M.Sc. In Water and Environmental Engineering

M.Sc. In Water and Environmental Engineering

The overall goal of the field of water and environmental engineering is to respond to challenges related to the establishment and operation of sustainable societies, such as protecting and managing water resources and the environment, creating and supplying safe potable water, minimizing waste generation by developing efficient processes, using novel and renewable materials and sources of energy in various processes, and ensuring environmental health of a community. The Master of Science degree program in Water and Environmental Engineering (MSc in WENV) strives to produce future leaders who address contemporary societal problems related to water, climate, and the environment through the development and application of innovative, cross-disciplinary and sustainable solutions.
The degree of MSc in WENV is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which include taught courses as well as a research thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of water and environmental engineering. The MSc in WENV gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one of two specialization tracks of WENV, namely Water and Environmental Technologies or Water and Environmental Resources, and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation by conducting original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from Khalifa University helps open opportunities for future success. In arid regions like the UAE, strategies for securing sustainable supplies of freshwater and efficient water treatment, delivery, and use are critical factors for enabling the region’s development. Equipping its students to tackle both local and global environmental challenges, the MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the compromise between sustainable development, the protection of the environment, and access to clean water. The program allows students to develop core quantitative skills of leadership, water technologies, and water resources management. All of these skills pertain to careers in the public or the private sector. Graduates also go through rigorous training and research experience to enable them to pursue their studies at PhD level.

Program Educational Objectives

The MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering Program aims to produce post-graduate students with the disciplinary preparation that meets the following objectives (goals):

  1. An ability to identify and address current and future societal problems related to water, waste, and the environment within a broader framework of sustainable development.
  2. An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement solutions to problems in the field of water and environmental engineering.
  3. An understanding of the impact of solutions to water and environmental engineering problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal systems context.
  4. An understanding of the value of technical and scientific scholarship, service to society, leadership and life-long learning required to further their career aspirations.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student graduating with the M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering will be able to:

  1. Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve complex water and environmental engineering problems, and understand the impact of such solutions on sustainable development.
  2. Successfully apply advanced concepts of water and environmental engineering and fundamental sciences to design, analyze, and develop technologies, processes or systems to meet the desired needs of society, both, professionally and ethically.
  3. Use an advanced and rigorous approach to the design and execution of experiments, and to the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.
  4. Be knowledgeable of contemporary issues and research challenges/ opportunities related to water and environmental engineering, and engage in life-long learning to keep abreast of such issues.
  5. Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering tools for problems related to professional practice in the field of water and environmental engineering.
  6. Communicate effectively and professionally in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering (WENV) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 6 credits of Program Core courses, 6 credits of Track Core courses, 12 credits of Elective courses, and 12 credits of WENV Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the track, as well as the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic, with the consent of the research supervisor. Table 1 below presents a summary of the MSc in degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in WENV program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, individually carry a credit of three credits each.

Table 1. Summary of MSc in WENV Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 6
Track Core 6
Electives 12
Seminar in Research Methods 0
WENV Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in WENV must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core (6 credits)

The M.Sc. in WENV degree program core requires a minimum of 6 credits, consisting of 2 core courses, and the CE research seminar course which has zero credit rating. The courses are specified below.

Program Core Courses:

It is mandatory for all students to complete the following listed courses to complete the M.Sc. in WENV degree program:

  • WENV 601 Chemicals in the Environment: Fate and Transport

and either of:

  • WENV 622 Data Analysis for Environmental Modeling
  • CHEG 620 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering

ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Track Core (6 credits)

The M.Sc. in WENV degree gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one of two specialization tracks of WENV, namely Water and Environmental Technologies or Water and Environmental Resources. A minimum of 6 credits, consisting of 2 track core courses, for both tracks.

Water and Environmental Technologies Track (6 credits):

The MS degree track in Water & Environmental Technologies allows students to focus on the selection, design, and performance evaluation of technologies relevant to water production, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, water reuse, water distribution, desalination technologies and hazardous waste treatment. It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses for specializing in this track:

  • WENV 604/CHEG 604 Desalination
  • WENV 606/CHEG 606 Wastewater Treatment Engineering

Water and Environmental Resources Track (6 credits):

The MS degree track in Water & Environmental Resources allows students to focus on the development, management, integration, and protection of water resources, hydrological modeling, environmental monitoring, and hydro-climatic modeling and climate change mitigation. It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses for specializing in this track:

  • WENV 602 Industrial Ecology
  • WENV 611 Hydrologic Analysis

Program Electives (12 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The electives that students can select are:

  • WENV 623 Global Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
  • WENV 694 Selected Topics in Water and Environmental Engineering (topics may vary from semester to semester)
  • Track Core courses not belonging to their declared track,
  • Up to two courses (6 credits) from other MSc programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

WENV Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

WENV 699 Master’s Thesis 

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of WENV, under the direct supervision of the main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in either the CIVE Department or the CHEG Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled on the M.Sc. in WENV program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • Program Core course 1
  • Program Core course 2
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Track Core course 1
  • Track Core course 2
  • Elective Course 2
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • Program Core course 1
  • Program Core course 2
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Track Core course 1
  • Track Core course 2
Year 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis