Taught course

Water Technology and Desalination (Distance Learning)

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

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc /PgDip Water Technology and Desalination are a First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent Overseas qualification, in engineering, environmental, earth, chemical, physical, or mathematical sciences. Students with a Lower Second-Class Honours degree will be considered with relevant experience. Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The aim of the Water Technology and Desalination programme is to provide a sound understanding of a range of technologies that can be developed to provide safe, accessible water supply from saline groundwater and seawater. In particular, there is a technical focus on the design parameters and processes underpinning their efficient performance and operation. Students will develop a critical awareness of the wider issues of resource management within the context of global change and the challenges presented by the need for desalination to be delivered on a technically robust and sustainable basis.

Our students and graduates
The programme is jointly offered through the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot-Watt University and the Desalination Academy and is therefore primarily designed for graduates in engineering, earth and environmental sciences or other related disciplines looking to extend their technical expertise, gain further learning to meet their desire for professional development or to advance their employment opportunities. We also welcome professionals from other backgrounds who have relevant experience in the water industry.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Prof. Bhaskar Sen Gupta