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MSc Water Engineering

Course Description

The MSc course in Water Engineering has a strong research and development emphasis. It aims to provide an overall knowledge base, skills and competencies, which are required in water engineering, research activities and in related fields. Students will develop expertise in advanced product development and research.

The course draws on the wide experience of academic staff at Brunel in Mechanical Engineering that ranges from the development of equipment and experiments for use in space, to research carried out in collaboration with hospitals, biomedical companies and research institutions.

As well as giving a solid scientific understanding, the course also addresses commercial, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements, aided by extensive industrial contacts. Students who successfully complete the course will have acquired skills that are essential to the modern biomedical and healthcare industry, together with the expertise required to enter into management, product innovation, development and research.


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Visit the MSc Water Engineering page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Patrick Scannell

2141.jpg Being taught by lecturers with many years of industry experience was, and is, essential I feel to catching a student’s imagination and passion for a subject. I also liked being in a class with students from a range of backgrounds, and I now have friends from all over the globe and I intend to visit them in the future.

The course covered a broad range of water engineering topics from water and wastewater treatment right through to ecology. The course also covered subjects such as financial management, sustainable construction management and professional studies, and these subjects will be beneficial in my professional development as an engineer. What I most gained from the course, was an in-depth knowledge of water and wastewater treatment, and also knowledge of water issues in developing countries and the methods and means to address these issues.

My dissertation focused on the setting up of a flat sheet submerged Kubota Membrane Bioreactor system in the lab. My dissertation work proved very challenging and it required that I carry out extensive research which meant I had to use my initiative and imagination to complete the lab work to a high standard.

Concerning Brunel University itself, I have an interest in all forms of sport. So, I especially enjoyed using the excellent sports facilities, and also participating in sports leagues with my fellow students.

Since leaving Brunel, I have started working as a Graduate Engineer at Mouchel engineering consultants. I am working on behalf of Mouchel in the Thames Water Deepham Offices as a Cleanwater Network Analyst. This job entails working on the Thames Water pipe network and investigating leakage within the system. My job is the usual 9 to 5 office hours with a starting salary of £23,000 per year plus benefits.

I would recommend doing the MSc course at Brunel University, as it taught by highly knowledgeable staff who have years of experience in all areas of the water sector. I would also recommend it for the curriculum aspects that are covered in detail, such as water and wastewater treatment processes. Finally I would recommend it as it will give you a good grounding in obtaining permanent employment in the Water Sector.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, usually in engineering, science, technology or related discipline. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4) TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17) Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)

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