The Environmental Engineering Department was established in 2010 in response to the growing concern over increased environmental degradation in Zambia and globally. The Department evolved from the Chemical Engineering Department, which like the Environmental Engineering Department, operates under the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences.

In the case of Zambia, population increase and economic growth have lead to increased pressure on the environment and its resources, leading to an exponential increase in air, land and water pollution emanating from various economic and industrial activities in the country; of major concern has been Zambia’s extractive and manufacturing industries which significantly impacts on water quality, air quality and land.

The nations need for fully qualified Environmental Engineers and Technologists who are able to use and apply scientific and engineering principles in life and industrial processes in order to reduce environmental degradation cannot be overemphasized, especially as Zambia aspires to strengthen its economy through a sustainable development approach.Programmes Offered MissionTo develop high quality manpower that will be able to contribute towards the control of pollution of the environment from the country’s extractive, manufacturing and processing industries; and to protect public health and safety through the provision of services such as water supply, wastewater treatment and municipal solid waste and hazardous waste management.VissionTo become a leading centre of excellence in the region in the scope of Environmental Engineering.


  1. To apply scientific and engineering principles in life in order to improve and protect the environment.
  2. To promote environmental protection and conservation of finite environmental resources (to provide clean water, clean air, and usable land for human habitation and for the survival of other organisms).
  3. To encourage sustainably use raw materials for various industrial processes.
  4. To promote the use of environmental friendly technologies and processes in various industries for the production of goods and services.
  5. To promote the use of environmental friendly sources of energy for domestic and industrial purposes.
  6. To promote the safe disposal of waste in its three forms (solid waste, gaseous emissions & liquid effluents).
  7. To provide an understanding of the legal and legislative regimes that govern our main source of raw materials, energy and resources (the environment).

The programmes offered in the department are:

  • Master in philosophy (M.phil) in Environmental Engineering
  • Master in Science (MSc) in Environmental Engineering, Monitoring and Management
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Environmental Engineering
  • Diploma (Dip) in Environmental Technology

Career  Opportunities

Diploma Graduates may take up positions as environmental technologists/technicians, technician engineers, project coordinators, project officers, works supervisors, technical officers and assistant engineers in environmental technology industries. Employers may include government departments, public and private companies, professional environmental/construction consultancies and contractors.


A graduate in Environmental Engineering can be employed under the local authorities in the area of waster treatment and waste management, various industries, manufacturing and processing companies, laboratories, universities/colleges, international firms linked to environmental related projects and government agencies/ departments.


The programme is designed for employees or individuals hoping to pursue a career with environmental regulatory bodies, water regulators, energy regulators, water utility companies, universities and research institutions, and government ministries. Private companies may also be a possible destination for some of the students completing the programme

Research Groups

Solid Waste Management
Waste Water Treatment
Climate Change
Nano-Science and Technology
Environmental Monitoring