We learn the tools that are needed to evaluate such plans and analyse if they are sustainable in terms of design, environmental impacts, social impacts, cost benefit analysis of big projects and such.

In the other half of my degree, which focuses on Sustainable Infrastructure, we learn efficient and sustainable design and management of infrastructure (focus on Urban Infrastructure) like transportation infrastructure and water management infrastructure. 

How do we learn?

My course is a blend of both technology and management. We learn not only the latest technology in terms of design but also the course has a major focus on proper and efficient management that is required for my field of study. We have a development project in almost every subject that falls under my Master’s programme. So along with theoretical learning, we are taught practically with real time examples and projects. We have guest lectures from companies and researches as well, to keep us on top of our game and give us the latest on-field practices.  

I hope you liked that quick insight into my master’s program. If so, I will give you an overview of everything that I learnt in my course after my first year is done! 

Do you want to have a look at what some of my fellow digital ambassadors are studying in Sweden?

You can read about Francesco’s Master Program in Communication here.

You can read about Agnieszka’s Master program in Interaction Design here.

For now, your Swe-desi Seafarer signing off 🙂 

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4 Comments

  • Rangga • 14 Jun 2017 at 6.28 am Reply

    Hello Supritha.

    thanks for your writing about the outline of this Master Program.
    because currently i am searching for the right master program in Sweden.
    My undergrad degree was Environmental Engineering.
    currently i am working as a Supervisor in the Municipal Water Company at the capital city of Indonesia.

    As our city still rapidly grows, so does the need for improving the water supply infrastructure, such as increasing the service coverage and delivering safe drinking water right to house taps, whereas all of these targets happen to be included in our National Government’s Sustainable Development Goals for some years ahead.

    Considering this situation, i am motivated to enhance my knowledge and experience, thus expecting to play a significant role in my company by managing and executing such projects, to achieve the sustainable development goals in our country.

    may i ask something, is this Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure program the right master program for someone like me?
    I hope my question is not too much.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • Supritha
      Supritha • 14 Jun 2017 at 9.37 am Reply

      Hello Rangaa,
      It’s great to see that you’re interested in this programme too 🙂
      And your field of work and areas of interest are very aligned with the programme that I’m studying. We learn about water treatment, water and transport infrastructure, SGD goals, urban planning related to urban infrastructure, wastewater treatment and infrastructure, Environmental consultancy etc. In my opinion, this course will suit you perfectly 🙂
      If you’d like to know the course specifies and the subjects, pls go to this link: https://www.kth.se/en/studies/master/environmental-engineering-sustainable-infrastructure/course-overview-1.268175

      Good luck 🙂

  • Carla • 18 Apr 2017 at 1.53 pm Reply

    Bravo to your initiative of studying something ethical that cares for the environment!
    We need interdisciplinary and brave approaches of young students to deal with today’s global challenges!
    Greetings from an international student (as well) in Germany studying Ecology and Policy-making 😉
    Best!

    • Supritha
      Supritha • 18 Apr 2017 at 5.58 pm Reply

      Hey Carla! Wow, your course sounds really interesting too 😀 Yes, it is really fulfilling to study to protect our environment! 🙂

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