Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC to launch Master in Urban Water Engineering

Wednesday, 14 March 2018
  • AWMC students in the labs

The Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland is very pleased to announce that it will be launching a Master of Engineering in Urban Water Engineering program in 2019.

The world is becoming progressively more urbanised and the number of modern megacities is increasing worldwide.

This poses new challenges to urban utilities, planners, and engineers, as the existing water sources and infrastructure are usually unable to easily cope with the increasing water and pollutant flows.

Globally, there is shortage of engineers with expertise in all aspects of the urban water cycle and their reciprocal influence and integration.

AWMC Director and ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor Zhiguo Yuan, said that this new course will provide a niche opportunity in the comprehensive postgraduate training program.

“The water industry is facing serious challenges arising from climate change, population growth, and continued urbanization,” said Prof Yuan.

 “We will deliver high-quality training to develop next-generation urban water engineers and water planners to bring fresh insight and integrated solutions to the water industry.”

UWE Course Coordinator and AWMC alumnus, Dr Gilda Carvalho, said the program is undergoing the accreditation process by Engineers Australia.

“After Engineers Australia approval, the program provides a path for non-accredited engineers to achieve entry level engineering accreditation.

“It’s a great pleasure to be back in Australia and at the AWMC, and I’m really excited to work on the development of the Master in Urban Water Engineering,” said Dr Carvalho.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to use the outstanding expertise of AWMC in the area for the professional development of the next generation of urban water engineers.”

UQ’s Master of Engineering has been designed to include business and innovation courses so graduating students are better prepared to take on more senior, leadership roles.

At AWMC, Masters Students will develop advanced, integrated and applied knowledge in urban water management, and have the opportunity to learn world-leading practice in through placement with an Australian industry partner.

Students will also have the opportunity to further advance their study and qualifications if desired, through an AWMC PhD program.

More information on the program can be found here.