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MSc Water Engineering

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering

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Programme Director:
Prof. Slobodan Djordjevic

Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Designed for engineers seeking to study water engineering at an advanced level before moving quickly to management or leaderships positions
  • Highly relevant to the needs of future water engineers and will provide you with knowledge and key skills in urban water engineering and management, equipping you to solve modern day engineering problems
  • Draws upon the expertise of our Centre for Water Systems, which is internationally renowned for its research including water supply and distribution systems, waste water and urban drainage systems, integrated modelling, risk and uncertainty, and whole-life costing
  • Expect to take on exciting roles in consultancies, water utilities, contractors, regulatory bodies, government agencies, and international organisations after graduating.
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Programme Director: Dr James Webber

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Prof Slobodan Djordjevic talks about MSc Water Engineering at the University of Exeter.

Specialist facilities include microscopy suite, aerodynamics and fluids laboratories, additive manufacturing workshop and vibration testing rigs

£6.5million investment in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment

1st globally for Clean Water and Sanitation

Apply the latest techniques and technologies to complex problems sustainably


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

I currently work as an engineer for Faber Maunsell AECOM; a leading international consultancy. My employer recognised the importance for me to obtain a relevant and up-to-date Masters and it was their recommendation that I enrolled as a part time student with the University of Exeter.

The University of Exeter is a fantastic place to study and one that supports achievement in all career aspirations. Since joining I’ve been selected as one of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President’s apprentices. This involves shadowing ICE President Jean Venables OBE for some of her presidential duties throughout the year. Exeter has been wholly supportive of this great opportunity, with the flexibility and industrial focus of the programme making it possible to do both.

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Entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B3. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

Compulsory modules

ECMM110Water and Environmental Systems15
ECMM124Hydroinformatics Tools15
ECMM162Water Management in Developing Countries15
ECMM132Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management15
ECMM133Water Supply and Distribution Management15
ECMM134Environmental Processes15
ECMM163Sustainable Engineering15
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60
ECMM148Advanced CFD15


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year: 

£13,700 full-time

International fees per year: 

£29,100 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field. Plus, you’ll become actively involved in a research project yourself.

All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

Maths support

Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.

Sample mathematics test

Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.

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In-demand skills

There is considerable demand in the workplace for graduates with knowledge in both a specialist technology area and in management, particularly in the modern tools and techniques to support the management of a dynamically changing engineering business.

Recent graduates have taken employment in a variety of sectors, including both large companies and small and medium sized enterprises.

The University of Exeter has an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds to a high standard, so when it comes to life after graduation you can be confident that you are starting your next professional adventure in a prime, leading position.

Dedicated careers support

All students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is the home of a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.