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Water and Environmental Engineering - MSc

Course Description

This fully accredited MSc programme from the Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering is highly popular and relevant to the needs of future engineers, scientists and professionals in the environmental-health, water, pollution-control, waste-management and environmental sectors.


This MSc attracts UK and overseas graduates who wish to take advantage of the considerable global interest in water, wastewater, sanitation and waste to develop their careers.

Many graduates from the programme go on to work for consultancies, water utilities, contractors, relief agencies, regulatory bodies and international organisations.

Graduates from the programme also have the potential to progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.

In the past, scholarship students have been accepted from a range of schemes, including: Foreign Office and British Council Chevening, World Bank, Commonwealth, Thames Water, Commonwealth Shared Scholarships, and the Royal Academy of Engineering, together with students from numerous overseas national schemes.


This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation project. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Environmental Health
-Water Treatment
-Wastewater Treatment
-Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
-Pollution Control
-Groundwater Control
-Regulation & Management
-European Study Tour
-Water Resources
-Dissertation Project


The programme aims to provide graduates with:
-A comprehensive and robust understanding of key areas of water and environmental engineering
-Skills that will enable students to explore, critically assess and evaluate problems and produce systematic and coherent solutions integrating core engineering science with practical applications both independently and within a team structure
-An understanding of how this knowledge can be articulated around sustainable development practices
-A sound base for enhanced communication skills both oral and written
-A pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers in the field including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas.

Knowledge and understanding
-The fundamental principles underpinning the key topics covered in the subject area
-Investigation and research techniques which provide a sound base for critical evaluation, selection and use of a wide range of scientific, technical and management processes relevant to the field
-The multidisciplinary nature of the subject area and its underlying principles and the importance of developing integrated approaches to solving complex problems
-The importance of identifying emerging trends to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and propose new alternative application and methodological approaches relevant to the student’ s research interests
-Management, organisation and communication skills including problem definition, project and experimental design, time management, decision making processes, independent and team work, knowledge transfer via written and oral presentations

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-An integrated and multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems using professional judgment taking into consideration the engineering, economic, social and environmental impacts
-The ability to critically evaluate outcomes and accurately assess and report on own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
-The ability to formulate, conduct and write-up a systematic and coherent research programme topic demonstrating in-depth knowledge and high level of problem solving skills

Professional practical skills
-Critical review of the scientific literature for effective justification and support of results and decisions
Acquisition of the necessary skills to collect as well as generate data via laboratory experiments or computer-based programmes
-Critical analysis of results/recommendations and their presentation in a concise and logical manner
-Preparation of technical reports and presentation of work to an informed audience
-Awareness of difficulties and ethical issues likely to arise in professional practice and an ability to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, industry professionals, institutional professionals and others

Key/transferable skills
-Critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex information and data
-Communication and knowledge transfer through oral presentations and written reports
-Selection and use of appropriate advanced research methods
-Integrated and multidisciplinary approach to problem solving
-Time and resource management
-Effective use of a range of communication and technology tools aimed at different audiences
-Effective learning and working, both independently and as a part of a team


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Visit the Water and Environmental Engineering - MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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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Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% 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 [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess a minimum of 2:1 in a UK honours degree in civil engineering or equivalent in any appropriate engineering or science-related degree. Candidates with a 2:2 can also be considered, providing they have a minimum of 3 year relevant experience in the field. Suitable qualifications and relevant experience in engineering, science or technology are also welcome to apply. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome.

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