Water engineering is unique in the field of engineering. It focuses on water-supply networks, wastewater collection systems, pumping systems, and the increasingly important area of water-processing, used to produce high-quality water from low-quality resources. Water treatment, saline water desalination and wastewater treatment are at the heart of solutions for water shortages plaguing our globe.
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What is water engineering?
Why is studying for a Master’s degree in water engineering at Kinneret Academic College the best choice for you?
The Water Industry Engineering Department at Kinneret Academic College opened its Bachelor of Science program in Water Industry Engineering in 2010 with the close collaboration of the Israeli water industry. In opening the BSc course, our aim was to train highly-qualified engineers with innovative knowledge, who will be the future leaders of the concerted and urgent effort to fight the threat of water shortage in the country and in the world.
Today, just 12 years later, this program is considered a monumental success, with more than 300 graduates working in the water industry, many holding senior engineering and managerial positions.
Based on this experience, Kinneret Academic College has now developed an international Master of Science program in English, which has been approved by the Israeli Council of Higher Education. The aim of the program is to train water experts in the field of water engineering, with a focus on water and wastewater treatment. This prestigious program is based on three fundamental elements:
- Supplementary courses for those who lack the required level of previous education in water chemistry and microbiology, desalination, and water and wastewater treatment.
Advanced courses in water and wastewater treatment, taught by leading academics and experts in the field of water engineering.
Collaboration with leading organizations and research centers in the Israeli water sector during the second-year project, and exposure to extra-curricular content throughout the studies.
The program equips graduates with skills that will enable them to become experts in various technologies related to the water industry: to define, analyze, and introduce technologies and solutions for various types of water transport and water purification systems.
The program also gives graduates the tools to define and analyze theoretical and practical challenges; to develop innovative treatment processes, to participate in planning teams at new facilities, to offer solutions to challenges in existing facilities, to manage the water studies program in various organizations, to propose solutions to managers and policy-makers, and to establish their expertise and capability in professional and scientific forums.
The MSc degree in Water Industry Engineering features a wide range of courses providing the students with the most up-to-date knowledge, in order to become specialists in the field of water processing. Students will gain knowledge of treatment processes, modelling, and water-related innovation and project management.
Here are a few samples of the program’s courses and the objectives of each:
Students will receive a broad overview on fixed-film treatment processes and will study biofilm implementation in wastewater treatment systems by different methods and practices, including the latest advances in biofilm-based technologies. The course aims to provide design tools for both pure and hybrid fixed-film processes, along with use of mathematical modelling and understanding of performance and operational issues.
Students will be introduced to the global water sector challenges meeting future demands under climate uncertainty & population growth, and learn the dynamics of water technological innovation, while facing a highly conservative, heavily regulated and decentralized industry with marginal revenues, and encouraging students to innovate.
Students will be provided with knowledge of different state-of-the-art technologies for industrial wastewater treatment and reuse, and with the ability to critically assess each of them for their relative advantages and shortcomings.
Special emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to perform basic calculations for assessment of CapEx and OpEx of different techniques. Different ways of combination of filtration and desalination technologies will be discussed and analyzed both theoretically and based on case studies.
Other courses taught in the program include (but are not limited to):
- Research Methodologies in Water Engineering
- Basics of System Engineering and Its Application in Water Engineering
- Advanced Design of Water Treatment Plants
- Modeling and Simulation of Environmental Processes (Water and Wastewater)
- Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment
- Biofilms in Aqueous Environments and Water Industries
- Microbial diversity and Activity in the Water Industries: Importance and Implications
- Data Science in Water Systems
- Advanced Material Engineering for Water Applications
The MSc degree program is structured as follows:
- Supplementary courses schedule:
- Mathematics for non-engineers: October – November 2023
- Water Chemistry and Microbiology of water and wastewater – December 2023
- Water treatment, desalination and wastewater treatment – mid-January 2024 – February 2024
- First term of the postgraduate program:
Mid-March 2024 – June 2024
Academic studies will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and include compulsory and elective courses.
- Second term of the postgraduate program:
Mid-July 2024 – September 2024
Academic studies will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and include elective courses.
- Third term of the postgraduate program:
Mid-October 2024 – February 2025
Academic studies will include a compulsory seminar, and work on the first part of the final project.
- Fourth term of the postgraduate program:
March 2025 – July 2025
Academic studies will include an elective course, and work on the second part of the final project.
Alongside the academic program, the students will enjoy in-depth exposure to the very hectic Israeli water industry including water reuse strategy and applications, seawater and brackish water desalination, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, surface water filtration technologies, and more. The ex-academic program will include professional lecturers and excursions to facilities and development centers of water technology companies.