About this course
Study fundamental engineering and scientific principles at postgraduate level on this CIWEM accredited MSc in Water, Energy and the Environment from LJMU.
- Gain CIWEM accreditation as an environmental engineer and benefit from close links with industry
- Study a curriculum informed by the School’s close partnerships with industry and professional practice expertise
- Follow a curriculum accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
- Benefit from the internationally acclaimed research of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST)
- Follow in the footsteps of graduates who have won CIWEM sponsored national prizes for excellence and achievement
This Masters programme is designed to help you become a competent environmental engineer and manager. It will give you a sound knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific principles, together with the ability to apply these to design, construction, assessment, analysis, operation and management.
The programme has two principal aims. First, to equip you with the necessary competencies and skills to analyse, assess and manage all principal aspects
within the fields of water, energy and the environment. Second, to give you the professional skills, knowledge and experience to both meet the current demands of industry and influence possible future trends.
As a student on this programme you will acquire the necessary techniques to analyse and solve environmental problems. You will critically evaluate the environmental impact of human activities and demonstrate knowledge of national and international environmental policy and regulation. In addition, you will gain the ability to critically evaluate design and operations and use appropriate mathematical models for environmental modelling and assessment.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
Common roles of graduates on this programme include: Civil Engineer, Project Coordinator, Project Manager, Regulator Analyst and Surveyor, primarily at United Utilities and also at The Environment Partnership.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module provides an understanding of the academic research process, its techniques, strategies and methods. It develops your understanding and provides skills in research design, implementation and presentation.
This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on an in-depth study of a subject significant to your chosen discipline within the built environment.
This module develops your understanding, and critical awareness, of the sustainability of infrastructure. It aims to develop understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure in both the developing and the developed world.
River Basin Management
This module provides a thorough grounding in river basin management within the context of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). It explores the WFD, the development of monitoring programmes within water bodies, the 'programmes of measures' for them and River Basin Management Plans. It will:
- consider the sustainable use of water and critically evaluate developments in measures for sustainable use
- explore current developments in pollution control and the determination of consents for the discharge of polluted water and water impoundment
- provide a thorough grounding in holistic river basin management and the application of the Water Framework Directive
Water and Wastewater Treatment
The module provides a thorough grounding in the design and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. It ensures the awareness, competencies and methodology for consideration of specific issues in water and wastewater management. It aims to:
- critically appraise current practice in the treatment of water and wastewater
- develop an understanding of the characteristics of wastewaters, and associated sludges, and the selection, process design and operation of treatment works to meet discharge standards
- contextualise water and wastewater treatment within the overall management of public water supply and sanitation
This module provides the necessary skills for the selection and effective management of energy in the construction industry, business environment and the energy supply sector. It develops your ability to undertake a comprehensive review of energy supply, use and efficiency measures, enabling you to make informed decisions on energy use in construction and business.
The module takes a multi-disciplinary approach to managing the resources within the global environment. It aims to:
- develop an understanding of environmental systems and ways in which human activity can effect them
- develop knowledge and understanding of the workings of environmental systems, in particular: ecosystems, resources and human impact on the environment, and to enable you to make justified technical and management decisions in the light of this knowledge and understanding
- introduce you to the major issues of managing business resources, including people, information, knowledge and technology
An insight into teaching on your course
You will be taught via lectures, seminars and problem solving sessions each week.
The Department of Civil Engineering partners many local, national and international organisations. It enjoys strong business relationships, predominantly through the DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme.
During your studies you will have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork, site visits and laboratory sessions to develop your practical skills. Activities such as attending professional body talks and visits are also part of the learning process.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
Assessment methods on this programme include unseen written examinations, assignments and reflective learning journals.
What you can expect from your School
The Department of Civil Engineering is situated in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
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You will need:
- a minimum 2:2 in an appropriate subject
a professional qualification with considerable relevant work experience
IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
RPL is accepted on this programme
Please note: all international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. Contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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