MSc Water, Energy and the Environment (PgDip, PgCert)

Start date(s)
September 2023
Study mode
Full-time (1 year)
Full-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 23/24

Home (full-time, per year): £9,450

Home (per credit): £52.50

International (full-time, per year): £17,400

Year 2: £5,366

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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.

  • This Programme is also available as a 240 credit routeway including a Group Project and Dissertation
  • 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

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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.

Students who choose the two year MSc route will undertake a Group Design Project & Dissertation.

 The Group Design Project aims to apply civil engineering skills, practical experience, technology and scientific knowledge to a real-world design problem. Detailed ideas will be explored and developed through design, experimentation and/or computer modelling.

 Why should I choose the 2 year route?

  • The Group Design Project will encompass the wider aspects of social, economic, political, legislative, environmental, cultural, ethical and sustainability issues required in the modern environment.
  • This route will equip you with the transferrable project management skills needed to excel in your chosen career.
  • You will work in groups and meet regularly with an academic supervisor and any internal or external stakeholders in order to develop an effective team-working ethic.
  • You will present your work through regular meetings with your supervisor as well as submitting progress reports and oral presentations. In this way you will have the chance to hone your communicative skills and leave University ready for the workplace.

Professional body recognition

The accrediting body for this degree is the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Visit our website for further information.

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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Ultimately, with relevant work experience and a masters-level degree, the degree can lead to the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the equivalent European Qualification of EurIng.

This programme is also accredited by  IStructE.

The degree also is accredited by the JBM but as a ‘non-technical’ MSc. It therefore could provide the educational base for CEng but only with a JBM accredited Engineering undergraduate degree.

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

Additional costs

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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • 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.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.

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The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

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.

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Core modules

Research Methodology
10 credits

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.

Research Project
60 credits

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.

Sustainable Infrastructure
20 credits

This module develops students' understanding, and critical awareness, of the sustainability of infrastructure. Students will consider and compare infrastructure through the world, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. Students will also develop an understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure in both the Developing World and the Developed World. From this, they will develop the capability for the critical assessment of the sustainability of infrastructure in a wide variety of situations.

River Basin Management
10 credits

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
20 credits

The module provides you with 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.

Energy Management
20 credits

This module develops your ability to undertake a comprehensive review of energy supply, use and efficiency measures, to enable you to make informed decisions on energy use in the construction industry and business.

Environment Systems
20 credits

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

Collaborative Bim Project
20 credits

This module develops practical and team skills via collaborative work on an industry project. It enables you to follow BIM protocols and practice in a multidisciplinary project team to achieve project success.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

You will be taught via lectures, seminars and problem solving sessions each week.

Applied learning

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.

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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 methods on this programme include unseen written examinations, assignments and reflective learning journals. 

School facilities

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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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in an appropriate subject


  • a professional qualification with considerable relevant work experience

Additional information:

  • 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 for more information and advice

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.