MSc in Sustainable Management and Water Technologies

General information

Máster Universitario en Gestión Sostenible y Tecnologías del Agua


Las materias que componen el plan de estudios del Máster en Gestión Sostenible y Tecnologías del Agua se han concebido de una manera integrada en sus contenidos, incorporando los aspectos más significativos relacionados con la gestión integral del agua, y se planifican en orden secuencial desde un punto de vista lógico relacionado con el ciclo de aprovechamiento del agua y su gestión sostenible. 

Las materias tienen un carácter multidisciplinar y se imparten por profesorado especialista en los diversos temas que las componen. Con carácter general cada materia permite que se alcance alguna de las competencias específicas concretas del máster, y participa en la consecución de las competencias generales y básicas.

Materias obligatorias:

  1. El ciclo del agua. Recursos. 
  2. Calidad de las aguas.
  3. Tecnologías para el tratamiento. 
  4. Estaciones de tratamiento
  5. Normativa
  6. Recursos no convencionales
  7. Evaluación de necesidades y recursos
  8. Gestión económica

Para completar el programa, el presente título de Máster otorga una gran importancia al Trabajo o Tesis Fin de Máster. El alumno, bajo la tutela y dirección continua de un profesor, afronta la resolución de un problema concreto, a su elección, entre una serie de propuestas específicas en los distintos aspectos que comprende esta titulación, realizando la planificación, la resolución y la propuesta de solución. Todos estos trabajos contemplan una parte práctica que se puede realizar en los laboratorios del IUACA o departamentos colaboradores en este Máster, o en empresas del sector colaboradoras del programa, introduciendo al alumno en el mundo científico y vinculándolo, en su caso, con el profesional.

A estos efectos el IUACA mantiene una excelente relación de colaboración con empresas de gestión de la zona, como Aquagest Levante o Aquagest Región de Murcia, con empresas mixtas de los principales municipios de la región, con ingenierías de amplia implantación como Valoriza Agua, Acciona Agua o Red Control, y empresas públicas como Proaguas Costablanca. Complementariamente cabe indicar que, aunque no se contemplan obligatoriamente prácticas de empresa dentro del programa, sí es posible su realización a través de la Fundación General de la Universidad de Alicante.

GENERAL COURSE PROGRAMME 

The Master’s Degree in Sustainable Water Management and Technology benefits from a course programme where the subject areas are well integrated and include the most relevent aspects of integrated water management.These contents are presented sequentially and in logical order as regards the water-use cycle and its sustainable management.

Subject areas are multidisciplinary in nature and are taught by subject specialists.  Each subject area will enable students to acquire the specific skills corresponding to this Master’s degree, and will contribute to the attainment of general, basic skills.

A summary of the contents of each subject area, together with the corresponding  learning outcomes is provided below:  

1. The water cycle.  Resources. The first subject area taught on the course, analyses basic concepts regarding hydrogeology and control of surface water, and introduces the student to an understanding of all the elements involved in the water cycle, including:

  • Catchment, storage, transport, distribution, quality and use, pollution, treatment, reuse and discharge. 
  • An explanation of water balance methodology. 
  • Possible causes of climate change and the effects it can produce on the natural water cycle. 

Students can participate in field study trips to observe and understand elements such as subterranean catchment systems, surface water storage systems and distribution systems.

Having completed this subject area, students will be capable of assessing the activities involved in the water-use cycle according to the origin and destination of the water, and will be able to evaluate various alternatives.  

2. Water quality. The following areas will be covered :

  • Description of all components present in water. 
  • An explanation of the theoretical aspects of balance and natural or artificially-induced phenomena, including pollution. 
  • Defining the quality parameters used to assess contamination, including priority and emerging pollutants.Students will participate in laboratory practicals in order to determine various parameters. 
  • Quality management systems and the implementation of integrated management systems.

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to characterise the quality of natural water resources and wastewater, identify and articulate environmental problems associated with hydraulics and manage analytical and monitoring facilities effectively.  

3. Water treatment technologies. Students will learn fundamental aspects concerning the concepts and design of the most common physical, chemical and biological technologies employed in water treatment.  Advanced technologies and emerging membrane-based technologies will also be studied.  The course will include numerical exercises and laboratory practicals for some of  these operations.

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to design and calculate solutions for water preparation, purification and recycling, and discharge into the environment.  

4. Water treatment plants. Students will learn about water and sludge treatments for various types of sewage and water treatment  plants (drinking water, urban and industrial waste water), the main variables which should be considered in order to achieve effective operation, maintenance and use of plants, together with the main control parameters.  Students will also study sludge composting and the importance of reusing biosolids to improve soil, in addition to the potential hazards associated with work in treatment plants and the application of health and safety programmes.  Students will complete their study of this subject area with process simulation exercises and the specific analysis of actual waste treatment plants

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to operate, maintain and manage treatment facilities for drinking water and urban and industrial waste water.  

5. Legislation. Students will learn the specific legislation and recommendations governing the provision and application of water for different uses, according to the different indicator parameters.  Special importance will be given to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, which will determine the future of water management, basing such implementation on the criteria of environmental sustainability and cost recovery.

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to identify the legislation applicable to different water use and management contexts.  

6. Unconventional water resources. Students will learn how unconventional water resources derived from reuse of waste water and desalination are increasingly being incorporated into water planning.  As regards reuse, students will be provided with information regarding specific legislation, quality, and the possible uses of recycled water.  Costs associated with the treatment and infrastructure necessary will be analysed.  As regards desalination, the various technologies, present situation and future possibilities will be described.  Paying special attention to reverse osmosis technology, students will learn about basic conceptual aspects and design, using software as a calculation tool.  Visits will be made to several facilities.

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to assess the different alternatives for provision of unconventional resources, including the economic aspects.

7. Assessment of water needs and resources. Students will learn the procedures for predicting different levels of water needs and resources with regard to the sources of water available for different uses, together with their specific associated problems, with special reference to southeast Spain.  Students will study innovative alternatives to scarcity, such as the water market, and the options to consider for effective drought management

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to assess local and regional water needs, and evaluate the possibilities for satisfying such demand.

8. Economic management. Students will study the different models for managing public, private and mixed water supplies.  Taking an economic approach, students will learn about activities related to the water supply cycle, from catchment to discharge, assessing the associated costs and how these can be recovered from the user through rates, charges and taxes.  As regards practical applications, students will study several important municipalities within the region, and the possibilities for integrated management of resources on a local scale.

Having completed this subject area, students will be able to assess the various water management and cost recovery models.

In conclusion,  the Master’s Degree course programme places great importance on the Master’s Final Project, where under the guidance and supervision of a tutor, students will be expected to select a case study and solve a specific problem,which will be related to the subject areas studied throughout the course programme. The Master’s Final Project will include planning, implementation and a problem solving proposal , and will involve a practical component, which may be carried out at  the University Institute of Water and Evironmental Sciences (IUACA) laboratories or in the departments involved in teaching the course programme. This will serve to introduce students to the world of science and link it, where appropriate to the professional world.  To this end, the IUACA has excellent collaborative arangements with the following water management companies in the local area:

  • Aquagest Levante and Aquagest Murcia,
  • Several part state-owned  companies in the most important municipalities of the region.
  • Valoriza Agua, Acciona Agua or Red Control, the leading engineering companies in the local area  
  • Public organisations,  such as Proaguas Costablanca. 

In addition, it should be noted that although work experience is not a compulsory component of this course programme, it is nevertheless a possibility, organised through the General Foundation of the University of Alicante.

Preparation of the Master’s Final Project will teach students the mechanisms for conducting research applied to the fields of management or treatment and conservation of water resources.

Learning outcome:

Todos los alumnos adquieren la formación conceptual necesaria sobre los elementos que configuran el ciclo de aprovechamiento del agua (captación, recursos no convencionales, regulación y transporte, distribución a usuarios, tratamiento, reutilización y evacuación ambiental) y sobre la gestión óptima de los recursos (normativa legal, normas de gestión de calidad, sistemas de administración, recuperación de costes), en términos de calidad, uso racional y eficiente de los recursos naturales y protección del medio ambiente, atendiendo al cumplimiento de la Directiva Marco del Agua.

Competences

Objective:

Este curso pretende la formación de investigadores, y completar la formación de profesionales, con los elementos necesarios de distintas disciplinas para que sean capaces de interpretar el conjunto del conocimiento, las tecnologías y los instrumentos para llevar a cabo una gestión sostenible del agua.

The objective of the Master’s Degree in Sustainable Water Management and Technology is to train researchers and complement professional training with essential elements from various disciplines, so that students are capable of interpreting the body of knowledge, technologies and instruments used for the sustainable management of water.

All students will acquire the conceptual training necessary as regards components of the water-use cycle: catchment, unconventional resources, control and transport, user supply, treatment, reuse and discharge into the environment, and optimal management of resources (legislation, quality control standards, supply systems and cost recovery), in terms of quality, rational and efficient use of natural resources and environmental protection, within the context of the Water Framework Directive.

Contact Person: Escuela Politécnica Superior (eps@ua.es )

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0511 - Biology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources

Venue

Venue: University of Alicante
Alicante, Spain

Escuela Politécnica Superior
Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
Ctra. de Alicante s/n 03690

Application

Open from 9 May 2017

Cost:
  • Solicitud de homologación a los nuevos títulos de Máster y al grado académico de Máster: 166.89€
  • Estudio de equivalencia de títulos extranjeros para el acceso a los estudios de máster o doctorado para titulados extranjeros sin título homologado: 155.22€

Más información: Tasas.

  • Application for approval to the new titles of master's degree and the academic degree of Master: €166.89
  • Study of equivalence of foreign qualifications for access to the studies of master's or doctorate for qualified foreigners without approved title: €155.22

More information: Rates


Prerequisites:

Dado el plan de estudios del Máster en Gestión Sostenible y Tecnologías del Agua, y para garantizar la suficiente formación previa que permita adquirir las capacidades asociadas, solo podrán acceder a estos estudios los siguientes titulados:

  • Titulados Superiores, o Medios con estudios equivalentes a Grado de duración equivalente a 240 créditos ECTS, en cualquier rama de las Ciencias Exactas, Físicas o Naturales, Ingenieros y Arquitectos, que deseen realizar una Tesis Doctoral, o bien orientar su formación hacia I+D, en temas del agua.
  • Titulados Superiores, o Medios con estudios equivalentes a Grado de duración equivalente a 240 créditos ECTS, en cualquier rama de las Ciencias Exactas, Físicas o Naturales, Ingenieros y Arquitectos, que deseen adquirir una especialización en aspectos relacionados con tratamiento o gestión del agua.

Para titulados de otras disciplinas, la Comisión Coordinadora del Máster decidirá, en cada caso, si procede la admisión al programa, y que formación complementaria debe adquirir el alumno a la vista de todo su expediente académico.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA 

According to the Regulations of the University of Alicante, the following requirements must be complied to have access to official taught Master’s degrees:

  1. To be in possession of a SPANISH OFFICIAL GRADUATE DEGREE CERTIFICATE or other issued by an institution of higher education  within the EHEA (European Higher Education) that enables the holder to have access  to Master’s degrees in the issuing.
  2. To be in possession of an officially approved  FOREIGN HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE CERTIFICATE that had been recognised as equal to the degree that allows access to the requested studies.
  3. To be in possession of a UNIVERSITY DEGREE CERTIFICATE obtained in a University or Higher Education Institution of COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE EHEA, without the prior approval of their studies. In this case, the following should be considered:
    • Non- recognised degree certificates shall require a technical report showing an equivalence statement issued by the University of Alicante (ContinUA – Continuing Education Centre), for which the corresponding fee should be paid.
    • Access through this way does under no circumstances imply prior official approval of the holder’s degree certificate, nor its recognition for purposes other than studying a master's degree.

ADMISSION AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 

1.     Admission Profile

Given the degree programme of the Master’s Degree in Sustainable Water Management and Technology, and in order to ensure the adequate prior training which will enable students to acquire the skills taught on the course, only graduates with the following degrees will be considered for admission to the course:

  • Applicants holding Higher or Intermediate qualifications equivalent to a Degree worth 240 ECTS credits, in any branch of the Pure Sciences, Physics or Natural Sciences, Engineering or Architecture, and who wish to prepare a Doctoral Thesis or specialise in R&D in topics related to water.
  • Applicants holding Higher or Intermediate qualifications equivalent to a Degree worth 240 ECTS credits, in any branch of the Pure Sciences, Physics or Natural Sciences, Engineering or Architecture, and who wish to acquire a specialised training in aspects related to water treatment and management.

For applicants holding other qualifications, the Master’s Coordinating Committee will decide whether admission to the course is appropriate in each case, and will indicate the complementary training considered necessary in view of the applicant’s academic record.

2.     Assessment criteria

Where the number of applicants considered suitable for admission to the course exceeds the number of places available, admission criteria will be applied, based on an assessment of the academic record and other achievements presented by applicants.  Assessment of the academic record will be based on the grades obtained for each of the subject areas of the officially recognised degree qualifying for admission onto the Master’s Degree in Sustainable Water Management and Technology, obtaining a maximum of 10 points through application of the following formula:

 E = 10 (ΣCiNi / NmaxΣCi)

where E is the academic record grade, Ci is the number of credits the subject is worth i, Ni is the grade corresponding to the subject i, Nmax is the maximum grade possible for the subjects, and n is the number of subjects taught on the degree.

Other achievements will be assessed by the Master’s Coordinating Committee. A maximum of 5 points will be awarded for the following:

  • Other officially recognised qualifications (academic record and degree subject: maximum 2 points),
  • Other, not officially recognised, courses (length of course and degree to which these are related to the Master’s Degree: maximum 1 point),
  • Work experience or scholarship experience (length of time involved and degree to which the experience is related to the Master’s Degree: maximum 1 point),
  • Knowledge of English (depending on level: maximum 1 point).

The academic record score will be added to the score obtained for other achievements.  Overall scores will then be ranked from highest to lowest, and applicants will be selected accordingly.


Application Procedure:

PRE-ENROLMENT +info

Students who intend to study for an officially recognised Master’s Degree at the UA should complete pre-enrolment in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

ENROLMENT +info

Following publication of the final list of those admitted to the course, an email containing a user password will be sent to successful applicants, enabling them to enrol via the Campus Virtual in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

In the registration process, the documents issued abroad must be official, duly notorised and translated. Further information:

http://sga.ua.es/en/academic-regulations/legalizacion/legalization-of-do...

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
60
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