You will learn to deliver both water and wastewater services within the context of the urban water cycle, covering both technical and management aspects.
Starts: Annually in August
Duration: 20 months
Locations: AIT, Bangkok, Thailand and UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands
The world is increasingly urbanised with 50% of the world’s population living in urban areas. By 2030 in Asia 54% will live in cities compared to 39% in 2005. This enormous growth of urban areas poses several challenges, such as delivery of essential water and sanitation services and the management of the urban water cycle. This is also recognised by the Millennium Development Goals and Targets established at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. These challenges are further complicated due to climate change, and it is foreseen that coping with them requires a substantial increase of highly trained and qualified human resources.
The target group for the Urban Water Engineering and Management programme (UWEM) are professionals from urban water and wastewater authorities, urban development ministries/ authorities, water and environment ministries, private companies, academia, NGOs and city and municipal authorities dealing with or interested in water and sanitation services and managing the urban water cycle.
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree preferably in Civil, Environmental or Water Resources Engineering or related fields are eligible to apply. In principle, candidates should have a minimum of three years of practical or research experience since graduation. All applications are, however, considered on their individual merits. Since instruction and examinations are given in English, it is essential that participants have a good working knowledge of the English language. If there is any doubt about a candidate’s proficiency in English, he or she will be required to take one of the internationally recognised language tests before confirmation of admittance.
Graduates of the UWEM programme will:
- Understand the urban water cycle and its water system components, their characteristics and functioning within greater urban infrastructure systems;
- Understand urban water management problems including ability to: identify water systems’ demand; deal with climatic and hydrologic uncertainties and/or extremes; institutional limitations; and work within a data-constrained environment;
- Be able to make appropriate and critical use of methods, techniques and tools necessary to monitor, analyse and design urban water systems including water supply infrastructure, drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection, treatment, transport and disposal systems and drainage systems;
- Understand water infrastructure/asset planning, financing and management, and utility management;
- Be familiar with the concept of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and its application to a variety of water management problems at the urban catchment scale.
Subject to approval from the relevant authorities, and from the 2013-15 programme onwards, successful students will receive the Master of Science degree in Urban Water Engineering and Management, awarded jointly by AIT and UNESCO-IHE. If that approval is not granted, successful students will be awarded two Master degrees: one from UNESCO-IHE and one from AIT.
Please click here for the admission procedure for the Joint Double Degree programmes we have with AIT.
The Urban Water Engineering and Management programme is eligible for a scholarship funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
Information about AIT
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Programme structure and contents
The UWEM programme offers students the possibility to study at two renowned institutes for international postgraduate education: AIT and UNESCO-IHE. The coursework part of the programme starts at AIT in Bangkok in August, where students follow a number of courses until the second half of December. In early January, they move to Delft where they join students in UNESCO-IHE’s Urban Water and Sanitation programme.
After several courses, an international fieldtrip and fieldwork students will write their MSc research proposal. Students then move back to Bangkok for executing their research work.
Subjects at AIT (August – December)
- Watershed Hydrology
- Drinking Water Treatment
- Wastewater Treatment
- Integrated Water Resource Management
Subjects at UNESCO-IHE (January – Mid May)
- Urban drainage and sewerage
- Managing water organisations
- Asset management
- Water transport and distribution
- Urban flood management and disaster risk mitigation
- International fieldtrip and fieldwork
- Urban water systems or Industrial effluents treatment and residuals management or Water treatment processes and plants
- MSc research proposal presentation
At AIT (Mid August-May)
- MSc thesis work
A detailed table of all specialization modules that comprise the Master's Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation is available here. The specializations are found in the top row and their relevant modules are found directly below. Please mind that the table details the Programme that currently runs and hence displays the former name "Municipal Water and Infrastructure".
View the UWEM programme on AIT's website.