MSc Water and Environmental Engineering
- Programme director
- Sabeha Ouki
- Programme length
- Full-time: 12 months, Part-time: up to 72 months
- Programme start date
- September 2013, February 2014
A popular programme relevant to the needs of future engineers, scientists and professional in the environmental health, water, wastewater and environmental sectors.
The Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering (CEHE) is a well-established multidisciplinary postgraduate centre with an international reputation for excellence in water and environmental engineering. It is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and an invited member of the UNICEF WASH Cluster Group of Relief Agencies.
The MSc programme is highly popular and relevant to the needs of future engineers, scientists and professionals in the environmental health, water, wastewater, pollution control, waste management and environmental sectors.
The programme attracts UK and overseas graduates who wish to take advantage of the considerable global interest in water, wastewater, sanitation and waste to develop their careers. Opportunities exist for graduates to work for consultancies, water utilities, contractors, relief agencies, regulatory bodies and international organisations. Students have the potential to progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.
In the past, scholarship students have been accepted from a range of schemes, including Foreign Office and British Council Chevening, World Bank, Commonwealth, Thames Water, Commonwealth Shared Scholarships and the Royal Academy of Engineering, together with students from numerous overseas national schemes.
Applicants should possess a minimum 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in any appropriate engineering or science-related degree. Candidates with suitable qualifications and relevant experience in engineering, science or technology are also welcome to apply.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Water and Environmental Engineering||Full-time||Sep 2013||£6,025||£15,570|
|MSc Water and Environmental Engineering||Part-time||Sep 2013||£670 per 15 credits||£1,730 per 15 credits|
|MSc Water and Environmental Engineering||Full-time||Feb 2014||£6,025||£15,570|
|MSc Water and Environmental Engineering||Part-time||Feb 2014||£670 per 15 credits||£1,730 per 15 credits|
Overseas students should contact the British Council in their home country for available funding.
Home students with an engineering background and some industrial experience can apply for the Panasonic Trust Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
This module provides you with key concepts in environmental health as they apply to water quality management and control of water-related diseases.
This module details key issues relating to raw water sources, water treatment, distribution systems, water quality and reservoirs, advances in chemical treatment and performance.
Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
This module develops an understanding of water chemistry, microbiology and chemical processes associated with water and wastewater treatment.
Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
This module provides an understanding of the roles of preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment processes, and also includes sewerage design and construction methods.
Pollution Control and Waste Management
This module details both conventional and advanced treatment processes for industrial pollution. An emphasis is also placed on waste treatment and disposal, landfill design/operation, incineration and contaminated land remediation.
This module develops a comprehensive understanding of the geological context of groundwater and a range of contaminants and pollutants which may influence groundwater quality, together with a knowledge of numerical and physical modelling techniques.
Regulation and Management
This module provides a systematic understanding and critical awareness of effective planning for the management of water resources and water supply. The legal and scientific basis of regulations and standards is detailed.
Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
This module provides a detailed appreciation of hydrological processes. It also provides a knowledge of the theoretical background of mathematical models and the associated numerical techniques. A detailed understanding of simulation techniques will be gained through case studies.
European Study Tour
This module seeks both to develop a conceptual understanding of, and provide a basis for, the critical evaluation of approaches adopted by Dutch or German organisations to water abstraction and treatment for potable supply. You will develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of a range of approaches to interactions within the water cycle.
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
The MSc dissertation will require you to conduct research and/or display the ability to critically evaluate evidence. Dissertation projects could be based on original laboratory experimentation, field testing, pilot plant work or literature review.
Modules are taught during both the Autumn and Spring semesters of the academic year. One module comprises a European Study Tour which is normally completed during the Easter vacation and assessed on the quality of a fieldbook and a formal report.
The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma programme in Water and Environmental Engineering provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge in five compulsory modules. In addition, MSc and Postgraduate Diploma students will be provided with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding in at least a further three optional modules chosen from the remaining four available. Postgraduate Certificate students will develop and demonstrate knowledge in four modules chosen from the full compulsory and optional module list with the approval of the Programme Director.
If you are enrolled on an MSc programme, you are required to produce a dissertation on a suitable topic (specific requirements will be supplied in the programme regulations). The dissertation involves a focused study of a particular topic and is formally assessed by two examiners. Some projects are University-based, some may involve collaboration with industry, and others involve collection of data from overseas countries. You will be required to submit a proposal and a detailed plan for the project. The proposals will be approved by the programme team and an appropriate supervisor assigned to you.
Modules and credits
All compulsory and optional modules are worth 15 credits. The dissertation project is worth 60 credits.
Each module corresponds to150 hours of work, which includes 30 hours of lectures.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning will normally be achieved by a combination of formal lectures, coursework, demonstrations and group projects, except in the case of the European Study Tour and the dissertation modules. In all other modules, assessment will be by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. Coursework sometimes involves individual or group projects.
Each module will be examined separately. Where appropriate, there will be a written examination for a module at the end of each semester.
Water and Environmental Engineering lectures are delivered primarily by staff from the Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering (CEHE) and visiting lecturers with national or international reputations in the topic area.
Facilities and resources – laboratories and pilot plants
In recent years, CEHE has benefited from investment in new equipment in both the small centre facility, which primarily supports fieldwork, and a larger, more extensively equipped microbiology and chemistry laboratory. The laboratories are equipped with recently acquired state-of-the-art analytical equipment including ICP-OES, GC/MS, TOC, Ion Chromatograph, Particle Counter, water quality loggers, Delagua kits and so on, available for fieldwork.
A water and wastewater research pilot plant is located at Thames Water’s Shalford and Godalming Water Treatment Works, just a few kilometres away from the University campus. Over the years, many MSc dissertation projects have been completed at this facility, most of them to assist in the development or testing of relief agency systems.
A parallel wastewater research pilot plant has recently been established, again with the support of Thames Water, at Godalming Sewage Treatment Works.
The University Library is currently resourced for books, journals and electronic resources, as the postgraduate programme in Water and Environmental Engineering has been well established over the last decade. The programme draws on science, engineering and other areas of knowledge, and the overall diversity of academic groups within the University ensures that there are library resources to answer most needs. The provision of British Standards online has reduced the copyright requirements and the quantity of photocopying required. Passwords are available from the Library web pages for all other electronic resources.
CEHE Resource Centre
Provision is made within CEHE to access a limited range of textbooks, previously completed MSc dissertations, a selected range of journals and software mounted on PCs in the Catchment Modelling Laboratory or available on CD.
Professional Institution Resources
Library and learning resources are available at the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and other appropriate professional bodies.
All categories of members of the professional institutions are allowed to borrow books from the institution libraries by post, and in some cases to access other services online.
There are suitable computing facilities available both within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and through central University facilities.
Teaching is primarily in flat floor teaching rooms, although there are occasions when formal lecture theatre facilities are used. All of the usual academic support materials and systems are available and pre-printed notes are distributed during every lecture.
CEHE is able to draw on the specialised expertise of professional contacts to give an added dimension to the MSc programme.
CEHE has collaborative links with numerous industrial organisations in the UK and overseas. A number of these contacts have been associated with MSc teaching and dissertation-related research or development activities. More recently these have included Thames Water, Southern Water, Wessex Water, Black and Veatch, Veolia Environmental Services Ltd, Atkins, Mott McDonalds Ltd, Water Quality Management Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, Germany.
Particularly strong collaborative relationships are maintained with the Drinking Water Inspectorate. The British Geological Survey, Imperial College, London, University College, London, Kings College, London, the Natural History Museum, London, and the Reading Public Health Laboratories all contribute to the MSc programme.
The Centre has a particularly prestigious international profile. CEHE is part of a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and also an invited member of the UNICEF WASH Cluster Group of Relief Agencies. In recent years, extensive connections relating to development and testing operations have been maintained with Oxfam UK. RedR training programmes have been hosted by the Centre. Other developing world or humanitarian relief connections have included MSF, PAHO and CEPIS, Peru.