MSc in Water Resources Engineering

General information

Having access to clean water is the cornerstone for improv­ing healthcare, increasing food supply, reducing child mor­tality rates and enhancing people’s overall quality of life. It has become crucial to develop technologies that can tackle water security challenges and meet the increasing demand. By applying integrated water resources management, surface water and groundwater can be used to cover this demand in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. These are the issues we explore with our students, as well as chal­lenges such as wastewater treatment, storm water man­agement, coastal hydraulics, and modelling of hydrological processes. The programme is broad and covers the most important aspects of water resources engineering.

Many of the courses included in the programme contain practical elements, which allow our students to deepen their understanding of the more theoretical components and to develop both professional and academic skills. Our strong links to industry and scientific cooperation projects ensure that our courses maintain a high level of relevance to current issues and developments.

The final semester of the programme consists of a degree project within a subject of your choice. The degree project can be carried out in Sweden or abroad and you can choose to do it within the university or at a company. Company-based degree projects often result in an offer of employment and can in any case be a useful experience to show potential future employers. Examples of companies where students have performed their degree projects include the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (Sweden), Ramboll (Denmark), and DHI (Sweden).

Full list of courses in this programme:

Special features of the programme

  • An opportunity to specialise in fields where we have world-leading expertise, such as water and waste-water treatment, coastal hydraulics and modelling of hydrologi­cal processes
  • Accessible and engaged teachers who will give youthorough feedback and help you progress throughout your studies
  • Strong industry links and opportunities to work closely with local and international organisations
  • A multinational, innovative and interactive learning envi­ronment
Learning outcome:

The need for clean water and sanitation is a global concern affecting large, densely populated cities and smaller communities in industrialised and developing regions alike. This Master’s programme will prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career within an essential profession. Our graduates play important roles in the water sector all over the world, and their educational experience in Lund has assisted them in becoming outstanding professionals. The skills they have acquired during the programme are sought after by organisations in a wide variety of industries, from large multinational corporations and nonprofit organisations, to regional and national government bodies. Many go on to become hydrologists, process engineers, hydrogeologists, consultants and water resource managers. Others pursue an academic career within prestigious universities. Typical examples of organisations which have employed our graduates are Sweco (Sweden), Stockholm Environment Institute (International), Hussey Gay Bell & DeYoung (USA) and Beijing YHR Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd (China). Some of our graduates move on to PhD programmes. Among the many universities which have accepted our students are KTH (Sweden), UC Davis (USA), and University of Melbourne (Australia).

Contact Person: Gerhard Barmen, Åsa Davidsson (


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

0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0731 - Surveying", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Faculty of Engineering
SE-221 00 Lund


Open from
15 Oct 2019 to 15 Jan 2020


There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. For non-EU/EEA citizens, the tuition fee for this programme is SEK 145 000 per year. See for details on tuition fees.


A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering or equivalent, including courses in mathematics/calculus, hydraulics/fluid mechanics and geology.

English Level 6 (equivalent to IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90). See for details on English proficiency levels.

Application Procedure:

1. Apply online:

Go to -resources. Click on “Apply” and follow the instructions for the online application at the Swedish national application website Rank the chosen programmes in order of preference.

2. Submit your supporting documents:

  • General Supporting documents: Check what documents you need to submit (i.e. official transcripts, degree diploma/proof of expected graduation, translations, proof of English, passport) and how you need to submit them at
  • Programme-specific supporting documents: For information on programme-specific documentation, please check the programme webpage.

3. Pay the application fee (when applicable).

Grant Opportunities:

For more information about funding opportunities please visit the Scholarships section of the programme's website.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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