Master's Programme in Water Engineering
Programme syllabus, TVA2M
Decisions and guidelines
Decision to establish the education programme
This syllabus was established by the Board of the Faculty of Science and Technology on November 7, 2022 to be applied as of July 1, 2023.
The Master Programme in Water Engineering is established at Uppsala University according to a decision by the Vice-Chancellor (UFV 2019/1105).
Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) is called "Masterexamen" in Swedish.
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;
- 5 credits in chemistry;
- 20 credits in mathematics.
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
The aim of the programme is to educate students in the field of water engineering, with special emphasis on digitalization in the water sector. The students acquire both theoretical and practical skills in water engineering, both with regard to water in natural systems as well as constructed environments. Students start the program by learning the basic principles of fluid mechanics, and then pursue more advanced studies regarding the flow of water in the environment and in society, including drinking water preparation and wastewater treatment. In contrast to traditional programmes in water engineering, students explore methods for acquiring and interpreting large data series through the application of principles in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Students in the programme acquire competency in the simulation of water flow with numerical models for water flow and contaminant transport. After the completion of the educational programme, the programme has established a solid foundation for a career in business, with municipal water treatment, with local, regional and national governmental authorities, or for continued education at the PhD level. Examples of career opportunities are at municipal drinking water plants, wastewater treatment facilities, with processing industries, as consultants in the field of water and the environment, and in the hydropower industry.
Objectives of the Degree
The Swedish Higher Education Act
The Swedish Higher Education Act contains provisions about the higher education institutions that are accountable to the Government.
Degree of Master (120 credits) [Masterexamen]
The Higher Education Ordinance
According to the Higher Education Ordinance the Degree of Master (120 credits) has the following learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
- demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
- demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
- demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
- demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
- demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.
Layout of the programme
Description of the programme
General description of the Master programmes in technology
The Master programmes in technology at Uppsala University are coherent two-year programmes with the possibility to graduate with a degree of Master of Science (60 credits) when the requirements for this degree are met. The programmes contain recommended courses of study to assure the quality of the degree, presenting students with a choice of courses closely aligned with the learning objectives of the Higher Education Ordinance. There are also designated elective courses with opportunities for specialisation through successive selections of courses. The programme ends with a degree project.
Each academic year is divided into four study periods, two during the autumn semester and two during the spring semester.
Second-cycle courses involve a considerable amount of independent work and responsibility for one's own learning. This results in increased depth and complexity within the main field of study. The students also acquire the ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing.
Description of the Master Programme in Water Engineering at Uppsala University
The aim of the programme is to educate students in the field of water engineering, with special emphasis on digitalization in the water sector. The educational programme begins with an introduction to the field and a strong focus on fluid mechanics, sustainability and presentation methods. The field of water engineering includes, in addition to drinking water production, storm water management and wastewater treatment, surface water hydrology and geohydrology as well as their application in research and development. Students acquire both theoretical and practical skills including digitalisation and machine learning, with focus on large data series in the water sector. Courses are also provided in which students can develop skills with measurement methods in water systems and the simulation of these systems.
Degree projects are conducted in collaboration with companies, municipal organisations, national authorities, or at the university. For a Master degree, a degree project of 30 credits is completed.
The programme courses
The following in-depth levels are used for the courses in the study plan:
G1N first cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F first cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E first cycle, contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
A1N second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
GXX first cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
AXX second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Main Field of study
The main field of water engineering consists of the development and implementation of technical systems related to water infrastructure, storage and treatment in society. The main field includes the measurement, analysis, and simulation of water's interaction with all components of the built and natural environment. Social, economic, and ecological sustainability are the foundation for long-term societal solutions.
A course can and should be classified as belonging to the main field of Water Engineering if it is mostly dealing with the following:
- Methods for development, construction, commissioning, verification, use or maintenance of technical systems for the conveyance, storage or treatment of water.
- Methods for the description and simulation of composition and flow of water and the transport of compounds in natural environments and technical systems.
Common guidelines and instructions for degree projects apply to all programmes in technology at Uppsala University. Forms and instructions for students are available on the Faculty website https://www.teknat.uu.se/education/student-en/.
In order to be entitled to a Master's degree, you have to hold a Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish "Kandidatexamen", from an internationally recognised university.
Master's degree, 120 credits (Master of Science)
In order to be entitled to a Master of Science (120 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Completed courses totalling 120 credits (two years of full-time studies). Completed courses totalling 90 credits at the second cycle (advanced level), whereof at least 60 credits within the main field of study. At the most, 30 credits is allowed to be from the first cycle. Within the main field of study a degree project of 30 credits minimum, is required.
Admission to a later part of the programme
In order to be admitted to a later part of the programme the student must:
- fulfil the general and specific entry requirements for the programme.
- have 15 credits of courses relevant to the programme, at Master's (advanced) level, in addition to the Bachelor's degree.
- have sufficient prior knowledge to be able to follow the programme at the level at which the student is admitted, which means that the student is able to study at least 15 credits from the programme outline (for the semester to which the student is admitted). The other 15 credits are specified in the individual study plan.
All points above must be satisfied, and the courses completed (modules do not count), at the latest by the deadline for supporting documentation of qualifications (see below). Students can only be admitted to a later part of a programme or a specialisation within a programme if there are available places in the programme in the semester in question.
An individual study plan for the first semester should be established by the programme study counsellor.
For studies starting the autumn semester the application period is 15th of March - 15th of April. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted no later than 1st of June (for autumn semester). For studies starting the spring semester the application period is 15th of September - 15th of October. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted not later than 1th of December (for spring semester). If the specified dates for the application deadline or completion date fall on a public holiday, the deadline is postponed to the nearest weekday. After the last application day, it is possible to submit a late application until the beginning of the semester. Late applications will be handled in the order they are received.
If the number of applicants is larger than the number of available places according to the dimensioning applicable, the selection criterion of average grade on prerequisite courses from a higher education institution (courses relevant to the programme) is used.
Grading system and assessment
The form of assessment and the grading system are shown in the course syllabus. Information about exam registrations are available at the virtual learning environment (this does not apply to exams at other higher education institutions than Uppsala University).
For more regulations see "Guidelines on working conditions for first- and second-cycle students at Uppsala University" as of 2017-07-01.
Inclusion of course credits towards a Master of Science degree
Some courses may not be included in the same degree, due to content overlap. The course content is shown in each course syllabus and the Graduation Office decides which courses may be included in the degree.