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MSc - Water and Environmental Engineering

Online University of Surrey Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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

About the course

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

Our fully accredited MSc from our Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering (CEHE) is increasingly popular and relevant to the needs of future engineers, scientists and professionals in environmental health, water quality, sanitation, water resource management, pollution control and other sectors.

What you will study

Our Water and Environmental Engineering MSc attracts UK and international graduates who wish to take advantage of the global interest in water quality, sanitation and integrated water resources

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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.

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Student Profile(s)

Jade-Ashlee Cox

1782.jpg The SEES Engineering Doctorate at the University of Surrey complements my degree in Physical Geography from the University of Durham and MSc in Environmental Technology (Distinction) from Imperial College London.

My main motivation for undertaking the EngD was due to its direct engagement with waste management, environmental service firms and local government, in which I intend to pursue a career. The importance of waste resource management and making it effective is, in my opinion, the biggest challenge of today’s society. The EngD is a careful balance between working in industry and academia. It is an invaluable experience to gain the skills that will be required later in your career, whilst studying a subject in which you wish to become an expert and that you thoroughly enjoy.

The EngD provides the opportunity to develop a network within industry which is a great foundation for things to come. Coupled with the support and academic genius of the University, your project can deliver bigger and better results, as opposed to working in isolation.

Supervisors and support staff at the University make this an entirely enjoyable experience, even when times get hard. Supervisors both in industry and academia are enthusiastic about the projects and provide an excellent level of support as well as knowledge.

The EngD will enhance my opportunities and increase the level to which I can go individually, as well as in the industry I have grown to love. Working within local government has made me wish to pursue an environmental career within the higher echelons of the civil service which I believe will only be possible through the experience I will have gained through the EngD.
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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.


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