Every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural wastewater is discharged into the water bodies.

Especially 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.

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. The entire program can be completed remotely and international students are cannot apply for a residence permit for studies.

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Degree info

  • Master of Science in Technology
  • Campus: Lappeenranta
  • 2 academic years / 120 ECTS
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition fee: 13 500€ / academic year

Edunation application period

Rolling: 25.10.2022 - 12.05.2023
Regular: 28.12.2022 - 13.01.2023

  • Objectives


    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 the industrial and municipal requirements as well as the most recent scientific discoveries.

    Diverse teaching methods and students with versatile backgrounds ensure that you will study in a multicultural and multidisciplinary group. There are both Finnish and international students in this programme.

    You will:

    • have a comprehensive understanding of the BAT and future water treatment technologies, covering conventional water purification, advanced oxidation, and various separation methods;
    • have a broad knowledge of sustainable water treatment and water reuse as well as recovering valuable compounds from the treated water (wastewater, seawater);
    • be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of the process and environmental analytics and monitoring;
    • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of 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;
    • be able to work with others in task-orientated groups in a productive manner;
    • be able to logically think through a problem and solve it.

    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 become a competent professional in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of water and the environment, and you will be eligible to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

  • Structure


    The Master’s Programme in Water Technology is a two-year, flexible, blended learning programme. Most of the courses in this programme are available online, which gives working professionals and students the flexibility to gain expertise from a distance.

    Compulsory contact teaching days include seminars and laboratory work on the Lappeenranta campus.

    The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

    The programme includes core, specialisation, minor and elective studies.

    Core studies include an introduction course to M.Sc. studies and a course on research methodology.

    Specialisation studies include comprehensive courses about conventional and advanced water treatment technologies, analytics, sustainable water use, and project work.

    The Master’s thesis, 30 ECTS credits, are a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    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.

  • Admission criteria

    Admission criteria

    The admission requirements for the program can found on the university page.

  • Tuition fee & scholarships

    Tuition fee & scholarships

    Further information about the tuition fee and available scholarships for the program can found on the university page.


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