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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 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:

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






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