Master's Programme in Water Engineering 2020/2021

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Access to clean water is a vitally important cornerstone of modern society. As a water engineer, you will learn to use cutting-edge measurement, simulation and data analysis methods for water in the built and natural environment. By mastering these tools as a student in the Master's Programme in Water Engineering, you can help create a sustainable future for our planet's inhabitants.

In order for us to live comfortably and safely, society has a large and constant need to distribute, store and purify water. Experts like water engineers are essential for keeping these systems functioning by, for example, determining the amount of available water, calculating flows in the main water grid, and simulating water run-off in residential areas. The production of drinking water and treatment of wastewater demand long-term solutions that require advanced technical know-how in measurement, simulation and data analysis (including machine learning and artificial intelligence)

Aside from drinking water preparation, storm water management and water sanitation, water engineering also encompasses surface water hydrology and geohydrology as well as their applications in research and development.

Why this programme?

The Master's Programme in Water Engineering at Uppsala University has a strong focus on digitalisation, which is expected to grow increasingly important for the water sector. As such, you will apply highly useful methods for collecting and interpreting digital data in the water industry.

As a student in the programme, you will acquire both theoretical and practical skills in water treatment, storage and conveyance. Digitalisation and machine learning are key concepts throughout, as much of the programme focuses on the analysis of large amounts of data, modelling/simulation and automation within the water sector.

The programme also offers several opportunities for students to participate in research seminars and lectures at the various departments that contribute to the programme. Students are encouraged to engage in faculty research through, for example, degree projects within on-going research projects.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Water Engineering as the main field of study.


The programme begins with an introductory course that provides you with a firm footing in hydrology and fluid mechanics, both needed for the subsequent courses in the programme. The introductory course will also teach topics and skills that are pervasive throughout the programme, such as engineering ethics, sustainable technology and written and verbal communication. In addition, the first semester will include an introductory course in programming, as part of the focus on digitalisation.

The second semester will offer advanced courses that build upon those of the first semester, concluding with a course on measurement methods with focus on sensors in the water sector.

The third semester will include the final course of the digitalisation profile, where digitalisation projects will be carried out together with students from another Master's programme (such as Data Science) using actual data from water systems. Finally, the programme will conclude with a degree project in water engineering, in which you will be expected to apply the majority of the skills you have learned as part of your training.

Learning experience

You are expected to participate and actively contribute to teaching sessions while also assuming responsibility for your own learning.

Instruction consists of lectures, practical assignments, seminars, projects and case studies. A large part of the programme is spent studying on your own or in a study group outside the classroom, and as such, it is important that you take a proactive role in structuring your own studies.

The programme is intimately tied to contemporary research, and the courses closely follow current developments in water engineering.

The language of instruction is English.


There is a strong and consistent demand for water engineers, both in Sweden and internationally. This includes developing countries, which often have rapidly growing requirements for qualified water supply. Digitalisation is highly important to the effective use of water, particularly with the looming spectre of climate change, making this educational programme highly relevant for a career in water engineering

Upon completion of the programme, you may go on to find employment with municipal water suppliers, regional environmental authorities, governmental agencies, as a consultant. Examples of potential positions and workplaces include regional drinking water and waste water treatment plants, the processing industry, consultant agencies dealing with water and the environment, and hydropower

If you so choose, you may also elect to stay in academia, pursuing a PhD in a field related to hydrology. With a skill set that includes modelling, measurement, digitalisation and automation, you will be an attractive candidate for a PhD in hydrology, geohydrology and environmental analysis at Uppsala University, as well as in hydrology-related PhD studies at KTH, Chalmers, Lund University, LTU and SLU.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Master's Programme in Water Engineering

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1285 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in engineering;
  • 10 credits in physics including mechanics and electromagnetism;
  • 20 credits in chemistry including general chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry;
  • 20 credits in mathematics including linear algebra and single variable calculus.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources


For programme-specific information, please contact the study counsellor

For admissions-related or general information, please contact: Our applicant support team:

Programme Director: Alexandru Tatomir

Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villavägen 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villavägen 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

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