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Postgraduate courses 2024/25

Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering with Industrial Practice, MSc

Our Master's in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering with Industrial Practice is ideal for graduates seeking roles in sectors such as water resource engineering and waste management.

This course gives you the skills to design and develop new concepts for water and waste that are environmentally friendly. It combines science, public health and engineering, so you will develop the skills to cover the technical elements of natural and engineering environmental systems. You'll also learn to handle the full delivery process of engineered and natural water and earth resources, from the planning and design stage to construction and maintenance.

Our two-year course is aimed at graduates from environmental engineering backgrounds who want to apply sustainability strategies to complex problems. It will also suit those wishing to develop their careers in fields around environmental engineering - from water reuse to desalination - or in related commercial enterprise. The course includes a project and a one-year internship with a related employer in the field, allowing you to put your learning into practice and gain vital career skills.

School

Engineering

Location

Medway Campus

Duration

2 years sandwich

Start month

September; January

Fees information

For fee information related to this course, please see fees section below

What you should know about this course

  • Ideal for graduates looking to apply new sustainable strategies to increasingly complex problems in environmental engineering.
  • You are responsible for securing your placement (with our help). But if this is not completed, you can still graduate with an award without industrial practice.
  • This course is taught at our Medway Campus in Kent.

Discover our Medway Campus


The Faculty of Engineering and Science is located in Chatham, Kent. Get a sense of what our Medway Campus is all about.

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

Students are required to choose 105 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

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.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should normally have a recognised bachelor’s degree (2.1 or above) in engineering (Civil and / or Environmental) and/or Physical Sciences (Geology, Physics and/ or Chemistry) or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants without a first degree but with professional and vocational experience (e.g. incorporated engineer or chartered engineer status) may be considered if they demonstrate the potential to succeed on the programme.

There is no requirement for industry experience although students with some work experience will be at an advantage in securing a placement for the Industrial Practice.

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. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Further information about entry

Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Please email the Programme Leader atfes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

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.

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.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £16,550 N/A N/A
International £21,000 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The industrial placement is an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and experience you gain during your first year on the programme. You will engage with current industrial systems, processes, and practices, which contribute to your professional development in the engineering sector.

How long is my placement?

An industrial practice placement should typically last 11 months, with a maximum of 48 weeks, and a minimum of 35 weeks (only if required by the student placement search process).

Mentors

A workplace mentor supports you during your placement, helping you to set objectives and goals, and ensuring you receive appropriate training.

You will also be allocated an academic mentor who monitors your written work. The academic mentor will engage with you to ensure your placement is running smoothly.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

You'll gain the skills to progress in environmental engineering, desalination and water reuse, water resources engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, environmental fluid hydraulics, environmental remediation, waste management and other specialities valued in the private and public sectors.

Do you provide employability services?

As well as support from the Faculty of Engineering and Science Placements Team, the University partners with an organisation that specialises in guiding students to secure an industrial practice placement. However, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure an appropriate placement. This could be with a local or international employer in a relevant industrial sector.

If a placement is not secured, it is still possible to graduate with an MSc without the endorsement of Industrial Practice.

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. Workplace mentors are also allocated in the second year.

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 can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.