Water and Environmental Sciences

Contribute to the planning, development, enhancement and preservation of the Palestinian water and environmental resources through offering MSc education, applied research and advanced studies, and professional training within the framework of sustainable partnerships and cooperation locally and globally.

MSc Program in Water and Environmental Sciences program targets non- engineering student mainly, of natural sciences and agriculture. This program concentrates on interdisciplinary water issues related to water quality, soil- water plant relations, instrumental techniques and pollution prevention. Applicants for the Water and Environmental Sciences program must have a Bachelor degree in natural sciences (such as chemistry, biology, Earth and environment) or agriculture, or geography, or any other directly related specialty and seen suitable by the program council.


  • Achieve the expectations and visions of many students in the fields of water and environmental sciences
  • Provide the Palestinian society with qualified staff in order to play a crucial role in solving water and environmental challenges
  • Encompass leading roles in planning, design, and implementation of water, sanitation facilities and provide scientific based solutions.
  • Integrated knowledge, developed personal skills, and built human capacity for sustainable water resources and sanitation facilities.
  • Satisfied local and foreign market and improved employment opportunities for a large number of MSc graduates in water & environmental fields
  • Improved theoretical and applied scientific concepts by graduates with enhanced professional productivity at work place in the fields of water and wastewater technologies, eco-sanitation, EIA studies, IWRM, solid waste management, unit operations and environmental protection.
  • Opened PhD opportunities for MSc graduates envisaging improved academic carrier in cross-disciplinary water issues, water quality, water resources management, environmental pollution, water and sanitation, pollution prevention and waste management.
  • Open new Career opportunities to work at governmental agencies, local and foreign NGOs, and private sector
  • Improved current carrier and occupying new management and key decision making roles
  • New opportunities to follow up PhD programs through fellowships offered by foreign academic institutions.
  • Entrepreneurships of highly motivated MSc graduates to establish new consultancy centers and advanced labs in water and environmental fields.

Water and Environmental Sciences (Students with backgrounds in natural sciences or agriculture are accepted in this program). 

This program includes interrelated subjects in the fields of environmental resources management; determining sources of water, air and soil pollution; and adapting methods for limiting such pollution; the control of environment and water quality; and the use of scientific analytical methods for the treatment of environmental pollution. In addition, it includes biological environmental processes and interrelated common scientific, economic, and legal water and environmental issues. This program also includes environmental impact assessment in the process of sustainable development, the study of wastewater and solid waste and their treatment.


Students are required to complete 36 credit hours composed of the followings: ​

1. Compulsory courses: (18 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title



Environmental Processes



Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Reuse



Scientific Research Methods






Water Quality



Water and Environment Pollution



Instrumental Analysis


Note: All students must pass WEEN 718 course within the first 15 credit hours registered in their programs


​2. Elective Courses: (12 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title



Political Economics for Environment Planners



Environmental Information Technology



Solid Waste



Environmental Impact Assessment



Statistical Methods in Water and Environmental Sciences



Soil- Plant -Water Relation



Integrated Land and Water Management



Environmental Monitoring



Geographic Information Systems 



Special Topics



3.​Track A or Track B: 6 credit hours either Thesis or two seminars


Track Number 


Track A: Thesis


The completion of at least 12 credit hours out of the requirements of the program

Track B: Two Seminars



  1. Applicants for the Water and Environmental Engineering program must have a bachelor’s degree in civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering. Applicants for the Water and Environmental Sciences program must have a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences (such as biology, chemistry, and earth and environment) or agriculture, geography, or any other directly related specialty as deemed suitable by the Institute Council. 
  2. The Institute Council may decide to conduct personal interviews with applicants in certain cases, and may specify remedial courses if needed.