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Course content

The Water Technology and Desalination MSc provides students with a sound understanding of a range of technologies that can be developed to provide safe, accessible water supply from saline groundwater and seawater. In particular, there is a technical focus on the design parameters and processes underpinning their efficient performance and operation.

Students will develop a critical awareness of the wider issues of resource management within the context of global change and the challenges presented by the need for desalination to be delivered on a technically robust and sustainable basis.

For more information on the programme content, please visit Heriot-Watt's online prospectus:

About the programme

The Water Technology and Desalination programme is jointly offered through the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot-Watt University and the International Desalination Association's (IDA) Desalination Academy and is therefore primarily designed for graduates in engineering, earth and environmental sciences or other related disciplines looking to extend their technical expertise, gain further learning to meet their desire for professional development or to advance their employment opportunities.

We also welcome professionals from other backgrounds who have relevant experience in the water industry.

Topics covered:
The Water Technology and Desalination programme comprises 8 courses (7 mandatory and 1 optional). At MSc level students will also complete a research dissertation.

• Integrated Water Resource Management
• Thermal and Hybrid Processes
• Membrane Processes
• Water Conservation
• Intake, pre-treatment, post-treatment and Environmental Issues
• Water and Wastewater Treatment
• Desalination Economics and Management
• Marine Water Discharges (optional)
• Irrigation Water Management (optional)

Flexible study

The Water Technology and Desalination programme has been specifically designed for online Independent Distance Learning (IDL), to cater for the needs of our students who are often in employment or have other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

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 Technology and Desalination - distance learning only page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!






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