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Postgraduate prospectus

Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering, MSc

This Master’s in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering combines solid waste management, and contaminated land treatment with management of the earth's resources.

This MSc course is designed for graduates from a wide range of environmental engineering backgrounds who want to apply new sustainable strategies to increasingly complex problems. We cover the technical aspects of natural and engineering environmental systems.

Our broad approach combines science, public health and engineering. You'll develop your engineering skills and learn to design, develop and apply concepts for water and waste, considering environmental sensitivity. You will also consider planning, modelling, design, construction, operation, maintenance and control of engineered and natural water and earth resources.

Students of our MSc Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering gain the skills for career progression in areas such as desalination and water reuse, water resource engineering, hydraulics, hydrology, and environmental remediation.

School

Engineering

Location

Medway Campus

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September; January

Home/international fees

* January 2024 starters pay the 2023/24 fees.

2023/24 fees

What you should know about this course

  • You can live and study at our Medway Campus in Kent and benefit from our excellent library and computing laboratory facilities
  • We are investing in laboratory improvements across the faculty developing integrated state of the art labs with specialised equipment to support our teaching and research
  • Dissertation topics focus on solutions to real world problems facing practitioners in environmental engineering.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Lectures are delivered by members of the School of Engineering with relevant globally recognised specialisms in the field. Speakers from industry, government and consultancy (e.g. The Environment Agency, Arcadis, Ecologia, Remtech Ltd and SEED) deliver guest lectures each year and industry-relevant teaching sessions.

If I want to specifically talk about the subject or the help I got from the university of Greenwich, I would say it's phenomenal.

- Arjun Rajesh Varia, MSc Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering

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Entry requirements

If you are

You should have:

An appropriate recognised bachelor's degree 2.2 or above in engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, environmental, industrial and agricultural) and/or natural and physical sciences, or an equivalent qualification.

  • Students without a first degree, but with professional and vocational experience (e.g. incorporated engineer, chartered scientist or chartered environmentalist status) may be considered if they demonstrate the potential to succeed on the course.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

Our taught modules are research-informed and delivered though a mixture of interactive lectures and discussions, tutorials, field trips, and case-studies. Most modules have a practical component that relates to the theory you cover in the classroom.

Through our collaboration with the environment industry, we offer projects which are relevant to current issues. You'll often receive direct supervision from one of our collaborators.

Class sizes

For the specialist modules, our class sizes are usually limited to 10 students in lab sessions and 25 students in lectures. This helps to create familiarity between students and staff and ensure a great learning experience.

The modules that run across several courses can have larger classes sizes, which are typically broken down into smaller groups.

Independent learning

Our courses are designed to give you the space for exploratory and independent study. You'll work towards individual and group assignments and undertake the preparation/follow-up work associated with lectures, seminars, integrative assignments and laboratory classes.

We encourage students to take advantage of a range of related extra-curricular opportunities available within the university and elsewhere.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by methods such as project work, assignments, laboratory exercises and written examinations.

Assessment for the Environmental Engineering Research Project includes a final report/dissertation, poster, seminar presentation and oral examination.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date.

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June. You can begin the course in September or January.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2023/24 fees *

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* January 2024 starters pay the 2023/24 fees.

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates will find employment opportunities as engineers, scientist and technical managers in the private sector (engineering design firms, engineering consultancy, project management, risk management and waste management), and in the public sector (environmental protection engineering, regulations and standards, local government).

You may also wish to pursue further qualifications such as a PhD to become even more specialised.

Employers of environmental engineers include engineering consultancies (such as AECOM, Atkins, Mott MacDonald Group, Hyder), government agencies (such as Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and NGOs (such as Oxfam, Engineers without Boarders, Water Aid).

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. This includes an Employer Partnerships Manager, who works with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities.

Our team will also help you understand the jobs market, produce effective CVs, and prepare for a graduate job and placement applications in your final year.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

The course leader has the overall responsibility for your course and will be your first point of contact.

We also allocate you a personal tutor, who you meet soon after you join the department. Their role is to support your personal and academic development and act as your point of contact for queries or problems.

Support from the department

We help new students over the first few weeks with our faculty and department induction. This covers the first week of term 1 (September) and term 2 (January). We'll also help you discover the academic and social landscape at Medway Campus.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.