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Designed for engineers seeking to study their subject at an advanced level before moving quickly to management or leadership positions.

The programme is highly relevant to the needs of future water engineers and will provide you with knowledge and key skills in the broad area of urban water engineering and management, equipping you to solve modern day engineering problems.

Drawing upon the expertise of our Centre for Water Systems, which is internationally renowned for its research into water supply and distribution systems, waste water and urban drainage systems, integrated modelling, risk and uncertainty, whole-life costing, water efficiency, catchment-based management, spatial water management, and associated areas.

Why this course?

  • Linked to our internationally-renowned Centre for Water Systems
  • A choice of pathways available to focus on technical engineering skills, or combine with management skills through the MSc Water Engineering with Management pathway
  • Expect to take on exciting roles in consultancies, water utilities, contractors, regulatory bodies, government agencies, and international organisations

Professional accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council for the purposes of meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Water Engineering consists of nine core engineering modules totalling 150 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The Engineering MSc project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Core modules

The core modules can include:

  • Hydroinformatics Tools
  • Water Supply and Distribution Management
  • Water Management in Developing Countries
  • Water and Environmental Systems
  • Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Environmental Processes
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Programming for Engineering

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. It has particular value in developing transferable skills development including management skills, communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these skills will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.


Visit the MSc Water Engineering page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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