The Second Cycle Degree in Environmental and Land Management Engineering covers engineering issues in relation to man's activities in an environmental context reconciling the safety of human settlements with environmental protection needs. Engineers graduating in this course will gain interdisciplinary knowledge combining traditional core engineering disciplines with knowledge in the fields of chemistry, geology, biology and legislation.
The specific themes covered at the University of Parma are the following:
-prevention and protection of the territory from natural and non-natural extraordinary events (floods, landslides, debris, water, and soil pollution);
- environmental planning within the territory;
- disposal and treatment of waste water;
- waste management and disposal;
- groundwater and contaminated land remediation;
- territorial and environmental monitoring systems.
The training of Environmental and Land Management Engineering graduates is structured in two levels:
-core training in Environmental and Land Management Engineering;
-supplementary training in the fields of chemistry, ecology and legislation.
The subjects covered in the first year complete the students’ basic preparation, providing them with the theoretical and applied tools of the principal subjects of environmental engineering, planning and protection of the territory together with the basics of environmental legislation. In the second year of the course, students apply the knowledge acquired in their First Cycle Degree and in the first year of their Second Cycle Degree to design different kinds of interventions for protection of the territory, environmental remediation, and prevention of extreme events and environmental pollution. At the same time, laboratory work and internships are undertaken. At the end of the second year, students devote themselves to preparing the thesis. The objective is to train engineers who have specific, advanced professional and scientific knowledge of the relationships between the different physical, biological and chemical processes involved in complex environmental systems, and who are able to design:
- defence and protection works against hydro-geological risk (floods and landslides);
- liquid and solid waste treatment and disposal works;
- works for the remediation of contaminated environments;
- territorial and environmental monitoring systems;
- urban and rural territorial planning interventions.