Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Water Technology and Desalination

The aim of the Water Technology and Desalination programme is to provide a sound understanding of a range of technologies that can be developed to provide safe, accessible water supply from saline groundwater and seawater. In particular, there is a technical focus on the design parameters and processes underpinning their efficient performance and operation. Students will develop a critical awareness of the wider issues of resource management within the context of global change and the challenges presented by the need for desalination to be delivered on a technically robust and sustainable basis.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-Class Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent overseas qualification, in engineering, environmental, earth, chemical, physical, or mathematical sciences. Students with a lower second-Class Honours degree will be considered with relevant experience. If English is not the applicant�s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Course modules

Modules: integrated water resource management; thermal and hybrid processes; membrane processes; water conservation; intake, pre-treatment, post-treatment and environmental issues; water and wastewater treatment; desalination economics and management; marine water discharges; research projects.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edinburgh Campus Edinburgh EH14 4AS Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0203 369 3000