Water Engineering MSc
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About the Course
Civil Engineering addresses key challenges associated with infrastructure. There is a global shortage of qualified civil engineers, especially at the graduate/junior engineer career stage. This shortage is expected to increase significantly when the current economic crisis ends. This MSc will help redress this imbalance, providing graduates with an advanced knowledge and skills base, with particular strengths in aspects of water engineering.
Problems associated with water resources, access, distribution and quality have been identified as being amongst the most important global issues for the coming fifty years by a variety of bodies including the United Nations, World Bank, ICE. These problems reflect growing populations, raised expectations and the impact of climate change. Water quality issues and water scarcity are increasingly becoming a major issue due to increasing population, economic growth and climate change. Recent figures indicate that 1.1 billion people, worldwide, do not have access to clean drinking water, while 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2005). Currently we are mid-way through the UN’s 'Water for Life'
International Decade, with a Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without access to adequate water infrastructure by 2015. Although significant progress has been achieved, continued improvement towards the target, and maintaining new and existing water supply and sanitation infrastructure requires a much greater pool of qualified engineers than is currently available. Even in developed countries, water resources are under significant pressure as a result of demand for increasing volumes of clean water, with a growing usage of unsustainable sources.
Episodes when there is too much water also present an increasing challenge. Major flood events, such as the 2010 floods in Pakistan, directly affect millions. Water-related risks, including fluvial, pluvial and coastal flooding, drought, and groundwater changes are being given an increasingly high priority by local, regional and national governments. Current budgetary pressures mean that solutions have to be appropriate, efficient and innovative.
Information about the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators bursary can be found in the Fees section.
Read about the Water Engineering Team.
This course is designed for both recent graduates and more experienced engineers who wish to update and enhance their knowledge and understanding. Our MSc is unique in providing specialist knowledge on the critical sub-topics of desalination systems, building water services engineering, industrial waste water management, and water in health care.
The programme will demonstrate the links between theory and practice by including input from our industrial partners and through site visits. Generic modules in financial and project management will underpin specialist modules focusing on Water Engineering topics. Students’ skills in gathering and understanding complex information from a variety of sources (including engineering, scientific and socio-economic information) will be developed in an advanced research methods module. Issues relating to risk and health and safety will be introduced in the research methods module and built on in the more specialist modules.
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Students can make the most of laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well equipped. We have recently made a major investment in our Joseph Bazalgette Laboratories which includes hydraulic testing laboratory equipment and facilities such as our open channel flow flumes.
Although we recruit a large number of highly qualified students to our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees each year, we don’t forget that you are an individual. From the beginning of your time here, you are allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through academic and pastoral issues.
The School is "research intensive". This means that most academics are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Much of this research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including construction companies, water utilities, and other leading industrial firms. We work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and Japan. This research is fed directly into our courses, providing a challenging investigative culture and ensuring that you are exposed to up-to-date and relevant material throughout your time at Brunel.
We have excellent links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means:
- Degrees are designed to meet the needs of industry and the market place.
- The latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course.
- You have greater choice and quality of professional placements.
- We have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.
This course has been designed in close consultation with industry and is accredited as a designated 'technical' MSc degree by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for entry year 2012. The JBM is made up of Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers respectively.
- This means this course provides Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer who holds a CEng accredited first degree (full JBM listing of accredited degrees).
- As a designated ‘technical’ MSc, it will also allow suitable holders of an IEng accredited first degree to meet the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.
Facts and Figures
Brunel's School of Engineering and Design is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with over 150 academics and a substantial and high quality pool of technical and administrative staff. As a result, we have excellent resources to support your time here as a student.
The primary aim of this programme is to create master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the Water Engineering sector. The graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.
Specific aims are as follows:
- To provide education at postgraduate level in Civil Engineering.
- To develop the versatility and depth to deal with new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of Water Engineering issues, drawing on an understanding of all aspects of water engineering principles.
- To develop imagination, initiative and creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations.
- To provide a pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.
The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
A) Knowledge and Understanding of:
- The principles of Water Engineering, including fluid mechanics, hydrology, and sustainable design
- Specialist areas that impact on the successful application of water engineering knowledge projects, eg sustainable construction management, financial management and risk analysis
- The interplay between Engineering and sustainability in complex real-world situations.
B) At the Cognitive Level Students will be able to:
- Select, use and evaluate appropriate investigative techniques.
- Assemble and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data.
- Recognise and assess the problems and critically evaluate solutions to challenges in managing Water Engineering projects.
- Evaluate the environmental and financial sustainability of current and potential Civil Engineering activities.
C) In terms of Personal/Transferable skills, students will be able to:
- Define and organise a substantial advanced investigation.
- Select and employ appropriate advanced research methods.
- Organise technical information into a concise, coherent document.
- Effectively employ a variety of styles communication aimed at different audiences.
- Plan, manage, evaluate and orally-present personal projects.
- Work as part of, and lead, a team.
Each taught module will count for 15 credits, approximating to 150 learning hours. The Master’s programme can be taken full time, over 12 months, or part-time over 36 months. The first eight months of the full time course will include eight taught modules. For the final four months, students will complete a dissertation counting for 60 credits.
- Sustainable Construction, Management and Professional Development
- Structural Design & FEA
- Water Infrastructure Engineering
- Risk & Financial Management
- Hydrology & Hydraulics
- Water Treatment Engineering
- Water Process Engineering
- Research Methods
Our PhilosophyThe ethos of Water Engineering at Brunel stems from the initial formation of the University as a technological institution in the mid-1960s.
Our philosophy is to underpin theoretical aspects of the subject with hands-on experience in applying water engineering techniques. Although you may move on to project management and supervision roles, we feel it important that your knowledge is firmly based on an understanding of how things are done. To this end, industrial partners will provide guest lectures on specialist topics.
In addition to teaching, water engineering staff are active researchers. This keeps us at the cutting edge of developments and, we hope, allows us to pass on our enthusiasm for the subject.
HoursContact between students and academic staff is relatively high at around 20 hours per week to assist you in adjusting to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.
How will I be taught?Lectures
These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas you need to understand and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.
Practicals are generally two- or three-hour sessions in which you can practise your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.
In a studio you will work on individual and group projects with guidance from members of staff. You may be required to produce a design or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.
Learning from real-world examples in an important part of the course. You will visit sites featuring a range of water engineering approaches and asked to evaluate what you see.
On registration for the course you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will get one-to-one supervision on all project work.
Several methods of assessment are employed on the course. There are written examinations and coursework. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.
Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to a problem.
In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.
This course allow practitioners in relevant technical and engineering based subject areas to both broaden their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of water engineering (which they may not be quite familiar with), and also to specialise further in this discipline.
It also allows practising water engineers to build upon both the basic and advanced theory that underpins their discipline. It is anticipated that since this course is geared for UK and overseas water engineering practitioners, it will enhance all participants’ career prospects.
In terms of the UK, participants would be attracted to the type of work carried out by specialist water and environmental consultants, government agencies, drainage boards of local authorities, and large scale civil engineering firms working in this field.
In terms of the overseas participants, it would enhance their skills base to work with international construction companies with specialist divisions in the water and environmental field, large local civil engineering firms, and also with their own domestic water utility set-ups.
This course allow practitioner’s in relevant technical and engineering based subject areas to both broaden their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of water engineering (which they may not be quite familiar with), and also to specialise further in this discipline. It also allows practising water engineers to build upon both the basic and advanced theory that underpins their discipline. It is anticipated that since this course is geared for UK and overseas water engineering practitioners, it will enhance all participant’s career prospects.
In terms of the UK, participants would be attracted to the type of work carried out by specialist water and environmental consultants, the Environment Agency, UK Water and Sewage companies, drainage boards of local authorities, and large scale civil engineering firms working in this field. In terms of the overseas participants, it would enhance their skills base to work with international construction companies with specialist divisions in the water and environmental field, large local civil engineering firms, and also with their own domestic water utility set-ups.
UK/EU students: £5,800 full-time
International students: £15,000 full-time
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry RequirementsA UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, usually in engineering, science, technology or related discipline. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4)
- TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.