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M.Engg. Environmental
MEM – Environmental Management

Postgraduate Programme (Master of Engineering)

M.Engg. Day Programme
M.Engg. Evening Programme
M.Engg. Weekend Programme

Nature of Degree

The degree to be awarded under the postgraduate programme leading to the degree of Master of Engineering will be abbreviated as M.Engg. in Environmental Engineering. The programme was initiated in the 1999-2000 academic session and enrollment on the programme has continued successfully till the last academic session. Currently the department is administering Day, Evening and Weekend Programmes successfully.

General Scheme of Studies

i. The student shall have an option to enroll either in Day/Evening/Weekend Programme.

ii. Instructions in all classes and laboratories shall be carried out in English language.

iii. Each programme shall be of thirty credit hours.

iv. The programme shall be conducted under Semester System. There should be two semesters in one calendar year, namely; Spring Semester and Fall Semester.

v. In order of merit of selection, each candidate shall shall have the option to enroll in the Day Programme, Evening Programme or in the Weekend Programme.

vi. Any student enrolled in the Day/Weekend programme may complete all requirements in three semesters or within maximum of six semesters (three years) including withdrawal; if any.

vii. Any student enrolled in the Evening programme may complete all requirements in five semesters or within maximum of ten semesters (five years) including withdrawal; if any.

viii. Students may, however, also be allowed by the Chairman to register for dissertation which shall be based on an analytical and/or experimental work. The dissertation shall be administered as follows:

a) The dissertation shall be equivalent to nine credit hours and shall be required to be completed within duration of two semesters.

b) The requisite work for dissertation has to be carried out in the ‘day time’.

c) A student may be registered for dissertation only after having completed eighteen credit hours courses with at least 3.0 CGPA. Such student may however, be allowed to register in remaining course along with the research work.

ix. In special cases a student may be registered for Independent Study Project (ISP) which shall be administered as follows:

a) Independent Study Project shall be equivalent to six credit hours and shall be required to be completed within duration of two semesters, with three credit hours enrolled in each of the two semesters. Three credits of ISP may include laboratory work.

b) Each such student will also be assigned a Supervisor for guidance.

c) Depending on the nature of topic for Independent Study Project, Chairman concerned shall recommend a Supervisor having relevant experience/expertise in the area of the topic, to guide the student in the enquiry, analysis and / or development work undertaken and its write up throughout the period of independent study. The approval of the Supervisor shall be given by the Vice-Chancellor.

d) Independent Study Project shall be allowed only to those students having completed twelve credit hours with CGPA of 2.75.

e) Supervisor may recommend a Co-Supervisor to the Chairman concerned. The approval of the Co-Supervisor will be given by the Vice-Chancellor.

f) A student undertaking an Independent Study Project shall be allowed to enroll in a maximum of two more courses of three credit hours each during such semester(s) in which he/she enrolls for Independent Study Project, provided that he/she is able to maintain a CGPA of 2.75 at time of such enrollment.

g) Satisfactory performance of the first three credit hours of an Independent Study Project shall be based on an Evaluation Report by the Supervisor endorsed by the Chairman concerned.

h) A student satisfactorily completing the first three credit hours of an Independent Study Project shall be allowed to enroll in the remaining three credits in a subsequent semester provided that he/she is able to maintain a CGPA of 2.75 at the time of such enrollment.

i) A student having unsatisfactory performance in the first three credit hours of an Independent Study Project shall not be given any ISP credit and shall be required to undertake regular course work in lieu of the six credit hours of ISP work.

j) A student after successfully completing three credit hours of Independent Study Project may opt/be given the option to enroll for regular course work in lieu of the complete six credit hours of ISP work. No credit, however, shall be given in such a case for any completed ISP credit hours.

Duration of Course and Time Schedule

1. Each semester shall have at least sixteen weeks instruction time followed by semester examinations.

2. In the Day/Weekend Programme, courses up to maximum of twelve credit hours and in the evening programme courses up to maximum of six credit hours shall be allowed in each semester. However, the Chairman may allow one additional course to any such student who otherwise might require one more semester to complete thirty credit hours requirement for the degree.

Registration in Semester / Courses of Study

i. Registration in any semester requires registration either in at least one course or for ISP/dissertation.

ii. Courses of study for the semester shall be as offered by the department.

iii. Each student may be allowed to take one course of three credit hours offered under any other area of specialisation in the same Department or any other Department of the University with the recommendation of concerned Chairman/Chairmen and approval of the concerned Dean.

iv. Registration of students in any course may be subjected to the maximum number of students in the class.

v. Any student may be allowed to change a course within two weeks after the date of the commencement of the classes with permission from the Chairman.

Transfer of Credits/Exemption

Transfer of credit/ exemption of courses(s) may be granted by the concerned Chairman against courses(s) which the student has passed earlier provided that:

i) Application must be submitted before the completion of first semester of studies.

ii) Discontinuation of his/her studies has not exceeded two calendar years.

iii) Such course(s) was (were) not counted towards any other degree.

Transfer of Credits

Any credit course(s) completed during preceding four semesters from this University with at least ‘B’ grade may be credited with transfer of grade(s) as follows;

a) Course(s) listed under the current scheme of specialisation

b) One course from any other specialisation in line with clause 6.2.3(iv), if applicable.

Exemption of Courses

Subject to equivalence, exemption may be granted:

a) To a maximum of Six credit hours equivalent courses passed in at least ‘B’ grade from any other institution.
b) Any number of non-credit courses from any other institution

Grades of exempted course(s) shall not be counted towards CGPA and the thirty credit hours requirement for the degree shall be reduced accordingly.

Note: Necessary notification towards grant of transfer of credits /exemption shall be issued in each case.

Cancellation of Admission

The admission of a student enrolled in any programme will be cancelled under the following circumstances:

i. If the student is involved in any serious indiscipline.

ii. If a student fails to register in any semester without being officially allowed withdrawal either from the Semester or from the programme.

iii. If a student has secured less than 2.0 GPA on completion of twelve credit hours; Grade F, if any, shall also be counted towards GPA.

Withdrawal from a Semester

Permission to withdraw from any semester may be given under exceptional circumstances by the Chairman and shall be notified accordingly. However, fees paid shall not be refunded.

Withdrawal from Programme

A student, who is unable to continue his/her studies because of unavoidable circumstances on his/her part and desires withdrawal from the programme, should apply to the Chairman. If allowed, necessary notification shall be issued.

Re-Admission in the Programme

A student who has officially withdrawn from the programme may be readmitted in the programme provided that the period of absence together with period of study shall not exceed maximum permissible period as given.


i. A student may be registered for dissertation in any semester only after having completed twelve credit hours courses with at least 2.0 GPA.

ii. Towards the end of semester, the student shall be required to submit three copies of the dissertation to the department.

iii. A panel of two examiners shall examine and grade the dissertation: ‘S’ for satisfactory without any corrections or with minor corrections; otherwise ‘U’ for unsatisfactory.

Award of Degree

Any student who has fulfilled following conditions shall be eligible for the award of Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering;

i. Passed all non-credit courses, if required.

ii. Passed all credit courses counted towards degree with minimum 2.75 CGPA.

iii. Satisfactorily completed all other requirements.

For a complete list of courses offered for the programme, click here.

Postgraduate Programme (Master of Engineering Management)

MEM Day Programme
MEM Evening Programme
MEM Weekend Programme


Environmental Management draws its knowledge across a spectrum of disciplines – the natural, social and medical sciences, the humanities and engineering. Environmental Management has the potential to play a pivotal role in the financial, social and developmental pace of a country. It aims to maintain a harmonious relationship between the environment and human society and in its approach to this, adopts a holistic and  interdisciplinary stance. The growth of interest in Environmental Management started since the late 1990s. It reflects a widely held perception of accelerating environmental deterioration caused by the pressure of human activities, as evidenced by worsening problems of pollution and the destruction of natural landscapes and habitats. Understanding and management of air, water and land resources require that a wide range of inter-disciplinary perspectives should be included in the curriculum.


Improving the quality of life of citizens is the main policy objective of socio-economic development in all countries of the world. Hitherto most countries have been attempted to achieve this by formulating and implementing development plans without any serious effort to integrate environmental considerations into the process. However, in order to ensure that human activities interfere only to an acceptable degree with the functioning of life support systems or natural ecological processes, environmental management and planning is now becoming an increasingly important imperative in the rapidly growing liberalised world economy.

Pakistan, a developing country is presently on the pace of urbanisation. Increasing population and industrial growth in turn result in an increase in environmental pollution. Solutions to mitigate environmental pollution lie in the awareness and proper management of environmental resources. Environmental management is a key to identify, monitor and control the environmental problems. In order to manage the environmental problems trained and qualified manpower is required. Generally, personnel dealing with environmental management problems in Pakistan are not qualified in this area. The Environmental Management Programme at NED University provides an opportunity to train the existing manpower and to provide fresh graduates having master’s degree in the Environmental Management.

Some of the broad objectives of the programme should be to equip students and future environmental managers with the ability to:

  • Understand the concepts of the environment and pollution;
  • To understand the linkage between environmental management and other relevant areas;
  • To provide knowledge, skills and understandings of rapid evolution of environmental problems, together with greater public awareness and concern;
  • Acquire an overview of both development planning and environmental planning;
  • Understand the need for the various actors and the public to participate in both environmental planning and management of environmental health and gain an insight into their respective roles in the participatory process;
  • To provide confidence to bring the environmental problems at government and management level;
  • To help the controlling authorities to develop more credible environmental planning and management systems;
  • Establish a link between development, environmental planning and environmental management.
Course Structure

The course combines a set of key subjects that contain information on the nature of environmental problems together with engineering techniques for their solution. This is supplemented by management and policy subjects to empower the engineer, or technical specialist, to lead multidisciplinary teams working in the field of Environmental Engineering.

The course has been designed from a combination of degree courses being offered by 18 well reputed universities and academic institutions around the world. Overall, the courses listed below have been selected from various internationally acclaimed universities, keeping in mind the background of potential students in Karachi, Pakistan.

  1. Environmental Systems Engineering will equip the student with a clear concept of environmental engineering as a base. The knowledge of environmental engineering is vital to the successful implementation of environmental management principles. The course has been adopted from that being offered by Middle East Tech. University, Ankara, Turkey.

  2. Environmental Quality Management will introduce the student to the heart of environmental management and will cover all the basic grounding needed for a successful grasp of the core concepts. This course has been adopted from the programme being offered by AIT, Bangkok, Thailand.
  3. Civil Systems and the Environment is an amalgamation of civil and environmental engineering and will be of benefit to those with a background or interest in the application of civil engineering to environmental management. This course has been adopted from the University of Toronto, Canada.

  4. Environmental Risk Assessment will equip students with the importance of environmental impact assessment (which is of a growing stature in the fledgling field of environmental management in Pakistan). The course has been adopted from New Mexico Tech., USA.

  5. Environmental Law and Policy Development will equip students with an understanding of laws and policies related to the field of Environmental Management and give an insight into the practical implementation of such policies for the benefit of Pakistan’s ailing environment. This course has been adopted from the National University of Singapore.

  6. Ecology and Sustainability is a course based on the popular concept of “sustainable development”. The impact of anthropogenic activities on the environment and how it can be modified for the benefit of the ecology (basically the natural environment) is the core theme of this course. This course has been adopted from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

  7. Waste and Pollution Management is based on the waste management principles of environmental pollution in general. Several state-of-the-art technologies will be taught in this course to equip students with the latest developments in the fields of waste management and subsequently waste minimisation. This course has been adopted from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

  8. Water Quality Management is based on the management of natural and artificial water resources for the benefit of Pakistan and borrows some of its concepts from Quality Management principles. This course has been adopted from New Mexico Tech., USA.

  9. Principles of Air Quality Management is based on the management and maintenance of the quality of the ambient air. This is of vital importance to Pakistan considering the enormous amount of air pollution being generated by various industries and automobiles throughout the country. This course has been adopted from the University of Maryland, USA.

  10. Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries is an important topic considering the mismanagement of the sanitation infrastructure of Pakistan. Students will be equipped with core concepts of infrastructure planning, development and management and will also focus on case studies with examples from Pakistan to improve their understanding of the subject. This course has been adopted from M.I.T., USA.

Benefits of Degree

This program is designed to enable engineers and other technical specialists to take a leadership role in the field of Environmental Engineering. Increasing demand of environmental management personnel will be congregated with the graduates of this program. Career options of potential graduates from Environmental Management include positions in government agencies or private corporations, or as consultants. Concerned departments such as the Health, Safety and Environment would also benefit from having educated managers in this respect.


First class degree is required in the fields of Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental, Textile and other allied engineering disciplines.

For a complete list of courses offered for the programme, click here.