Course Details

The degree/diploma course is designed to cater candidates with engineering backgrounds, and with an interest in the ever growing, diverse fields of water resources planning, engineering and management.  The course content of the above programme has been carefully prepared to enhance the candidates’ theoretical knowledge on design and practical applications, while addressing various aspects pertaining to Water Resources Engineering and Management.

Teaching and learning methods are aligned to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. Programme structure brings together the scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills, encouraging participants to study water management from a multi – disciplinary perspectives and to seek integrated solutions. Effective use of computer software in water resources and watershed modelling, designing of hydraulic structures, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) related aspects have also been incorporated. Each module has assignments, design and management coursework with Problem Based Learning (PBL) component which help participating engineers / scientists to solve real life problems related to Water Resources Engineering and Management. Improvement of communication and presentation skills is also achieved through seminars, coursework assignments and oral tests. The compulsory research project (for M.Sc. programs) is envisaged to provide a good opportunity for the candidates to develop their research skills.

Field visits, guest lectures and field measurement/experiment procedures are arranged for the participants on a regular basis to further enhance their learning experience and field exposure, offering them an opportunity to acquire field oriented knowledge and practical, real-life experience very much needed to handle multifaceted issues in water resources management and water engineering related areas.

The one-year M. Sc. (full-time) program offered at the UMCSAWM has been designed to cater for the demand from professional engineers to advance their technical knowhow after gaining adequate experience in the field of engineering while getting exposed to the emerging advanced knowledge dimensions across a wide swathe of domains.

The total credit requirement is 60 for the program (for both fulltime and part-time courses), which is comparable with any other M.Sc. program.

This all-embracing program structure based on taught courses, research and especially with Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach common to all modules brings together the scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills, encouraging participants to study water management from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to seek integrated solutions.

The subjects offered would cover the main areas of;

·  Compulsory modules (28 Credits)

–    Advanced Engineering Hydrology and Watershed Management

–    Advanced Irrigation Water Management for Food and Water Security

–    Advanced River Engineering and Estuary Hydraulics

–    Integrated Water Resources Management

–    Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planning and Management

–    Research Methods for Water Resources Engineering Planning and Management

–    Water Resources Project Planning & Management

–    Water Supply and Sanitation Systems and Water Quality Management

·  Research Project (20 Credits)

–    Supervised Research Project (for M.Sc. only) relevant to the course for Master of Science Degree


·  Elective modules (12 Credits)

–    Advanced Coastal Engineering and Estuary Management

–    Advanced GIS for Water Resources Management

–    Advanced Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems

–    Advanced Water Supply and Sanitation Systems for Engineering Applications

–    Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for Water Management

–    Disaster Risk Assessment, Reduction and Mitigation

–    Environmental Assessment of Water and Related Infrastructure Development

–    Service Delivery Assessment Concepts for Water Supply and Irrigation Systems

–    Water Resources Systems and Watershed Management for Planning and Management