Taught course

Water and Environmental Management

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Water and Environmental Management is delivered by experts in the field of water and environmental management, covering a wide range of relevant disciplines including:

  • environmental hydrology;
  • computer simulation of river flows;
  • water supply and drainage for buildings;
  • water conservation;
  • environmental geotechnics;
  • environmental and energy economics;
  • urban drainage and water supply;
  • water and wastewater treatment;
  • marine wastewater disposal;
  • environmental statistics;
  • environmental contamination and health;
  • environmental planning;
  • flood inundation modelling;
  • irrigation water management.

Heriot-Watt's Water Academy has strong links with practitioners in industry, local authorities and government. As part of our commitment to preparing our students to contribute to solving ‘real world’ issues, high achieving students on our Water and Environmental Management MSc programme have an opportunity to undertake their dissertation research for an external organisation such as The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Scottish Government, or for a private consultancy such as Royal HaskoningDHV or Grontmij.

January entry date is for distance learning only.

Information for international students

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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This programme has been selected to support the skills demand in Scotland's key economic growth areas. A number of full fee bursaries are available to applicants permanently resident in Scotland. Download an application form and submit to scholarships@hw.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24-84 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Alan Cuthbertson
+44 (0) 131 451 8358