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Water Quality

Water Quality and Treatment

Postgraduate Major


Water Quality and Treatment Major (MSc Science)


Gain expertise in water chemistry to improve water quality and treatment in Australian and international communities.

Water Quality and Treatment

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked 40th in the world for earth and marine sciences (QSWUR by Subject 2020)

There is a growing need for scientists and engineers who understand water chemistry to supply safe drinking water and help manage water resources.

Access to safe drinking water is crucial for economic growth and poverty reduction. Water resources are critically important for agriculture and food production and industry, making their sustainable use and protection from pollution essential.

If you are a recent graduate looking to launch your water quality career, or you are a practising water scientist or engineer, this course can position you as an expert in water chemistry. It is especially relevant if you have studied chemistry, hydrology, water-related engineering courses, agriculture, environmental science or other related fields. 

In this course, you can build advanced analytical chemistry skills and specialised knowledge in water chemistry, water quality, water treatment, wastewater treatment, water engineering, water microbiology and environmental science.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • The Chemistry and Resource Precinct is supported by the Chemistry Centre (WA) and BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company.
  • The facilities and learning environment provided by the Chemistry and Resource Precinct are world-class.


How this course will make you industry ready

This practical, industry-focused course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to improve water quality and supply in Australian and international communities.

You will have access to high-tech science labs, modern equipment and collaborative learning spaces across the campus and within the purpose-built Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

You will also benefit from Curtin’s high reputation in water quality research, which has led to led to millions of dollars in funding, local and global research alliances and the recruitment of high calibre industry experts.

Career information

If you are a recent graduate looking to enter a career in water quality, or a practising water scientist or engineer, this course can help you to develop your career as a specialist in water chemistry. It is especially relevant if you have studied chemistry, hydrology, water-related engineering courses, agriculture, environmental science or other related fields.

Graduates of this course may be employed in a wide range of industrial, commercial and government organisations involved in sourcing, treating and distributing water.

List of potential careers:

  • Chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Environmental scientist 
  • Hydrologist 
  • Water chemist
  • Water engineer
  • Water scientist.

What you'll learn

  • Please refer to the course learning outcomes

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

Students entering with an honours degree or postgraduate diploma may receive credits for recognised learning.

If you are an international student from an eligible country, you may qualify for Australian Awards Scholarships.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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