Taught course

Water Engineering

University of Exeter · College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree from a recognised university. Please contact the department for full information.

Pathway; MSc Water Engineering with Management pathway

Months of entry


Course content

Drawing on the expertise of the Centre for Water Systems, this Masters provides knowledge and key skills in the broad area of urban water engineering and management.

Water supply, sanitation and drainage are fundamental to the economic and social development of all urban communities. Reliable, sustainable and affordable water management systems form the key to enhancing the quality of life of billions of people throughout the world. Poor water supply, drainage and sanitation lead to ill-health, low economic growth and a polluted environment.

Modules cover the essential aspects of clean water supply (supply, treatment and distribution) and waste water disposal (sewerage, treatment and flooding), providing an understanding of how these systems work and tools for simulating their performance. You will carry out a major project on an industrially relevant topic, supervised by Centre for Water Systems staff.

This programme is ideal if you are an engineering graduate wishing to enhance your capabilities in urban water design, operation and management, or an engineer working in the water industry looking to acquire knowledge, skills and a formal qualification in this area. The programme will open up a wide range of employment opportunities and can act as a foundation for further research in the areas of urban water management and water systems.

Water engineering is of significant global interest and highly trained graduates are highly sought after. Graduates can expect to take on exciting roles in consultancies, water utilities, contractors, regulatory bodies, government agencies, and international organisations following successful completion of the programme.

A choice of pathways available so you can focus on your technical engineering skills, or combine these with management skills through the MSc Water Engineering with Management pathway.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Taught Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1392 724061