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MSc/Dip Water and Environmental Management

Course Description

Water and Environmental Management aims to provide students with a multi-disciplinary understanding of water resources and environmental issues through the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the planning and management of these resources to meet the needs of society and the environment within the context of climate change.

About the programme

On-campus (full-time/part-time) students study eight courses from a range of optional courses. Independent Distance Learning (IDL) students can also choose courses from a range of options in both Semester 1 and 2.

The programme is delivered by experts in the field of water and environmental management, covering a wide range of relevant disciplines.

Topics covered:
• Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources
• Computational Simulation of River Flows
• Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings
• Water Conservation
• Environmental Geotechnics
• Urban Drainage and Water Supply
• Water and Wastewater Treatment
• Marine Waste Water Disposal
• Environmental Statistics
• Innovative Technologies and Global Water Challenges
• Environmental Planning (on-campus only);
• Flood Inundation Modelling (on-campus only);
• Irrigation Water Management.

Career opportunities

Training is provided in water resources engineering, environmental engineering, flood risk management, integrated water resources management, environmental implications of water engineering schemes, and industrial software packages. On completion, graduates will be able to offer employers a broad range of skills and advanced knowledge in a number of important areas of water engineering.

Primary employment destinations include:
- Leading UK and international consultants (e.g. Jacobs, HR Wallingford, JBA, Halcrow, Hyder Consulting and Fairhursts)
- Local and National Government (in the UK and elsewhere)
- Environmental regulators (e.g. SEPA & EA)
- Academic institutions (including PhD study and research associate posts)
- Non-Governmental Organisations

Professional recognition

This MSc degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Part-time and Distance Learning study options

This programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. As an IDL student you will not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses. Where possible MSc dissertation projects are set up in collaboration with industry, the aim being to encourage contact between the student and industry, and to underpin the industrial relevance of the projects.

This programme is supported by the Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers AECOM, ARUP, Balfour Beatty, Halcrow, Jacobsand WSP Group. This committee convenes regularly and advises on the programme content and structure, ensuring quality, up-to-date content and relevance to industry needs.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

Visit the MSc/Dip Water and Environmental Management page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Peter Robinson

Peter Graduated with a MSc in Water Resources Engineering Management in 1997 and now is responsible for AECOM's Water Business Line in Scotland and the Water Technical Practice Area Lead across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Can you tell us about your current job?
I currently have responsibility for a Business Unit operating in Scotland, employing circa 80 people delivering a wide variety of water related projects, from Flood Risk Management programmes in the Middle East to Pumping Stations in East Kilbride, Asset Management in the Central Belt to Sydney. My role has a large element of business management, but also a technical side, working in Flood Risk and Surface Water Management.

What was your experience of doing a postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt University?
My MSc provided me with the opportunity to seriously consider everything that I had learned as an under graduate and focus on the aspects of engineering that I enjoy, whilst also getting a better understanding of some technological aspects of water management.

Do you think your Heriot-Watt postgraduate experience gave you an edge in your chosen field and why?
Taking the opportunity to explore more of a speciality provided me with a solid background and being able to choose the right position for my career to start, I started work during the tail of a recession and appreciate that my career has relied on a degree of luck, some good decisions, but also a solid background.

What advice would you give to a postgraduate student considering embarking on their studies at Heriot-Watt?
Make sure you don’t sit back and let the opportunity pass by, the world of engineering is moving at an ever increasing pace and this is your opportunity to get on, get involved and take it in the right direction.

(Student Profile)

Zak Ritchie

Degree: MSc Water Resources, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Present job: Project Hydrologist/Flood Risk Engineer, SLR Consulting

"Having already completed my Civil Engineering BEng Hons the year before, I chose to return to Heriot-Watt to continue my postgraduate studies with an MSc in Water Resources, due to the high profile reputation of its Civil Engineering heritage.

"My decision to return was also based on the technical relevance of the programme in relation to my field of interest and because the staff show real enthusiasm for their respective subjects and are happy to welcome you to their office to provide assistance at any time.

"I really enjoyed gaining knowledge in a field that I am already passionate about and having lecturers who share that, such as Dr Adebayo Adeloye who makes the whole experience even better.

"I have benefited from my experience at Heriot-Watt in several ways: I have come away with high confidence and a solid knowledge behind me in my chosen career; my communication skills have improved markedly; and it has helped shape the way I view tasks and problems and how I subsequently overcome them. Most of all, the challenge of completing my MSc has brought out the best in me, personally and professionally and I have undoubtedly benefited in many ways for the future ahead."


Entry Requirements

Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered. Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

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