M.Tech – Environmental Technology


Programme Master in Environmental Technology
Award Title Master in Environmental Technology option
Period of Study 4 Semesters
Offering School HTTTC
Credit Units Required for Graduation 120


  • Recycling companies (HYSACAM)
  • Cameroon breweries
  • International soap factories
  • Concerned Ministerial departments (MINAT,MINFOF, MINEP, MINAGRI, MIN HEALTH)


  • Computer Laboratory HTTTC
  • Divisional Hospital Medical Laboratory Kumba

General Introduction

Environmental protection is a top priority across many countries, which makes education from environmental programs in colleges increasingly in-demand. Many companies and businesses are putting increased value on managing environmental issues and on cleaning up their business practices to promote protection of the planet; in light of this, it’s no surprise that environmental jobs are springing up in fields from production and manufacturing to marketing and public relations as companies look to decrease their carbon footprint and market themselves as “green”.

Environmental technicians test and analyze material samples for environmental hazards. They may look for a specific contaminant; for example, tracking sulfur in the air around a coal-fired power plant, or they may test multiple samples across an entire ecosystem; for example, testing air, water, and soil to look for the presence of a variety of pollutants.

Environmental technicians help the environment by monitoring pollution levels. Their findings help identify and control sources of contamination.

Environmental technicians use a variety of tools and processes to analyze samples of air, water, and soil. They may also test new products to make sure they comply with environmental regulations. They investigate whether samples or products are contaminated with pollutants or other toxins, and at what concentration. Their work is vital to determining the general health of an ecosystem, identifying sources of pollution, and making sure that materials being released into the environment comply with applicable regulations.

Most of the work of environmental technicians involves performing routine testing procedures. They first receive and prepare their soil, water, air, or product samples. They then test the samples using specialized equipment such as gas chromatographs, which separate and detect materials present in complex samples. The technicians set up the necessary instruments, adjust settings, and run the appropriate tests. Once tests are completed, they record the results and keep detailed notes on their findings. They may also be responsible for interpreting and reporting results back to a client, which can involve converting raw data into charts and summaries. In addition to their testing duties, environmental technicians order and stock supplies; calibrate, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment; and share responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the lab. In some instances, they may be responsible for going into the field and collecting the samples they test, or setting up automatic monitoring stations. As they become more experienced, they might also be asked to adapt testing procedures to improve results or adjust to new requirements.

Environmental technicians may work in a variety of different settings and industries. Government agencies, particularly those with regulatory or environmental conservation responsibilities, often employ lab technicians to monitor pollutants in a particular ecosystem or coming from a specific source. Likewise, private firms often employ lab technicians, or contract with independent labs, to make sure their activities and products comply with environmental regulations. Examples might include power plants which monitor the concentration of air pollutants released through their smoke stacks, or manufacturing and mining operations that need to make sure water contamination from their activities remains at an acceptable level

Mission Statement

With the growth of environmental management and regulation, the demand for environmental professionals has never been higher. A professional Environmental Technology graduate certificate from ENSET offers quick entry into this rapidly expanding field for graduates from a traditional science, engineering or technology discipline. The Environmental Technology Program builds on existing knowledge to develop the specialized expertise and skills needed by employers in the industrial and laboratory environmental sector. The program will be very popular with students and respected by industry, largely because of its timely combination of environmental concerns and the systems approach to addressing civil and industrial environmental issues. The program will demonstrates and applies systems engineering principles to environmental issues associated with water resources, air pollution, transportation, industrial development, and waste management.

Profile of Students

Admission requirements: For entry, candidate should possess any of the following qualifications:

  • BSc Biological Sciences (Botany, Zoology & Biology)
  • BSc Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • BSc Environmental Sciences
  • Sc or B.Eng in Forestry
  • DIPET I in Civil Engineering and Forestry Techniques

Graduation Requirements

For the award of Master of Technology (option: Environmental Technology), students must complete university courses required, core courses, complementary courses and professional courses amounting to at least 180 credits, 4 months Internship, 2 scientific conferences and 1 seminars and a Master Thesis.

The program will respond to the needs of the contemporary society through the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of social developments in harmony with nature as well as the social infrastructures needed to enable culturally fulfilling lives specifically, facilities such as bridges, tunnels, and disaster-prevention facilities, including levees. The program will also addresses issues related to environmental protection efforts such as water-quality improvements and the research needed to plan, design, and maintain safe, comfortable urban environments and local communities.


Fees per academic year six hundred  thousand francs (600 000Fcfa)


  • 2 years for Bachelor Degree Students
  • 1 year for DIPET II students
  • Language of Instruction

The language of instruction is as defined by decree creating and organizing The University of Buea.

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