MSc(Eng) Water Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Civil Engineers help to create and protect the world we live in. Driven by teaching and research excellence, we inspire and empower our students to engineer a sustainable future.

I appreciate the quality of teaching the most. Our lecturers are highly experienced within the academic and industrial field and the University’s standing and reputation in Structural Engineering was the main reason for my decision to study here.

Wan Muhammad Djawad Wan, Postgraduate student in Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Looking after our water resources has never been more important or more challenging. The world needs engineering graduates who can tackle the problems of flooding, pollution and infrastructure design. Our MSc aims to meet that demand.

Powered by the world-leading research of our own specialists, the course offers training in sustainable urban development, environmental management, and the chance to carry out research of your own. This is the basic structure:

The first semester gives you a grounding in the relevant engineering science: hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology and modelling methods. In the second semester, you’ll apply that knowledge to a series of topics, including: urban drainage, groundwater remediation and open channel flow.

Civil engineering postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Advanced Hydraulics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Surface Water Quality Processes
  • Computational Methods for Water Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Examples of optional modules

  • Flood Risk Management
  • Remediation of Groundwater Pollution
  • Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Risk and Extreme Events
  • Pollutant Fate and Transport in the Subsurface

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.

All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.

  • September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.
  • June–August: complete your dissertation.

Your research dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject.

We’ll consider your application if you have appropriate professional qualifications and work experience, but you'll need a strong background in the areas covered on the course.

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: civilpgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5711

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.