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Water Technology and Desalination MSc

Water Technology and Desalination MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Water Supply Engineering Technology

Course type


Course Summary

This course is delivered Online Learning, ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. Students receive comprehensive materials for each course through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Water resource management is a global issue that is becoming increasingly important. With a rapidly growing world population, greater urbanisation and a changing climate putting pressure on freshwater resources, water resource management and the technologies that support it, will play a large part in providing fresh water to meet basic human needs. Water Technology and Desalination is designed for science and engineering graduates, as well as practising engineers, who wish to gain specialised knowledge in water treatment with an emphasis on membrane technology. The course aims to provide a sound understanding of a range of technologies that can be developed to provide safe, accessible water supply from saline groundwater and seawater. In particular, there is a technical focus on the design parameters and processes underpinning their efficient performance and operation. Students will also develop a critical awareness of the wider issues of resource management within the context of global change and the challenges presented by the need for desalination to be delivered on a technically robust and sustainable basis. Upon successful completion of the Water Technology and Desalination course, students will be awarded with a Heriot-Watt University degree as well as an IDA Desalination Academy Certificate of Completion. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

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Study mode



7 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students pay £1310 per Standard module, £2550 per Premium module and £1690 for the Dissertation.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students pay £1310 per Standard module, £2550 per Premium module and £1690 for the Dissertation.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent overseas qualification, in engineering, environmental, earth, chemical, physical, or mathematical sciences. Students with a Lower Second-Class Honours degree will be considered with relevant experience. Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.