Every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural wastewater is discharged into the water bodies.
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 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 waters are purified not only efficiently but also in a sustainable and economical manner. You will obtain knowledge and skills to solve 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 discoveries.
The Master's Programme in Water Technology is a flexible distance learning programme. It is well suited for people already in the working world in Finland or abroad, aiming for professional development and the upgrading of qualifications. This programme is a practical solution to practical lifelong learning.
As the programme is based on distance learning, international students applying from outside of the EU are unable to apply for a residence permit for studies. The entire programme can be completed remotely.
After graduation, you will be a competent professional in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of water and the environment.
During your studies, you will learn how waters are purified not only efficiently but also in a sustainable and economical manner. You will obtain knowledge and skills to solve water-related challenges in the future.
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 BAT and future water treatment technologies, covering conventional water purification, advanced oxidation, and various separation methods;
- knowledge of sustainable water treatment and water reuse as well as recovering valuable compounds from treated water (wastewater, seawater);
- a professional network through practical assignments with real companies throughout your studies in this programme; for example, a research project can be based on a real case provided by an industrial partner.
Degree Structure and Studies
The Master's Programme in Water Technology is a two-year flexible distance learning programme. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
In addition to virtual instruction, the programme includes a few of contact teaching days (seminars, laboratory work, etc.) each academic year on the Lappeenranta campus. For the students who are not able to travel, virtual laboratory work and online workshops will be organised.
The programme includes core, advanced specialisation, minor and elective studies.
Core studies include an introduction course to M.Sc. studies and a course on research methodology.
Advanced specialisation studies include comprehensive courses about conventional and advanced water treatment technologies, analytics, sustainable water use, and project work.
Minor studies (if any, depending on the scope of the specialisation studies) and elective studies can be freely chosen by the student. Minor subjects suitable for distance learning are also available.
The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is an advanced research project completed during the fourth semester. The Master's thesis requires approximately six months of full-time work.
You will acquire practical skills and learn the latest information about the chemical engineering approach to water treatment.
You will train to work in international, multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.
You may find work in:
- the chemical and process industry (users of pure water) as well as technology companies focusing on water purification;
- municipalities: water treatment plants;
- research institutes: development of new water treatment processes and technology, novel separation and purification materials, water quality monitoring methods.
You will also obtain a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.
How to Apply
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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:
- Regular admission: 1 December 2020 – 20 January 2021
- Rolling admission: 1 November 2020 – 31 May 2021