International Desalination Association (IDA)

Heriot-Watt University Postgraduate Degree


In January 2015, the IDA Desalination Academy and Heriot-Watt University (HWU) formed a collaboration offering a postgraduate program in MSc degree in Water Technology and Desalination.

HWU, which will award the degree, will offer one or more desalination-focused courses per semester. The IDA Desalination Academy develops the content and materials for the desalination courses, which include Membrane Processes; Thermal and Hybrid Processes; Intake, Pre-treatment, Post-treatment and Environmental Issues; and Desalination Economics and Management.

Courses are offered in an online distance learning format as well as on-site HWU’s state-of-the-art campus in Dubai. HWU has an active online learning program whereby students learn using a range of online resources as well as having an opportunity to connect with their tutors and their peers for weekly tutorials, which take place in a virtual learning environment.

In addition to its Dubai campus, HWU has three campuses in the United Kingdom as well as one in Malaysia. The university enjoys an established reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, and is ranked among the top international universities worldwide.

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