MSc Water Engineering

Protecting and improving our water resources is one of the most significant engineering challenges we face today. The world needs engineering graduates who can solve problems related to ensuring a safe and efficient water supply, effective urban drainage infrastructure design, and protecting against flooding and groundwater pollution.

Our Water Engineering MSc provides students with the fundamental knowledge and experience of water engineering science and practice, including skills in environmental enhancement and protection. It covers underlying engineering principles such as fluid mechanics, chemistry, hydrology, applied hydrogeology, hydraulic engineering, coastal engineering and computational methods, so graduates leave equipped to work in areas such as the water industry, sustainable urban development, flood risk and environmental management.

Our large multidisciplinary water research group drives our research-led teaching and module content. Our academics engage with industry and researchers all over the world on a wide variety of challenging problems in water supply and environmental protection. Leading industry experts regularly teach on the course, and there are opportunities to use commercial software and modelling tools. The research projects we can offer to you as part of our course reflect this diversity.

This course is ideal for practising civil or water engineers who want to enhance their skills, or for anyone pursuing a career in these fields. Our graduates are in high demand from the water industry, and from civil and environmental engineering and consulting firms. Some go on to further postgraduate studies leading to careers in higher education. Possible career paths include:, water research institutes, water engineering/flooding consultancies, and hydraulic construction works.

Study Locations

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course Duration

  • 1 year Full Time

Financial Support

Financial support is available to assist attendance of this MSc course.

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MSc Water Engineering (2019-20)

Full Academic Year

CIV6000 Advanced Engineering Research Study

Weeks 1 - 6 Weeks 7 - 12
Semester 1

CIV6735 Engineering Hydrology

CIV6733 Engineering Hydraulics

CIV6704 Groundwater Engineering

CIV685 Civil Engineering Research Proposal

CIV6747 Surface Water Quality Processes

Semester 2

CIV6745 Computational Methods in Water Engineering

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 1 Option 2 & 3

CIV6750 Coastal Engineering

CIV6730 Sustainable Drainage and Green Infrastructure

CIV6017 Computational Fluid Dynamics

CIV6744 Management of Soil and Groundwater Pollution

CIV6746 Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks

CIV6729 Flood Risk Management

CIV6782 Sustainable Water Resources Systems

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Careers & employability

Our graduates work internationally, in a range of public and private sector organisations from water companies, environmental management and engineering consultancies, research institutes, regulatory agencies and local authorities.

Course accreditation - MSc (Technical and non-technical)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
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