EUR-ACE® and ASIIN are quality labels for engineering degree programmes at the Bachelor and Master level. The programmes were accredited in 2011 for the first time and the re-accreditation took place in 2017.
Water treatment is inadequate in many parts of the world, and legislation concerning wastewater is constantly being tightened. Moreover, sustainability challenges us to reflect on water treatment in different ways.
Instead of focusing on end-of-pipe treatment for pollution prevention, we should shift our focus towards optimal resource utilisation and enhanced water recycling. Consequently, it is obvious that novel and sustainable materials and technologies for water treatment are needed.
In this Master's programme, you will learn how water can be treated not only efficiently, but also in a sustainable and economical manner. You will obtain knowledge and skills to address water-related challenges in the future.
Teaching in this Master's programme is based on existing and future water treatment challenges. Novel and advanced technologies are at the core of the studies, and course contents are planned based on industrial and municipal requirements as well as the most recent scientific advancements.
The delivery of courses is blended, which means that the programme is a combination of on-campus and online studies. Most of the obligatory specialisation studies require participation in contact teaching in Mikkeli in the form of lectures, exercises, or laboratory assignments. Some of the courses can be completed as distance learning. Students admitted to the programme should prepare to attend classes on campus when needed.
After graduation, you will be a competent professional in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of water and the environment.
You will acquire:
- competence in critical and relevant theories and techniques, problem-solving skills, and an ability to use knowledge, equipment and tools independently for the design and development of practical water treatment applications;
- understanding of the best available techniques (BATs) and advanced water treatment technologies, covering conventional water purification, advanced oxidation, and various separation methods;
- knowledge of the impact of conventional and emerging aquatic pollutants on the environment and human health;
- knowledge of sustainable water treatment and water reuse as well as recovering valuable compounds from water (wastewater, seawater);
- a professional network through practical assignments with real companies throughout your studies in the programme; for example, a research project can be based on a real case study provided by an industrial partner.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Water Technology is a two-year flexible blended learning programme. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
Studies in this programme are a combination of contact teaching on the Mikkeli campus and online teaching.
The programme includes core, advanced specialisation, and elective studies as well as a Master's thesis. Read more in the study guide.
You will acquire practical skills and the latest information about the chemical engineering approach to water treatment.
You may find work in the chemical and process industry (users of pure water) and technology companies focusing on water purification.
You can also find jobs in municipal water treatment plants or research institutes, where you can develop new water treatment processes and technology, novel separation and purification materials, and water quality monitoring methods.
You will also obtain a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.