Master's Programme in Water and 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 for practical ways to develop our society in a sustainable manner.
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The Master's Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering combines a strong technical basis with a sound understanding of broader societal context 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 you are passionate about. Our personal portfolio process helps you to recognise your strengths and interests together 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 the environment! We focus on what engineers do: apply theory to practice to solve challenges that are critical to society. Our programme aims to equip you with skills, knowledge and professional identity. For a detailed presentation, see:
The major of the programme is water and environmental engineering, with empahsis on water. 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 its own thematic and methodological focuses, and you can mix courses from different themes into your major. 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.
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.
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.
The following mandatory documents are required by the programme:
- a motivation letter
- curriculum vitae (cv)
Master’s Admissions at the School of Engineering 2020
The motivation letter is an important part of your application. It gives you an opportunity to
present relevant pieces of information that cannot be provided elsewhere in the application.
Examples of questions to consider when writing the motivation letter:
- Why are you applying for the master’s programme in question?
- What do you expect to gain from studies in the master’s programme?
- Why do you think you are the right person for this master’s programme?
- How will your previous education, work experience, knowledge and skills
support your success in your master’s degree studies?
- Describe your professional goals. How do you think the master’s
programme you are applying for would support the development of your
- In which sector would you like to work in the future? What kind of
career are you planning?
- Why do you want to study at Aalto University and in Finland?