Want to ensure a sustainable and functioning society? Then the Master's Programme in Water & Environmental Engineering would be perfect for you!
Water and environmental engineering are essentially about making the world work. With limited natural resources and increasing demand for water, food and energy, we look at practical ways to develop our society in a sustainable manner.
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 change-makers. The emphasis in the programme is on water-related aspects, including their relation to the environment.
The programme combines interactive study methods with high-quality teaching in order to educate graduates with a variety of skills that correspond to the challenges of future society. Water and Environmental Engineering graduates have:
Multidisciplinary set of skills. Our 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 computational 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.
Own specialization in our field. Our programme is student-centred and allows you to create your own specialisation. 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.
Strong problem-solving skills. Our interactive and diversified study methods prepare you to solve some of the key problems regarding the sustainable society. These problems are identified throughout the studies, which gives our graduates the ability to solve real problems in working-life.
Sustainable approach. 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 equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional identity required for this task.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is English.
The tuition fee is €15 000 for non-EU/EEA students per academic year. More information on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).
Content of the studies
The major of the programme is water and environmental engineering, with emphasis on water. Major studies are divided into three themes, corresponding to the main research themes of the Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group: Water Resources Management, Water & Wastewater Engineering and Water & Development.
Each theme has its own thematic and methodological focuses, and you can mix courses from different themes into your major studies.
Structure of studies
The WAT Master's Programme consists of 120 credits (ECTS), including the 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 suits 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.
Our students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad as the structure of studies is designed to allow for an exchange semester at one of the international partner universities of Aalto University. We have strong ties to many international universities through collaboration in research projects. We warmly welcome international students to our programme.
The Master’s Programme in Water and Environmental prepares graduates for a variety of careers.
Many of our students work with companies and experts of the field already during their studies, as we have good connections both to public and private sector through our research and teaching.
Our graduates work in numerous positions as e.g. planners, technical experts, and managers, and also have good possibilities to advance in their career. As experts of water and environmental engineering, our graduates have good opportunities to effect societal change, promote sustainability and ensure some of the most essential functions of the society through their work. Employers of our graduates are diverse, including the private sector, public sector, civil society as well as academia.
Programme-specific 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 an academic evaluation in 2021:
What is evaluated: Grades of the previous degree/CGPA
Admission requirements: Grades need to mainly very good or excellent
Evaluated documents: Transcript of records
Relevance of previous studies
What is evaluated: Content and quantity in relation to the applied study-option-specific requirements
What we look for in an applicant: Content suit very well or excellent to the study option
Evaluated documents: Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)
Recognition and quality of an institution
What is evaluated: Recognition and quality of the applicant's previous institution
Admission requirements: Recognized for a high quality of education and research
Method of demonstrating competence: International and national rankings of higher education institutions
Criticality: Not critical
What is evaluated: Applicant’s further applicability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies
What we look for in an applicant: Applicant's expertise is clearly connected to the study option.
Evaluated documents: Motivation letter
Criticality: Not critical
Other areas of competence
What is evaluated: Work experience and other acquired expertise as well as other relevant achievements such as publications and non-formal education
What we look for in an applicant: Applicant's expertise is well suitable for the study option
Evaluated documents: Curriculum vitae, other possible relevant documents
Criticality: Not critical
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 applying.