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Water and Environmental Engineering

Water and Environmental Engineering

Water and Environmental Engineering

Water is one of the most important resources on Earth. To have access to water and to avoid pollution of our water environment are the central work tasks for an engineer within the field of Water and Environmental Engineering. During the Master's programme in Water and Environmental Engineering, you learn to construct systems for water supply and drainage systems. You learn to plan how our groundwater can be utilised and protected, and you gain insight into the protection of our streams, fjords, and seas.

As the population of the world increases, and people gather in large cities, the need for a proper water supply and water drainage grows each day. History has shown that a well-functioning water supply and drainage is an important factor with respect to the health of the population. Because this need is so fundamental, the water sector is almost independent of the actual economic and political situation - and this makes an education as an engineer in Water and Environmental Engineering an excellent long-term investment with great employment possibilities all around the world.

Although the pipes for water supply and drainage are hidden below the soil surface, it is worth remembering that this part of the infrastructure of the society has the highest economical value of them all; more than roads, railroads, electricity etc. To overcome the on-going and coming climate changes, the development and extension of the storm drainage of the cities will be a further challenge for engineers in Water and Environmental Engineering.

During the programme you will work with pollution of soil, groundwater, drinking water, wastewater, streams, lakes and fjords and how all of these systems are connected and affect each other – for example how lack of oxygen in fjords can be caused by human exploitation of the soil in the surrounding area and how floods can be caused by climate change. These types of interconnected environmental analyses make this study programme unique.

The programme is interdisciplinary, which means you will be working across the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and microbiology. You will work in the laboratories as well as gather data in the field.

During the programme, you can work with subjects such as:

  • Water supply
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Oxygen depletion
  • Pollution

Water and Environmental Engineering is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

As an engineer in Water and Environmental Engineering, you can work with e.g.:

  • Public environmental administration – e.g. governmental environmental departments
  • Public service – e.g. companies working with drinking water and wastewater
  • Consulting engineering companies
  • Research and teaching – e.g. at universities

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Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

as a student at aau you will become aquainted with …

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.

cooperation with the business industry

AAU cooperates with many agents in the business industry. This means that you as a student have great opportunities to work with real problems and issues that occur in companies and organisations outside the university. This enables you to gain a more practical perspective on your academic competences.

your lecturer is also doing research

The teaching at AAU is research based. This means that your lecturer is doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching and you will therefore have access to the latest knowledge within your field of study as well as enthusiastic lecturers. Study material does not only come from books but also from e.g. articles from academic journals.

world-class laboratories

The laboratories at AAU are excellent and are important to your education. You will work under the best conditions and have access to modern technology.

studying in aalborg

Studying in Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark’s fourth largest city with 20% of its population being students. Whether you are into culture, sports or other leisure activities, Aalborg offers many different options. It is not difficult to find a place to live in Aalborg compared to other large cities in Denmark. Read more about studying in Aalborg.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau