Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Water System Technology, 120 credits (TWSTM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2009

Last edit: 12/03/2010
Approved: 12/03/2010

The programme is unique in providing students with a cutting edge in water technology combined with solid understanding of natural system dynamics. The key focus of the program is technology in a (classical) narrow sense and technology in a broad (meta-technology) sense, where water is approached on local, regional to global scales, from natural to anthropogenic system perspectives. A wide spectrum of water-related problems in the society will be addressed in the courses of the program, from classical water supply and sanitation, to hydraulic structures and flooding, to groundwater and coastal zone protection. In spite of the wide spectrum of problems, emphasis will be given on common aspects of engineering solutions. A socio-economic perspective on water use and protection from a stakeholder perspective and water conflict resolution will also be given within several courses.

In the programme we use modern pedagogical methods combining e-learning with classical teaching.  As a student, you will have the opportunity to use simple as well as advanced models according to interest and skills, you will be challenged by field and as well as laboratory work and be exposed to case studies from technology implementation to evaluation of catchment-based water management strategies. Model use will always be accompanied with stimulation of critical thinking, with emphasis on understanding limitations of models and input uncertainties. Assignments with comprehensive multi-task problems that stretch through several courses will provide opportunities to address complexities of real world problems. Last but not least, projects-assignments will be whenever possible linked to ongoing national and international projects of leading Stockholm-based companies. 

The aim of the programme which is outlined below is to explore all major aspects of use and protection of available water resources. The programme deals with all the complexities, challenges and opportunities in water resources management through water systems approaches and will allow participants to focus particular attention on preferred problem areas.  

The programme targets participants who have already attained an acceptable level of general competence. Candidates are thus expected to have the personal qualities and the educational background that will allow them

Knowledge and understanding

After completing the programme requirements students shall: 

  • have developed their skills in applied mathematics and broaden their understanding of the theory and technology relating to Water Systems Technology 
  • have a deeper understanding of available tools and methods, that are commonly used in the field of Water Systems Technology
  • have a broad scientific and system based knowledge and understanding  that can be applied to analyse and manage water systems at micro as well as macro scales

Skills and abilities

After completing the programme requirements students shall: 

  • have developed their research skills and their professionalism in presenting oral and written reports
  • be able to work constructively and efficiently in matters that depend on team work and good personal relations
  • be able to routinely monitor practical and theoretical developments in the field of Water Systems Technology
  • be able to apply concepts, tools and theoretical approaches in the diferent processes involved in water management
  • be able to carry out advanced studies on current problems, opportunities and future needs in the field of water management at the local, national and international level

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

After completing the programme requirements students shall be able to: 

  • develop their competence to identify and define water related problems and present alternative approaches in solving them
  • approach professional challenges objectively and creatively and play a leading role in the search for solutions to complex water related problems