BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Water Engineering

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

The global shortage of qualified civil engineers includes specialists in water engineering and this MSc programme helps redress this imbalance by providing graduates with an advanced knowledge and skill base to equip them for senior industry roles.

Brunel’s MSc in Water Engineering is unique in providing specialist knowledge on the critical sub-topics of water and wastewater management and engineering, desalination systems, building water services engineering, industrial waste water management, and water in health care.

The programme demonstrates the links between theory and practice by including input from our industrial partners and through site visits. This is a key aspect for establishing a competitive and high added value course that provides adequate links with industry.

Features of the course include:

  • Students’ skills in gathering and understanding complex information from a variety of sources (including engineering, scientific and socio-economic information) will be developed in an advanced research methods module. 
  • Issues relating to risk and health and safety will be introduced in the research methods module and built on in specialist modules. 
  • Generic modules in financial and project management will underpin specialist modules focusing on water engineering topics.
  • Real problem-solving examples – starting from basic principles, to the identified problem, the solution, the implementation process and was implemented and the end result. 
  • Real case studies – demonstrating how environmental and economic sustainability is considered within civil engineering, particularly in water resources management.
Programme description

The global shortage of qualified civil engineers includes specialists in water engineering and this MSc programme helps redress this imbalance by providing graduates with an advanced knowledge and skill base to equip them for senior industry roles.

Brunel’s MSc in Water Engineering is unique in providing specialist knowledge on the critical sub-topics of water and wastewater management and engineering, desalination systems, building water services engineering, industrial waste water management, and water in health care.

The programme demonstrates the links between theory and practice by including input from our industrial partners and through site visits. This is a key aspect for establishing a competitive and high added value course that provides adequate links with industry.

Features of the course include:

  • Students’ skills in gathering and understanding complex information from a variety of sources (including engineering, scientific and socio-economic information) will be developed in an advanced research methods module. 
  • Issues relating to risk and health and safety will be introduced in the research methods module and built on in specialist modules. 
  • Generic modules in financial and project management will underpin specialist modules focusing on water engineering topics.
  • Real problem-solving examples – starting from basic principles, to the identified problem, the solution, the implementation process and was implemented and the end result. 
  • Real case studies – demonstrating how environmental and economic sustainability is considered within civil engineering, particularly in water resources management.
Key Modules
Module & Subject

The primary aim of this programme is to create master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the water engineering sector. Graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

Specific aims are as follows:

  • To provide education at postgraduate level in civil engineering. 
  • To develop the versatility and depth to deal with new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of water engineering issues, drawing on an understanding of all aspects of water engineering principles. 
  • To develop imagination, initiative and creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations. 
  • To provide a pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.
  • The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles of water engineering, including fluid mechanics, hydrology, and sustainable design. 
  • Specialist areas that impact on the successful application of water engineering knowledge projects, e.g. sustainable construction management, financial management and risk analysis. 
  • The interplay between engineering and sustainability in complex, real-world situations.

At the cognitive level students will be able to:

  • Select, use and evaluate appropriate investigative techniques.
  • Assemble and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data.
  • Recognise and assess the problems and critically evaluate solutions to challenges in managing water engineering projects.
  • Evaluate the environmental and financial sustainability of current and potential civil engineering activities.

Personal and transferable skills that students develop will allow them to:

  • Define and organise a substantial advanced investigation. 
  • Select and employ appropriate advanced research methods. 
  • Organise technical information into a concise, coherent document.
  • Effectively employ a variety of communication styles aimed at different audiences. 
  • Plan, manage, evaluate and orally-presented personal projects. 
  • Work as part of, and lead, a team.

Typical Modules

Each taught module will count for 15 credits, approximating to 150 learning hours. The Master's programme can be taken full time, over 12 months. The first eight months of the full time course will eight taught modules. For the final four months, students will complete a dissertation counting for 60 credits. Modules cover: 

  • Sustainable Project Management
  • GIS and Data Analysis
  • Water Infrastructure Engineering
  • Risk and Financial Management
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • Water Process Engineering
  • Research Methods
  • Civil Engineering Dissertation
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER