Water and Environmental Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
Water and environmental engineering is essentially about making the world work. With limited natural resources and an increasing demand for water, food, energy and shelter, we look at practical ways to develop our society in a sustainable manner. The Water and Environmental Engineering course is delivered by Aalto University.


Interested in many things?

The Master’s Programme is multidisciplinary, bringing together the best of water & environmental engineering and providing a broad view of the field. The education combines theory with practice, including hands-on laboratory work, case studies and project work.

The Water and Environmental Engineering programme is student-centered, making use of students’ varied backgrounds. The field is diverse and students have several possibilities to pursue their career. To ensure that they will study things that they are thrilled about, students can design their own study path. The personal portfolio process helps studenta to recognise their strengths and interests together with their mentor and peers.

Ready to change the world?

The ultimate aim of the programme is to ensure a sustainable and functioning society.

The Master’s Programme is based at the Aalto University School of Engineering, and it focuses on what engineers do: applying theory to practice to solve critical challenges of our society. The programme provides with competences in three complementary fields: Knowledge, Skills and Professional Identity.

The four main themes of the Master's Programme correspond the four research themes of Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group: Water Resources, Water & Development, Water & Wastewater, and Environmental Engineering. All these themes have a different thematic and methodological focus, and you can freely mix courses from different themes.

Career prospects

Water and environmental engineering provides students with diverse career opportunities. Graduates work in very differing positions as e.g. planners, technical experts and managers. The employers of graduates include the private sector, public sector, civil society as well as academia. It is also common to change work place; students don’t have to work in one sector of society for the rest of your life!

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Water & Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Methods in Water and Environmental Engineering
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Hydrological modelling
  • Surface Water Resources
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Sustainability Global Technologies (SGT) Studio
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Student selection

Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation.

The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • University or Higher Education Institution
  • Degree and relevance of studies
  • Academic study performance
  • Motivation and commitment to the programme (Motivation letter)

The water and environmental engineering field is diverse, and we therefore welcome students with diverse backgrounds to our programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. 

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

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