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Master's Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering

Want to ensure a sustainable and functioning society? Then come and study at Aalto University's Master's Programme in Water & Environmental Engineering!
Water and environmental engineering is essentially about making the world work! With limited natural resources and an increasing demand for water, food and energy, we look at practical ways to develop our society in a sustainable manner.
Students and teaching staff at the Aalto University Environmental Hydraulics Lab


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

2.12.2019 – 3.1.2020

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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Scholarships and Tuition Fees

Please note, study option's language of instruction is English!

The Master's Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering combines a strong technical basis with a sound understanding of broader social contexts to educate future game changers. The emphasis in the programme is on water-related aspects, including their relation to the environment.

Interested in a variety of topics? Our multidisciplinary master's programme brings together the best of water and environmental engineering and provides a broad view of the field. Our teaching combines theory with practice, including hands-on modelling work, case studies and project work. We collaborate with other master’s programmes at Aalto University and encourage you to go for student exchange to diversify your views and skills.

Do you want to create your own specialisation within our field? Our programme is student-centered and we strive to put your specific set of skills to use. The field is diverse and you have many options for pursuing your desired career. You can design your own study path to ensure that you study things that you are passionate about. Our personal portfolio process helps you to recognise your strengths and interests with the help of your mentor and your peers.

Are you ready to change the world? The ultimate aim of our programme is to ensure a sustainable and functioning society. We are passionate and motivated about what we do and we are proud to be experts in the field of water and environment! We focus on what engineers do: apply theory to practice to solve challenges that are critical to our society. Our programme aims to equip you with skills, knowledge and professional identity. For a detailed presentation, see:

Competences and related intended learning outcomes (ILOs) of the programme

Study programme

The major of the programme is water and environmental engineering, with emphasis on water. The major studies are divided into three themes, corresponding the main research themes of the Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group: Water Resources Management, Water & Wastewater Engineering and Water & Development.

Each themes has their own thematic and methodological focuses, and you can mix courses from different themes into your major studies. To ensure in-depth expertise, however, we recommend that you take multiple courses within at least one theme.

Structure of studies

The WAT Master's Programme consists of 120 credits (ECTS), including following parts:

  • Major (60 credits), including 15 credits common courses and 45 credits advanced courses
  • Elective studies (30 credits): you can choose practically any combination of courses that supports your studies and suites your interests
  • Master's Thesis (30 credits): a piece of applied research conducted independently by the student.

The structure of the programme is designed so that you are able to complete your common and advanced studies during the first year. This leaves your second year for elective courses and the master's thesis. It also makes it easy for you to go for student exchange during the second year. Alternatively, you can further build your expertise by taking more of our advanced courses as elective courses.

For more information on the courses included in the programme, please visit the programme pages.

More information about Water and Environmental Research at Aalto University.

Career opportunities

Water and environmental engineering provides you with diverse career opportunities. Our graduates work in numerous positions as e.g. planners, technical experts, and managers, and also have good possibilities to advance in their career. The employers of our graduates include the private sector, public sector, civil society as well as academia. It is also common to change your workplace; you do not have to work in one sector of society for the rest of your life.

Fore more information on our field's career prospects, see the summary of our WAT Alumni Survey.

Admission requirements

Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation.

The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • university/higher education institution; recognized for high quality of education and research
  • degree and relevance of studies; suit very well or excellent to the study option
  • academic performance; need to be mainly very good or excellent
  • motivation and commitment to the programme; should be clearly in connection with the study option.

The water and environmental engineering field is diverse, and we therefore welcome students with diverse backgrounds to our programme. Being an engineering master’s programme, we expect our students to be skilled in mathematics and physics. However, an engineering background is not a precondition to apply.

Additional documents

The following mandatory documents are required by the programme:

  • a motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae (cv)

Contact information

With questions regarding the application process: [email protected]

With questions regarding the content of the programme and studies: [email protected]

 Marko Keskinen

Marko Keskinen

Senior university lecturer, programme director
Applying to master’s programmes

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