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MSc - Water and Environmental Engineering

Online University of Surrey    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time February, October MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 5 years; Distance-learning: 5 years

About the course

Why choose this course

There’s a global shortage of qualified professionals who specialise in water and environmental engineering. Our MSc will transform you into an expert on water and environmental sustainability, ready to tackle the industry’s complex challenges. 

This fully accredited course is taught by experts from our Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering (CEHE). This sits within our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of 50 per cent in a UK honours degree in Civil Engineering (or any Engineering, basic Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Agriculture, Management, or interdisciplinary subjects), or equivalent recognised international degree. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on strength in specific subjects related to the MSc Programme and/or professional experience.

 Course Content

Where is University of Surrey


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Student Profile(s)

Samar Alkadri

“The MSc programme provided me with the required knowledge and skills to enter the job market with ease as soon as I finished my course.”

Studying for the MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering took me out of the confines of designing and raising buildings as a civil engineer and into a wider role with more emphasis on business management, creativity and caring for the environment.

I applied for the course in order to develop my existing skills and acquire additional ones. I was also interested in looking into local issues from a global perspective. Environmental engineers play a pivotal role in planning and executing environmental projects utilising sustainable resources.

Studying at Surrey, and learning within the internationally-renowned British teaching system, was an exceptional educational experience. The academic staff within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are very helpful and always happy to share knowledge, thoughts and experience.

The campus at Surrey is great. The lake provides a fabulous place for breaks, with many events held around it. The University’s proximity to London gives students easier access to a dynamic job market and, in addition, Surrey hosts regular job fairs, with guest lectures given by prominent speakers from industry.

The MSc programme provided me with the required knowledge and skills to enter the job market with ease as soon as I finished my course. I now work as a Water Engineer in the role of sustainable drainage designer for a leading engineering company. For anyone looking for an MSc program in this field, I would highly recommend the course and student experience at the University of Surrey.

Mar Zumaquero Gomez

“My education opened the door to wonderful opportunities and I’m now certain that I made the right choice when I decided to study at Surrey.”

The University of Surrey exceeded my expectations from day one. My 12 months at the University were the most enriching experience in a place where creative thinking and hard work were truly valued, and which prepared me to work in a global society.

The MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering increased my awareness of the need to develop sustainable solutions in the engineering world. This, among other things, landed me an interview with one of the biggest engineering consultancies in the world.

Less than a year later I joined Arcadis as an Assistant Engineer. Using my engineering background and the knowledge acquired during my MSc in Surrey I am now contributing to our mission to ‘improve quality of life’.

My education opened the door to wonderful opportunities and I’m now certain that I made the right choice when I decided to study at Surrey.


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on

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Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA). All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible, applicants must:
Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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The scholarship is awarded as either a £5,000 or £10,000 fee waiver. The scheme is application based and awards are decided by a scholarship awards panel.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 and £10,000


This scholarship is open to self-funded international fee-paying students regardless of nationality or domicile. It is applicable for all taught masters programmes in the subject areas listed below:

Chemical and process engineering
Civil and environmental engineering
Electrical and electronic engineering
Environment and sustainability
Food, nutrition and dietetics
Politics and international relations

Application Procedure

This scholarship is application-based. Surrey offer-holders may apply via the online form.

Applications open 1 December 2021 (1 July for February 2023)
Applications are reviewed monthly starting in January
You must have an offer from the University to complete the scholarship application form.
Please note that this award can't be combined with the International Masters Scholarship or the alumni discount.

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