MSc Water and Environmental Management

Graduate with all the professional skills you need to develop and manage successful water and environmental projects from the very start.

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Full-time: 12 months (Sep start) or 16 months (Jan start) | Part-time: 24 months (Sep start) or 28 months (Jan start)

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Programme Overview

Our MSc in Water and Environmental Management gives you the technical skills to manage pollution, alongside a detailed understanding of the urban aquatic environment. Emphasis is on the practical application of water and environmental management within industry. We aim to prepare you for a management career in the water and environmental sectors.

When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to embrace the challenges around water problems caused by expanding urban areas worldwide.

You’ll deepen your research skills and techniques by completing a dissertation on a topic you want to explore further, supported by our academic staff. 


Designed and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of leading academics, the course is supported by input from real-world industrial practitioners.  We have many years’ experience in environmental postgraduate education and a high research rating in Environmental Science in Scotland.  

You’ll graduate with all the professional skills you need to develop and manage successful water and environmental projects from the very start.

The programme can be studied full time for one year or over two years part-time.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have

  • At least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree or equivalent qualifications in Engineering or Science.
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, determined by prior study, work experience, professional qualifications, and references.


We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants across the world.

Typically, international applicants should have: 

  • The equivalent of a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in Engineering or Science.
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, determined by prior study, work experience, professional qualifications, and references.

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements.

Please see English Language Requirements for the full list of accepted qualifications and further details.

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For more information on the application process, tuition fees and scholarships, studying in Scotland, and to contact our International Team, please visit our International Students page.


How the Course Works

Full-time on-campus students will complete the degree in one year: The academic year consists of three terms with the Master’s dissertation module completed in term three.

Part-time on-campus students will complete the degree in two years: year one consists of two terms, and year two of three terms with the Master's dissertation module completed in the final term.

The Master’s project is an independent research project under guidance of supervisors.

Learning and Assessment

The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations, examinations and portfolios, and a written dissertation. Formal examinations, class tests and reports will also feature where relevant.

You’ll be exposed to a variety of teaching, learning and assessment practices throughout your MSc programme. This includes lectures, seminars, written/oral presentations and project work.

Field trips and industrial visits are used to develop student appreciation of the practical application of research methods and data analysis.

On Graduating from the Programme, You Will:

  • Know how to address environmental directives and other statutory regulations.

  • Have a deep knowledge of relevant issues such as urban waste management.

  • Have acquired management expertise so you can operate in senior leadership positions.

  • Have developed your communication skills for planning, executing, reporting and presenting to stakeholders at all levels.

  • Have gained a complex interdisciplinary skillset needed for a successful career in this field.


Environmental Management (EEM500)

Provides students with a series of practical management tools with which environmental issues can be managed, within both the public and private sector. Students are enabled to examine the policy, legal and ethical framework in which projects operate and to develop the necessary skills to manage diverse teams in a sustainable manner.

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (EEM504)

Utilising knowledge and understanding in geotechnical engineering to solve complex geotechnical problems by considering advanced solutions which are cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Using geotechnical software capable of solving complex geotechnical problems.

Renewable Energy (EEM507)

This module covers advanced aspects of the science, technology, socio−economic and environmental aspects of renewable energy production, with a particular emphasis on biofuels.

Project Management (BMT530) (BMT530)

The complexity of project management and the tools and techniques to support successful management. Carry out an investigation into a project failure and recommend alternative actions which could have been taken. Module content: Project analysis and planning; Managing projects; Project management methodologies.

Research Methods (GRS501) (GRS501)

This module is designed to introduce postgraduate students to research methods and statistical analysis. Theoretical, historical, and statistical concepts are taught in lectures with hands-on practical lab sessions using both quantitative and qualitative techniques that allow students to put theory into practice.

Waste and Wastewater Management (EEM408)

Regulatory and technical aspects of waste and wastewater treatment and management. Module content: Waste & Contaminated Land Regulations, Waste Characterisation, Collection, Transport and Storage, Waste Management and Treatment Technologies, Contaminated Land Management and Remediation, Wastewater Management and Treatment, Sludge Treatment and Management.

Water and Environmental Engineering 2 (EEM515)

The module introduces unsteady open channel flow and sediment transport in open channels. The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the knowledge required for solving unsteady open channel flow problems and for evaluating and predicting sediment transport rate and scouring at bridges.

MSc Dissertation (EEM517)

Individual in-depth investigation of a particular aspect of your own specialism.

Information for International Applicants

Learn more about Abertay's English language requirements, as well as visa information.

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English Language Requirements

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Visa Information

All the information you need about visa requirements for studying here at Abertay University.

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International Students

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to assume technical and managerial roles in the water and environmental management industry and can work in academia.

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Fees & funding

Please note: this course will run over 16 months full-time and 28 months part-time if you begin your studies in January.

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you depends on factors such as your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. Visit the links below and scroll down to find the Postgraduate section.

More information

Find out about grants, bursaries, maintenance loans and living costs in our postgraduate taught fees and funding section.


The scholarships below are open to international students and those applying from England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a 2.1 or above for a postgraduate course. 

Abertay Postgraduate Taught rUK Scholarship

This £1,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

International Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £3,000 award is open to all prospective new international postgraduate students at Abertay University.

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Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay – from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

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