MSc Water and Environmental Engineering

General information

The Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering (CEHE) is a well-established multidisciplinary postgraduate centre with an international reputation for excellence in water and environmental engineering. It is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and an invited member of the UNICEF WASH Cluster Group of Relief Agencies. In 2011, the University of Surrey received the Queen’s Anniversary Award for the outstanding teaching and research in water and sanitation taking place in CEHE. 

The MSc Water and Environmental Engineering programme is highly popular and relevant to the needs of future engineers, scientists and professionals in the environmental health, water, wastewater, pollution control, waste management and environmental sectors.

The programme attracts UK and overseas graduates who wish to take advantage of the considerable global interest in water, wastewater, sanitation and waste to develop their careers. Opportunities exist for graduates to work for consultancies, water utilities, contractors, relief agencies, regulatory bodies and international organisations. Students have the potential to progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field. 

This programme can be followed full-time, part-time and via distance learning. For the full-time and part-time options, there are two starting dates, one in September and one in February. The distance learning option has also two starting dates, one in October and one in February.

Module Overview
The programme has five mandatory modules and some optional modules. Teaching and learning will normally be achieved by a combination of formal lectures, coursework, demonstrations and site visits , except in the case of the European Study Tour and the dissertation modules. All compulsory and optional modules are worth 15 credits. The dissertation project is worth 60 credits. 

Compulsory modules Elective modules
Environmental Health Groundwater Control
Water Treatment Regulation and Management
Applied Chemistry and Microbiology Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage European Study Tour
Pollution Control and Waste Management  

The MSc dissertation will require you to conduct research and/or display the ability to critically evaluate evidence. Dissertation projects could be based on original laboratory experimentation, field testing, pilot plant work or literature review.

Contact Person: Dr Sabeha Ouki (Programme Director) (


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

0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0521 - Ecology


Venue: University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Guildford, GU2 7XH


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £8,000 £18,000
Part-time Sep 2016 £900* £2,000*
Distance-learning Sep 2016 £900* £2,000*
Full-time Feb 2017 £8,000 £18,000
Part-time Feb 2017 £900* £2,000*
Distance-learning Feb 2017 £900* £2,000*

per 15 credits

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.


Degree Requirements
Applicants should possess a minimum of 60 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering or equivalent in any appropriate engineering or science-related degree. Candidates with suitable qualifications and relevant experience in engineering, science or technology are also welcome to apply

Language Requirements 
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 by component). Other types of qualifications are also accepted.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application platform from the 'Apply' button on the programme's website. You need to select the desired study mode and starting date in order to be re-directed to the corresponding form This application forms requires you to upload documents as you complete it. In most cases you will need to supply (and therefore should have available before starting the application) the following:

  • Scanned copies of signed/stamped qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show how you meet, or expect to meet, the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language level (if English is not your first language)
  • A copy of your passport (if you need a visa to study here)
  • A personal statement
  • Contact details of 2 referees.

Application Deadline: While there is no formal application deadline, you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

More information about the postgraduate application process can be found here, also see the "how to apply" guide

Grant Opportunities:

In the past, scholarship students have been accepted from a range of schemes, including Foreign Office and British Council Chevening, World Bank, Commonwealth, Thames Water, Commonwealth Shared Scholarships and the Royal Academy of Engineering, together with students from numerous overseas national schemes.

Discounts for Surrey graduates. Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

GREAT Surrey Scholarships India. For for all postgraduate taught courses starting in February 2017 within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the University is offering graduates from India the opportunity to apply for one of three scholarships worth £5,000 through the GREAT Scholarships - India programme. 


This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. 


Academic level: Master


Assessment will be by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. Coursework can  involve individual or group projects. Each module will be examined separately. Where appropriate, there will be a written examination for a module at the end of each semester.

Qualification: Master of Science

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